The Sector

With almost 750,000 jobs in the UK and due to grow by over 5% in Staffordshire, this is a buoyant sector, covering the media and entertainment industries in areas such as music performance and production, theatres and festivals.

 

The Careers

Careers are really varied, as businesses involved in the production of music or the performing arts include a very wide range of professions. These include musicians, technologists, sound, lighting and stage management engineers, actors, dancers, event and venue managers and production directors. Roles are available at all levels and there are well established career pathways in the different professions.


Dance Performance Level 3 Extended Diploma – Steelworks

Music & Performing Arts

Students on this course experience a wide range of Dance and performance related disciplines such as Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Urban, Tap, Choreography and performance skills. The course allows students to experience a broad range of Dance styles, building strong technical and performance skills. There are many opportunities for performances, both in-house and at local theatres and performance venues. The course is a collaboration between Stoke on Trent College, Steelworks Performing Arts Academy and the London Studio Centre.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
3
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Performing and Production Arts Level 2 Diploma

Music & Performing Arts

This highly popular course is an exciting development of the demanding and enjoyable key elements of performing arts. Through practical projects you will develop and explore new skills in dance, drama and musical theatre, which will prepare you for a full scale performance in our own theatre space. Our projects introduce exploration and appreciation of dance, drama and musical theatre, developing and exploring new techniques, as well as creative and compositional skills for your own work. The programme of study also includes preparing for your chosen career path.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
2
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Performing Arts Level 1 Diploma

Music & Performing Arts

This highly popular course is an exciting introduction to the demanding and enjoyable key elements of performing arts. Through practical projects you will learn and develop skills in dance and drama, which will prepare you for a full scale performance in our own theatre space. Our projects introduce: integration and appreciation of dance and drama, learning and developing new techniques, as well as creative and devising skills for your own work.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
1
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Performing Arts Level 3 Extended Diploma

Music & Performing Arts

This highly popular and successful course is an exciting development of the demanding and enjoyable key elements of performing arts. Through practical projects you will develop and explore new skills in dance, drama and musical theatre, which will prepare you for a number of full scale performances in our own theatre space. Our projects introduce: exploration and appreciation of dance, drama and musical theatre, developing and exploring new techniques, as well as creative and compositional skills for your own work.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
3
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Technical Theatre – Sound, Lighting, Set and Stage Management Level 3 Extended Diploma

Music & Performing Arts

During the course you will learn about and take various roles within the technical team for a production and will ultimately take responsibility for different areas of production. This can include: stage management, lighting, sound scenic construction and painting, prop making, design, model making, costume and special effects. Throughout the course teaching is through a combination of taught classroom based sessions and practical sessions, which lead to practical hands-on experience of running a show.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
3
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Facilities for you:

  • 220 seat flexible performance venue
  • State-of-the-art lighting, sound, pyrotechnic and AV systems
  • Fully equipped dance and recording studios and rehearsal rooms
  • The College is a founder member of the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills and has the Artsmark Gold award
  • Students will take part in regular live performances
  • Opportunities for Music Technology students get to go backstage at live events
  • Close links with local and national theatres and performance venues

Careers in the sector:

Actor
Arts Administrator
Dancer
Director
Lighting Designer
Music Producer
Musician – did you know that recent students from the College have played at Glastonbury?
Set Designer
Sound Engineer
Stage Manager

Lauren Mullock – Performing Arts

The lecturers’ vast experience and knowledge of the performing arts world has helped me a lot to grow as a performer.  If performing arts is what you would love to do in life then Stoke on Trent College is the place for you.  Every year the College sets up three big productions, which are brilliant.