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Performing Arts Courses at DCG

The challenges are great in the world of performing arts, but the rewards are greater still. You might work in radio, TV, film or theatre and in roles such as actor, dancer, arts co-ordinator, drama therapist, choreographer or entertainer.

Is this you?

  • Good communication skills
  • Talent and creativity
  • Stamina, energy and physical fitness
  • Capacity to cope under pressure
  • Reliability and punctuality
  • Work well in a team and listen to others
  • Willing to accept direction and criticism

Getting into Performing Arts

  • Full time at College Derby College offers a range of courses relating to the creative and media industry, including Performing Arts. The course you start on will depend on your GCSE results and you will have to pass an audition.
  • Higher education Many working actors and dancers complete professional training at specialist drama or dance schools. Courses approved by Drama UK can help when you are starting an acting career. At drama or dance school, you could take a three-year degree or diploma in acting, dance or musical theatre. You must be aged at least 18 for this. If you already have a degree, you could take a one-year postgraduate diploma, for which you should be at least 21.

    To get into drama or dance school, you will need to pass an audition. You may also need formal qualifications such as A-levels or a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts, although this is not always essential if you show enough talent. Check the entry requirements as they vary between schools. Several universities offer drama degrees, which are often more academic than practical. You might also want to look at teaching qualifications at university.
  • Jobs You might be able to go straight into a job related to performing arts. However, competition in this industry is fierce and you will need to demonstrate genuine talent, enthusiasm and determination.

Why Choose Derby College?

  • You can perfect your techniques in everything from urban dance to classical theatre in high-specification studios at the newly expanded Joseph Wright Campus.
  • Performances of your own productions – at both the College and external venues – will be central to your studies. You could also get involved in the wider College entertainment scene, including talent shows and fundraising events.
  • You’ll enjoy a fascinating combination of studio and classroom-based learning. There are inspirational theatre visits, guest speakers and team-building residentials too.
  • We have a wide network of contacts within the performing arts which will open up exciting opportunities for you. One project saw our Students work with a top choreographer from The Royal Ballet School on a contemporary dance piece which they performed in London.
  • Over half of all performing arts professionals work on a freelance basis – so we’ll ensure you also gain enterprise, business and communication skills to prepare for the world of work.
hello I’m Sharon Brown and I’m the

chairman of the creative industries

board at the college in my in my working

life I’m actually the director of

Melbourne Arts Festival and I’m also

director of the 52 weeks vessel which is

going to be a very big exciting festival

in 20 22 23 that’s going to run all the

way through Derbyshire I’ve also got

various voluntary roles but as you can

see like many artists I have got sort of

multiple roles lots of things going on

in my life and that’s what’s really

exciting about becoming an artist oh one

of the things about Derby college that I

absolutely love is the fact that you’re

given all these skills and the

confidence to be able to get involved

with all sorts of things being an artist

isn’t just about being able to paint or

being able to draw it’s about being able

to get involved with lots of things and

developing your creativity I hope to see

you at the college sometime soon and

enjoy enjoy your time I

Performing Arts – Course Listings

Course Type: School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Course Type: School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Key Information

At Derby College we believe the best tutors are usually those who have real world experience of working in the field they’re teaching. So, in most cases, you’ll be taught by someone who has worked in the industry that you wish to enter. As well as being able to share their knowledge and experiences with you, they have crucial industry connections, which is a huge benefit when it comes to helping you to secure a work placement in your chosen field.

As part of your studies at Derby College we offer a full range of assistance to ensure you have a great learning experience.

Discover our campuses and facilities here. Each campus page contains:

  • 360-degree images of our facilities
  • A location map
  • A list of courses that are run at the campus
  • Student Success Stories
To find out more about our Performing Arts courses, attend our next course and career event or contact us on 0800 028 0289
Press the Apply Now button, that can be found at the top and bottom of every course information page and follow the instructions for the InTouch applications portal. If you are unable to apply online, contact Student Services who will help you complete your application form and will be able to help and guide you to make a decision on the course of study to meet your needs and ambitions.

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Performing Arts – Success Stories

Danny Shooter

School Leaver Vocational

Danny Shooter performing

Joshua Horsley

School Leaver Vocational

Joshua Horsley

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