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For the past 12 years our Performing Arts courses  have led the way in full-time performing arts education on the island.

Our students benefit from unrivalled practical training that is based on a professional working environment. We have an enviable reputation for helping students progress to drama and dance schools in the UK such as Arts Ed, GSA, ALRA, Birmingham School of Acting, LIPA, Laban and others. Past students have also  gone on to study teaching, creative writing and technical theatre, or used their skills to gain employment on island. Our full-time courses are demanding, exhilarating and rewarding – they will challenge students to develop as a performers, to explore new skills and to achieve things they never believed were possible.

We offer the following full time courses:

  • UAL Level 2 Diploma in Performing and Production Arts
  • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts

UAL Level 2 Diploma in Performing and Production Arts

Course Overview
The Level 2 course is aimed at students who are interested in performing arts and who are looking to develop their skills and understanding through a varied and engaging programme of study.  All students will be introduced to the five core areas of performing arts training:  

  • Acting and performance
  • Voice and singing
  • Dance and movement
  • Production skills
  • Rehearsing skills

Alongside these there are opportunities to explore an area of special interest such as acting for camera, script writing or drama teaching. Learning is delivered through a combination of performance projects and ongoing skills classes, all taught by a team of lecturers with extensive professional experience. Through our programme of public performances students on the Level 2 course will have the opportunity to both perform in shows and learn more about the production side of theatre through roles in lighting, sound and stage management.

Course duration
One year, full-time

Progression opportunities
Successful completion of the Level 2 Diploma will give students a qualification broadly equivalent to four GCSE grades 4-9 (A-C). 

Providing a student has a Grade 4/C or above in English, and achieves an overall Merit for Level 2,  he/she will be able to use this qualification to apply for any appropriate Level 3 course or A-level programme.

Students will also have developed a wide variety of employability skills such as communication, self motivation and working to deadlines. This will support them to gain employment if they decide to enter the workplace. 


UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts

Course Overview
All students will study five core areas of performing arts through a series of exciting and challenging performance projects:  The core areas of study are:

  • Acting and performance
  • Voice and singing
  • Dance and movement
  • Production skills
  • Rehearsing skills

Performance skills are developed through a series of creative performance projects and specialist skills classes that combine to form an exciting and integrated course of study. Practical performance projects allow students to develop their skills and understanding through a process of research, experimentation, rehearsal, performance and evaluation. These projects are the cornerstone of the course and culminate in a public performance in the theatre or studio. 

Alongside the core skills taught, there are opportunities to explore an area of special interest such as acting for camera, script writing or drama teaching. Learning is delivered through a combination of performance projects and ongoing skills classes, all taught by a team of lecturers with extensive professional experience. As well as working on practical skills students will also develop an understanding of the theories and principles that underpin performance work.  Through our programme of public performances that cover a wide range of theatrical genres and styles our courses offer students an unbeatable range of performance opportunities.

Alongside their practical training students also expand their critical thinking and analytical skills through in-depth research and contextual studies.  Students will develop their understanding of the performing arts industry and explore commercial aspects of professional theatre. In the second year of the Level 3 course students are given extensive support and guidance to help them prepare for auditions and university applications. 

Course duration
Two years full-time

Progression opportunities
For the past 5 years over 75% of our Level 3 students have progressed to prestigious UK universities and drama/ dance schools.

Students who successfully complete the Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts will have a qualification equivalent to three A-Levels. They will therefore earn UCAS points to support their progression to a degree at university or drama school. 

Students also benefit from an extensive programme of progression support with specialist audition guidance and help in the selection of courses. Those who go on to seek employment have been very successful due to their strong communication skills, self confidence and the ability to work as part of a team 

For more details or how to apply, please contact Gillian McCartney


Additional learning support

As part of your learning programme, if you have not yet attained a grade C/4 or equivalent in mathematics and English language, you will be required to study a Functional Skill or GCSE in these subjects.

Students may require additional support for a number of reasons. At the start of your course you will be asked to complete an initial assessment in order for us to identify any additional needs that you may have. During your course, your personal tutor will be able to guide you on how best to access support.

We can offer the following:

  • Progress Coaches
  • Learner Support assistance (1:1)
  • Learner Support assistance (group)
  • Learner Support assistance (drop-ins)
  • Specialist ESOL teaching
  • Study lab sessions
  • In-class support
  • Special arrangements for exams