Qualification: UAL Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts (Performing Arts)

As a Live and Recorded Performance student, you will experience an exciting range of projects designed to develop skills, including: musical theatre, stage acting, choreography, movement for performers, acting for screen, audio acting, aerial circus, and other forms of dynamic performance.

There are regular opportunities throughout the course to perform in front of audiences and to be part of full-scale productions.

Each term you have a choice to work on either a ‘live’ performance such as a live theatre piece, or a ‘recorded’ project, such as choreographing and dancing in a music video. You will get the chance to explore diverse forms of live and recorded performance over three projects per year, where you could go from performing in a music video, to a Shakespeare play, to a piece of musical theatre.

Collaboration is a key focus of the course, and students are also encouraged to develop into ‘thinking’ performers.  Both these collaborative and research skills are essential for a smooth transition into higher education, and continued growth as performers with successful careers.

You can choose to specialise in either Performance or Dance, or take the opportunity to combine both throughout the course. In the first year all students also study singing skills.

Includes: musical theatre, contemporary and classical acting skills, improvisation, physical theatre, performing with masks, film & TV acting, scriptwriting, directing, theatre for children, movement techniques, singing, and audition skills.

Taught by practicing professionals, this includes the disciplines of: jazz, contemporary, ballet, and physical theatre. Students study both choreography and dance performance.

In the second year there is an opportunity to take an exciting unit on aerial circus – learning to perform on hoops and silks.

In 2018 75% of students on this course achieved UCAS points equivalent to A*A*A* at A-level.

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Music Performance and Production and Performing and Production Arts. They are also the UK’s leading provider of the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Their qualifications have high retention and achievement rates because they are flexible, responsive and relevant to industry needs, and facilitate student progression.

University of the Arts London (UAL) is Europe’s largest specialist art and design university, comprising six renowned Colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts.

  • A Film Noir project with professional film & TV director.
  • Full-scale, public productions – including Kander and Ebb’s musical, Cabaret.
  • Collaborations with music and visual arts students.
  • Performances at The Hay Festival.
  • Work placements.
  • The chance to run workshops in schools.

Students on this course leave with an impressive CV of performance experience, which could be displayed in various forms from a showreel to a vodcast. 

You can achieve a maximum of 168 UCAS points equivalent to 3 A-Levels at A* grade.  Students successfully completing this course can apply to the BA (Hons) Performing Arts degree course at HCA and at other universities and colleges throughout the UK.

  • Minimum 5 GCSEs at Grade 9 – 4 ( A*- C) (to ensure that you qualify it is highly desirable that you achieve at least a grade 4 / C or above in English and maths), or on achieving a Merit at Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts.
  • Interview & audition
  • Minimum age: 16 years
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