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Performing Arts

If you’re passionate about performing arts, you’ll know they are much more than just subjects – they are ways of life!

If you want to pursue a career you love, that makes going to work every day interesting and enjoyable, then choosing a course with us will help you to learn more about the creative industries and how you can find your place within them.

You’ll have access to amazing facilities at our brand new City Hub campus, including a 200-seater theatre equipped with the latest lighting and sound technology. Plus, we also have dance studios, acting studios, a costume department, a set design studio and a construction workshop!

You’ll also have plenty of opportunity to perform your work throughout the year either in-house, locally, or maybe even internationally.

Many of our shows are watched by industry experts and practitioners looking for the next generation of talent. Next year it could be you treading the boards at the National Theatre, dancing at Notting Hill, or working with visiting industry professionals.


We offer a variety courses at Nottingham College, ranging from Level 1 to Degree Level.

Careers in Performing Arts

There are a vast number of career options in the industry – whether you would like to be an Actor, a Dancer, a Director, a Lighting Engineer, a Musical Theatre Performer, a Performer, a Stage Manager, a Teacher, a Technician – there are many choices available to you.

Our track record in creating shining stars of the industry spans over 20 years, seeing hundreds of students go on to achieve amazing things.

So, rest assured you’re in the right place at Nottingham College and the fact that we have the knowledge, expertise and connections to help move your career forward is good news for you.

Did you know?

  • A dance teacher can earn between £22,000 - £50,000 per annum.
  • A theatre performer can earn circa £420 per week.
  • An entertainer can earn around £50 an hour or £200 a performance.
  • Touring theatre actors may earn up to £650 a week.

You can view some of the fantastic creative works of our students on our Creative Showcase website below.

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Not sure what you'd like to study?

Are you interested in Performing Arts but not sure which course is right for you? You can receive Careers Advice before you decide which course is best for you! Apply through our Application Portal using the link below and our Careers Advisors will help you find the perfect course that's suited to you!

Apply for Careers Advice

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Acting (Level 2 UAL Diploma) - Full-time

If you have a passion for acting and performance, and want to develop your skills further, this is the perfect course.

Acting (Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you’re a talented performer, want a career in the performing arts, and are looking to further develop your skills.

Dance (Level 2 UAL Diploma) - Full-time

If you’ve had a taste of performing in front of an audience and are hungry for more, or you’ve got a hidden talent for performing and dancing and need a bit of help to bring it out of you, this…

Dance (Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you want to develop your practical dance skills and gain a working knowledge of the dance world.

Musical Theatre (Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you have a talent for acting, dance and singing and want to pursue this as a career.

Performing Arts (Level 1 UAL Diploma) - Full-time

This course is perfect if you want to explore your talents in acting and dance and gain some experience in the performing arts.

Performing Arts (Level 4 Professional Diploma) - Full-time

The course is perfect if you have previously studied either Dance, Acting, Musical Theatre or Performance, have a strong desire for a career in the arts and want to develop your skills further.

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