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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.

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Acting Foundation Degree (Level 5) - Full-time

This course comprises the first two years of a conventional three-year degree and is designed to develop students' specialist skills and knowledge for the performance industry.

Musical Theatre HNC (Level 4) - Full-time

This exciting course offers an opportunity to develop and enhance your practical skills to progress into the competitive world of musical theatre.

Musical Theatre HND Top-up (Level 5) - Full-time

This exciting course offers an opportunity to develop and enhance your practical skills to progress into the competitive world of musical theatre.

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.

Performing Arts BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree (Level 6) - Full-time

This BA (Hons) top-up course is dedicated to helping you to develop as an independent practitioner in the industry and is excellent preparation for a teaching career in the subject.

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