Performing Arts

Lights, camera, action…there’s no business, like show business! If it’s your dream to work in the performance industry in theatre, television, film or radio, Performing Arts is your ticket to the big show!

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So, you want to be a performer or work in the performing arts? Well you’ve come to right place, our Performing Arts courses shine a spotlight on a world of opportunity to help you pursue a future in acting, performance and dance.

However, this vibrant and creative industry also offers a huge range of supporting roles, pivotal to the success of the final production, such as casting, costume, design, directing, hair, make-up, script writing, stage management, lighting, production, the list is endless and so are the career opportunities in this exciting and rewarding field.

This is a hugely competitive industry, so you will need drive, determination and an unquestionable belief in yourself to succeed. We will help you to develop your talents, encourage you to have the confidence to broaden your skill sets and how to adapt your performance for stage and screen as you increase your understanding of the industry. 

Many of our students chose to continue their performance journey at a degree level or attending drama schools. Life is not a rehearsal, life is your stage, and this is your chance to shine.

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College 16-18

College 16-18 (2)

College Higher Skills

HE & Higher Skills (1)

College Adult Education

Adult Learners 19+ (2)

Why work in the Art, Performance & Design Industry?

Employment in Art, Performance and Design roles are up 15.3% since 2019

Wide range of jobs in the Art, Performance & Design Industry

A wide range of employers in the Art, Performance & Design Industry

Advertising Accounts Managers and Creative Directors




Actors, Entertainers and Presenters


Dancers and Choreographers


Considering a career in Art, Performance & Design?

If you’re not sure what to study, then why not take some time to find out more information about possible careers?

Or, if you already have a career in mind, but you’re not sure what you need to study to pursue that career, we can help you get one step closer to that dream job.

Qualifications & levels explained

There is a wide range of qualifications and levels available, but not all of them may be right for you. If you’re not sure what qualification type or level you should be searching for, take a look at our qualifications explained.

Find the perfect career

We can help you find that perfect career even if you’re not sure what it is yet! At Kirklees College, our mission is to make you as successful as you can be, from finding the right career to gaining the right skills.

Case Studies


Studying Dance Extended Diploma Level 3

This course gave me great opportunities to perform including at the Olympics! The teaching is very personal – very much focused on you as an individual and your ambitions.


Studying Performing Arts

I’d recommend Kirklees College as the teachers are fantastic, they always push you to achieve your best and you will 100% get a great experience by studying here. You make really good friends, it’s a good environment and you do so much while you’re here. Studying here has boosted my confidence and I’ve really enjoyed being part of the college productions.


Studying Performing Arts Level 3

I chose to study Performing Arts because my path is to be a performer. I absolutely love acting and I wanted to learn more about the industry and to develop on my skills. I love that I get to work with my friends who are encouraging and supportive towards one another. They really help boost your confidence.