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Performing Arts Study Programme

Step on stage to dance, sing and act your heart out or be a star performer behind the scenes.

Get real experience as part of a theatre company and take part in performances and workshops. We also have dance and drama studios and workshops for set and costume. Our study programmes include those in performance – with pathways in Acting, Dancing and Musical Theatre.

What will I learn?

Our qualifications in Performing Arts focus on three main disciplines: acting, dance and musical theatre. You will be encouraged to develop a comprehensive range of performance skills. Within your chosen pathway you will focus on a range of relevant skills such as improvisation, physical theatre, singing, musical theatre performance, jazz and choreography.

Acting pathway - focuses on devising and improvisation, vocal and movement skills, directing, scriptwriting, classical theatre, contemporary theatre, musical theatre performance and singing.

Dance pathway – focuses on contemporary dance, choreography, improvisation, ballet, musical theatre performance, jazz and tap. Musical Theatre students complete units in acting, musical theatre performance, jazz dance, tap dance, singing, devising and improvisation, and vocal and movement skills

Find out the difference between a Performing Arts course and a study programme below.

Why choose a MidKent College Performing Arts study programme?

Our state-of-the-art theatre will provide the perfect backdrop for you to hone your skills. All of our staff are industry professionals and are best placed to give you the support and guidance you need to be successful in the industry.

What level am I?

This will be dependent on the qualifications and experience that you currently have. For some very practical subjects you'll need to start at level 1 to ensure you learn the key theory, practical knowledge and health and safety standards for your industry. Check out what level you are on our chart.

How is English & maths involved?

If you’re aged 16 to 18 years old, English and maths will be a core part of your study programme. You will study both subjects at a level which is appropriate to you. You’ll be more confident reading or writing scripts, following direction or managing show budgets.

What facilities and trips are available?

Previous trips have involved Dance and Musical Theatre students attending “Move it” and “Perform”, the UK’s biggest dance and drama event at Olympia, London. Trips also include to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the Globe Theatre, along with residential trips in New York. You could also take part in performing arts workshops at Rose Bruford College.

What have your past students gone on to do?

Eight of our students secured a place at the fantastic Millennium Performing Arts theatre school while others have progressed to further study at university.

What can I do afterwards?

You’ll have the opportunity to progress to a range of roles including actor, dancer or singer, or why not consider becoming a prop designer, choreographer or casting agent?

How much do actors get paid?

Actors, entertainers and presenters in the Medway and Maidstone areas can expect to earn on average £14.44 per hour.*

What’s the difference between a Performing Arts course and a study programme?

Traditionally you may have studied a Performing Arts course, where you would only study the qualification, such as choreography, physical theatre and improvisation. A Performing Arts study programme is so much more than a Performing Arts course!

This change to study programmes is due to national feedback from employers saying young people need to have more than just a “qualification”; they need to have the skills to work in their chosen industry. A study programme encompasses the subject qualification, English and maths skills as well as work experience and personal development skills. You can read more about study programmes here.

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*Data taken from EMSI April 2018