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Performing Arts Diploma Level 1

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

This course is your first steps to a successful career in the performing arts industry. Gain an introduction to the performing arts industry and develop a range of performance techniques, rehearsal skills and technical skills in both performing arts and music as well as the opportunity to set up your own performing arts events.


What Does The Programme Include

You will be working both independently and in small groups in our fully equipped rehearsal rooms, recording facilities and studio theatre. Much of your time will be spent learning theory and preparing material for performances and assessments. Practical music assessments take place at local music venues in order to give you real world experience of working in the industry.

Entry Requirements

No formal entry qualifications are required, but an interview and audition are necessary where you’ll display a desire to work in the performing arts industry. For your audition you may perform a piece of music or a monologue of your choice.

Worried about your grades?

Whatever your results, we want to assure you that extenuating circumstances will be considered should you not have the grades indicated above. 

We will review each application on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suitable for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effective 6 weeks to success programme’ that operates from the first day you start your course. This includes support such as (but not limited to):

  • Allowing you to change courses if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks
  • Moving you between course levels if you are finding your current level too easy /​too hard
  • Incorporating English and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you don’t meet the grades you need
  • One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieving well

Our course enquiries and admissions team are available remotely throughout this unprecedented period. They can be contacted at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any further questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

There are no exams for this course. You will build a portfolio of work for each of the units and complete a mixture of performance based practical assessments along with ongoing logbooks, research and evaluations.

Additional Information

You will be required to wear plain black clothes that you can move freely in for all practical performing arts lessons. You will be able to participate in the running of the of the College radio station and record label where you can release your own music through major online retailers such as iTunes. For detailed information visit http://​www​.infin​itys​tam​ford​.ac​.uk

Potential Future Career

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to audition for the Level 2 Performing Arts and Music Diploma. This course also aims to build confidence and communication skills that are transferable to and desirable for a number of different industries and vocations.

Course Content

You will study the following units:

  • Introduction to music, performing and production arts
  • Introduction to research for music, performing and production arts
  • Communicating with an audience for music and performing arts
  • Production development for music and performing arts
  • Performance development for music and performing arts
  • Final performance project


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Thanks to the expert training, I’m now able to further my acting career with HNC in Performing Arts — right here at University Centre Stamford!

Rosie Fisher



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