About the course
If your ambition is to work in the performance industry then this is the professional training programme for you. This course is designed to make the transition to drama schools as seamless as possible by offering you the range of professional training skills you will require.
This two year course has led many of our students to progress to London or overseas drama schools and universities and then into work as professionals in the performance industry. It is equivalent to 3 A-Levels and successful completion will provide you with the same UCAS points to enter drama schools and universities.
You will be taught by tutors who have extensive industry experience in a wide variety of theatre, TV, film, voice-over acting, stage combat and dance roles. Our tutors also continue to practice in the industry, which enables them to provide you with valuable links for work experience and progression opportunities.
This course is very rewarding if you are prepared to rise to the challenge and have the desire to be trained as a professional actor. It is highly practical and will provide you with a range of performance opportunities, projects and events.
On completion of this course you will have built a comprehensive portfolio of work application material and will have trained professionally in an extensive range of styles in the performing arts.
Earn up to 168 UCAS points#
#Based on Distinction grades
Take a look at our Centre for Contemporary Arts Guide
What you will learn
Over the two years you will perform in a variety of productions including the annual pantomime, a contemporary arts showcase and final major production. You will also have the opportunity to discover yourself as a performer by participating in a number of other smaller training productions.
This course also provides you with a number of training opportunities in the industry as well as the chance to interact with a variety of guest lecturers and industry professionals.
- Exploring the principles of live performance
- How to engage with an audience
- Performance skills development and professional practice
- Exploring the work of practitioners
- Working to a directors brief
- Audio voice acting
- Contemporary dance
- Movement (stage combat)
- Final major production
- The business of performing arts
- The historical context of performance
- Vocal training for the actor
- Performance and production skills
- Professional training and drama school preparation
- Advanced practitioner
If you successfully complete the first year of study you will gain a level 3 Diploma qualification. In order to progress to the second year you will need to pass the first year of study.
You will train in our professional state-of-the-art hub theatre and learn practical and theoretical aspects of performance techniques, theatre practitioners and acting styles. Classes are designed to lead you and your fellow actors to demonstrate your skills in live performances within the hub theatre.
- Professional 240 seat state-of-the-art theatre that can be adapted in size based on performances
- Rehearsal and dance studios complete with bars and mirrors
- Recording studio for voice acting
- State-of-the-art TV studio for screen acting
- Stage weapons for combat training
- Costume and props room
- Latest sound and audio equipment
- Excellent links with local theatres and entertainment businesses
This highly practical course is assessed through class based training, practical application of styles and theoretical projects.
- 5 GCSEs grades A*-C/9-4 (including English), OR
- Level 2 Performing Arts (with GCSE English grade A*-C/9-4)
You will be required to attend a practical workshop and an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto this course.
Dates, times & fees
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- Professional training course at a drama school
- Degree at university
- HNC in Contemporary Theatre Performance at City College
Trips, visits & activities
- Tour of theatres
- Experience productions
- Trip to a drama school fair
- Work experience
- Industry week activities
If you will be 19 before the start of the second year of this course, you will be liable to pay a fee for that year. Please contact us for more information.
At City College
Level 3 Extended Diploma Performing Arts
Professional Musical Theatre Training at the London School of Acting
Ian RowsellPerforming Arts Tutor
Ian Rowsell, course leader of performing arts, has been performing since he was ten years old and brings an exceptional wealth of experience to his teaching at City College Southampton.
Ian trained in film and television at the TVI Actors Studio in Los Angeles, returning to the UK to train in Classical Theatre at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He is also trained in stage combat. Over the years Ian has worked with many production companies and has taken on roles in Shakespeare, open-air theatre and has experience in voice over work. He still acts alongside his full time teaching post.
Ian believes this wide-ranging experience in performing arts aids his teaching the most. Ian said: "I'm able to directly translate the industry standards to my students. As a working actor, I can tell them just what to expect and prepare them fully for a job in performing arts."
After cutting his teeth teaching drama part time in a secondary school, it was industry networking with professionals that led Ian to his current role at City College. Ian's director mentioned that he was looking for a new member of staff and a week later Ian had an interview for course leader of performing arts.
Ian said: "I've absolutely fallen in love with seeing my students up on stage, watching them grow and seeing how my training has impacted them. As a trained actor I was able to recommend great performing art schools and one of my students has now been accepted on a course at the TVI Actors Studio where I first trained, so it's come full circle for me."