Canterbury College - Performing Arts
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Performing Arts

Pathways

Pathways are made up of courses focused on future careers or further education opportunities

Whether you want to be on stage or backstage, we have a range of courses to suit you.

Teaching takes place in theatres, dance studios and workshops that are equipped to enable you to create professional-standard public performances both on and off stage. Our creative courses are accredited by the University of the Arts London.

You will become a member of our Lanfranc Theatre Company and have the opportunity to perform for real clients from the industry.

Student Experience

Take a tour through the Performing Arts department with Acting student, Georgie-Ray.

 

Hollie, Level 3 Stage Management & Theatre Production student shares her experience of life at College and explains how the course has prepared her for progression to university.

 

 

Wondering what you can do when you finish your course? There are many different progression routes you can follow. 

You can progress into Higher Education at a range of  universities or performing arts colleges.

Student may also consider careers or job roles such as:

  • Cruise Ship Entertainer
  • Theatre Designer
  • Director
  • Stage Manager
  • Actor/Dancer

BRIT Kids at Canterbury College is one of our newest partnership schools. Hosted at Canterbury College,  BRIT kids offers classes in Theatre, Dance, Singing, Art Club, Digital Design and Film Making.

Students at Canterbury College benefit from 10% off all weekend classes at BRIT Kids.

Find out more here.

Career Prospects

Example: Actors, entertainers and presenters

 Annual pay
£15,080 - £78,000
Annual pay is per year, based on full-time employment and on the South East region.

Across the UK the workforce is projected to expand by 24% over the period to 2027, adding 10,875 jobs. In the same period, 71% of the workforce is projected to retire, creating 32,427 job openings.

Role description

Actors, entertainers and presenters sing, portray roles in dramatic productions, perform comedy routines, gymnastic feats and tricks of illusion, train animals to perform and perform with them, and introduce and present radio and television programmes.

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Are you?

16-18

Our entry requirements allow any student to apply enrol and progress in their studies with us to achieve their full potential.

You will apply for for your chosen pathway and at the interview you can discuss what entry criteria you need for each level.

Once you have your GCSEs we can ensure you are enrolled on the best level for you to progess and succeed at College.

Here is a list of entry criteria for this pathway:

This programme of study is designed to drive your progression toward advanced employment or apprenticeship opportunities.

Achievement at level 3 will have a positive impact upon your future earning potential and career options but it also unlocks further progression to Higher Education and Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.  These take you from advanced technician or skilled supervisory roles at Level 3 to management and chartered professional status as you continue through your studies to higher levels.

To study on this programme you will need the equivalent of 4 GCSEs grade 3, ideally including English, and maths at Grade 4.

Level then determined by audition or portfolio.

With little or no portfolio and/or performance experience you will be advised to study on the most appropriate route to build your distinctive portfolio and gain skills and knowledge to ensure success at higher levels of study.

This course provides time for you to gain vocational expertise in your chosen specialism and achieve your English and maths to grade 4 or an equivalent. Achievement at this level will have a positive impact upon your future opportunities and open up new choices for you, including skilled employment, apprenticeship, or progression to Level 3.

To study on this programme you will need the equivalent of 4 GCSEs grade 2 to 1 including Functional Skills English and maths Level 1 or above.

This programme of study is designed to drive your progression toward advanced employment or apprenticeship opportunities.

Achievement at level 3 will have a positive impact upon your future earning potential and career options but it also unlocks further progression to Higher Education and Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.  These take you from advanced technician or skilled supervisory roles at Level 3 to management and chartered professional status as you continue through your studies to higher levels.

To study on this programme you will need the equivalent of 4 GCSEs grade 3, ideally including English, and maths at Grade 4.

Level then determined by audition or portfolio.

With little or no portfolio and/or performance experience you will be advised to study on the most appropriate route to build your distinctive portfolio and gain skills and knowledge to ensure success at higher levels of study.

What's next?

Step 1 - Apply

Once you apply, you will have an interview to discuss your chosen pathway

Step 2 - Interview

We will contact you with appropriate options for conducting your interview, either online or in person.

At your interview, we will discuss the entry requirements for each level and course. It is also your opportunity to make sure that the pathway meets your goals and ambitions.

Courses at Canterbury College

If you know exactly which course and level you need to apply for, or want more information, please select from the options below:

Need more help?

Our advice and guidance team can be contacted to help you understand your next steps at College.

Why people love Performing Arts

Josh McGrath

Josh McGrath

"I specialise in theatre production and I love how varied it is. We learn costume design and set building for real shows and we have a lot of creative control. I definitely feel prepared to work in the industry."

Lanfranc Theatre Shows

Lanfranc Theatre Shows

Performed in our on-site Lanfranc Theatre, Performing Arts students produced  "Little Shop of Horrors". 

Imogen Gutteridge

Imogen Gutteridge

“My dancing ability has really improved over the time I have been studying here. The facilities are brilliant and I love being able to practice in the studios, and perform in the Lanfranc Theatre for our shows.”

Contact us

We'd love to hear from you

New Dover Road
Canterbury, Kent
CT1 3AJ

Telephone:
01227 811111