Canterbury College - Performing Arts
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Performing Arts


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

Performing Arts students perfect their skills and perform in our industry standard Lanfranc Theatre.

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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Entry requirements

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 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 progress and succeed at College.

Please see our Group entry requirements

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.

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:

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

01227 811111