South Devon College

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Performing and Production Arts

Studying Performing Arts at South Devon College will give you the perfect start to a dazzling career in this cultural industry, which thrives on creativity. Our experienced staff have all worked in the performing arts industry, from theatre and technical management to live music performance and radio production, so we know that we have the best team to help you on your journey.

You will benefit from access to many of Torbay's creative sector experts, including the Princess Theatre, live music venues such as the Attic and many local festival and music events. We want to encourage and nurture your raw talent and turn you into a wonderful and enthusiastic professional.

At South Devon College we have our very own theatre, which stages live performances throughout the year. Our facilities also boast technical lighting rigs and equipment, fully operational recording studios and superb dance studios, so whatever field you want to specialise in, you will have all of the tools you require to make your dream become a reality. We offer the experience of studying in a professional environment so that when you complete your studies you can transition into employment and turn a passion into a career.

Why South Devon College?

South Devon College is an outstanding place to learn, and the perfect place for your education and development. In 2014, we were delighted to be recognised as the top Further Education and Tertiary College in England, in results published by the Skills Funding Agency for 2012-13. We were also graded as 'Outstanding' in our most recent Ofsted inspection.

We are proud to promote a culture of success within the College, with fantastic results across the entirety of our provision. With an exceptional learning environment and our inspirational teaching team, we know that together, you will enjoy the same success in your studies and achieve your goals, whatever they may be.

Personalised Learning Programmes

Every student at South Devon College has a Personalised Learning Programme; a custom plan tailored to you as an individual that ensures you gain the academic, vocational and employability skills necessary to achieve your goals and find employment upon the completion of your studies.

Ryan Duscha: Performing and Production Arts student

After completing my studies, I was approached by 'Scarlett Entertainment' agency, and was offered a role in a high school themed musical titled 'Music High'. We went on to perform worldwide, including a show at the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2012. I'm now working on new productions with the agency, and it's been a great opportunity, one which the skills I gained at South Devon College opened up for me.

We have 2 fulltime courses in Performing and Production Arts:

Performing and Production Arts - Level 2 Diploma

The Performing and Production Arts Level 2 Diploma is equivalent to 4 GCSEs at grade C or above. It provides a wide range of skills relating to theatre, and acts as a stepping stone to the more advanced Level 3 courses. You will learn both technical and creative skills that will translate to a successful career in this rewarding and exciting field, focusing on acting, singing and dancing, as well as technical disciplines such as backstage production, lighting and set production.

What will I learn?

  • Acting skills
  • Devising performances
  • Musical theatre
  • Dance
  • Use of costume

Entry Requirements

  • You will be required to have achieved Maths at Level 1
  • You will be required to have achieved English at Level 1
  • You will need to have achieved a minimum of 2 GCSEs at grade D or above
  • You will be required to take part in an audition

Locations available

  • Paignton Campus

Performing Arts - Level 3 Extended Diploma

The focus of this performing arts course is on producing well-rounded performers, teaching you the skills of acting, movement and voice. You will be involved in a range of productions, from modern to classic pieces, and perform regularly for live audiences. Upon completion, you will be able to consider employment using the skills you have developed and the vocational experience you gain from performances, trips and visits from professional companies.

What will I learn?

  • Classical theatre
  • Musical theatre
  • Acting skills
  • Voice
  • Dance and movement

Entry Requirements

  • You will be required to have achieved Maths at Level 1
  • You will be required to have achieved English at Level 2
  • You will need to have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSEs including English or equivalent
  • You will be required to take part in an audition

Locations available

  • Paignton Campus

Apprenticeships with South Devon College

Could an Apprenticeship be the right path for you?

South Devon College is a leading provider of apprenticeships, offering nearly 40 different types of apprenticeships and we work with over 1000 apprentices and 500 employers a year. Our apprenticeship are the perfect option for you if you want to study towards a qualification and increase your employability whilst getting paid.

By working in your chosen trade or sector, you'll be developing vocational experience that employers look for and putting the skills you learn at the College into practice, giving you the ideal preparation for starting a career.

We offer a wide variety of apprenticeship frameworks, working at a range of levels across different industries and job roles, so we are confident that we can find the right course to help you achieve your goals. To find out more about South Devon College's apprenticeship programmes, click here:

My future with South Devon College

Careers: I want to be...

Our courses at South Devon College have been designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge employers seek, enabling you to find employment and take the first steps towards a successful career. Our Performing and Production Arts courses will help you gain employment in the following industries:

Be Creative

For some people, being creative is more than a career choice; it's just natural. Whether it's working with your hands, performing, or creating works of art, we have the course that will refine your raw talent and begin a varied career as:

Production Assistant
Sound Engineer
Theatre Technician