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Performing Arts and Music


Offered at

Rotherham College

Have a passion for performance and entertainment? We can help you gain the skills you need for a career in the creative industries.

Whether you’re looking to experience the buzz and adrenaline of opening night as the lights go up, or playing a roof-raising concert of live music to a sold-out audience, Rotherham College is the perfect place to start a creative career in music or acting.

We have some of the finest equipment in the industry allowing you to explore a range of acting techniques and audition for roles, big or small, to provide the experience you need to progress in the industry. You can also learn about the promotion and organisation side of performances gaining experience with live events whilst learning.

We offer a range of courses in acting, dancing, music technology, music performance, and theatre, acting and performance. Careers following on from these courses could be as an Actor, Choreographer or Live events Manager, amongst many more.

Your Pathways

  • Level 1

    Performance Industries

  • Level 2

    Performing Arts

  • Level 3

    Performing Arts: Acting
    Performing Arts: Dance and Musical Theatre
    Performing Arts: Performance Music Performance
    Music Production and Technology

  • Level 4/5/6

    BA (Hons) in Popular Music Performance and Production
    BA (Hons) in Theatre, Acting and Performance

“College provides me with the skills and experience I need to progress onto university.”

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Sam Simmons Level 3 Music Performance Former student at Wingfield Academy


The performing arts sector is ideal for those who enjoy performing, have a creative flair and have confidence to express their personality.

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Average salary - £28,300*

Actors use speech, movement and expression to bring characters to life in theatre, film, television and radio.

Day-to-day tasks:

Liaise with agents regarding new roles, prepare for and go to auditions, research roles, learn lines and attend rehearsals, attend fittings for costumes, support back stage activities such as costume or prop management and work as a voice over artist or as an extra.**

Working environments:

In a theatre, on a film set, at a recording studio or in the community.

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Community Arts Worker

Average salary - £24,000**

Community Arts Workers help local communities plan and take part in activities like drama, dance, painting and photography.

Day-to-day tasks:

Work with local community groups to identify needs, develop new groups and activities, create artwork and help community members develop their own ideas, promote and organise input from other art workers, lead meetings and training activities, write funding proposals and manage budgets and publicise activities.**

Working environments:

In the community, at a library, at a school or an adult care home.

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In-demand skills that commonly appear in job descriptions for roles within the performing arts and music sector include*:

  • Communication
  • Management
  • Detail Orientated
  • Planning
  • Enthusiasm

What our students say

“College provides me with the skills and experience I need to progress onto university.”

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Sam Simmons Level 3 Music Performance Former student at Wingfield Academy

“College has provided me with a fresh start; the course is fun and the tutors are really nice.”

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Charlie Nicholls Level 3 Performing Arts Former student at Handsworth Grange School
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