UPDATE 15.30pm 01/07/2022: Online Applications Update
We are currently experiencing an intermittent availability issue with online applications for full-time courses, apprenticeships and part-time courses. If you are trying to make an application or if you are having trouble logging in, we kindly ask that you try again a few hours later

*This issue does not affect applications for University Centre Colchester Degree level courses

Performing Arts Courses: Acting, Dance, Drama, Musical & Production Arts

Our Performing Arts Courses are delivered by a team of experienced staff who are active professionals and their expertise is valued by our students. Further education performing arts programmes focus on developing a wide range of skills to prepare students for careers in acting, dance, musical theatre or technical theatre. Apprenticeships are a great way to gain a new qualification whilst gaining the skills and experience employers are looking for, and are increasingly popular and a fantastic way to start or further your career plans. An apprenticeship in the Performing Arts sector opens up fantastic career opportunities working in a live events environment.

The strong practical content of the course appealed to me and I’ve gained valuable skills and knowledge working on College shows and productions. I’m currently freelancing to develop my technical experience and CV, my ambition is to work in lighting design, production, and stage management in London’s West End.”Tommy Booty - Technical Theatre Level 3

There are excellent facilities for students including dance and drama studios, recording studios and two iMac suites running Logic, Reason, Sibelius and Soundtrack Pro. We also have a concert hall and practice rooms for bands and orchestras.

The School of Visual and Performing Arts BA Hons programmes at University Centre Colchester (UCC) are designed to develop proficient and versatile practitioners, with qualifications available in acting, musical theatre and technical theatre. The Higher Education Centre at UCC provides a great range of specialist facilities including well-equipped teaching spaces and private study areas. 

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Full-time Courses

Acting Level 3
Dance Level 3
Musical Theatre Level 3
Performing ArtsLevel 2
Production Arts Level 3

Paige Willson, Acting Level 3

"I love my course because I get to work across other areas (Dance, Musical Theatre, Digital Media etc.) It’s more practical than written, and you learn a wide range of skills as well as perform in two end-of-year shows."

Georgi Arthur, Acting Level 3

"I have had the opportunity to really break down my strengths and weaknesses in not only acting, but singing, voice and movement too. I have received incredible support from the tutors who genuinely want to see me succeed in the career I have chosen."

Grace McBurney, Production Arts Level 3

"I’m much more hands-on in my approach so I wanted to do a practical course. We get lots of experience with extra support from tutors to further our learning. I plan to take a year out working in the industry before going to uni."


Event AssistantApprenticeship