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The UK has a great reputation in the performing arts, which contribute £5.4 billion to our economy. That means it's a great place to study for a career in this exciting vocation.  Whether you're aiming for big-screen stardom or a local theatre group, our courses give you the perfect foundation for a rewarding career in drama. With facilities including an on-site theatre, our industry-experienced tutors support you through subjects like Classical and Contemporary Theatre, TV and Film Acting, and Improvisation. Or if centre stage isn't your thing, learn about directing, stage management and the performing arts business in general.

Picture Yourself

Acting and related professions could lead to work in areas including theatre, TV, film, advertising, entertainment, tourism and hospitality, community theatre, therapeutic or educational settings, and corporate training.

Get Connected

All of our courses have elements where you'll get the chance to meet professional agents and actors, and our tutors can also share useful industry contacts.

Example Careers

£15,000 - £45,000

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

Arts Officer, Producer or Director
£12,000 - £31,000

Arts Producers assume creative, financial and organisations responsibilities in the production and direction of television/radio programmes, films, stage presentations, and promoting creative activities.

Meet the Course Leader

Sophie Dixon, Course Leader, Performing Arts (Acting)

I have a BA in Drama and studied for an MsC in Festival Producing, and for 5 years now I?ve lectured on all Performing Arts courses at Calderdale College. I perform regularly with both text-based and devised contemporary performance works including Stitching by Anthony Neilson, and an observational/invisible theatre event surrounding the student protests against education cuts. I?ve also worked as a performer, collaborator and researcher with multimedia performance company, The Chameleons Group. Recent projects include The Prawn Joke, a devised physical theatre performance, and Blink by Phil Porter. I?m passionate about my teaching role: it?s great helping students to gain skills and confidence that last them a lifetime.

Student Testimonial

Former Level 3 Performing Arts student, Nathan Hall

I'm here because I thought it was a really good local college. I had seen some of the productions they put on here and I thought I would really like to get involved in that. I just love the College itself. The thing I like most about it is you get so close to everyone in the group they become like a second family. I would recommend the course because the couple of years you will have here are amazing.

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Halifax, HX1 3UZ

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