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Performing and Production Arts

Thanks for visiting our Performing and Production Arts page. Here you'll find all the information you need to know about the performing and production arts courses we offer.

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The South West Region is seen as one of the best creative hotspots outside of London, and Wessex Academy of Performing Arts at Weston College is no exception.

From theatre to TV to film, from make-up to design to choreography; there are lots of career and progression opportunities in this exciting, dynamic and creative art.

Our Wessex Academy of Performing Arts has a fantastic reputation in its field. Our philosophy is that all of our students should have the best and most up-to-date training available to prepare for a career. You’ll be taught by industry professionals and guest lecturers who are working theatre artists, directors and technicians. Our students have the chance to showcase their work locally and nationally, giving them a chance to be seen and noticed by the industry. 

Performing and Production Arts qualifications lead to jobs. In fact there are 3,460 people working in the performing arts field in the South West, and this is set to increase by 1,168 by 2020. If you want to gain further qualifications 

There are plenty of career paths you can follow. Beyond the traditional dancing, singing and acting careers, there is a wide variety of jobs that previous students have progressed on to have, including: stage manager, arts administrator, lighting technician, costume designer, prop maker, and set designer.

Why choose us?

  • Course content. We work with employers including local theatres and production companies to ensure that we're teaching you the skills and qualifications that employers are looking for. Click on the dropdown menu at the top of this page to see our list of Performing and Production Arts courses and find out more about them.
  • Reputation. We’re consistently ranked among the top colleges in the country, which means you can expect outstanding teaching and support to help you succeed.
  • Success rates. Many of our past Performing and Production Arts students have gone on to have real, successful careers within the industry. Click here to find out what some of our former students have gone on to achieve.
  • Our facilities. Our Performing and Production Arts courses are taught at our dedicated performing arts wing, which includes performance spaces, studios and classrooms. You can find out more about our state-of-the-art facilities here.
  • Our links with employers. We work with local theatres to make sure that our students are used to the environment they’ll go on to work and perform in. We have strong links with the Blakehay Theatre, where you'll get the opportunity to perform regularly and experience having full creative control of how  use the building for their productions.

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Career opportunities

Typical jobs

Performer, dancer, actor, director, producer, programmer, technician, stage manager, front of house manager, production manager, administrator, choreographer, puppeteer, lighting designer, sound designer, costume designer, prop maker, circus performer, street entertainer, set designer, lighting technician, sound technician, automation technician.  

What you can earn

Some suggested annual salary ranges for those working in the industry include:

  • Stage manager £17,800-£26,000
  • Lighting technician £15,000-£25,000
  • Make-up artist £200 a day
  • Dancer £400 a week
  • Entertainer £30,000+ depending on success  

Local notes

The south west region is seen as one of the creative hotspots outside of London, helping it achieve a high national profile. Bristol is often used as a popular location for both film and television (e.g Vanity Fair, Skins, Being Human).  

Facts

  • 58% of the workforce is self-employed
  • 30% are employed in onstage occupations, such as acting or dancing
  • The performing arts industry contributes £4.6billion to the UK economy  
  • There are 179,290 people working in the performing arts

Data from Direct.gov.uk, Creative & Cultural Skills, West of England LEP  

It's easy to apply...

Applying for any of our Performing and Production Arts courses is easier than you think – you can apply online in a matter of minutes by selecting the course you’re interested in from the drop-down menu at the top of this page and clicking ‘apply now’. Alternatively, you can find an application form at the back of our prospectus.

Now is the perfect time to apply in order to secure your place on the course you are interested in. Submitting an application isn’t a binding decision and if you change your mind, you can always withdraw your application at a later date

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