Performing and Production Arts

Our courses give you the chance to experience a wide variety of modern, contemporary and practical skills and techniques in the performing and production arts.

We want you to collaborate in your learning experience, so our industry-experienced tutors will help you to identify your areas of interest and areas for improvement.

You’ll join Reading Studio of Dramatic Art, which is a partnership with Reading’s professional theatre company: Reading Rep. Working work with Reading Rep will improve your chances of getting into drama school, and enhance your CV. It will also provide you with references from professional practitioners.

Reading Rep have opened a brand new theatre in September 2021.

You’ll develop practical performance skills for using voice and movement to communicate effectively with an audience.

Teamwork, self-discipline and confidence are core skills that you’ll develop on the programme, and you’ll also get valuable experiences from directing and leading your classmates.

Not only are these skills and experiences vital for the creative industries, but they also prepare you for other career paths and life in general!

Our music programmes, can develop your performance and production skills, with opportunities to develop specialist skills in music technology. Music students benefit from recording studios and performance spaces, with opportunities to gain performance experiences throughout the year.

Whatever your specialism, on our courses you will gain key skills and experiences that are not only vital for success in the creative industries, but also are highly transferable to other career paths.

Our performing arts programmes are great preparation for university, vocational or dance college.  

They build your core skills in acting, dancing and stage management, so you can aim for a career in the performing arts sector. If music is your thing, you’ll get experience of performing live to audiences and working in sound studios. You can even collaborate with Media students to make music videos!  

Music, visual arts, and the performing arts industries contribute over £4 billion a year to the UK economy.

As of 2020, in the UK, there are 201,387 jobs in just the performing arts, with a further 8,572 openings per year Arts officers, producers and director jobs are forecast to grow ahead of the national average rate between 2020 and 2025.

Industry partnerships

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