Performing and Production Arts

Reading College is an approved centre for University of the Arts London (UAL) Awarding Body.

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 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!

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

University of the Arts London (UAL) Awarding Body

UAL Awarding Body believes in transformative education. They design and award creative qualifications that empower and inspire educators to help students reach their potential.


UAL Awarding Body is regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and CCEA Regulation and currently offers qualifications in Art and Design, Fashion Business and Retail, Creative Media Production and Technology, Music Performance and Production and Performing and Production Arts. They are also the UK’s leading provider of the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Their qualifications have high retention and achievement rates because they are flexible, responsive and relevant to industry needs, and facilitate student progression.

Lethabo, Performing Arts Level 2 At Reading College, there’s a lot you can do. You get treated like an adult here, people support you and you feel like you have a voice. 
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