Applied Theatre (UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts)

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If you have a passion for performing arts and also want to discover how your skills can play more of a role than just on stage, our Applied Theatre qualification provides you with the practical skills to enrich, inform and transform the lives of others through performance.

As the only Key Stage 5 course in the UK designed specifically to build skills in community arts delivery, you will train in areas such as theatre in education, teaching, facilitation, movement, singing and acting. You will also learn how to use the arts to explore a range of social topics and engage with the community. You will develop your skills as a professional, learning how to communicate with external clients and coordinate events.

This unique, creative and energetic course is a great way to develop your performance and teaching skills as an artist as well as give back to the community.

Watch for yourself this short video for a deep dive into the Applied Theatre formally called Community Arts Practice.


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Course Information

Available only if you are aged 16 or over, you will achieve a UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts at the end of your course, which is the equivalent to three A Levels.

How Do I Apply

Please answer these questions online:


Give an example of an activity or project that you were involved in that was carried out as part of a team and that you were particularly proud of.


What do you think makes you a suitable candidate for the course?


How do you think being involved in a performing arts project could enrich the life of someone who has not had the opportunity to be involved in the arts before?


If you could create your own community arts project, what would it be and who would it be aimed at?

Student Experience

The Applied Theatre course works with a range of partners including Crisis, Barnardo’s, Age UK and Certitude developing projects both for and with these groups. Each year students work with hundreds of primary school children in the local community and have recently taken part in training to become ‘Dementia Friends’ in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society. Students have also had the opportunity to deliver performances and workshops in a range of settings including Hyde Park British Summer Time Festival, Croydon Children’s Library and Crystal Palace Park’s Summer of Play festival. Students also develop a range of Theatre in Education projects, working with thousands of young people in schools across Croydon using the Performing Arts as a tool to address the issues that are most important to them.

What Qualities Do I Need?

A passion for the arts is vital, as is a keen interest in working with a wide range of people of all ages and backgrounds. You will also need to be highly committed, adaptable, passionate and responsible as this course requires you to work and study outside of school in a range of environments.

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