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

Course Overview

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Acting, directing, writing or producing: whatever your passion for theatre, you can learn how to refine your skills on our Theatre course. Not only will you get plenty of opportunities to perform, you will also develop skills as a writer, study contemporary texts and have the opportunity to develop your directing skills.

Course Information

You will perform in at least eight productions during your time at the School, and you will also get the opportunity to tour outside of the school, work with community groups and attend trips to the theatre. At the end of your course you will be equipped with the practical skills to join the professional world of theatre or continue your education and training elsewhere.

What will I study?

You will be studying for a UAL, Level 3, Extended Diploma in Performing Arts, which is the equivalent to three A Levels.

You will study both the theory and practice of a wide range of theatre styles through workshops and productions. From studying important acting
techniques and works from pioneers of the theatre industry, to performing in a Shakespeare play and working with community groups, you will get a well rounded experience of what you can expect from working in theatre professionally.

How Do I Apply?

Please answer these questions online:


What was your most recent role? Please name the play, playwright and character you played if relevant. Do you think you were successful, and why?


What do you think is the most effective piece of theatre you have seen and why?


What theatre/TV/film performers do you admire and why?


Why do you think theatre is important? Explain your reasoning through examples of your experience making and seeing theatre performances.

Student Experience

There are a variety of productions each year presented by the Theatre department, so you will have many opportunities to get involved in a performance. As well as this, you might just get the opportunity to perform at professional venues such as the Seven Dials Playhouse or New Wimbledon Studio Theatre. The department’s month-long season, Common Ground, showcases a wide genre of plays here at the School. Strawberry Picking, a new writing season, lets you create your own theatre and organise your own performances independently: a creative challenge, but a rewarding one!

What Qualities Do I Need?

You should have a passion for theatre and the arts and have the commitment and the drive to push yourself. You should also feel comfortable working in a team and be keen to pursue a career in the world of theatre.

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