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Performing Arts

Acting, dance, musical theatre...

Performing Arts at Wakefield College

The performing arts industries are among the toughest but most rewarding arenas you can work in.

There are a vast array of various jobs for a satisfying and fulfilling career, from being a performer, director, or choreographer to inspiring others through teaching and workshop leadership.

What makes our courses special is that you’ll get to take part in a range of performances in our own live theatre using professional production techniques and equipment. Your training will help you to develop the diverse skills you’ll need for an exciting career.

Key Points
  • Numerous trips to London’s West End and shows right here in the region
  • Industry workshops with professionals. Previous workshops include Frantic Assembly, Professional dancer and choreographer James Wilton and Actor Norman Bowman
  • Mechanics’ Theatre – unique theatre facilities in the heart of Wakefield
  • Great links with Theatre Royal Wakefield
  • Our University Centre HND students get an impressive 15 hours tutor contact time

I first came to here to study a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance, and chose to continue my study with a HND. I’m now in the second year of my course and I hope to further my knowledge by studying the BA (Hons) Performance Industries course.

Charlotte Wallis

HND Diploma in Performing Arts (Performance) Dance

Mechanics' Performing Arts brought the West End to Wakefield with Theatre stars Emma Hatton and Norman Bowman giving students industry masterclasses.

What’s New

Catch up with the latest news & events in performing arts at Wakefield College...

Summer Season kicks off at Mechanics' Performing Arts

Friday, 10 May, 2019

Wednesday's opening night performance of We Will Rock You kicked off the Summer Season over at Mechanics' Performing Arts

Mechanics' Performing Arts bring the West End to Wakefield

Tuesday, 02 April, 2019

Mechanics' Performing Arts brought the West End to Wakefield last week with Theatre stars Emma Hatton and Norman Bowman giving students industry masterclasses.

Wakefield College teams up with Theatre Royal Wakefield…

Thursday, 07 June, 2018

Wakefield College is backing Theatre Royal Wakefield’s new Centre for Creativity after signing up as a sponsor on its new wall of fame. The sponsorship package will see the College join a host of other regional partners and individuals backing the drive to promote creative talent in the district.

Forthcoming Shows

Jun
12
Fallen Angel

07:30pm, Wednesday, 12 June, 2019
Theatre Royal Wakefield

Dreamtime 2018

19 June, 2018

Spring Awakening 2018

06 June, 2018

The Accused 2017

23 June, 2017

Arabian Nights 2017

20 June, 2017

Legally Blonde Jr 2017

07 June, 2017

A Touch of Class 2017

22 March, 2017

PREVENT Dress Rehearsal

01 March, 2017

PREVENT 2017

01 March, 2017

Animal Farm 2015

09 June, 2015

Canterbury Tales

10 June, 2014

Alice

10 June, 2014

Hunted

10 June, 2014

We Will Rock You

04 June, 2014

Blood Brothers

24 May, 2012

The Games

24 May, 2012

Magdalen White Wash

21 May, 2012

Dreamtime

18 May, 2012

Cabaret 2012

17 May, 2012

The Gut Girls

18 June, 2011

A Chorus Line

16 June, 2011

Case Studies

What our students say about us...

I first came to here to study a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance, and chose to continue my study with a HND. I’m now in the second year of my course and I hope to further my knowledge by studying the BA (Hons) Performance Industries course.

Charlotte Wallis

HND Diploma in Performing Arts (Performance) Dance

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Studying at the University Centre gave me a real insight into how the industry works. I had the opportunity to see a variety of performances both locally and nationally, which helped me to learn about different theatre companies and how they perform.

Jessica Whiting

HND Diploma in Performing Arts (Performance) Theatre

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I feel I’ve gained so much by coming to Wakefield College that I have decided to stay for another two years to do the HND Theatre course.

Charlotte Parker

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Performing Arts (Acting)

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Since starting the course I have taken part in more auditions and shows and even had a three month summer placement at Disneyland Paris.

Mirlind Bega

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre)

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Previous to this course, dancing had just been a hobby; I’m now in my second year of the HND and it’s fantastic.

Donna Ladle

HND Dance

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Studying at the University Centre gave me a real insight into how the industry works. I had the opportunity to see a variety of performances both locally and nationally, which helped me to learn about different theatre companies and how they perform.

Jessica Whiting

HND Diploma in Performing Arts (Performance) Theatre

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HND Diploma in Performing Arts (Performance) Dance

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HND Diploma in Performing Arts (Performance) Theatre

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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Performing Arts (Acting)

Photo of Mirlind Bega Mirlind Bega

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre)

Photo of Donna Ladle Donna Ladle

HND Dance

Photo of Lotte Henshall Lotte Henshall

Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre)

I feel I’ve gained so much by coming to Wakefield College that I have decided to stay for another two years to do the HND Theatre course.

Charlotte Parker

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Performing Arts (Acting)

Performing Arts Courses

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