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Performing Arts

Acting, dance and 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 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
Performing Arts

What’s New

Catch up with the latest news and events in Performing Arts at Wakefield College...
Mechanics’ Performing Arts stars of the show in Royal Mail’s Valentine’s Day Video

Wednesday, 12 February, 2020

Mechanics’ Performing Arts dance students have been donning the famous ‘postie’ uniform to feature in Royal Mail’s latest video.

Wakefield College student dances her way to success...

Tuesday, 11 June, 2019

A Mechanics’ Performing Arts student has beaten off competition from more than 2000 entrants to be crowned Miss Dance Great Britain 2019.

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 in style over at Mechanics' Performing Arts.

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
Performing Arts

Study Packs

Have you ever wondered what type of work students do on their course at college? Check out our sample study packs to find out.

They contain work you can complete at your own pace that will help develop your independent learning skills and prepare you for your next steps with Wakefield College.

Performing Arts - Level 2.pdf
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Performing Arts - Acting.pdf
586.05 kb · 01 June, 2020

Performing Arts - Dance.pdf
525.16 kb · 01 June, 2020

Performing Arts - Musical Theatre.pdf
561.58 kb · 01 June, 2020

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Case Studies

What our students say about us...
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.
Photo of Charlotte Parker
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.
Photo of Jessica Whiting
I first came 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.
Photo of Charlotte Wallis
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)
Photo of Mirlind Bega
I first came 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
Performing Arts
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
Performing Arts

The Feed

Dance Students cover Michael Jackson's Thriller

Halloween is here and we're celebrating with a dance cover/choreography of Michael Jackson's Thriller (James Egbert Remix)!

Performing Arts
31 October, 2020
The latest dance practice from Mechanics’ Performing Arts

Our Mechanics’ Performing Arts dance students killing it again with their latest dance video!

Performing Arts
25 February, 2020
Dance students collaborate with Royal Mail

Our dance students colloborated with Royal Mail for their Valentine's video.

Performing Arts
12 February, 2020
Alumna Lottie as she begins her Coronation Street journey
Alumna Lottie as she begins her Coronation Street journey

So proud of Mechanics Performing Arts alumna Lottie as she begins her Coronation Street journey as new character Jade! She started on screen this evening. So proud!

Performing Arts
27 September, 2019
Mechanics Performing Arts alumna Lottie
Mechanics Performing Arts alumna Lottie

We are so proud of Mechanics Performing Arts alumna Lottie Henshall as she is about to star as a new character Jade in Coronation Street! Make sure you tune in to watch her... Well done Lottie!

Performing Arts
29 July, 2019
We Will Rock You
We Will Rock You

The L3 MT’s have been doing their thing, and performed a medley from We Will Rock You today and yesterday, as part of the Children’s University graduation held at the Theatre Royal Wakefield.

Performing Arts
18 June, 2019

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