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Performing and Production Arts Level 3

Course Overview

This Performing and Production Arts Level 3 course is for those who have a strong interest in developing as performer, practitioner, director, designer and/ or technician in Theatre and/or television.

Located at the City Centre Campus as well as the egg at the Theatre Royal in Bath, you’ll work with professional performers and directors to develop your craft whilst rehearsing and performing in professional venues, as a member of Bath Theatre Academy. In the second year, you can specialise in acting, writing, design, direction or technical theatre and have the opportunity to take part in public performances at local professional theatre spaces with mentoring from industry professionals.


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What topics are covered?

During this two-year course, you will develop your skills and expand your range in the various disciplines of script writing, musical theatre, drama, street theatre, dance and physical theatre. You will have the opportunity to devise, perform, design, stage manage and direct in shows in professional venues such as the Egg, Rondo and our own TEMPA Theatre. You will also have the opportunity to tour small productions.

You will be taught how to use web 2.0 technologies in order to produce an online learning blog and as a tool to aid the promotion of your work/show reels.


In the second year you may specialise (but not exclusively) in either acting or technical theatre.


As a full-time student at Bath College, you will follow a study programme consisting of a vocational diploma, maths and English, employability skills, volunteering and tutorial. Please visit our Study Programmes page for details.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 and may also meet the needs of mature students up to 21 years.

What are the entry requirements?

The minimum entry requirements for this course are four GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English language, or a Level 2 Diploma in Performing and Production Arts at Merit level (with at least a Merit in all core units).

You must also successfully complete an interview and audition. Candidates will be asked to respond to a set brief and bring this work with them to the interview.

What qualifications will I gain?

Level 3 Diploma in Performing and Production Arts.

Who is the awarding body?

UAL (University of the Arts London)

How will I learn?

Your learning is enhanced by professional technicians, directors, choreographers, musical directors and set designers who will work alongside you. You will develop work both independently and as a member of a team. You will also have opportunities to collaborate with filmmakers or musicians to produce short films, dance for film, sketches, promotional music videos and residential film projects within the department of Creative Arts and Enterprise at the college. Alongside exploring existing theatrical pieces, you will be expected to take part in writing, producing and the performance of original work that engages and challenges both you as an actor and the audience.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is continuous throughout skills workshops, performance against agreed targets and participation in and completion of productions in response to set live briefs during the two years. Written journals, evaluations and essays may also form an integral part of the assessment.


You must successfully complete year one with at least a merit to be offered a place on the second year of the programme and achievement of the extended diploma.

What can I do after this course?

  • Progress to higher education to study performing arts, drama, dance or other combined degrees and diplomas
  • Go straight into professional work as an actor, dance/ fitness teacher, director or entertainment representative
  • Technical Theatre students can also choose to go straight into professional work as theatre technicians


  • Drama & Dance school or HE study
  • HNC Music Performance and Production
  • FDA Creative Enterprise

Are there any additional costs?

A studio fee of £90 will be required from students as a contribution towards the cost of course resources. In addition, students are required to provide practical clothing for classes e.g. tracksuit bottoms and a T-shirt.

What funding is available?

If you are aged 19 or over you may be eligible to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover your tuition fees.

For other funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

What facilities are available?

  • College Theatre Space, Dance Studio and Rehearsal
  • Access to The Theatre Royal (Main House), The Egg and Ustinov Studio
  • Apple Mac suites

What organisations does the College work with on this course?

Our Level 3 Performing and Production Arts course has been awarded the 2018/19 AoC Beacon Standard Commendation.


AoC Beacon Commendation Logo 2018-2019

What are the leisure and cultural activities?

You will have the opportunity to take part in public performances at local professional theatres spaces such as the Egg Theatre. There are also potential exciting opportunities to travel abroad to experience theatre and performance in different cultures.

Which department is this course in?

Department of Business, Music, Media and Performing Arts

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring loose and appropriate clothing that does not prohibit your movement.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please contact Additional Learning Support to arrange additional help.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: download the Full-Time Application Form and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

To find out more about the application process, please go to the How to Apply page.


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