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Performing Arts DancePerforming Arts & Dance Courses in Guildford, Surrey

Lights, camera, action – if you’re looking for a career in performing arts, our courses can help you hit the right note.Do you see your career on the stage or in front of the camera? Either way, this industry can be tough to break into - you’ll need talent, energy and loads of ambition to be successful. Jobs in this industry can involve long hours in some challenging locations. The rewards are plentiful though, you could travel the world doing something you love, meet amazing people from all walks of life and, who knows, one day you could find yourself working alongside your own film idol! Sound exciting enough? Of course it is!

If this inspires you, then a great place to start is with us. Our Performing Arts courses are hugely practical, giving you the training you need to perform at a high level. We also make sure you learn about professional practice within the working environment, employment strategies and maintaining health and fitness for a long term career.

Delivered in well equipped drama and dance studios with ballet barres, sprung floors and mirrored walls, all our tutors have extensive performing and directing experience and really get the very best out of all of our students. Indeed, we have an excellent reputation for preparing our students to go on to some of the country’s top academies, including The London School of Contemporary Dance, The Urdang Academy, East 15, Millenium Dance and ALRA.

Obviously, performance is at the heart of our courses here and you will get plenty of opportunities to perform and participate in productions throughout the year at the College as well at local venues. 

BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate Performing Arts (NQF) - 2016:17
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BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Performing Arts (NQF) - 2016:17
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Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Performing Arts (NQF) - 2016:17
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Why Choose Guildford College?

  • Performing Arts students from Guildford College are frequently accepted into the country’s top academies and universities
  • Well equipped drama studio with stage lighting and sound
  • Three dance studios with cushioned floors, ballet barres and mirrored walls
  • Well lit, spacious performance areas
  • Opportunity to perform and participate in productions throughout the year at the College in local theatres and venues
  • Theatre visits
  • Specialist workshops developing physical skills in performance, vocal skills, improvisation and understanding of the theatre ensemble
  • Work with theatre professionals and experts in the field of performance arts
  • Links with local theatres, arts venues and community groups

Day to Day in Industry

  • Researching your role
  • Learning lines
  • Rehearsing
  • Auditioning
  • Promoting performances
  • Teaching

Jobs in Performing Arts

  • Performer
  • Drama or Theatre Workshop Leader
  • Arts Development Officer
  • Arts Administrator
  • Technician
  • Drama / Dance Teacher
  • Choreographer / Director
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Average Salary

Performing Arts is a notoriously fickle business. You’ll need talent, determination, an ability to work hard and a bit of luck! Actors and dancers can earn up to £30,000 or as little as £6,000 depending on talent, agent, casting directors and amount of work. If you are a member of Equity (the performers' union), you should earn at least £343 a week, with non-Equity work typically paying less. As a choreographer you may earn £20,000 a year once established, rising to £30,000 as a teacher.

Moving On

Audition for a degree in professional dance, musical theatre, dance and theatre performance, contemporary dance, acting, theatre directing, text and performance or many others.


Student Soundbite

“Our tutor really pushes us and challenges us to be the best that we can be. She never stops trying.”

Emma, Dance

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