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Welcome to Music & Performing Arts

Sheffield is known worldwide for its creative talent - think Sean Bean, Arctic Monkeys, Def Leppard and films like This is England and The Full Monty. You could be the next big thing! In fact, we’ve got a pretty good track record of nurturing creative talent – many of our previous students have gone on to careers in TV (Emmerdale), film, West End theatre, cruise ships, music production, band management and loads more.

We’ve also got loads of opportunities for those of you who prefer to be backstage or behind the camera. You can hone your production skills in our industry-standard TV studio, a theatre equipped with professional lighting rigs or a studio full of the latest editing software. Whether on or off-stage, we’ve got a study programme that will suit you.

Professionalism and preparing you for working life is key to all of our study programmes. That’s why we’ve invested millions in our performing arts facilities to provide a fully equipped theatre, TV and dance studios, editing suites for film and music, recording studios and loads of rehearsal spaces.

You’ll also get plenty of chances to work on full-scale productions and briefs set by industry professionals such as the BBC, so you’ll know what it takes to deliver a creative project to a professional standard, no matter what your specialism is.

You’ll be mentored throughout by tutors who have all had experience in the creative industries, so they’re well placed to give you advice and guidance about breaking into the industry or taking the next step into university or further training, as well as your study programme!

Which course is right for me?

Picking the right course is the first step in your Music and Performing Arts career! Whether you choose a full-time study programme and pick your own specialism, or apply to study a university-level programme, we're sure to have something that suits you and your learning style. 

Just click on a button below to start exploring our Music and Performing Arts courses.

Course FAQs

Deciding if a full-time course is right for you can be a difficult decision to make. To make your decision easier we have asked our Music & Performing Arts tutors to answer some of the most common questions asked about our courses.

Check out the video on the right to find out more.

Music & Performing Arts FAQ
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Student work

Take a behind the scenes look at our FdA Performing Arts students' performance of Fragments of War at Kelham Island Museum.

Trips, Visits & Competitions

We know that you can only learn so much in the classroom. To be really confident in your skills, knowledge and abilities you'll need a variety of practical experiences. Luckily, all of our Music and Performing Arts programmes will allow you to do just that!

Throughout your studies, you will have the opportunity to engage directly with industry professionals so that you can learn from their experience. Whether that's attending a local show or performance, or participating in a guest masterclass, we know that getting that first hand experience is vital.


All of our full-time study programmes include practical elements which draw upon real-world experiences, this might include working in a group to create an exhibition performance piece, or getting stuck into a project brief set by a local company. Whatever it is, these "live" experiences will help you to fully contextualise and understand the theory you've been covering in the classroom.

Our Music and Performing Arts students are regularly encouraged to gain work experience too - recently some of our dance students were invited to perform as a part of Jack Whitehall's Sheffield tour date!


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Our performing arts and music offer really is a step up from anything you will have experienced before! We've invested millions into our Hillsborough Campus, transforming it into our creative hub. 

If you're a keen performer, you'll love working in our sprung-floor dance studios or rehearsing in our drama studios and fully-equipped theatre. Off-stage you will learn to work in professional setups, including our fully-rigged lighting rig and sound desk. Music students can take advantage of using our sound-proof rehearsal rooms, recording studios and editing suites.

At our Hillsborough campus you'll also have access to:

  • Microsoft Office packages so that you can complete written and computer-based coursework.
  • Computer suites
  • Laptops and Chromebooks available to hire out through the library so you can work remotely if you need to
  • Virtual learning platforms such as Google Classroom and Moodle so you can access your classwork wherever you are
  • Social spaces where you can complete your group projects, or relax in between lessons
  • a gym, a 3G sports pitch and a sports hall which is available for use for all, not just those studying Sport

Click on a button below to explore our facilities through a virtual tour!

What can I do once I finish my studies?

No matter which specialism your choose, you'll participate in numerous professional-standard productions throughout the year. Working alongside students from all areas (acting, dance, music and production arts) will help you to hone your teamwork, time management and organisational skills, all key attributes that any employer is after.

We appreciate that performing arts and music might seem like a difficult industry to break into, but job prospects in this market are on the up. In fact, it's estimated that by 2022 there will be 1,000 performing arts and music jobs available in Sheffield.

You can also access a wealth of information about available job roles and average wages, as well as local vacancies and CV tips via our online platform, Career Coach.

Careers advice to help you go further

Choosing a career path when you've only just left school can seem like a daunting prospect, but our Careers Advice Team are on hand to offer you the best impartial careers guidance going. 

They can help you to figure out the kind of jobs that you might enjoy based on your interests, skills and hobbies; or if you already have a pretty good idea of what you'd like to do in the future they can give you some pointers on how to go further and land your dream job. You can talk to them whether you're still deciding on a course or even if you're about to make the jump from education into full-time work. 

Why not ask them a question on Twitter right now? Just send us your question using #AskCareersTSC