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Performing Arts and Music

Performing Arts and Music

Welcome to Performing Arts and Music

The biggest thing that all drama, musical theatre, acting and music students have in common is the desire to perform, rehearse and perform some more! Our students are always performing in our fully equipped theatre and at venues across Sheffield, using our TV and drama studios, recording studios and rehearsal spaces to bring their visions to life.

What goes on behind-the-scenes is crucial to a good performance. If you prefer to be backstage or behind the camera, we have lots of exciting opportunities for you to be working in our TV studio, edit suites and on our lighting rigs to direct performances or produce props for the show.

Performing Arts and Music

“I chose The Sheffield College because of the friendly feel I got on my first visit during an Open Day. The college has given me a lot of different opportunities which have constantly opened new doors to different career paths. I am now studying Theatre and Performance Technology at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.”

Jake Childe, former Production Arts student

Which programme is right for me?

Picking the programme is the first step in your performing arts and music 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. 

Trips, Visits and Workshops

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, you can do just that with us!

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. Recently our performing arts and music students have worked with:

  • The Handlebards Theatre Company
  • Chol Theatre
  • Local music producer Alan Smyth


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-fitted 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

What can I do once I finish my studies?

No matter which specialism you choose, you'll participate in numerous professional-standard productions throughout the year. Working alongside students from all areas (acting, 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.

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. 

Example careers

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What Courses are available

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Hillsborough Campus
Level 2

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