Are you a budding actor, dancer, musician, singer or entertainer?
Can you see yourself working in a theatre, on TV, performing gigs or appearing on You Tube?
If so then a career in the performing arts sector could be for you!
- Jobs in the performing arts sector are increasing as more people enjoy more leisure time. In 2016, 66,000 people were employed in performing arts, a rise of 7,000 from 2013.
- The Bazlagette review carried out in 2017 predicts that the creative industries could be worth £128.4billion to the UK economy by 2025 and help to create up to one million jobs by 2030.
Routes into this sector
There are various types of qualifications available at different levels.
- GCSEs in English, maths, drama and dance will help get you into this sector.
- At 16 you could do A Levels, which are general academic subjects or develop your knowledge and skills for this sector through an apprenticeship/traineeships or through a vocational qualification,
- At 18 or 19 you could do a higher education/degree level course, with 8 out of 10 A Level students choosing this pathway and half of all BTEC National students. However there are also other routes into your chosen career - through apprenticeships and vocational qualifications.
Many jobs in the performing arts sector require you to have gained experience before applying for jobs and may require you to audition for roles. Gain acting experience through your school, youth or community amateur dramatics group, or undertake work experience at a theatre. Holiday camps and resorts offer good opportunities, working as an entertainer or tour operator. Signing up to an agency and securing small parts in television programmes or adverts, or working as an extra, can also be a great way into an acting career.
Use the Course Search
Use the relevant search options on our Course Search to find college and university courses as well as vacancies for apprenticeships.
More help finding courses and training
- To find out more about the qualifications needed in this sector go to Creative Skillset: for careers in animation, computer games, visual effects, TV, radio, film, fashion, design, advertising, social media creative hair and makeup
- Find out what qualifications you need to study Drama in higher education.
- To find out whether there is an apprenticeship training course related to performing arts that might suit you.
- To search for an apprenticeship vacancies available now related to design, across England (you need a vacancy to be able to apply)
- To find apprenticeship vacancies near you. Also, there are other ways to find an apprenticeship explained here.
- To find a vocational course related to performing arts at a college (also check the college's website to get the latest list of courses)
- To find a university level course related to performing arts
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