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If you are a dynamic, focused individual with a passion for creativity and entertaining, then the impressive range of Performing Arts and Musical Theatre courses at Shrewsbury College can help you realise your ambitions.

Our highly practical and intensive courses include Level 2 and 3 and HNC/HND Performing Arts (Performance). They are enhanced through a balance of the three main disciplines of dance, acting and singing.

You will develop a real feel for the Performing Arts industry through regular workshops from professionals and performances each term at professional venues.
Our tutors are professionals who still work within the industry, providing help to achieve your goals in an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding atmosphere, developing your skills along the way. Our Musical Theatre lecturer is one of the only vocal coaches in the area who works with the Estill Voice Model, helping students access and develop their vocal skills, whilst gaining an understanding of the bio mechanics of the human voice.

Our part-time BTEC Certificate in Dance is aimed at anyone with an interest in developing their dance technique or for existing performing arts students looking to specialise in dance.

When you progress from Shrewsbury College you will be ready to continue study at a higher level or start one of many fascinating careers the performing arts industry offers, in areas such as acting, dancing, direction, production, stage management, choreography, costume and set design.


Trailer for Shrewsbury College's production of Guys and Dolls

Our part-time BTEC Certificate in Dance is aimed at anyone with an interest in developing their dance technique or for existing performing arts students looking to specialise in dance.

When you progress from Shrewsbury College you’ll be ready to continue study at a higher level or start one of many fascinating careers the performing arts industry offers, in areas such as acting, dancing, direction, production, stage management, choreography, costume and set design.

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A Level Options

This subject area has courses which can be taken alongside A Levels and other qualifications.

It’s been a great experience at Shrewsbury College and I have learned lots and had many opportunities to perform in front of audiences and put on professional shows. I chose Shrewsbury College because it was a practical based course and because of the facilities which are better than other colleges. I feel more prepared for the next stage of my education now and my confidence has been really boosted.

Emma Pearson
Diploma in Performing Arts

Student Success

Students regularly put on sell-out musical productions at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn and have been involved in filming for ITV on the production of Home Fires.

Past Students

Many students have gained places at prestigious drama schools including Mount View, Arts Ed, MTA, and RADA or progressed to university to study drama, musical theatre and dance. Career opportunities include acting, musical theatre, scriptwriting, directing, production, stage-management, circus skills, choreography, costume and set design. Past students can be seen in West End productions, including CATS, Wizard of Oz, Saturday Night Fever and The Threepenny Opera or gone on to set up professional theatre companies.

Career Options

Career options and national starting averages include:

  • Lighting Technician £9,500+
  • Musical Theatre Actor £430+ per week

You could go on to be an:

  • Experienced Choreographer £1,275+ per week
  • Stage Manager £35,000+

Source: National Careers Service