Dance and Musical Theatre (Performing and Production Arts) UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma

Ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary - whatever your dance style, you can learn and develop yourself to gear towards your dream job with us.

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts (Dance and Musical Theatre) course offers wide ranging training and opportunities in singing, acting, and dance styles including classical ballet, contemporary, jazz, and commercial. From perfecting your skills in technical training to boosting your creativity in choreography, our Dance and Musical Theatre course is designed to nurture your existing skills and lead you to experience performance in a way you have never imagined before.

Such training is then further supported by classes in dance history and Business to widen your knowledge of all the job possibilities in Musical Theatre and the Arts industry. Our studios are always bustling with students in classes, rehearsals and performances. The department has strong links with the local and wider community where students regularly perform, gaining skills that will enhance their learning and instil the qualities required to succeed. Performances, professional visits, theatre trips and workshops are fully integrated into the course.

This specialist programme is aimed at students who already have a passion for and experience of Dance and Musical Theatre. Students should a have reasonable level of fitness, creativity, commitment and motivation.

Dance and Musical Theatre is an intensive and exciting two-year course, delivered by highly qualified, industry experienced teaching staff, who cover all aspects of the Performing arts programme.

Throughout their course of study, students will take part in lots of exciting performances, including major productions and a range of internal smaller performances and workshops. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in residential trips both in the UK and abroad. Previous residential trips include Broadway Dance New York and Scarborough National Student Drama festival.

There are three fully equipped dance studios at Guildford College, one that is multi-functional for Musical Theatre. All have sound and audio-visual connectivity, and some studios can also be used as small performance venues. Large-scale performances take place in Local Theatres linked with Guildford College, such as The Mill, G-Live, and Electric Theatre. Performances are a fully integrated part of the Performing Arts department’s work. Students will take part in performing themselves and they are expected to visit the theatre regularly to see the work of professional acting, dance and musical theatre companies.

In addition to the numerous performances students are involved in, there is ample opportunity to perform at outside venues and take part in workshops by professional visiting artists. The department and college links with performing arts agencies, studios and schools which also provide further professional opportunities, including work-based learning.

  • Jazz
  • Contemporary
  • Commercial
  • Ballet
  • Integrated Performance
  • Acting
  • Choreography
  • Group/Solo Singing
  • Audition Preparation
  • Healthier Performer
  • MT History
  • Arts Business Study


Students are assessed throughout the year with internal assessments. These assessments will be through a mixture of practical class and performance work, supporting theory work such as essays, presentations, discussions, logbooks and evaluations. Students are expected to study outside of college in order to gain the most out of their studies. This may include extra rehearsals, practicing choreography and completing any necessary homework. Students are expected to participate in 3 hours of home study per week.

Working with the UAL (University of the Arts London) Awarding Body allows us to offer our students a bespoke pre-university course, specialising in your area of interest. At the end of this two-year programme, you will achieve a UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts, which is equivalent to three A levels.


On completion of the Extended Diploma, students could move into a variety of different pathways.

The following are examples of what our past Guildford College Performing Arts students are doing now:

  • Studying for a dance/ musical theatre degree at either a university or a vocational dance school.
  • Training to be a musical theatre performer at vocational schools such as Bird College, Urdang, London Studio Centre, Performance Preparation Academy and Millennium, or to be a contemporary dancer and choreographer at places such as London Contemporary Dance School, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
  • Studying for an Acting Degree or Performance Diploma at Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, Mountview and Guildford School of Acting.
  • Performing and teaching after further training at universities including Middlesex, Kingston and Chichester.
  • Many students have performed in music videos, as actors, extras, backing dancers for live concerts, on cruise ships and in touring musical and dance productions.
  • Training and working in the fitness industry.
  • Modelling.
  • Freelance education work in UK and abroad.
  • Directing their own company, such as Guildford Fringe.
  • Arts administration.
  • Dance development worker or community dance artist.

You need to have 4 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English and maths, with a keen interest and evidence in the subject (audition).

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Why Guildford College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
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