Performing and Production Arts

City of Oxford College is an approved centre for University of the Arts London (UAL) Awarding Body.

We provide you with excellent, hands-on industry experience to give you the confidence and professional skills you need to progress in this exciting industry.

We have exciting partnerships with the Reading Rep Theatre and the Cherwell Theatre in Banbury. These partnerships promote more diversity in the arts sector in Oxfordshire and offer mentoring, placements, and workshops to our students.

You’ll develop practical performance skills for using voice, music, and movement to communicate effectively with an audience, as well as transferable core skills such as teamwork, self-discipline, and confidence. You’ll also get valuable experiences from working with—and leading—your classmates.

On our Performing Arts courses at Oxford City Stage and Screen, we are passionate about providing an experience that is fulfilling and exciting; giving you a hands-on experience of what it is like to be a performer in the industry.

On this pathway, you'll choose your specialism to train in music, acting or dance, and come together for some crossover sessions such as musical theatre. You will work in excellent facilities and studios, with staff who have industry experience and are experts in their areas. We also work closely with employers to ensure you are working to the high standards required for employment and are therefore confident and ready for progression into the world of work or higher education.

Our students have performed at Disneyland Paris, Move It Convention London, Blenheim Palace, National Trust Sites, Oxford Castle and Prison, the Ashmolean Museum and other public performances around Oxfordshire. We also provide additional masterclasses and trips to enrich the student experience. Recently our students have worked with professionals from Hamilton, Les Mis, and professional dancers based in London. Follow us on Instagram and learn more!

Upon graduation, many of our dance students have gone on to top dance colleges and universities, such as Stella Mann College, Shockout, Millenium Performing Arts, Urdang, and Wilkes Academy.

Our music programmes, held at the Oxford Institute of Music, can develop your performance and production skills, with opportunities to develop specialist skills in music technology.

Music students benefit from recording studios and performance spaces, with opportunities to gain performance experiences throughout the year.

Whatever your specialism, on our courses you will gain key skills and experiences that are not only vital for success in the creative industries, but also are highly transferable to other career paths.

Our performing arts programmes are great preparation for university, vocational or dance college.  

They build your core skills in acting, dancing and stage management, so you can aim for a career in the performing arts sector. If music is your thing, you’ll get experience of performing live to audiences and working in sound studios. You can even collaborate with Media students to make music videos! 

Music, visual arts, and the performing arts industries contribute over £4 billion a year to the UK economy.

As of 2020, in the UK, there are 201,387 jobs in just the performing arts, with a further 8,572 openings per year Arts officers, producers and director jobs are forecast to grow ahead of the national average rate between 2020 and 2025.

Industry partnerships

University of the Arts London (UAL) Awarding Body

UAL Awarding Body believes in transformative education. They design and award creative qualifications that empower and inspire educators to help students reach their potential.


UAL Awarding Body is regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and CCEA Regulation and currently offers qualifications in Art and Design, Fashion Business and Retail, Creative Media Production and Technology, Music Performance and Production and Performing and Production Arts. They are also the UK’s leading provider of the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Their qualifications have high retention and achievement rates because they are flexible, responsive and relevant to industry needs, and facilitate student progression.

Charlie, Performing Arts Level 3 College has allowed me to specialise in what I enjoy, letting me gain experience in the set and the logistics of how to put on a performance.
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