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L3 Dance Level 3 | Diploma in Performing and Production Arts

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The course considers and explores a variety of dance styles and performance techniques. The course has a strong emphasis on a practical approach to studying dance, and you will participate in a wide variety of technique classes, productions, workshops and performance projects.

You will study:

  • Jazz technique and performance
  • Ballet technique and performance
  • Commercial and urban technique and performance
  • Contemporary technique and performance
  • Choreography
  • Site-specific performance
  • Physical theatre
  • Large-scale performance projects

You will perform in three productions each year at our theatres and other touring venues. The Bristol Institute of Performing Arts has excellent facilities, including the 250-seat Olympus theatre, the 80-seat Studio 22 theatre, tech theatre workshops, 4 dance studios, 6 drama studios, singing studios, costume and prop stores and full technical facilities and support.

A UAL Extended Diploma takes two years to complete. Upon successful completion this qualification is the equivalent of three A-Levels.

The Bristol Institute of Performing Arts (BIPA) is proud to be part of South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

How will I learn?

This Level 3 course is based at our dynamic and exciting WISE Campus, located within easy reach of the city of Bristol and moments away from Bristol Parkway and Bristol Abbey Wood train stations.

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Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English, as well as a Merit at Level 2. Exceptional entry may be possible if a high level of skill in drama can be demonstrated. People over 19 without formal qualifications will be considered.

Maths & English

A key requirement for obtaining many jobs is to achieve a good standard of English and maths. Therefore, learners that do not yet have a GCSE grade 4 (C) in this subject will be enrolled on either a GCSE or funtional skills course alongside this course.


The performing arts and leisure industry is one of the few areas in the jobs market that has seen sustained levels of employment and even shown areas of growth in the present economic climate.

Work Experience

There are work placement opportunities for each year of the course, and learners can also participate in public productions in our two professional-standard theatres.

Additional Information

The Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts are designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree level study or employment in the performing arts. The course provides an opportunity for those who have an interest in the performing arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating, demanding and provides a supportive transition from general to more specialised study.

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course information last updated: Tuesday 18th January 2022 @ 8.30am (8 hours ago)

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Full-Time 2022-2023

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