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L3 Musical Theatre Level 3 | Diploma in Performing and Production Arts

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This highly popular and exciting course will build skills and knowledge in all aspects of musical theatre. you will develop musical theatre skills in singing, dance (jazz, tap, ballet) and acting through a range of performance-based projects, accompanied by demonstrations and guidance from the industry-experienced tutors.

You will study:

  • Acting technique and performance
  • Tap dance technique and performance
  • Ballet technique and performance
  • Jazz dance technique and performance
  • Singing technique and performance
  • Audition technique
  • Choreography
  • Collaborative 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 and Maths. Exceptional entry may be possible if a high level of skill in musical theatre 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 who do not yet have a GCSE grade 4 (C) in these subjects will be enrolled on either a GCSE or Functional Skills course alongside their main study programme.


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 is a work experience requirement linked to your programme and all students will complete industry-related placements.

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 25th January 2022 @ 8.30am (5 hours ago)

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Full-Time 2022-2023

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