Performing and production arts

From sound operator to musical theatre performer, music technician, music journalist or arts producer or director. Find out where a career pathway in performing and production arts could take you.

Choose a career pathway in performing arts, music, acting and dance

Join a sector employing more than 100,000 people in the UK, in occupations including: dance, music, opera, theatre, arts administration and music technology.

Our career pathway in performing and production arts will give you the opportunity to collaborate with other production companies, building core skills in acting, dancing and directing.  Our industry standard facilities, expert teacher support and industry partnerships will provide you with many opportunities to gain invaluable experience and prepare for progression. 

What is a career pathway?

A career pathway is a series of building blocks that will take you to your future career. Our career pathway maps will show you the best routes through college, higher education and employment and into the most popular industry sectors.

Our aim is to offer every learner a direct line of sight to employment. This means that we will equip you with the skills, attributes and knowledge that future employers want, giving you a greater chance to succeed.

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What could my future job look like? 

Here are some examples of the tasks that you may be carrying out:

  • Sound engineer: manage the production of music recordings to professional standards at a range of venues - for example, concert arenas.
  • Dancer: work as a professional dancer, learning and rehearsing choreography routines in shows or teach customers how to dance across different styles.
  • Actor: interpret a character on stage or for film, learning your dialogue lines and undergoing a physical transformation to look like your chosen character.
  • Musician: play an instrument to professional standards, on your own or as part of a band, in your chosen genre(s) of music.
  • Artists and repertoire representative: manage an artist's career, representing them in negotiations with concert promoters and other third parties.


Our aim is to equip you to be successful in the job market,

whether you are heading for a job straight after your time at

college, plan to take a university-level programme first or are

already working in a part-time job.

Industry partnerships

We have partnerships with professional theatre companies, music and arts companies and arts centres, including the Old Fire Station in Oxford, the Mill Arts Centre in Banbury, Reading Studio of Dramatic Art, Reading Rep and CultureMix in Reading.