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The Sheffield College

Music and Performing Arts

Performing Arts and Music


Sheffield is known worldwide for its creative talent - think Sean Bean, Arctic Monkeys, Def Leppard and films like This is England and The Full Monty. You could be the next big thing! In fact we’ve got a pretty good track record of nurturing creative talent – many of our previous students have gone on to careers in TV (Emmerdale), film, West End theatre, cruise ships, music production, band management and loads more.

We’ve also got loads of opportunities for those of you who prefer to be backstage or behind the camera. You can hone your production skills in our industrystandard TV studio, a theatre equipped with professional lighting rigs or a studio full of the latest editing software. Whether on or off-stage, we’ve got a study programme that will suit you.

Professionalism and preparing you for working life is key to all of our study programmes. That’s why we’ve invested millions in our performing arts facilities to provide a fully equipped theatre, TV and dance studios, editing suites for film and music, recording studios and loads of rehearsal spaces.

You’ll also get plenty of chances to work on full-scale productions and briefs set by industry professionals such as the BBC, so you’ll know what it takes to deliver a creative project to a professional standard, no matter what your specialism is.

You’ll be mentored throughout by tutors who have all had experience in the creative industries, so they’re well placed to give you advice and guidance about breaking into the industry or taking the next step into university or further training, as well as your study programme!

Teaching expertise

All of our performing arts tutors have one thing in common - passion for their specialism! Many of them have worked in performing arts or music before making the jump into education, so they know exactly what it takes to break into that field.

Not only can they pass on their knowledge and skills to you in order to help you ace your study programme, but they're also brilliantly placed to offer you advice and guidance on your next steps after you finish your journey with us, whether that's applying for drama school, going freelance or pursuing further specialist training.

Our amazing facilities

Our performing arts and music offer really is a step up from anything you will have experienced before! We've invested millions into our Hillsborough Campus, transforming it into our creative hub. 

If you're a keen performer, you'll love working in our sprung-floor dance studios, or rehearsing in our drama studios and fully-equipped theatre. Off-stage you will learn to work in professional set ups, including our fully-rigged lighting rig and sound desk. Music students can take advantage of using our sound-proof rehearsal rooms, recording studios and editing suites.

If it all sounds a bit too good to be true, come along to one of our open days and see it for yourself!

Experience of work

At The Sheffield College, we know that getting practical, hands-on experience is one of the best ways to prepare you for the world of work and to make you stand out to employers. Luckily, our performing arts and music study programmes all contain a strong focus on practical skills.

No matter which specialism your choose, you'll participate in numerous professional-standard productions throughout the year. Working alongside students from all areas (acting, dance, music and production arts) will help you to hone your teamwork, time management and organisational skills, all key attributes that any employer is after.

Career prospects

We appreciate that performing arts and music might seem like a difficult industry to break into, but job prospects in this market are on the up. In fact, it's estimated that by 2022 there will be 1,000 performing arts and music jobs available in Sheffield.

You can also access a wealth of information about available job roles and average wages, as well as local vacancies and CV tips via our online platform, Career Coach.


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