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Extended Diploma for Creative Industries Practitioners

If you are interested in pursuing a career in performance then this is the course for you.

Our industry experts in music, theatre and dance will help develop your specialist skills in the field of your choice. Live performance is a central part of your practice, with a variety of shows performed at the Landmark Theatre and our Factory music space.

Learning to collaborate and work together creating performance material, your technical performance skills will thrive as you will gain real-world experience of technical production and performance along with the vital skills associated with success, including marketing and promoting your work through social media advertising, how to start a business in the arts and planning for a career in the creative and performing arts.

Units covered on the course will depend on your choice of specialist pathway of either Music or Theatrical Performance/Dance.

Units will include:
– Approaches to acting (theatre)
– Understanding live sound design (music)
– Global dance styles (dance)
– Advertising, marketing and promotion
– Managing a social media campaign
– Funding, finance and investment for the creative arts
– Enterprise and innovation
– Starting a business in the arts
– Career development

You will also undertake a final industry project including a live performance.

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Sep 2023 : North Devon : Full-time
Course Code : FTB486 (2023)
Level : Level 3
Duration : 2 Years
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Course details


Assessment is based on a series of assignments which combine your knowledge of theory with practice. Presentation of your skills and their development is assessed by live performances.

Entry Requirements

To be accepted onto this Level 3 programme, you must hold at least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including GCSE Maths and English Language.

All applicants will also need to complete a small audition in the discipline of their choice.


Upon successful completion of this course, you can study a Higher National Diploma (HND), foundation degree or move directly into employment.

Facilities and resources

Our facilities are the best in the South West, with dedicated spaces for dance, music and theatre. Each practice space has an excellent array of professional equipment, lighting, staging and other industry-standard equipment designed to facilitate your success.


Q: Is live performance part of the course?

A: Yes, after developing your specialist skills, you will work as a team to produce a show, it is part of the assessment process and underpins your career development.

Q: Can I use the recording studios and stages to practice out of taught times?

A: Yes, you can use the spaces, they need to be supervised by one of our technicians, so booking is essential.

Q: What are my career opportunities at the end of this course?

A: Many of our learners go on to successful careers in the industry having gained valuable experience in real-world scenarios. Visiting alumni are part of our celebration of learning, so you will meet ex learners and discover how they have made it in the industry.

Study Programme

Every full-time student at Petroc will have their own Study Programme which will include:

– Your academic or vocational qualification.

– Maths and English Language development – if you have not achieved GCSE grade 4 in either of these subjects.

– Work Experience – hours will vary depending on your qualification and course level.

– Tutor Support – to support your personal, academic and professional development.

– Sustainability – helping you to identify how you can improve the sustainability of your future employment sectors.

– Personal Development Awards – developing six key areas of personal and employability behaviours to prepare you for the working world.

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Starting Date : 04/09/2023
Course Code : FTB486 (2023) North Devon campus Apply

Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.

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