The inspirational Performing Arts Department at the Manchester College offer a broad choice vocational courses designed to equip you with the practical skills, business knowledge and subject expertise to pursue a wide range of career paths in this demanding and creative industry.

We offer courses in

  • Acting
  • Musical theatre
  • Dance
  • Production Arts: Technical Theatre

Our Performing Arts department is based at the Shena Simon Campus the heart of Manchester City Centre with direct access to the vibrant cultural and artistic opportunities which the city has to offer. With industry trained tutors and regular visits from professionals practitioners and directors your studies here have direct links the business. The department features two professional standard theatres, full sized dance and acting studios and as well as a set building workshop and fully operational wardrobe.

Looking for a university or degree level course in performance or theatre?

You may be interested in courses at our Arden School of Theatre.

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Andrew Reece, Performing Arts (Dance) Level 3 student
Andrew Reece, studying BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) Level 3, is aiming high and hoping to gain a place at one of the top dance schools in the North of England...

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