A cut out image of male performing arts student singing into a mic in the recording studio at East Durham College's Peterlee Campus

Performing Arts

The Performing Arts Department will help you develop your creative talents and business skills, so that you can compete in this demanding and exciting field.

We offer pathways in:

  • acting
  • musical theatre
  • dance
  • drama

Preparation for the workplace is an important component of our courses too, so work-related activities and work experience placements play a vital route in your education.

Students achieving a full level 3 programme have the opportunity to apply for university entrance to study on a massive range of higher education courses as well as the foundation degree run at the College in partnership with the University of Sunderland.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our performing arts courses are based at the Peterlee Campus which boasts state-of-the-art facilities including a 220-seat professional theatre, dance studio, TV studio and media editing suite, four music practice rooms furnished with PA systems, drum-kit and amplifiers and a Protools HD recording studio. This is all designed to make your teaching environment as realistic as possible in preparation for a career in the performing arts industry.

Students will be involved in a wide range of performances throughout the academic year ranging from a Christmas pantomime to a music festival in Holland. 

Staff are highly qualified and industry experienced. This ensures that they bring first-hand, up-to-date knowledge to their teaching and can pass on invaluable advice and support to their students. 

For general full time or part time course enquires, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

To see full details on each of our performing arts courses, run at the Peterlee Campus in County Durham, please click on any of the courses listed below.

Available full and part time course(s) listed below:

Employment Stats & Facts In This Sector

Infographic detailing key employment stats for actors and presenters, these details can be found in the career coach section of our website