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Acting Diploma

Cornwall College St Austell LEVEL: 3 Music & Performing Arts

Is a life on the stage or screen calling you? Do you long to act, dance, sing or perform to live audiences or on TV? Our St Austell campus has a renowned reputation for its performing arts courses which enable students to progress to some of the most prestigious performing arts schools and conservatoires in the country. Our facilities are amazing and include The Keay Theatre, professional dance studios, and rehearsal and performance spaces.

If you wish to pursue a career in the performing arts then we offer you the choice of four specialist courses, all of which are equivalent to A-levels. Our Level 2 course is ideal should your GCSE results not be what you expected, with the option to progress to one of our Level 3 diplomas.

If you want to become an actor and would love to work in TV, theatre or film, then this course is for you. You will enhance your acting skills learning key disciplines like voice techniques. You will also get the chance to devise and direct your own work performing in front of live audiences in our Keay theatre and discover the business and cultural heritage of performing arts.

As part of your course you will be required to carry out Work Experience and/or an Industry Placement. For more details please click here.


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Ideal if:

You want to develop the skills you’ll need for a career in acting for film, television or stage.

You’ll need:

Four GCSEs at grade 4, including English and mathematics. Successful selection is also based on interview and an audition.

You’ll learn:

How to experiment with performance and develop your acting and voice techniques. Successful selection is also based upon interview, audition and your commitment to the course.


Many opportunities to expand your knowledge of contemporary and classical theatre and the chance to devise and to direct your own work.

You’ll love:

Exploring the business and cultural heritage of performing arts.

You’ll go on to:

Continue to higher education study or conservatoire training. Learners have gone on to study at Trinity Laban, NSCD, Performers College, Bodywork, London Studio Centre, Shockout, Urdang, Middlesex University, Laine Theatre Arts, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and more.


Music & Performing Arts




Start Date

September 2020


St Austell


2 Years full-time


Katie Perrin Actress

Katie’s most recent role was playing Princess Fiona in the Italian touring production of Shrek. Katie studied performing arts and has enjoyed great success in the industry.

Music & Performing Arts

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