Performing Arts

If you were born to perform – as an actor, a singer, a dancer or a musician – or even if you want to work behind the scenes, you’ll absolutely love the passion, enthusiasm and creative atmosphere that infects everyone in our performing arts department, here at The Manchester College.

Home to the unique and highly regarded Arden School of Theatre, with the ever-growing MediaCityUK on your doorstep and a bustling, world-renowned music scene at the heart of Manchester, you’ll be surrounded by performance and experience at every turn.  Everything we teach is constantly developing and innovating, to give you the skills and the edge to stand out and achieve success as a working professional.

  • The first class training you’ll receive in performing arts and production is supported by the incredible facilities across our campuses. Our industry-standard studios are unparalleled, our technology and equipment is state-of-the-art and our performance spaces are extraordinary.

    They include professional, industry-specification theatres, dance studios & band rooms; four DJ mixing booths and specialist recording equipment; a set building workshop and fully operational wardrobe; and even a sheltered outdoor amphitheatre for performances! Rehearsal spaces, six Mac suites running industry software such as Logic, Sibelius and Ableton, and changing rooms are all readily available too.

  • Our industry connections are second to none, as you’ll experience when you learn from tutors who are still active in the performing arts business, enjoy visits from guest speakers like working directors and choreographers, and get workshop training from some of the best in the business.

    With lots of tutor contact hours and plenty of opportunity to network, you’ll also get to perform for the public on regular occasions. Our music department even has an incredible partnership with one of the region’s leading venues, where you’ll get to perform, engineer or promote gigs at Manchester’s Band On The Wall! You’ll also benefit from connections with Brighter Sound, Unity Radio, the BBC and ITV!

  • All of the courses offered by our performing arts department are extremely practical and hands-on, with something to suit every passion from DJ-ing to acting, singing to dancing. We can help you advance your career and skills from a BTEC diploma right through to a BA (Hons) degree, helping prepare and equip you for any kind of role in the industry! Uniquely, we offer the opportunity to study the performing arts from Level 1 through to degree level.

  • Our performing arts department is based both at our Shena Simon Campus in the city centre and at the Arden School of Theatre in our Nicholls Campus. Our music courses are taught at Shena Simon too, as well as our Openshaw Campus in east Manchester. They’re all easy to find and easy to get to!

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Available Courses

Music Technology


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Introduction to Music Technology L1


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Theatre and Performance


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Top Careers Opportunities

Audio engineer

Average salary: £31k

Actor/ presenter

Average salary: £36k


Average salary: £26k


Average salary: £36k

I feel at home in the Manchester College, it's a place to make lifelong friends and support each other in their next steps.

Jessica Pearson • Dance

Being surrounded by students and staff who are dedicated to acting was so inspirational for me. The Manchester College provided me with that environment. It was the best choice I could have made to help me pursue my dream of becoming an actor.

Theo Graham • National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting)

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