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The Performing Arts Academy aims to give dedicated and committed performing arts students a diverse range of career enhancing master classes, trips and practical workshops, that complement the students' other courses. The culmination of the academy will be a showcase of work to industry professionals.

The ethos behind the Performing Arts Academy is to stretch and challenge students who have a serious and genuine ambition to work within the performing arts industry. We want to work with learners who are passionate about the performing arts, have open minds and are prepared to face personal challenges.

The Performing Arts Academy is limited to a maximum of 16 learners each year and will run from the start of each academic year up to February half term. For successful candidates offered a place, there will be a one off Academy fee of £200. This includes all sessions and trips.

  • What’s the entry criteria?

    The Performing Arts Academy is open to any student that is studying a performing arts related course and has gained a GCSE level 4 or above in both English/Maths. The Performing Arts Academy is open to both 1st years and 2nd years as it has been designed to be both aspirational as well as inspirational. Entry is via application, audition and interview. If you are unsuccessful in gaining a place within the Performing Arts Academy it will not affect any other offers that you may have upon courses at Exeter College.

    Performing Arts related courses:

    • BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma Performing Arts (Dance)
    • UAL Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma Performing & Production Arts
    • A Level Drama & Theatre Studies
    • A Level Dance

    Remember that the Performing Arts Academy is just an extra opportunity for us to stretch and challenge some learners in addition to their studies. Drama & Performing Arts staff will be able to feedback to all learners who are have been unsuccessful in their application as part of the induction process when term starts in September. We’re really excited when learners reflect upon feedback, develop new skills and apply again to the Performing Arts Academy the following year.

  • How do I apply?

    Please click here to apply to the Academy.

    The Academy Team will then review your application and shortlist candidates for audition. Applications close on Friday 8th June 2018.

  • What will I have to do in audition?

    The Academy team want the audition process to be of value to learners. If invited to audition we will send you a clear set of instructions and logistics about what to wear, where it’ll take place, when and what material we ask that you prepare beforehand. The selection process will take the form of workshop/interview and presentation of audition material. All of this will take on the same day and we’ll aim to timetable everything over a complete morning or afternoon. Audition will be offered based on your application. This year's auditions will take place on Monday 2nd July.

  • Academy Fees

    The Performing Arts Academy is limited to a maximum of 16 learners each year and will run from the start of each academic year up to February half term. For successful candidates offered a place there will be a one off Academy fee of £200. This includes all sessions and trips.

What Our Partners Say

My time at Exeter College undertaking the BTEC in Performing Arts provided the crucial foundation I needed as an introduction to performing. Ultimately, undertaking the course made me realise my passion for the craft and art of performance, and I owe a great deal to those strong, core foundations.

If I was a student again I would be applying to the academy in a heartbeat and I actively encourage students to do so. It's a promising time to be beginning the foundations of training in the performing arts in Devon, and all budding performers should definitely go for it.

Alex Chang, Actor and Academy Ambassador

We're delighted to be working in partnership with Exeter College, and to be supported by the University of Exeter, on the new Performing Arts Academy. Supporting the next generations of young performers is at the heart of what we do at the Northcott and we are thrilled to be working alongside the College and University in this exciting new initiative.

Paul Jepson, Exeter Northcott Theatre Executive Director

We congratulate Exeter College on the launch of its new academy, and are happy to share with its participants the surprising range of career opportunities that a degree in drama opens up.

Stephen Hodge Head of Drama at the University of Exeter
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