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Top Diploma Programs in Performing Arts

Graduate, post-graduate and advanced diplomas often serve as a bridge between levels of scholarly education. Furthermore, diplomas provide a source for obtaining professional qualifications and additional training in specific areas of study.

As you begin your search for the right course of study, you may be wondering, what is a diploma in performing arts? It is a diploma in music, dance or the dramatic arts involving theory and the practical experience of live performance. Theater students can expect classes in acting, body movement and stage technique, while music students learn performance techniques, songwriting and studio recording skills. In the field of dance, courses in movement, choreography and various types of dance are required.

Individuals with a diploma in performing arts possess knowledge that often leads to specialized careers in the entertainment industry. Performance technique, marketing and event management are just a few of the skills that students will take into the professional world.

Depending on the location, the school and the program of study, earning a diploma in performing arts can take one to three years with varying tuition costs. Contact schools of interest directly for current tuition rates.

A diploma in performing arts is often the first step towards a career in theater, cinema, dance or vocal performance. In addition to being an entertainer, there are also many off-stage jobs available in the industry. Whether you prefer the limelight of professional acting, dancing and singing or working behind the scenes as director, choreographer or voice coach, a performing arts diploma provides the necessary skills to succeed.

Curriculums as part of a performing arts diploma are available from Italy to Canada, and online courses may be beneficial for those students not located near a school. If you have a passion for performance, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

 

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28 Results in Performing Arts

Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts

As a student on this course, you will be exposed to a broad range of performance genres and styles across the arts whilst developing key skills in a specialism of your ch ... [+]

Extended Diploma in Performing Arts

As a student on this course, you will be exposed to a broad range of performance genres and styles across the arts whilst developing key skills in a specialism of your choice: Music or Drama. Regardless of your chosen specialism, the Extended Diploma course is rich with opportunities to hone your communication skills, to explore and develop the expressive potential of your voice and body, to expand your knowledge, understanding and personal experience of the historical, theoretical, technical, practical and creative aspects of the performing arts, and to discover first-hand both the demands and the joys of working in an ensemble to create work that you are proud to put before an audience.... [-]

United Kingdom Cambridge
August 2020
2 years
Campus
Toronto Film School

The Acting for Film, TV and the Theatre program applies the Stanislavski Method (living truthfully under imaginary circumstances) to blend film and television acting with ... [+]

Acting for Film, TV and the Theatre Diploma

The Acting for Film, TV and the Theatre program applies the Stanislavski Method (living truthfully under imaginary circumstances) to blend film and television acting with the critical foundations of stage technique. You will explore all artistic, technical and business areas of acting, through practical, hands-on training. From movement to voice and improvisation, you will learn the foundations of acting for the camera and stage, as well as the skills for voice-over, hosting, screenwriting, pitching, producing, directing, video editing, auditioning and career management.

Duration: 18 Months

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Canada Toronto
October 2019
Full-time
18 months
Campus
University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law

This innovative Shakespeare Institute programme allows you to study the performance history but also the way in which Shakespeare’s plays have been performed through hist ... [+]

This innovative Shakespeare Institute programme allows you to study the performance history but also the way in which Shakespeare’s plays have been performed through history, up to the modern moment. It encourages a historical approach to interpretation and styles of presentation and it promotes the value of close reading as the basis for evaluating the plays on the page, stage, and screen.

You will have the opportunity to look at different productions and adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays in their historical, political, and cultural contexts and to think about the performance choices actors and directors make when approaching Shakespeare’s texts. You can also study how the textual history of Shakespeare’s plays influences performance today.... [-]

United Kingdom Birmingham
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Full-time
Part-time
8 - 36 months
Campus
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Online & Campus Combined
Fanshawe College

Music isn't just about sound. It's about passion and commitment to an art form that can evoke deep memories and feelings and transport people to different locations and t ... [+]

Overview

Music isn't just about sound. It's about passion and commitment to an art form that can evoke deep memories and feelings and transport people to different locations and times. If you're ready to work in the most modern recording facility in any school in Canada, the Music Industry Arts program will fine-tune your skills into a rewarding career.

You'll begin with the basics in sound and business, and you'll evolve over the next two years into someone who will be able to work in many different areas of the industry.

It's what Music Industry Arts grad Craig Mann did, winning an Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing in 2015.

This is a program that goes wide as well as deep. You'll learn from guest lectures, in master classes and artists-in-residence, where you'll meet alumni who will pass on their extensive knowledge of the latest technology and business realities. You'll find rewarding work in artist development, film and TV, studio recording, live concerts, music publishing and management, and gaming, or with recording artists, songwriters, agents, and promoters.... [-]

Canada London Simcoe Saint Thomas Woodstock  + 1 More
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Sunway University

The program has the distinction of covering two disciplines – theatre & film; it gives the students an interdisciplinary curriculum rarely found in other programs. St ... [+]

The program has the distinction of covering two disciplines – theatre & film; it gives the students an interdisciplinary curriculum rarely found in other programs. Students who select this program will be surrounded and supported by like-minded and equally passionate classmates, lecturers and staff, with whom you will collaborate and learn from. Apart from lectures, you will be introduced to a variety of other learning methods, such as demonstrations, practical sessions, tutorials, viewings, discussions, performances and field trips.

The lecturers are dynamic individuals who are artistic and professional people known in film, television, media and theatre. They not only provide the guidance but also are the links to the industry for students’ future work contacts.... [-]

Malaysia Shah Alam
January 2020
Full-time
3 years
Campus
Jul academy

This three-year practical and vocational course is awarded by University of West London (Level 4) and covers tuition across everything from technique and performance skil ... [+]

This three-year practical and vocational course is awarded by University of West London (Level 4) and covers tuition across everything from technique and performance skills to musicianship and music theory.

At the Jul Academy, we understand that live performance is the key to you becoming a great guitarist, so you’ll spend a lot of time on stage to help you develop your technical ability and find your niche as a performer. You’ll participate in weekly Live Performance Workshops, playing with other students while receiving expert guidance from highly skilled tutors.

The skills you will acquire include music performance, instrumental technique, music technology, creativity, musicianship, to allow you to develop fully as an artist. The focus on small class sizes and personalized learning provides opportunities for specialist study relevant to guitar, bass, vocals, or drums.... [-]

Italy Rende
October 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
LaSalle College Vancouver

The Professional Recording Arts (LIPA) program is a fully articulated block transfer program. Students aspiring to a higher level of academic work and/or are clear about ... [+]

Make Music Your Life

The Professional Recording Arts program is a transfer program for students who aspire to attend the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), a university situated in the English City of Liverpool that was co-founded by Paul McCartney. Students can apply for this specialized program at the beginning of their studies at LaSalle College Vancouver to potentially attend this prestigious school.

Objectives

The program includes all course work in the Professional Recording Arts diploma program with additional academic and project requirements and higher expectations regarding academic achievement. Additional courses include Media Studies and Technology, and Directed Studies. The program requires the completion of a variety of written papers through Directed Studies courses. In addition, students are required to complete a major collaborative project.... [-]

Canada Vancouver
October 2019
Full-time
Campus
Melbourne Polytechnic

If your passion is producing your own music and sound designs, Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Sound Production will hone your skills to a professional, commercial-rel ... [+]

If your passion is producing your own music and sound designs, Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Sound Production will hone your skills to a professional, commercial-release standard.

Become an expert in sound production and produce your own music

In the Diploma of Sound Production course you will hone your skills as DJ, composer, sound designer and/or sound producer.

You may have already completed the Certificate IV in Sound Production – either full-time, part-time or via the fast track option.

Melbourne Polytechnic’s sound studios (at Fairfield and Prahran) are fully equipped to allow you to specialise in producing electronic music and sound for commercial release, live performance, theatre, film and television.... [-]

Australia Melbourne
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Full-time
1 year
Campus
Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA)

The Department of Music provides an opportunity for music enthusiasts, who meet the minimum academic qualifications to pursue their study in music. ... [+]

Diploma in Music Rhythmic Expression & Interpretation

The Department of Music provides an opportunity for music enthusiasts, who meet the minimum academic qualifications to pursue their study in music. The Institute’s full-time course encompasses both Western classical & Eastern aspects of music.

The course emphasizes the pursuit of expressional skills in voice, composition, keyboard and string instruments as well as an in-depth understanding of theory and principles of music. The curriculum also covers the study of Computer Music and Music Business.

The study and appreciation of ethnic music also forms part of the curriculum. The incorporation of local cultural contents in music composition and a higher level of musical craft performances are encouraged. ... [-]

Malaysia Kuala Lumpur
January 2020
Full-time
Campus
Oakfields College

If dancing, singing and acting are three of your favourite things to do, then our musical theatre diploma is just the course for you. Being on stage with the glare of the ... [+]

Overview

If dancing, singing and acting are three of your favourite things to do, then our musical theatre diploma is just the course for you. Being on stage with the glare of theatre lights focussed on you may be a daunting prospect for many, but if the thought of this excites you, then you should book your audition at Oakfields College now! Our graduates are happy they did!

Do you have a passion for singing, acting and dancing? Then you need to come to Oakfields College.

This three-year diploma in musical theatre and dance is run by professionals from the performing arts, musical theatre and dance industry. It is strongly supported by industry role-players including producers, agents, choreographers and directors who attend many of our productions and often present workshops at the college.... [-]

South Africa Lynnwood Ridge
February 2020
Full-time
3 years
Campus
dBs Music Berlin

Our one year Music Production & Sound Engineering Diploma will develop your skill base to demystify the techniques and processes of music production and sound enginee ... [+]

Our one year Music Production & Sound Engineering Diploma will develop your skill base to demystify the techniques and processes of music production and sound engineering. Working on collaborative, creative projects, you will study the many aspects of music production from recording & mixing, acoustics & listening skills to sound for moving image, music technology and industry practice, while learning to find your voice as a creative music producer.

COURSE LENGTH: 1 Year (36 Weeks) COURSE START DATE: Sept 2017 TERM TIME: Sept 2017 – July 2018 COURSE FEES: from €740 per month

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Germany Berlin
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Full-time
1 year
Campus
​Bradford Dance Centre

Our diploma in dance teaching and learning is a part-time course for dance practitioners wishing to gain a nationally recognised dance teaching qualification for working ... [+]

Diploma in Dance Teaching - Children and Young People (QCF Level 6) Dates: Sept 2015 - June 2016 Hours: 112 hours over 14 days Schedule: Saturdays and Sundays Cost: £2,465

Our diploma in dance teaching and learning is a part-time course for dance practitioners wishing to gain a nationally recognised dance teaching qualification for working with children and young people. The diploma is a route to Qualified Teacher Learning Skills (QTLS) status.

The diploma is suitable for all dancers, practitioners and teachers working with children and young people, whatever their level of teaching experience, training background or style of dance. The diploma is delivered over 7 weekends (14 days) from September 2015 to June 2016, which enables students to continue to work, or undertake further study. The diploma is scheduled to run alongside our foundation course in professional contemporary dance and students may choose to undertake both qualifications.... [-]

United Kingdom Bradford
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Part-time
14 days
Campus
International College of Music

This program is the answer to musicians and music enthusiasts alike who wish to work in the professional music and entertainment industries. Building on the College&rsquo ... [+]

Program Overview

The music and entertainment industry is witnessing strong growth spells with the rise of music streaming services and music online downloads. Navigating in this tough and unyielding industry requires know-how and specific skills.

This program is the answer to musicians and music enthusiasts alike who wish to work in the professional music and entertainment industries. Building on the College’s connection with the music industry, this program has music business practitioners actually teaching the core modules. The full time program is highly career-centric and prepares you for a rewarding music business career.

In the general business studies, you will learn the basic principles of marketing, financial accounting economics and management and apply the knowledge of these in practical coursework across the duration of the program. You will develop skills to use the 4Ps of marketing in developing, positioning and promoting your music product. Creating accurate cash flows and profit & loss statements are the backbone of ethical financial practices and you will develop these when showing return of investment for your projects.... [-]

Malaysia Kuala Lumpur
January 2020
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Nimbus School of Recording & Media

Nimbus Advanced Music Industry students gain up-to-the-minute skills in the music industry as it is today. Students of the Advanced Music Industry program will promote al ... [+]

Nimbus Advanced Music Industry students gain up-to-the-minute skills in the music industry as it is today. Students of the Advanced Music Industry program will promote albums and gain real, practical experience, including how to successfully run and manage a modern media business.

MIND 100 – Introduction to the Music Industry & Entrepreneurship prepares you for a career in the music industry, whether as an artist, a producer, videographer or in a management position. You will learn how the music industry works, and gain the entrepreneurship skills to run your own business. The course culminates in a Career Development Plan with input and mentorship from instructors from multiple disciplines. The goal is to give you a solid plan for you and the career you want in the music industry. You will have an opportunity to present this plan to top professionals from the music industry, gaining their insight and perspective on your plan.... [-]

Canada Vancouver
September 2019
Full-time
8 months
Campus
Garnish Music Production School

For serious learners who wish to learn how to produce top quality electronic music in class sizes of no more than six people. You will benefit by learning professional te ... [+]

For serious learners who wish to learn how to produce top quality electronic music in class sizes of no more than six people. You will benefit by learning professional techniques from the best DJs and electronic music producers in the business, including Grammy-winners. With opportunities to record and release tracks, undertake remix projects and create music for media such as adverts and computer games, you gain valuable job skills to give you the best chance of employment after your course. Our Extended Diploma carries up to 420 UCAS points which is equivalent to three A* grades at A Level.

With homework and 360 hours of class time, with strategically placed mentoring sessions; you will write, produce, engineer, mix, master, and learn how to release and promote your very own 4-track EP.... [-]

United Kingdom London
August 2020
Full-time
Part-time
20 weeks
Campus