Performing and Production Arts

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma


Performing and Production Arts

Why should I study this course?

If you want a career within the creative industries whether that is stage, film or tv, in front of an audience or behind the scenes then this course will give you the knowledge and experience you need. It is a competitive industry and this course provides you with high-level industry experience, taught by staff who have worked in the business.

Launched at Wilberforce in September 2020, and unlike any other course in the area, it has the unique approach of being centred around practical-based learning which allows you to build the skills you will need for the next step in your training journey.

If you want to immerse yourself into the world of workshops, rehearsals, and production meetings and get yourself in the strongest place possible for your future creative career, then this is the course for you.

For more information about NAPA visit their website and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) – Here you will get a chance to explore NAPA’s school which has been established for over 15 years and has a strong reputation in high quality performance and production values. 

You can see examples of some of NAPA’s alumni on their website.

Here's a link to the students' first project.

Click here to watch a recording of our taster event from 11th Feb 2001. 

Our students would definitely recommend this course - here's why one of them says it's the best choice she could have made.

What will I study?

There are units and assessment objectives throughout the course but instead of them being taught in separate, linear units, they will all be compiled into performance projects and covered throughout the year which allows you the time to really develop and build your skills.

Year 1 Projects:

 Project 1

[Autumn Term]

  • Performance based project
  • Outreach based performance – building on the success of City of Culture & site specific work
  • Fusion of performance skills & styles with a focus on story-telling.
  • Focus on collaboration, team dynamic and developing skill sets

Project 2

[Spring Term]

  • Performance based project
  • How stories/works have been told across different disciplines or have evolved & developed over time
  • Practical exploration of how theatre has changed according to trends in the industry
  • Focus on audience expectations & demands

Project 3

[Summer Term]

  • Performance based project
  • Creatively devised, produced, designed, and delivered by the students
  • To be delivered at an external venue
  • Original piece devised by students that allows all of their strengths to be incorporated and showcased
  • Building on skills developed throughout the year

Ongoing Project

As well as the 3 main projects in Year 1 there will be regular lessons that focus on skills for the industry:

  • Audition skills, materials, and techniques in all genres
  • Guidance in UCAS & Applications for further training – knowing where & how to apply
  • Health & well-being including mindfulness
  • Self-marketing & promotion for a competitive freelance industry

Year 2 will follow a similar format of large-scale performance projects throughout the year.

Examination board

UAL – University of Arts London – the course is designed for the industry by the industry.


How is the course assessed?

The entire course has 13 Units across 2 years

  • Year 1 = 7 Units covered across the 3 projects and the ongoing skills workshops
  • The assessment objectives will be met within the projects
  • The evidence will be largely practical with some written/video reflections that create a portfolio of evidence that document your personal development
  • All units are internally assessed and are subject to external quality assurance.

[Year 2 Final performance unit is externally assessed]

What will the course prepare me for?

Employment in the performing arts, in fields such as acting, musical theatre, theatre production, set design, dance – or a place at stage school or a theatre/performance degree at university.

Private study

As well as your timetabled lessons we expect a high commitment to learning – both
inside and outside of the classroom. You will be expected to spend additional time on your own development which will include:

  • Extra rehearsals & production meetings
  • Independent research, rehearsals, and self-development
  • Independent work on creative roles and works
  • Creating evidence for your portfolios

In addition, whilst not necessary, you will be able to join NAPA’s exciting extra-curricular activities and classes which will compliment your work on the course and provide even more opportunities. 

What materials will I need to provide?

There is no set uniform for the course, however we advise you to have the following:

  • Comfortable clothing you are able to move freely in – similar to what you would wear to work out
  • Appropriate footwear that is comfortable and easy to move in
  • Neutral block colours preferable
  • An all-black outfit and shoes with no logos that can be used for assessments and performance
  • Minimal natural make-up permitted and long hair to be neatly tied back
  • Folder to keep resources organised
  • The ability to take notes – either digitally or notebook/pen

How will I be taught?

Based on campus at NAPA in Hull City Centre and at Wilberforce College, students will benefit from outstanding professional, practical, and academic teaching, gaining high-level industry experience in all three performance disciplines and production.


This course is for you if...

you have a passion for Performing Arts and would like to improve your performance skills to make you more employable within the creative sectors.

Your application starts here

What are the course requirements?

Four or more GCSE grades 9 - 4 or equivalent in at least three subjects including Grade 3 in GCSE English Language.

You must be able to perform confidently in front of others and will be REQUIRED TO AUDITION for this course.  

Audition Material Guidance:

You must prepare the following…

  • Candidates must perform a monologue of their own choice- See guidance below:
    • Monologue must be taken from a published play
    • Last no longer than 2 minutes
    • Be delivered in your own accent
    • All lines must be learnt
  • Candidates must also perform another piece of performance of their own choice – This can be taken from any discipline [Dance/Acting/Musical Theatre] This is an opportunity for you to show the panel what you can do. See guidance below
    • Last no longer than 2 minutes
    • Any music used must be as a recorded backing track
    • If your chosen discipline is Acting please present a contrastingpiece to the one delivered previously

Audition Days:

These auditions will take place at NAPA. You will be given a time slot on one of the following days (Day dependant on when you applied)

Wednesday 14thApril – Timeslot between: 10.00am - 4.00pm  - OR -

Friday 18thJune – Timeslot between: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Additional dates may be added depending on applications.

Auditions in person:

We are hopeful that we will be able to conduct these auditions face-to-face. If this is not the case we will release full details of self-tape and digital auditioning.

This decision will be made closer to the time. In the meantime your preparation should be the same in terms of content and delivery.

Any questions regarding the audition process please contact,uk at NAPA.

If you are interested in joining the College, we will arrange a meeting or phone call with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose the courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.  All entry requirements are correct at the time of publication; however, the College may need to make some changes in light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

What skills do I need?

  • Resilience and a positive mindset to allow you to develop skill sets
  • A passion for the creative industries
  • Willingness to perform, learn and flourish as part of a team
  • Willingness to improve physical fitness
  • Aptitude for Acting and performance.