Industry EXCELLENCE ACADEMY FOR performing arts

If you were born to perform, then our Industry Excellence Academy for Performing Arts will help you to gain the skills you’ll need to go on and continue Manchester’s rich musical and performing arts tradition.

Whether you are an actor, singer or dancer, you will be equipped with all the skills required to embark upon a successful career. You will learn from tutors who are still active in the business, listen to talks from guest speakers like directors and choreographers, and enjoy masterclasses from some of the best in the business.

You will also perform regularly for the public in our two professional-standard theatres. The brand-new facilities you will learn in include five double height multi-purpose rehearsal studios and a double height performance assessment studio, all with semi-sprung flooring, a single ensemble room and a 1-2-1 singing room, as well as two fully equipped professional theatres.

If a career working in performing arts appeals to you but you aren’t yet ready for our Industry Excellence Academy, you can start at our Centre of Excellence for Performing Arts. Here you’ll be able to gain the skills required to progress into the Academy under the guidance of our expert team.

Available Courses

In our Industry Excellence Academy for Performing Arts you’ll take a course that has been co-developed and is co-delivered by one of our leading industry partners. You’ll complete a Level 3 qualification and a placement with an industry employer of at least 15 days. 

By the time you complete your time in the Industry Excellence Academy for Performing Arts you’ll have developed an in-depth knowledge of this sector and gained work experience with industry leaders.


Once you’ve completed your journey with us there are a number of different career options open to you in this exciting sector, ranging from Actors, who earn on average £28,600 a year, to Choreographers with an average income of £26,700 per year.


We aim to bring together industry professionals and our talented students to help secure the best possible future for our students. These partnerships include: 

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Company Chameleon

A professional dance theatre, specialising in contemporary dance theatre in Manchester and performing across the UK and the world

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Original Theatre

A critically acclaimed, award-winning, UK based, touring theatre company producing vibrant exciting productions of both classical plays and new writings.

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Out of Kilter

A Manchester-based theatre company, specialised in devising, developing and performing new work and creating out-of-the-ordinary performances.

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Royal Exchange Theatre

Housed in one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, you need only step inside to begin a journey into the world of the Royal Exchange Theatre.


From our outstanding facilities to fantastic work placement opportunities, get a taste of what it’s like working in the industry and see what you can expect from studying at The Manchester College in our gallery.

My tutors have given continuous support in the run up to auditions to ensure we perform to the best of our ability. They’ve also given us amazing opportunities to work with professionals within the industry. One of my highlights was performing at Manchester Arena with Jack Whitehall.
Connie Maguire.

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Find out more about our fantastic courses, outstanding facilities and the career options available to you. Download the subject area guide. 

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