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Certificate in Performing Arts

"Creativity is intelligence having fun."

Following the recently announced changes to Newbold’s course offerings and organisational structure, this course is no longer accepting new students.

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About the Certificate

The Certificate in Performing Arts provides you with a basic understanding of the methodologies, theories and skills required in the performing arts. The course is designed to develop your music and drama skills and delivery of musical and dramatic performances.

Why enrol in the Certificate in Performing Arts with us?

  • You will demonstrate an understanding of histories, forms and traditions of performance and theoretical explanations of these histories
  • You can engage with the processes by which performance is created, realised and managed, such as the process of rehearsal and performing training techniques
  • You will demonstrate a broad historical knowledge, including the relationship to wider historical, cultural and social practices
  • You will relevant literature locations, art galleries and musical venues in England as you blend theoretical and practical learning

Your future matters.

The Certificate in Performing Arts will prepare you for a range of careers and future study options, including private music teaching, music therapy, primary, junior and secondary peripatetic teaching and arts administration.

Completing the Certificate is an excellent opportunity to test your interest in further performing arts studies, as you will receive credits that can be transferred to Newbold’s Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, or undergraduate studies in the UK, US and other countries.

The course breakdown

Certificate in Performing Arts

Your academic year

Through the Certificate in Performing Arts you will study the history of music and art, and learn music theory and improve your skills with instrumental and/or voice lessons.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to develop and test your performance skills by giving two music recitals. Shakespearean monologues and duologues will form your dramatic performance. You may also participate in a Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) external exam.

By attending concerts and performances in London’s world–famous musical and theatrical venues, your musical and dramatic performances will be inspired.


  • Core Modules

    To complete the Certificate in Performing Arts you will complete 21 credits of core modules and 9 credits of elective modules.

    • 3: Music Theory I: Intro to Harmony (MUCT141)
    • 1: Junior Recital (MUPF397)
    • 1: Senior Recital (MUPF497)
    • 3: Introduction to Fine Arts I (IDSC206)
    • 3: Introduction to Fine Arts II (IDSC206)
    • 1: College Choir (MUPF135)
    • 3: Shakespeare Drama Practicum (ENGL425)
    • 4: Instrumental and/or Voice Lessons
  • Elective Modules - British History

    Choose 9 credits from modules such as the following.

    • 3: Reformation to Revolution (HIST437F)
    • 3: Empire to Entropy (HIST437G)
    • 3: British History in Context I (HIST378A)
    • 3: British History in Context II (HIST378B)
    • 3: Anglo-Saxon Britain (HIST345)
  • Elective Modules - Business Studies

    Choose 9 credits from modules such as the following.

    • 3: International Marketing (MKTG425)
    • 3: Personnel Management (MGMT333)
    • 3: British and European Marketing (MKTG310)
    • 3: International Business Management (MGMT405)
  • Elective Modules - English Literature

    Choose 9 credits from modules such as the following.

    • 3: Text on Film and Location I (ENG225A)
    • 3: Text on Film and Location II (ENGL225B)
    • 3: English Literature in Context I (ENGL478A)
    • 3: English Literature in Context II (ENGL478B)
    • 3: CS Lewis, Literature and the Religious Life (ENGL425H)
    • 3: Shakespeare Drama Practicum (ENGL425)

Entry Requirements

Our mission is to provide quality higher education and unlock our students’ potential from all educational backgrounds. Here are our entry requirements.

Entry Requirements

To apply to complete this programme in four years, you will need:

  • 5 GCSEs grade A*-C (including Maths and English), or equivalent
  • To be at least 18 years of age at the beginning of the academic year

If English is not your native language, you will need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient standard of the language to study. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.