Performing Arts Practice - Professional Diploma

L4 Level 4
Full Time
2 September 2024 — 20 June 2025
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

The UAL Level 4 Professional Diploma in Performance provides students with the opportunity to develop and enhance their performance skills in readiness for further study or employment within the sector.

Students will have the opportunity to stretch and refine their practical skills levels whilst defining their own personal interests and area of expertise. 

The course is suitable for students who intend to pursue a career in the creative arts; enabling them to explore, develop and test their creativity. Projects undertaken throughout this course aim to define artistic ambitions and progression opportunities whilst developing professional practise. 

What you will study

Unit 1 - Applied Professional Practice: This unit introduces students to the realities of a professional working environment and will equip them with the necessary rehearsal etiquette and professional practice standards required within the industry. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of the demands placed upon the performer in (and outside) of the rehearsal room and will begin taking responsibility for their own professional development.                           

Unit 2 - Specialist Performance Practice: This unit carries students deeper into their respective specialist pathways by allowing them to develop and refine their technical performance skills by being placed directly within a professional working environment. Here they will acquire the discipline demanded by professional practice.

The development of practical skills will be extensive and variable, depending upon the context of the work undertaken and the production team(s) the student is engaged with. The student will develop their professional practice by working within a range of styles, historical periods and creating works for 
distinct audiences.                                                

Unit 3 - Specialist Performance Project: The unit content will vary according to the specific demands of the student’s chosen project, which is derived from consultations with lecturers. A continuous critical monitoring of the project’s progress will remain central to students’ successfully satisfying the demands of this unit. Typical activities that students will be engaged with may include; rehearsals, workshops, research and development, planning, presentations, production meetings, drafts and/or ‘work in progress’ and performance events.         

Entry requirements

AS/A-Level/L3 Performing arts qualification or equivalent experience. Performing Arts students will be expected to undertake an audition. It is also recommended that students have a minimum of GCSE grade 4 or grade C (or an equivalent Level 2 qualification) in both English and Maths.

International students are expected to demonstrate that they have a good level of written and spoken English with a recommended minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 5.0.

An interview will be required to assess suitability of candidates.

You must be 18+ years of age.

Course fee per year

Studio Fees: £65.00

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

2 September 2024

End date

20 June 2025

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

18.5 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions

Course code



UAL Level 4 Professional Diploma in Performance


What our students say

“The college offered everything I could need in terms of facilities, with the theatre and lighting, and dance studios. The support at the college is good, they check in on us to make sure we doing okay on the course, they always give us everything we need.”

Performing Arts
Bethan Simmons
Performing Arts Level 3, Year 2

Career prospects & further study


According to data contained in the Clwstwr Report 2020, There are more than 2,400 jobs in the Music, performing and visual arts with an average yearly growth rate of 2.2% in Cardiff (2009-2017).

Students completing the UAL Level 4 Professional Diploma in Performance will have the skills and understanding needed to progress to Higher Education, further/conservatoire training or employment/self-employment in the industry.


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE