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Music and Performing Arts

Whether you want to be on stage or backstage, we have a range of courses to suit you.

The Marlowe Academy of Performing Arts

The Marlowe Academy of Performing Arts is a first-class, two-year educational programme aimed at delivering industry-standard training alongside your qualification.

Learn from the professionals at The Marlowe Theatre and boost your CV and personal statement with real-life experiences and unique opportunities you won’t find anywhere else.

Music at EKC Canterbury College

Learn from the Professionals

Your journey into the music industry is important to us. We will nurture your music talents and support you in perfecting your performance and production skills.

Our highly experienced team will help you to understand how the modern music industry operates and teach you the latest techniques.

Showcase Your Talent

You will have the opportunity to take part in live events throughout the year and perform for our student community, external guests and the general public. From gigs at local bars and performing at our annual Bit Crush Festival, you will get to showcase your talent, produce your own shows and learn about the music industry.

Students also take part in voluntary performance projects as part of the College pledge to serve the local community. This can include supporting local community events, and performing in our Inclusive Learning café space.

Performing Arts at EKC Canterbury College

Showstopping Performances

Students get chances all year round to perform for our student community, staff, external guests and the general public.

Examples include on-site live music performances at venues across Canterbury and stage shows held in our Lanfranc Theatre, or in collaboration with The Marlowe Theatre.

Roles For Everyone

Whilst you’re at College, you will have the freedom to explore different progression routes available with the industry.

So, whether you’re keen to be centre stage, operating the sound desk or stage managing, we will ensure you learn the skills needed in the areas you’re most passionate about, so you can put your best foot forward.

Wow Audiences at Competitions

You can take part in national and international competitions to showcase your talent.

Students are encouraged to enter the annual KFE4Skills Competition. This year we were lucky to place in all three of the disciplines we entered, including Acting where Ewan Wilson took home Gold.

Students gain four-star review for Camp Phoenix performance

Level 3 Acting students recently took to the stage with renowned production company, Zest Theatre at the Gulkbenian Theatre.

Having been involved since the shows inception, the students were able to see how theatre is created and experience working with a professional company within the industry.

Students pose for photo whilst performing "Camp Phoenix" at the Gulbenkian Theatre

How you apply for a course at Canterbury College

Step 1 – Find a subject you’re interested in

Discover our range of Music and Performing Arts courses and see which one is right for you.

Step 2 – Apply

Apply through our website and online application portal.

Step 3 – Come to an interview

Meet our Music and Performing Arts team at an interview, where they can guide you to the right course for you, and get you enrolled.

Career prospects

Actors, entertainers and presenters
Annual pay
Annual pay is per year, based on full-time employment and on the South East region.
Role description
Actors, entertainers and presenters sing, portray roles in dramatic productions, perform comedy routines, gymnastic feats and tricks of illusion, train animals to perform and perform with them, and introduce and present radio and television programmes.
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“I really enjoy my course because the tutors are always really eager to help you and push you in the direction you want to go. We also have access to a variety of facilities. It’s great to have so much equipment at our disposal.”

Music Performance

“Having the opportunity to compete in the KFE4Skills Competition 2024 has been great fun. It’s was a great to be able to perform to a big crowd, my adrenaline was running, but it was all worth it when I was awarded Gold!”

Performing Arts

“I used to feel sick to my stomach with anxiety at the mere thought of singing in front of anyone, but the skills I learned on my course and the people I was working with gave me that extra push I needed.”

Music Performance

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