Performing and Production Arts UAL Level 3 SCQF Level 6

What is special about this course?

The University of the Arts London Level 3 Diploma in Performing and Production Arts is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree level study or employment in the performing arts. 

Delivered by Out of the Darkness Theatre Company, Elgin’s professional theatre organisation, there will be a priority and emphasis on the discipline of Musical Theatre, with elements of dance, singing and acting.
The Diploma provides an opportunity for you to explore the performing arts, develop and test your creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating, demanding and provides a supportive transition from general to more specialised study.

Special features

  • Project-based learning
  • Delivered by an active and recognised theatre company in the industry
  • Varied curriculum across voice, movement and acting
  • UAL Awarding body qualification
  • Performing and community-facing learning opportunities

Entry requirements

  • Two National 5s, preferably one in English.
  • An audition with members of staff from Out of the Darkness Theatre Company. ·
  • Applications are encouraged from prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above.

Course content includes:

  • Principles of performance
  • Engaging with an audience
  • Introduction to professional practice
  • Critical and contextual awareness
  • Production skills and context
  • Performance skills and context
  • Preparation for specialist study
  • Collaborative performance project


You are advised to wear comfortable clothes and training shoes for practical sessions.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

You will study through a combination of face-to-face practical classes on campus, performances, and remote learning, where some lectures and sessions are timetabled remotely via video conferencing and our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), with support from your lecturers.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

3 days a week - classes will be delivered between 9am-5pm

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Moray

Start date



Normally, if you are studying full time for the first time and are Ordinarily Resident in Scotland your course fees will be covered through the information you provide on your course application.

If you are studying part time and are on low income or in receipt of certain benefits your course fees may be covered by a fee waiver.

If you are not Ordinarily Resident in Scotland, you may need to pay course fees.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

Course fees 2023/24*


Rest of UK


Further Education - Full time




Further Education - Part time (per single credit unit)




Further Education - Part time (structured 6 credits)




* Fees for 2024/25 are still to be confirmed.


Our Student Finance Advisers can advise you on all aspects of student funding. The support available depends upon your personal circumstances. Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of the course you can progress onto further study:

  • HNC Acting and Performance
  • HNC Musical Theatre
  • BA (Hons) Drama and Production

Please note that some courses might request a Higher English qualification over and above the Diploma.

Alternatively, you will have the skills to gain employment in freelance performing and production roles or organisational positions including formal education and community engagement.

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Moray. UHI Moray operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.