A 6 term course designed for students who have a passion for music, acting, dance or singing, but don't have the skills or experience necessary to apply directly onto our Music or Drama Foundation

This programme will develop your skills in the performing arts whilst allowing you to specialise in the area of your choice. Regardless of whether you are following a music or drama pathway, you will have the opportunity to explore different elements of performance giving useful insight into any given speciality.

·         If you wish to train in music, this discipline requires musical, technical, theoretical and historical study. The Extended Diploma will help you to focus on these areas whilst giving you access to greater improvisation, ensemble, and solo techniques. The work will positively impact your expression, sensitivity and performance practice.

·         As a drama student, you will also benefit from some music classes improving the potential of your own singing voice, as well as skills for working within an ensemble

Successful completion of Year 1 will ensure progression onto either the Music Foundation or Drama Foundation at CSVPA toward achieving the full Leve 3 Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts.

The UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts is quality assured by UAL Awarding Body through a rigorous external moderation process, and grades are monitored against agreed national standards. It is also regulated by Ofqual.

What to Expect

As a student on this course, you will be exposed to a broad range of performance genres and styles across the arts whilst developing key skills in a specialism of your choice: Music or Drama. Regardless of your chosen specialism, the Extended Diploma course is rich with opportunities to hone your communication skills, to explore and develop the expressive potential of your voice and body, to expand your knowledge, understanding and personal experience of the historical, theoretical, technical, practical and creative aspects of the performing arts, and to discover first-hand both the demands and the joys of working in an ensemble to create work that you are proud to put before an audience.

Entry Criteria

16 years +

Educational Level
Successful completion of Secondary Education (Grade 10 or Grade 11 depending on native country) or 3 x GCSEs at grade 4 or C or equivalent overseas qualification, preferably in a relevant creative subject.

Students who do not meet these entry requirements will still be considered on their own individual potential to succeed.

English Level for International Students
IELTS 4.5+ (no element under 4.0)

An audition piece is required for entry to this course. Please refer to the Audition Process tab for more information.

Awarding Body
University of the Arts London Awarding Body


Course Length
6 terms (after the first 3 terms students will move onto the Drama or Music Foundation pathway)

Contact Time
Up to 30 hours per week

English Language
Up to 5 hours per week if required

Music or Drama Foundation



Audition Requirements

Students can audition with one performance piece of their choosing, but are welcome to submit more than one piece if they feel it better represents them.

  • Music students, please submit an audition piece on their primary instrument (including voice)
  • Acting students, please submit a monologue of their choice (fully memorised and performed in English)
  • Musical Theatre students can submit a song from Musical Theatre repertoire and/or a monologue of their choice (fully memorised and performed in English)

For more information about how to prepare for your audition download our useful guide

What we look for in an audition

For more information about the course download the programme specification

Level 3 programme specification


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