Music and Performing Arts

Careers in Music and Performing Arts

Careers in Music and Performing Arts

Studying Music or Performing Arts will enable you to develop skills for a range of careers such as: Musician, Sound Technician, Recording Studio Manager, Actor, Events Manager, Choreographer, Music/Drama Therapist.


Have a look at our Music pathways or Performing Arts pathways to see how you can progress to your dream career.


of our students say the college has a positive learning culture.

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Alumni Profile

Matt Helders


“When I went to Barnsley College I'd just started playing drums and the facilities and people I met there gave me amazing opportunities to further my knowledge. I had great experiences that I would say definitely prepared me for the career I'm in now.”

Drummer with the Arctic Monkeys

Student Profile

Shaun Heath

Performing Arts: Acting Pathway Level 3 Full-time

“My course is fun and the tutors and other students are fantastic. The most enjoyable part of the course is the way it is organised. I chose the college as the course stood out as the best one for me.”

Rawmarsh Community School

Student Profile

Paige Roberts

Performing Arts: Dance Pathway Level 3 Full-time

“I chose Barnsley College because it has better facilities than other colleges. The most enjoyable aspect of my course is dance technique – my tutor is brilliant!”

Mexborough Academy

Student Profile

Ellen Fleming

Performing Arts: Musical Theatre Pathway Level 3 Full-time

“College is fun! The people are nice and my course is interesting and varied. I would recommend the college to others as I have had the opportunity to learn a lot, develop myself and increase my confidence.”

St Pius X Catholic High School

Alumni Profile

Jonathan Bradbury

Music Performance Level 3

“I enjoyed recording in the college’s studios and having the opportunity to perform at concerts. I would recommend the college to others as there is a very chilled atmosphere and the tutors are very nice.”

Studying BA (Hons) Popular Music at University Campus Barnsley

Reasons to join us at Barnsley College

Reason 1

Our courses are taught by expert tutors who have extensive experience in the music and performance industry.

Reason 2

We have state of the art practice rooms with top of the range Roland electronic drum kits.

Reason 3

We have a purpose made 250 capacity venue with state of the art facilities, where many productions are held.

Reason 4

Students have the opportunity to perform at external events including the college’s most prestigious event of the year, the Excellence Awards.

Reason 5

Students have access to industry standard equipment and software including Pro Tools HD professional standard recording studios, Pro Tools, Logic and Cubase.