Student Employability

What can I do with a performing arts degree?

Performing arts is a large part of cultural life in the UK, and our industry continues to grow. Indeed, in 2023, UK theatre ticket sales were 15% higher than before the Covid-19 pandemic (TRG Arts). Moreover, Arts Council England is working on plans to distribute more funding outside London in the coming years, which will boost local economies and improve access to theatre across the UK.

Students at ICTheatre will graduate with an in-depth knowledge of the industry, a robust portfolio that reflects their technical skills, and a unique specialism that truly sets them apart. Arguably, our most important focus lies in nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit of our students, as we recognise the necessity in today’s ever-evolving creative landscape to proactively steer and shape your own career.

ICTheatre student dancing together

Career paths

Most students who join us will initially do so because they want to hone their skills as performers. However, in addition to being on the stage or screen, there is a wide range of careers available to you:

  • Choreography Costume, hair & makeup
  • Directing
  • Light and sound
  • Producing
  • Scriptwriting for screen, theatre and radio
  • Set design
  • Stage management
  • Voice acting for radio or video games

Studying performing arts equips you with numerous transferable skills, including organisation, people management, public speaking, teamwork, and creativity. Therefore, graduate opportunities extend beyond traditional performance and production roles to sectors such as education, charity, marketing, and journalism.

Preparing you for the industry

At ICTheatre, our courses are designed to prepare you for the performing arts sector. You’ll learn from seasoned industry professionals and bring your projects to life using our state-of-the-art facilities. Outside the classroom, we offer masterclasses with directors and producers, and you can seize the chance to impress agents during our exclusive Agent Panel Days.

We recognise that the industry needs individuals who possess not only talent but who are also organised, entrepreneurial and creative. Our focus is on nurturing versatile team players who are adept at making and seizing opportunities.

We’re here to help you discover who you are as a creative artist and ensure that you have all you need to build a sustainable career.

Our dedicated Creative Futures Team is on hand to support you in streamlining your CV, honing your business plan, and finding work-related opportunities. Explore our Professional Development page for more information.

Lois Hilton

“The university is preparing us for life after graduation. We’ve had industry Q&As, workshops and all our tutors all still work in the industry and are aways sharing their experience and advice.”
Lois Hilton, second year Acting for the 21st century student



Latest career stories

In the Spotlight: Shea Ferron - ICTheatre

Passionate about performing since childhood, I joined ICTheatre Manchester for musical theatre training after being inspired by Blood Brothers in 2019. Networking with industry pros and performing at the Dancehouse Theatre were highlights. I aim for diverse roles in the performing arts, advising applicants to trust the process and network. Recently, I've toured with Johns’ Boys Male Chorus and helped organize the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.

In the Spotlight: Danielle Gordon, ICTheatre

Meet Danielle Gordon, a third-year Contemporary Musical Theatre student at ICTheatre Brighton. With a lifelong passion for musical theatre, she chose ICTheatre for its balanced curriculum and professional standards. Highlights include representing ICTheatre at Move IT and performing at Brighton Fringe Festival. Danielle aims for a West End debut while focusing on networking. Recently, she finished her final 3rd-year show and signed a professional contract with the BBC.

In the Spotlight: Sebastian Derby - ICTheatre

In the Spotlight: Sebastian Derby, a third-year Acting student at ICTheatre Manchester, found his passion early on. Drawn to ICTheatre for its modern training and supportive environment, he highlights winning the role of Scrooge in A Christmas Carol as pivotal. While aiming for screen acting, his love for the stage has grown. Sebastian advises applicants to trust their tutors and embrace challenges. Currently, he's preparing for his final show, Red Noses, and a sketch comedy project.

Any questions?

For questions on how you can be part of the ICTheatre movement, please contact our Enquiries Team on 01273 840 346 or email


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