Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment

Performing Arts

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Performing Arts

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Performing Arts

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Performing Arts

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Performing Arts

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Performing Arts

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Performing Arts

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Performing Arts

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Performing Arts

Performing arts is a growth industry in Northern Ireland. It encompasses drama, dance, music and any genre that involves performing to an audience. From the latest global blockbuster to local drama groups and street theatre, performing arts forms an important part of our leisure industry.

Performing arts relies as much on production as performance. The show can’t go on without the work of technicians, managers, choreographers, designers, promoters, agents and administrators. Performing arts offers roles for those who prefer the technical aspects as well as those who aspire to entertain others with their talents.

Participating in performing arts develops self-confidence, self-awareness, personal discipline and creativity. Studying the performing arts enhances our ability to:

  • interpret and apply ideas;
  • receive direction and criticism; and
  • understand the demands placed on professionals in the industry.

Performing arts is a collaborative discipline involving teamwork and self-management, which are important aspects of any role. It offers students the opportunity to develop production and performance skills and their own personal style.

The performing arts industry offers diverse employment opportunities in, for example, dance, drama, music, theatre, film, television, puppetry, costume design, set design, direction, sound engineering, lighting, make-up or special effects.