Get performing at South West College

Joy Carleton on stage during a South West College performance.
Joy Carleton on stage during a South West College performance.

NOW that exam results are out, if you want to get creative and head for the bright lights of a Broadway stage or behind the scenes of a West End show, then South West College can help you get there.

The creative industries are becoming one of the biggest employment sectors in Northern Ireland and these Performing Arts courses will allow you to get a head start to succeed in your career.

South West College (Cookstown Campus) is now taking registrations for the HNC in Performing Arts and a BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts, unique courses run in partnership with the Burnavon Theatre. Offering an exciting combination of practical performance skills in acting, dance and music, alongside academic study, they also cover key backstage skills in sound, lighting, stage management and set design.

Course Co-ordinator, Caroline Creggan, said participants will develop practical, academic, business and personal skills, ideal for employment in a wide range of roles within the performing arts.

“The course emphasises the creation of practical performance, through specialist skills and production techniques and we work very closely with our key delivery partner, the Burnavon Theatre,” she added.

Joy Carleton, a student of Performing Arts at SWC, enjoyed every moment of the course. “I began the Performing Arts course and around this time, through Extras NI, I gained my first professional job on film,” she said.

“I graduated with distinction and looking back, I could not have anticipated the great extent to which I would have grown as a performer and a person. The course has truly opened doors for my professional career and the team at SWC, Cookstown guided me every step of the way,” she added.

Contact South West College (Cookstown Campus) on 0845 603 1881 or email Course Co-ordinator, Caroline Creggan, at or Anne-Marie McFlynn at and for updates, follow the SWC Performing Arts Facebook page.