If you have star quality and dreams to work on both stage and screen, then working in the industry can give you a good starting point to a life in lights.
A career in the performing arts can not just prepare you for roles working in the theatre, film and music industries, but your skills can be transferred to a range of other careers, combining creative talent with the practical aspect of arts management. There are a wide range of careers and locations to explore, from broadcast and media systems engineer to the more diverse, such as a cultural learning and participation officer at a museum or props technician for film, television and theatre.
Here is a selection of apprenticeships on offer that all have a focus on the subject of music or drama at their core.
Acoustics technician: Carry out noise and vibration surveying and testing in a variety of different situations. The duration is 24 months and you’ll achieve a level 4 apprenticeship upon completion.
Arts therapist: Use art, drama or music to carry out therapy interventions to improve a person’s mental, physical health and wellbeing. The duration is 24 months and you’ll achieve a level 7 degree apprenticeship upon completion.
Broadcast and media systems engineer: Ensure that content is broadcast and delivered on time and to the highest level of quality. The duration is 36 months and you’ll achieve a level 6 degree apprenticeship upon completion.
Creative industries production manager: Responsible for all the organisational aspects of the production schedule and budget. The duration is 18 months and you’ll achieve a level 7 degree apprenticeship upon completion.
Creative venue technician: You’ll provide technical support for the construction, rehearsal, presentation and removal of a live performance or event. The duration is 24 months and you’ll achieve a level 3 apprenticeship upon completion.
Cultural learning and participation officer: Plan, organise and coordinate artistic and cultural education programmes and community engagement projects. The duration is 15 months and you’ll achieve a level 3 apprenticeship upon completion.
Health play specialist: Provide therapeutic play for sick children, young people, carers and families of all ages. The duration is 24 months and you’ll achieve a level 5 apprenticeship upon completion.
Props technician: Source, organise, maintain and make props for film, television and theatre productions. The duration is 18 months and you’ll achieve a level 3 apprenticeship upon completion.
The Find An Apprenticeship service lists many apprenticeships currently available in England. You can check regularly to discover an apprenticeship related to the subjects of music and drama near you.