Welcome to Visual & Performing Arts

Visual & Performing Arts is an exciting and dynamic faculty which enables students to grow in confidence and develop their skills in all areas of the arts.

As part of our Creative Arts Academy, you will have access to professional facilities including a dark room and photography studio, recording studios and state-of-the-art dance and drama rehearsal and performance spacesThe faculty also provides enrichment opportunities throughout the academic year, such as performing in public showcases, national and international trips and learning from professional masterclasses.

 
I owe a huge portion of myself to Itchen in discovering my enthusiasm for acting. At college I really discovered what my interests are, what career I want to pursue and who I really am. Itchen College is a nurturing and fully supportive environment to learn in; if you're willing to give 100%, Itchen College will give you double.
- Holly McLachlan, Fareham College
In 2019 Fine Art, Graphics and Textiles A Levels, Dance, Music, Acting and Musical Theatre vocational courses achieved 100% pass rates.

Our Courses

Acting

Vocational Level 3

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Acting (Triple Award)

Vocational Level 3

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Art & Design

Vocational Level 2

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Art & Design

Vocational Level 3

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Dance and Musical Theatre (triple award)

Vocational Level 3

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Fine Art

A Level

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Graphics

A Level

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LAMDA Award

Vocational Level 3

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Life Drawing

Vocational Level 2 & 3

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Music Performance & Technology (Triple Award)

Vocational Level 3

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Photography

A Level

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Textiles (Costume and Interior Design)

A Level

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Student success

Kyron Hamilton

Kyron Hamilton

Kyron was an outstanding Performing Arts student and has taken part in several performances and showcases during his time at the college.

He gained Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction* grades in Dance, Acting and Musical Theatre. 

Kyron is going to the prestigious Urdang Academy to study Musical Theatre and Professional Dance, and was awarded a £10,000 scholarship by Urdang. 

He commented, 'Never in a million years would I have thought I would have been accepted into such a prestigious performing arts school with a scholarship of £10,000!’

Eugenia Cesario

Eugenia Cesario

Eugenia arrived at Itchen from her home country of Italy two years ago to study A Level Graphics, Fine Art and Italian and has flourished during her time in the UK.  

 

She is now preparing to move onto higher education and after initially accepting a place at the University of the Arts London, Eugenia was won over by the University of Milan. She will be studying Art and Design with a speciality in Illustration, and part of her studies will be spent working alongside Italian high-end fashion house Missoni. 


Department news

Itchen Performance Students Working with Council

The students will be working with Southampton City Council to bring awareness to the rising rate of knife crime in the city.

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Starz UK Dance Competition

Dance and Musical Theatre students competed at Starz UK Dance Championships in Coventry on Saturday 1 February.

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The Greatest Show

On Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 December, our Dance and Musical Theatre students performed two colourful and exciting nights of The Greatest Show.

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Key personnel

Kate Matthews - Head of Faculty for Visual and Performing Arts

Kate Matthews

Teacher of Drama & Theatre Studies and Acting