Principal Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts

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RSL Level 2 & 3 Extended Certificate in Creative & Performing Arts




February – September






This internationally recognised qualification, awarded by RSL (UK) and regulated by OFQUAL is widely recognised by industry and higher education. It has been designed to equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to gain entry into the creative and performing arts industry or progression to further study at a higher level. It offers practical structured learning with the flexibility to specialise in different disciplines relevant to employment within the performing arts industry.


The Level 2 & 3 Extended Certificates are specifically designed to fully prepare students to transition into full-time study or higher level qualifications. They provide high quality training by fully qualified instructors, focusing on the core technical genres in either dance, musical theatre or acting. The well-structured courses aim to produce technically sound, well-rounded and fully prepared individuals.

By completing a Level 2 qualification will allow you to progress to Level 3 Extended Certificate or Diploma. Achieving a Level 3 Diploma will provide you with the skills to progress straight into a role within the performing arts industry. Alternatively, you can progress to degree level courses in Performing Arts, Musical Theatre, Dance, Theatre Studies, Theatre Production, Film Studies, Dance Teaching, Events Management and Stage Management.

Both qualifications contain one core unit (mandatory) and two optional units.


Selecting dance as your area of specialisation will allow you to select either jazz, theatre dance, classical ballet or contemporary.


This pathway will develop technical skills in theatre dance, acting and singing. It is most important to note that for those seeking a future in the musical theatre industry will require a high level of dance expertise to maintain a successful career.


If you are pursuing a career as an actor for musical theatre, the course explores a range of acting styles from modern drama and comedy to classical pieces. Actors will have the option to study acting for camera, text analysis, improvisation, voice work and physical theatre.


  • 15+ Prior to course commencement
  • Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Successful Audition


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Units studied include


  • Live Performance


  • Acting for camera
  • Music theatre performance
  • Performing text
  • Physical theatre
  • Solo performance – Acting
  • Vocal Techniques – Acting
  • Dance Technique & Performance 1
  • Dance Technique & Performance 2
  • Ensemble Dance Performance
  • Repertory Dance Performance
  • Vocal Techniques – Music



Learn about our internationally recognised Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, part-time courses and master classes.


Our faculty is highly qualified with extensive industry experience, taking the time to encourage and nurture each individual to ensure they truly meet their full potential.

Past Students

Principal Academy graduates have secured work from New York to London and all in between. Some have even gone on to feature in Netflix blockbusters!