This two-year higher education course is practical and vocationally focused, and aims to prepare you to move to a degree course or into employment. It is production-based, with a strong element of practical work covering all aspects of performing arts from research, performance and production to professional practice and management. The Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts aims to:
Level: Level 5
Start Date: 25 September 2017
Dedicated students who want to become actors and performers, including mature students with non-traditional qualifications. The course is highly practical but it also demands academic ability.
The course is delivered by enthusiastic staff with industry experience. It is divided into core and optional units covering all aspects of performing arts from research, performance and production to professional practice and management. Throughout the course you will develop skills in acting, dance and singing.
You will spend a minimum of 14 hours at college per week. At least 80% of this time will be spent with a professional lecturer. In addition to this you will be expected to work independently.
The course is structured around three areas of study:
You will study:
You will use our Endeavour Theatre and dance and performance studios with a rehearsal room and costume department.
You will set up your own production company and run performances in college and on tour.Information correct at 23 June 2016.
Recent projects have included work with the Donmar Warehouse and Theatre in Education tours of devised work to local primary schoools. There are also trips to view theatre performance and exhibitions in central London.
The course is continually assessed through vocationally based assignments, finishing with a major project and assessed show.
Regulation of standards:
Second or final year of a BA (Hons) degree or work on stage or behind the scenes in film, theatre or TV productions.
The college boasts numerous success stories including students who have secured parts in films and TV productions, while others work in dance companies and the theatre both on stage and behind the scenes.
The standard minimum entry qualification is a grade E at A Level, National Diploma or equivalent, preferably supported by a pass in GCSE English.
We encourage mature students to enter with a pass in an appropriate Access Certificate. We consider other background and experience and may accept students without formal qualifications.
All students are interviewed and given an audition before an offer is made. The International Office will organise an appropriate interview for overseas students: telephone or portfolio or as required.
If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email email@example.com.
This fee is for one year of study and may be subject to change in subsequent years. The course fee is usually covered by your student loan and you will not need to pay this back until you have completed this course and when you are earning over £21,000 a year. Home students may receive a bursary of £600 to help towards expenses (usually in February, subject to satisfactory attendance and progress on the course).
Please note that if you have already achieved a degree, you will be liable to pay a higher fee (£7,000 in 2014-15).
The fee for international students for 2015-16 was £8,000 and the 2016-17 fee is to be confirmed.
"We do a lot of different genres so we can do anything that's thrown at us. The course has really helped me with my comunication skills and with auditioning. In April I played a main role in a TV show called T BOY on London Live. It was my first major performance and the course really helped me and gave me the confidence to do it."