Extended Diploma

Performing Arts

The ICTheatre Extended Diploma in Performing Arts is a two-year course designed specifically for the training performer entering further education. This highly practical vocational program will develop performance skills, exploring and improving the techniques required for acting, dancing and singing in a contemporary professional environment.

In our first graduating class alone we saw 94% of our student cohort move on to study at higher education both at accredited drama and musical theatre schools, universities as well as our own ICTheatre degree. Of that graduating class, 65% attained Distinction or above with our upcoming graduating cohort currently predicted to attain 72% Distinction or above.

The last three years have seen the students take part in a hugely varied curriculum of study, filled to the brim with visiting professionals, masterclasses, panels and theatre trips. We have produced 2 full scale book musicals, 3 full-length plays, 3 devised productions, a selection of cabarets and concerts, taken theatrical work out to schools and into the community as well as helping some of our students to gain work experience both on and off the stage and set with local film and theatre companies.

This year, we are particularly excited to announce that upcoming students can specialise their diploma down one of three highly specialized routes:

  • Musical Theatre (Triple Threat)
  • Acting & Theatre-Making
  • Dance Artistry & Performance


Course Overview

The ICTheatre Extended Diploma in Performing Arts is a two-year course designed specifically for the training performer entering further education. This highly practical vocational program will develop performance skills, exploring and improving the techniques required in a contemporary professional theatre or dance environment.

Over the two years of practical and theoretical study, you will gain a fundamental understanding of the way the industry operates and will be guided by specialist tutors and prominent industry professionals to help steer you towards your future study or career goals.

Successful completion of the course will gain you a nationally recognised RSL Extended Diploma qualification in Creative and Performing Arts, equivalent to three A-levels – ideal for taking your first steps in into a career in the industry, or continuing with study in the form of degree level study at ICTheatre or other higher education routes at a variety of highly renowned institutions.

UK and EU students aged 18 and under are eligible for funding in full (subject to academic requirements), and educational loans are available for UK students over the age of 24. This in keeping with the ICTheatre ethos of extending high quality education and training to all, regardless of financial circumstance.


Core Training 

ICTheatre sets itself apart from other colleges and further education establishments with its fundamental focus on rigorous vocational development and the refining of technical skills. Coupled with current industry professionals imparting fresh working experience of the industry and a commitment to providing students with practical ways to operate as an entrepreneur within a diverse industry sector, ICTheatre is positioned to provide a student experience like no other.

You will work in a focused and creative atmosphere alongside other motivated and like-minded individuals aiming for a career in the arts supported by a hugely experienced network of tutors, all of whom are practitioners working in the industry and many of whom also teach on our degree program. Prominent visiting professionals frequently lead workshops or participate in panels.

In keeping with our practical and vocational approach, there are a series of fully-realised productions (both internal and external) across the two years of study as well as a variety of opportunities to take part in major theatrical festivals, conventions and events across the country.

Students on the ICTheatre Extended Diploma in Performing Arts will all receive a minimum of 18.5 contact hours training across a variety of disciplines specific to your route of study.

Professional Development 

Alongside your practical and academic classes, students are frequently required to prepare and simulate the experiences of the working industry.

In Performance Preparation classes, you will work alongside professional tutors and guests to experience other job roles within the industry, including backstage and administrative, in order to enhance your understanding of the theatre and performance industry as a whole. You will also be required to prepare for mock audition assignments, testing out material in a safe environment before a panel of your tutors.

In Project Class, you will bring together skills from all of your classes to create partially and fully realised theatre and live performance works, from dance numbers to plays to fully-fledged musicals.

Personal Development

Training you to be mentally and physically resilient in an increasingly competitive and saturated industry is essential to the ICTheatre ethos. Mindfulness is an essential class for every student on a weekly basis, nurturing a healthy attitude to self and others and developing a manageable and stress-free approach to workload and professional practice.

All ICTheatre Extended Diploma locations have a dedicated and fully-trained Student Support team and offer one-to-one pastoral support in the form of bookable weekly tutorials.

Extended Diploma in Performing Arts

ICTheatre offers unique, creative study for actors, dancers, singers and performing arts entrepreneurs in Brighton

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