Performing Arts

Our work is underpinned with a dedication to create work that is physically daring, emotionally engaging and visually stunning. Here you will learn skills such as physical theatre, contemporary dance, vocal and singing techniques and master the art of acting. We place emphasis on the practical application of these techniques and apply them in a range of performances, practical projects and productions.

You will widen your knowledge of the industry by working with professional companies, attending performances and working from live industry-related assignment briefs.

You will be taught by experienced teachers and industry professionals in purpose-built, fully-equipped studios, theatres and classrooms.

Working as a company with a professional ethos, you will receive teaching in a broad range of specialist units that make up your study programme. Examples of units studied are Dance Performance, Singing Skills for Actors and Dancers and Contemporary Theatre Performance. You will acquire a variety of techniques that will challenge and enable you to develop your own style in preparation for university-level study, and a career within the industry.

Last year we...

  • Entered into a partnership with the Rose Theatre in Kingston where our students will receive employer engagement and work experience opportunities as well as engaging with the diverse programme of theatre and dance the Rose offers.
  • Entered the National Student Drama Festival
  • Performed 'American Idiot The Musical'.
  • Staged a week-long performance festival celebrating student work.

3 Good Reasons:

  1. Students have opportunities to take part in extra curricular competitions such as Connections Project and Rock Challenge.
  2. 90% overall student satisfaction rate (2016/17).
  3. 91% of students would recommend Nescot to others and are happy with their course (2016/17).

Progression

Our students have progressed on to university-level qualifications at:

  • Nescot (Performing Arts HND/C)
  • Mountview
  • GSA Central
  • Trinity Laban
  • RADA
  • East 15
  • London Studio Centre
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Chichester
  • Brunel University
  • University of Surrey
  • University of East London
  • De Montfort University

Our Staff

Our enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff are industry qualified and experienced practitioners, designers, directors, technicians and theatre professionals. This means that we can bring real and relevant experience to you and your work.We also work with other industry professionals who provide specialist workshops in elements such as scriptwriting, stage combat and classical theatre.

Our Facilities

The department has excellent facilities including two full-scale Theatres (Black Box and Proscenium Arch), an Acting Studio, a Dance Studio, as well as good quality teaching rooms with Interactive White Boards and networked computers. We also have an extensive scenic workshop for set building and fully-stocked costume and props stores.

Assessment

Assessment is varied and enjoyable. You will be graded on performances, rehearsals, research, presentations, creative journals, videos, blogs, observation and other creative methods. We understand that you need to be able to express yourself.

Working in and with the industry

We want to give you a real taste of the industry whilst you're studying with us. As a company, we have been out on tour both with a pantomime and self-written Christmas play and know this offers an exciting style of performance. You will also work together in full-scale productions in both onstage and backstage roles, which provides a completely different view of performance.

We enrich your education with theatre visits, both to watch performances and tour backstage. We also receive stage schools such as Mountview and Laban to perform for us here at Nescot. We work with industry professionals, who provide workshops and training in elements such as scriptwriting, classical theatre, commedia dell'arte and stage combat. We also invite guest speakers and past pupils to provide an insight into higher education, the industry and a career path.

Your Career

A career in performance is an exciting but demanding choice. While our courses develop your talent, we also teach you to become grounded, resilient and determined but, most importantly, to really understand the industry. Success in this field is based on more than raw ability and our courses focus on your teamworking skills while teaching you to harness your creativity to showcase your talent.

Previous students are working and training at all levels in the industry and we pride ourselves in that our students leave Nescot with a clear direction, skills base and grounding to excel in higher education and the industry. We will work in detail to help support your choice for stage school or university, ensuring that you are fully prepared for your higher education auditions.

These courses not only give you the cutting edge technical and physical skills you will need but develop your own creativity and your understanding of your profession.

You will learn how to work as part of a company. As a member of Forge Theatre you will be given an insight into the various performance industries, what positions are available and the skills you will need to get that dream job.


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