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. Our work is underpinned with a dedication to create work that is physically daring, emotionally engaging and visually stunning.
Performing Arts: Acting or Musical Theatre pathways
Nescot Performing Arts offers a unique and challenging training experience for creative, aspiring performers.
Professional Diploma in Performance
The UAL Level 4 Professional Diploma in Performance has been designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress into higher education or conservatoire training and may also support students intending to progress directly into employment in the performing arts industries. This course is FREE for under-19s (please check with us at interview/enrolment)
Nescot’s Epsom School of Theatre Arts combines training in contemporary, physical and musical theatre. It is made up of three companies: Forge Theatre, Nexus Ensemble and (e)Merge. The companies perform with the ethos of creating work which is physically daring, emotionally engaging and visually stunning.
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.
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.
Our students have progressed on to university-level qualifications at:
At Nescot we encourage our students to think ahead, so that they can choose the right courses to fit them and their future. We also use an innovative online platform called Start, which is a free and comprehensive digital platform, offering students a single starting point to help simplify careers guidance. Students can build a personal profile aimed at guiding them throughout their career. Find out more here.
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Forge Theatre is a theatre company with a professional ethos made up of Nescot's 16-18 Performing Arts students.
Skills you will gain
There are dozens of job roles associated with the performing arts industry, ranging from professional acting to writing, stage design, technician, promotion and many more. Our courses ensure you develop the knowledge of the sector and the transferable skills for further study and to start your career in this exciting industry. Skills learned include:
- Critical thinking
- Problem solving
- Creative idea generation
- Communication and collaboration
- Audience understanding
- Sales pitching
- Portfolio building, industry awareness and agent links
- Organisation, self-motivation and self-employment
“The best thing about Performing Arts at Nescot is the teachers. They’re amazing at what they do, but I also like how they treat us as individuals. They know what our strengths are, what we need to work on and what our career goals are, and they even try to plan our group performances in a way that shows our abilities but also pushes us out of our comfort zone and challenges us to keep getting better.
Nescot is a really welcoming place, and the Performing Arts department is like a family. We all help and support and encourage each other, and we genuinely celebrate other people’s success like it was our own. I would recommend Nescot to anyone. No matter who you are or what your background is, you’ll find your place here.
The teachers treat us like we’re a professional theatre company. We’re expected to audition, learn lines, rehearse, and take constructive feedback to make the best possible show. The thing I’m most proud of is getting the lead in Grease. I learnt a lot, and I’ve definitely improved as a performer.Watch our video
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