“All our teachers are experienced professionals in the arts, so they teach us about life after ArtsEd in a realistic way.” – Sixth Form Student

ArtsEd has a long history of producing many of the leading musical theatre performers in the UK. Our BTEC Musical Theatre has been designed to form the foundation of this training.

Students on this pathway rapidly develop the singing, dancing and acting skills necessary to progress in this demanding genre. Regular training in each area quickly establishes the level of discipline required and gives students the opportunity to master technique and gain full control of their performance skills.

In an average week, classes include singing, acting, ballet, tap and jazz. These skills are assessed throughout the year in performance-related projects created by small companies of students. The following are recent assessment performances:

- Hello Dolly by Herman & Stewart
- Smile by Hamlisch & Ashman
- The Last Ship by Sting
- Soho Cinders by Stiles & Drewe
- Violet by Teson & Crawley
The course is enhanced by regular theatre trips and workshops run by industry professionals, including musical directors, choreographers and West End performers.

Full support is provided to students throughout the application and audition processes for further training, study or professional work.

Some Sixth Form graduates remain at ArtsEd to study on our degree course, many secure places at other leading drama schools including GSA, Mountview, RCSSD, LAMDA and the Guildhall.

The BTEC Acting course is studio-based, empowering students to gain full control of their performance skills though exploration and mastery of a variety of techniques. Students discover, explore, reflect on and develop their abilities whilst forming a solid foundation of skills as practitioners.

An average week includes classes in acting technique, voice, movement skills, improvisation and text work, all of which is documented in a working journal.

Taught by West End choreographers, real Producers, Directors and Actors. Based in a beautiful mansion Arts Centre, with three theatres (a 320 seat, 50 Studio and 200 seat Amphitheatre) as well as dance studios and other stunning rehearsal spaces.

In 2021, 95% of our students gained at least one Distinction or Distinction Star in one of their three qualifications!

Dreaming of a career on stage or in front of the camera? Performer at heart? Passionate about dance and/or drama? Our Performing Arts courses will introduce you to a variety of disciplines, commitment and work ethics; build on your self-confidence whilst creating and rehearsing content to perform to live audiences. 600+ hours of world class training each year - and FREE if you are 16-18.

Our performing Arts courses are aimed at young people who are interested in developing a career as a professional Actor/Musical Theatre performer. We are also looking for budding Directors, Choreographers and Producers who want the chance to get hands on with shows. Giving you the opportunity to develop your skills with experienced industry professionals (including West End Choreographers, London directors and producers), you will build on your knowledge of performance techniques with a view of showcasing your skills at live and recorded performances and work towards setting targets and achieving goals.

Our blended course will help to develop the skills required for Musical Theatre (including dance and singing), TV and Theatre Acting. You will explore techniques to improve confidence, group and solo work and sharing of dynamic and creative ideas which will ultimately prepare you for auditions and the professional industry.

Classes are in groups (some in year groups, others in streams for ability), plus one to one career clinics, audition coaching, singing classes and more. In addition you will learn valuable business and producing skills which can be carried forward into adult life.

The BTEC National Level 3 Foundation Diploma and Extended Diploma in Performing Arts, and the RSL Diplomas are designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree level study or employment in the performing arts.

You will be placed on either a BTEC National L3 Foundation Diploma, or an RSL Extended Certificate or Diploma in year one.

READ College’s full-time, vocational Sixth Form Course in Acting is unique in its approach, and graduate destinations have included Central, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, East 15, Mountview, Rose Bruford, Fourth Monkey and many more. As a registered charity, we support students from under-represented and disadvantaged backgrounds with bursary funding towards tuition fees through our Access to The Arts ™ programme.

Students benefit from at least 27 hours of contact time per week, and study a wide range of plays, writers, practitioners and acting styles in classes led by leading industry tutors. Classes range from Improv to Classical Theatre, Vocal Technique to Physical Theatre, and Audition Preparation to Singing. Students in their second year also benefit from regular masterclasses with guest tutors from all of the major degree-level courses, to prepare them for auditions.

A full 100% of our Acting Sixth Form graduates have been offered places at leading degree-level courses since the college opened, and our alumni now includes actors, directors and award-winning writers. Courses run from September to July, and applications are now open for our 2021 intake. Open days take place throughout the year, and we also run regular taster courses in the school holidays.

To find out more, please visit the link below or contact admissions on 0118 9666275.

This programme develops a wide range of performance skills (acting, voice, devising, acting for camera and movement) and is aimed at dedicated learners who want to move into the performing arts industry or drama school, and are looking for further practical training and a nationally-recognised Level 4 qualification. This full time course is delivered by experienced professionals who are experts in the industry and have an extensive performance and teaching profile.

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