2 Year Diploma Course in Performing Arts

Course Awards Offered:

  • Level 4 IDTA Diploma in Dance Teaching

  • Level 6 LTCL Trinity College London Performance Diploma

  • Level 6 LTCL Trinity College London Teaching Diploma

Course Cost: £6,000 per annum

Finance options are available and there are some funding opportunities; please enquire for further details. 

Course Overview:

Students will receive a rigorous and well-rounded training programme in performing arts.

Weekly Ballet, PBT, Contemporary, Flexibility, Cardio, Tap, Theatre Craft and Acting classes. Green screen, real-life and location filming, working with professional companies in-front and behind the camera. The course programme builds and changes over each academic year, encompassing expert tuition across many different dance styles and skill sets. 


Diploma course students study a range of dance and drama practitioners, building a knowledge base in performing arts history and an understanding of the development of methodologies. We work with each student on an individual basis to select and create a personalised diploma programme, which may include one, two or all three course awards on offer, dependent on their own preferences and ability. The Diploma course awards are taught through a mixture of group classes, home study and private tuition.

Wednesdays are 'Workshop Days', visiting faculty and industry professionals hone our students' technique, teach new skill sets or dance styles and offer a wider experience of professional choreography and the performing arts industry. We are proud of our highly qualified and varied faculty, providing intensive workshops, enabling our students to forge important professional connections and gain insight into the theatrical world. 

Our curriculum ensures that students are taught key employment skills; coached in audition technique, film and video work, voice-overs, green screen, CVs, show reels, digital and social media skills, funding and professional bodies such as Equity, employment contracts and even tax, insurance and accountancy. 

Our students are supported and guided in physical health through fitness, nutrition and safe dance practices. Teaching our students how to take care of their psychological health through well-being classes connecting them with our well-being lead, Dr. Sarah Raspin. 

Students on the 2 year Diploma Course will have many varied opportunities to perform, including:

  • Dance Recitals.

  • Music and Drama Concerts.

  • Own Choreographic Competitions.

  • Foundation year; a week of primary school based pantomime performances and drama skills workshops, directed, performed and led by NIPA students, under our teachers' guidance.

  • Diploma year; a week of high school based Christmas ballet performances and dance workshops, choreographed, performed and led by NIPA students, under our teachers' guidance.

  • Local Fringe Festival opportunities.

  • Film and green screen experiences.

  • Two end of year public-attended shows at The Playhouse.

At the core of our programme is a focus on the individual; we personalise our course structure to adapt to our students' strengths, and we actively seek out and create opportunities for them to express their creativity. We offer our students a myriad of inspiring opportunities, so that they can find and choose their own path into the professional industry. 

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