2 Year Diploma Course in Performing Arts


Course Awards Offered:

  • Level 3 RAD Discovering Repertoire

  • Level 4 RAD Discovering Repertoire

  • Level 3 IDTA Theatre Craft and Tap

  • 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

Finance options are available, please enquire for further details.

Course Overview:

Students receive a rigorous and rounded training programme in the performing arts. Students attend weekly Ballet, PBT, Contemporary, Flexibility, Cardio, Tap, Theatre Craft and Acting classes. The course programme builds and changes over each academic year, encompassing expert tuition across a vast range of industry and production skills, dance styles and acting techniques.


Diploma course students study 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, personal 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; students are 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. 

We teach our students how to take care of their physical and psychological health through fitness, nutrition, wellbeing and safe dance practices. 

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

  • Dance recitals;

  • Music and drama concerts;

  • Own choreographic competitions;

  • Professional audio recording;

  • Foundation year: a fortnight of primary school based pantomime performances, directed, performed and led by NIPA students, under our teachers' guidance;

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

  • Local Fringe Festival opportunities;

  • 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.