1 Year Foundation Course in Performing Arts

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Course Awards Offered:

  • Level 2 RAD Discovering Repertoire

  • Level 3 RAD Discovering Repertoire

  • Level 3 IDTA Theatre Craft

  • Level 3 IDTA Diploma in Dance Teaching

  • Level 4 ATCL Trinity College London Performance Diploma

  • Level 4 ATCL Trinity College London Teaching Diploma

Course Cost: £6,000

Finance options are available, please enquire for further details.

Course Overview:

Students on this course will receive a rigorous and well-rounded training programme in the performing arts. Every student attends weekly Ballet, PBT, Contemporary/Modern, Flexibility, Musical Theatre, Cardio and Acting classes. Students may also attend Tap and/or Theatre Craft classes. The course programme builds and changes over the academic year, encompassing expert tuition across many different dance styles and skill sets. 

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 course awards are taught through a mixture of group classes, home study and private tuition, which are included in the course. 


Wednesdays are 'Workshop Days'; visiting faculty and industry professionals hone our students' technique, teach new skills and/or dance styles offering students experience of professional choreography and technical requirements. We are proud of our highly qualified and varied faculty, enabling our students to forge important professional connections, gaining insight into the theatrical world. They gain knowledge of the performing arts as a performer, manager, technician and teacher for the theatre, television and film industries. 


Our curriculum ensures 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 health through fitness, nutrition and safe dance practices. Students psychological health and wellbeing are fully supported.


Students on the 1 year Foundation Course will have many varied opportunities to perform, including:

  • Dance Recital

  • Performing Arts Concert

  • Own Choreographic Competition

  • Week of primary school based pantomime performances, directed, performed and led by NIPA students, under our teachers' guidance

  • Local Fringe Festival opportunities.

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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