BRICTT offers this exciting Extended Diploma in Performing Arts, a two-year intensive course all about developing your performance skills, improving your acting, dancing and singing technique, and getting yourself noticed by connecting with the entertainment industry.

You will explore a wide range of performance styles, participating in a high level of training in all three disciplines of Acting, Dance and Vocals. You’ll gain a fundamental understanding of the way the entertainment industry works, and will be guided by your tutors and prominent industry professionals to help steer you towards your future career or study goals.

Career Development classes will give you a thorough understanding of the performance industry and where you might fit within it. Practical classes will cover a multitude of styles and disciplines, including Shakespeare, Text Analysis and Book Musicals in Drama, Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Street Dance in Dance and Musical Theatre, Pop and Jazz in Vocals.

This Diploma course is delivered across two schools at BACA (Brighton Aldridge Community Academy) and PACA (Portslade Aldridge Community Academy), who are providing the BRICTT team with the fantastic specialist studios and facilities necessary to deliver this unique course.

BRICTT sets itself apart from other colleges with its equal focus on the rigorous vocational development of all three disciplines – the fundamentals for all successful modern performers in the industry today. You will work in a focused and creative atmosphere alongside other motivated and like-minded individuals aiming for a career in the arts supported by a hugely experienced network of tutors, all of whom are practitioners working currently in the industry. Prominent professionals from the business will lead regular guest workshops. There will also be a series of fully staged productions throughout the two years.

You will also be able to take full advantage of the faculty delivering the BRICTT degree course, who will also be teaching on a regular basis at BACA. With an emphasis on life coaching and physical and mental wellbeing, the BRICTT ethos is to nurture our young performers to be the best that they can be, to give them full confidence in themselves to stand up and achieve their full potential and to provide them with the life skills needed to enter any job or training their future may hold for them.

Successful completion of the course will gain you a nationally recognised RSL Extended Diploma qualification, equivalent to three A-levels – a great gateway to either taking your first steps in a performing arts career, or continuing with study in the form of an Acting and Performing Arts degree at BRICTT.

UK and EU students aged 18 and under are eligible for free funding (subject to academic requirements), and educational loans are available for UK students over the age of 24, so joining us at BRICTT doesn’t have to break the bank.

Year 1

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  • Acting

    Good technique is essential if you wish to push your discipline to the next level. In the first year of Acting Technique classes you will cover various essentials for the actor’s toolkit, from classical Shakespearean approaches, through the ‘systems’ introduced by leading practitioners of the twentieth century to modern day film and TV techniques.

  • Dance

    As with all arts disciplines you need to start with a core grounding in technique. In dance you will start with Ballet as a fundamental, but also cover Dance Tech, Street Dance, Commercial and Contemporary, all styles which are currently used across the whole of the musical theatre and performing arts industry.

  • Vocals

    Vocal technique is where you start understanding your voice and how to use it safely, developing and extending your ability in not only your own, but other genres, making you a more versatile and confident singer. In vocal technique classes, you will cover solo and group singing in various styles, including Musical Theatre, Pop and Jazz.

  • Portfolio - Theatre business and Entrepreneurship

    It is important to remember that there’s much more to being successful in the arts industry than performing alone. In this lesson you will learn all about the entertainment industry and start to prepare yourself for a future within it.

  • Performance Preparation

    In Performance Preparation you’ll look at all the aspects that go towards a great performance, focussing on rehearsal technique, both for solo and ensemble performance. With your tutors and fellow performers, you will dissect and rehearse parts prior to your performance. The professionalism and attention to detail that’s taught here should set the standard for all performances to follow.

  • Live Performance Workshop

    This is where you get to put your hard work in Performance Preparation to the test, performing in front of an audience. Doing this on a regular basis will help you become a confident, well prepared, professional performer.

  • Theatre Context and Critical Theory

    Extended Studies gives the opportunity to recap and expand on the information covered in the course. It’s also a great chance for us to bring celebrity guest speakers in to help further your education and ensure you’re prepared for a future in the performing arts industry.

Year 2

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  • Acting

    Following on from your first year, you will continue to build on those skills learnt but with specific focus on audition technique and musical theatre.

  • Dance

    Building on the core grounding developed in year one, you will continue with some dance technique but will also discover new styles such as Bollywood or urban tap, and develop your own choreography.

  • Vocals

    As your vocal technique develops, in these 2nd year classes there will be more of a focus on ensemble singing and its practical application in musical theatre, including studying revolutionary practitioners who have discovered techniques which are being utilised by West End professionals today in order to survive the rigour of eight shows a week.

  • Musical Theatre in Context

    Music Theatre in Context is where you’ll learn about the interaction between theatre and society. Here you’ll track back through history and study some of the most influential productions and performers, and the impact they’ve had on the arts and society as a whole.

  • Performance Preparation

    Performance Preparation will act as the platform for your Live Performance Workshops, only this year you’ll be looking in detail at increasingly challenging solo and ensemble pieces.

  • Live Performance Workshop

    Live Performance Workshop continues to be the weekly opportunity to perform in front of an audience, only now the standards are raised and professional quality will be the goal.

  • Theatre Context and Critical Theory

    Much like in Year 1, Extended Studies continues to give the opportunity to expand on content covered in the course. It’s also a great chance for us to bring more West End and Industry guests in to help further your education and ensure you’re prepared for a future in the performing arts industry.

Entry requirements:

Minimum requirements

If you’re applying to BRICTT for our Extended Diploma in Performing Arts course and are a UK-based student, you’ll first need five GCSEs at a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths. We’ll also expect you to attend an audition for assessment. This will be an opportunity for you to showcase yourself and if successful we will offer you a place or you may be recalled for a second audition.

After this course:


Graduates can progress directly to employment in the entertainment industry, or can continue their study with a BA (Hons) in Acting and Performance at BRICTT. After completing year one sub diploma, some students awarded Merit or above may be offered the opportunity to fast- track onto a BRICTT / BIMM BA (Hons) degree course based on good studentship.

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RSL Extended Diploma qualification, equivalent to three A-levels
Brighton Aldridge Community Academy