The BRICTT Extended Diploma in Performing Arts is a two-year course designed specifically for the training performer entering further education. This highly practical vocational program will develop performance skills, exploring and improving the techniques required for acting, dancing and singing in a contemporary professional environment.
Over the two years of practical and theoretical study, you will gain a fundamental understanding of the way the industry works, and will be guided by specialist tutors and prominent industry professionals to help steer you towards your future study or career goals.
The Extended Diploma is currently delivered across two schools: BACA (Brighton Aldridge Community Academy) and PACA (Portslade Aldridge Community Academy), who are providing the BRICTT team with dedicated studios and purpose-built facilities to deliver what is has proven to be an innovative and unique program of study.
Successful completion of the course will gain you a nationally recognised RSL Extended Diploma qualification, equivalent to three A-levels – ideal for taking your first steps in into a career in performing arts, or continuing with study in the form of an Acting and Performing Arts degree at BRICTT and other highly renowned institutions.
UK and EU students aged 18 and under are eligible for funding in full (subject to academic requirements), and educational loans are available for UK students over the age of 24. This in keeping with the BRICTT ethos of extending high quality education and training to all, regardless of financial circumstance.
BRICTT sets itself apart from other colleges and further education establishments with its equal focus on the rigorous vocational development of all three disciplines – acting, singing and dance – the fundamental requirements for all successful performers in today’s industry.
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 in the industry and many of whom also teach on our degree program. Prominent visiting professionals frequently lead workshops or participate in panels.
In keeping with our practical and vocational approach, there are a series of fully-realised productions (both internal and external) across the two years of study.
You will receive a minimum of 18.5 contact hours (14 core hours / 4.5 further exploration hours) delivering training across all three disciplines; Dancing, Acting and Singing.
For 4.5(+) hours per week, students are able to deepen their exploration of some of the core disciplines, expanding their personal practice into further specialist areas.
In acting, further exploration classes include classical acting (Elizabethan and Jacobean Theatre and Greco-Roman Theatre), scene study/text analysis and acting for camera.
In dance, further exploration will focus and hone specific technical dance styles, including ballet, tap and jazz as well as working on individual dance technique.
In vocals, there is the potential to organise further, one to one vocal training with BRICTT professionals on an extracurricular basis to develop repertoire and expand on core styles.
Training you to be mentally and physically resilient in an increasingly competitive and saturated industry is essential to the BRICTT ethos. Mindfulness is an essential class for every student on a weekly basis, nurturing a healthy attitude to self and others and developing a manageable and stress-free approach to workload and professional practise.
All BRICTT Extended Diploma locations have a dedicated and fully-trained Student Support team and offer one-to-one pastoral support in the form of bookable weekly tutorials.
Alongside your practical and academic classes, students are frequently required to prepare and simulate the experiences of the working industry.
In Performance Preparation classes, you will work alongside professional tutors and guests to experience other job roles within the industry, both backstage and administrative, in order to enhance your understanding of the theatre industry as a whole. You will also be required to prepare for mock audition assignments, testing out material in a safe environment before a panel of your tutors.
In Live Performance Workshop, you will bring together skills from all of your classes to create partially and fully realised theatre works, from dance numbers to plays to fully0-fledged musicals.