Italia Conti Arts Centre


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Performing Arts and Musical Theatre are Italia Conti’s internationally acclaimed programmes, providing practical training and instruction in all aspects of the entertainment industry. Our training directly addresses the competitive demands of todays Read More industry and prepares professionals with a broad, in-depth background. Students actively participate in a supportive, professional environment, taught by leading experts and artists currently working in todays theatre business.

Founded in 1911, Italia Conti is the world's most prestigious Performing Arts education program for Further Education and Secondary School level. Students attend an intense five day a week training program which vocational training, focused on the key disciplines, of Acting, Dance, Singing, Voice and the many facets of each, as well as the critical life skills necessary to prepare them to work in the professional world of entertainment. Emphasis is not only placed on the individual art forms but also on the collaborative process and the collective creation of Theatre Arts. Read Less

Course & Program

Qualification Level: BA (Hons) Degree

Training to be a professional performer in Musical Theatre is not easy. It requires many things:

- It requires dedication and determination.​
- It requires skills in Acting, Singing and Dancing.​
- It requires the ability to think, to research, to analyse and to critique your own
- It requires bravery: emotional and physical.

That said, however, training to be a professional Musical Theatre performer is one of the most exciting, vibrant and rewarding journeys that you will ever take and, if you want to take that journey, then we believe that there is nowhere better to take it, than here at Italia Conti. ​There is a reason why Italia Conti is one of the most recognised names in performing arts training. For over a century we have helped students to fulfil their potential as performers and as people and to work at the very highest level in every aspect of the performing arts industry.​ We provide a programme of training that takes account of industry needs and current teaching and learning trends.

Italia Conti graduates can be seen on stage and screen in the UK and internationally. ​We have graduates working in the West End and on Broadway in musicals and in plays, in national and international tours, in cabarets and on cruise ships.​ We have graduates working in Film and in Television. We have produced some of the UK’s top recording artists- solo artists and band members.

Italia Conti has a proven track record of nurturing talent at the very highest level - which is why Ofsted has rated us ‘Outstanding’ for the quality our training.​ Italia Conti will help you to be the best version of you that you can be.

UCAS Course Code | W312

Course Duration: 3 Years, Full-Time

Course Fee: £ 9250.00 For Year

Qualification Level: Diploma Level 6

The Level 6 Diploma Course is specifically designed to respond to the demands of today's entertainment industry and produce confident, articulate and multi-skilled performers. Ideally, but not necessarily, students should be working at Intermediate or above dance standard at the time of audition. Some prior acting and vocal training or experience is also beneficial but again not essential.

Students who successfully audition for the course will be offered either the Level 6 Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre which is awarded through Trinity College (London) OR The Italia Conti Arts Centre Musical Theatre Diploma. Throughout the course students who achieve the necessary skill levels are encouraged to take external examinations in varying theatre disciplines with recognised outside boards. Progress is carefully monitored and regular tutorials and assessments, together with the annual 'Directors Audition', ensure students get continual feedback on their progress and are achieving the necessary standards required for progression to the next year of the course.

Course Duration: 3 Years, Full-Time

Course Fee: £ 10575.00 For Year

Qualification Level: BTEC Extended Diploma

The NQF BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) course is a two year full time course which sits at level 3 on the national framework and is equivalent to 3 A-Levels. Upon receiving final grades, these can then be converted into UCAS points leading onto higher education degrees. The course is available to students between the ages of 16 - 19 and is government funded with 16 hours of guided learning per week. An option to 'top up' is also available for students who wish to add more training hours to their timetable and participate in our additional skills classes (to upgrade to the top-up course there is an additional fee applied). A wide range of skills in the Musical Theatre genre are studied including dance, drama, singing and musical theatre.

Course Duration: 2 Years, Full-Time

Course Fee: £ 3750.00 For Year

Qualification Level: Diploma in Dance Education (DDE)

DDE Unit 1 - £200, plus VAT & Exam
DDE Unit 2 - £400, plus VAT & Exam
DDE Unit 4 (Ballet) - £1700, plus VAT & Exam
DDE Unit 4 (Modern) - £1550, plus VAT & Exam
DDE Unit 4 (Tap) - £1550, plus VAT & Exam
DDE Unit 5 - £200, plus VAT & Exam

Whether you’re a young student just starting out, an advanced dance teacher with years of experience or a professional dancer looking for a career change, this could be the course for you! We offer a recognised dance teaching qualification from the ISTD so you can open your horizons to a much wider range of opportunities across the private and public sectors. Our course is run as an intensive course which will allow learners to achieve the qualification in a shorter amount of time.

The intensive teacher training course is ideal for students who wish to train to become professional and fully qualified dance teachers in Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap dance with the Imperial Society of Teachers in Dancing (ISTD).

The ISTD are one of the worlds leading dance teacher training and dance examination boards. The qualification is a Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education (DDE). This qualification will allow you to teach and enter students in grades ranging from Primary to Intermediate in the ISTD Syllabus.

Course Duration: Intensive, Part-Time

Awarding Bodies
Trinity College (London)
University of East London (UEL)
George Abbot School