Company practice explores devised, adapted and scripted theatre with responses to commissions and showcase productions in the 200 seat Northbrook Theatre and regional
venues. The course develops skills in characterisation, improvisation, voice, physicality, acting for film & TV, and self and performance promotion through a graduated programme of workshops, rehearsals, studio productions, festival work and main house shows. Regular
Brighton Fringe slots, commissions, residencies, and Scratch Night curation form the basis for growing your professional practice and skills set.
Performance projects are underpinned by regular vocal and physical theatre techniques classes, including butoh, yoga, silks and
acro-balance alongside diction, inflection, projection and breath control applied to text and improvisation. First year training delivers techniques and performance opportunities leading to greater independence of practice and skills application in the second year where the focus shifts to placing student work in industrial contexts such as the Brighton Festival.
Contextual Studies and career development thread through both years of the course enabling students to choose between industry and BA level study upon successful completion of all units.
Possibilities for the study of directing also become an option for second year students.
As with all the performance courses, this
course works in close collaboration
with the Design, Technical Theatre and Stage
Management courses to produce work of
high quality in an environment modelled on
Study hours are split between approximately one third scheduled learning (eg lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops) and two thirds guided independent study, which may include 3 weeks' work experience.
Interview and audition
All candidates will be invited to attend an interview/audition. Auditions must be from a published play or monologue book - self-written or devised pieces are not appropriate in this instance.
Minimum UCAS points:
- Old system: 160
- New 2017 system: 64
from one of the following:
It is strongly advised that all Higher Education applicants will have successfully achieved an A*- C grade in both GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent qualification), to enable them to successfully complete their studies at Northbrook College and enhance their future career prospects.
Individual offers may vary.
"I’ve started with Rogue and we’ve just finished our 4th day of rehearsals...It’s an unbelievable place to be so soon after leaving uni and I’m incredibly happy right now. And I got a first class degree! Thank you so much for all you support and mentoring, I’d never be here if it wasn’t for that." - Alumnus, 2015
“I couldn’t have had a better start…such a good basis for creating your own work, running a company" - Graduate currently working for Wet Picnic
Students progress to higher study on Northbrook's BA (Hons) Theatre Arts Top Up and the PGCE , or to other institutions (Central, Edinburgh Napier, RADA, The Met, E15, The Bridge, ISSA).
They gain employment with theatre companies ( Rogue, Periplum, Prodigal) or gain agent representation. They form their own theatre companies ( Pitstop, Fertile, Tarry, ) run their own training schools, and manage arts projects.
Alumni Career paths include: Acting, Film & TV, Directing, Writing, Arts and Venue Management, Teaching, New Media, T.I.E, Hospitality.
There are no written exams and you will be assessed through a combination of coursework and practical work (for more details, see the Programme Specification).
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What Past Students Say
“I have loved this course more than anything and I've learnt so much in my time at Northbrook.”
"An inspiring, innovative and inclusive way to learn your craft in a supportive and community-centred environment."
"My time at Northbrook College Sussex has been great I’m delighted to be here, it was a big change for me but I’m glad I went through with it. The course has helped me develop into a complete performer."
"It's been a pleasurable experience and thinking of all the creative goodness makes my brain tingle!"
"The course allows you to experiment, develop and create your own devised show where each and everyone's talents are showcased which is an exciting and fun process."