The Southern Theatre Arts Centre is one of the leading centres for theatre education in southern England with over 350 full time students. Courses range across the spectrum of theatre disciplines - facilities, teaching and contact time are among the best in the country. Our partnership with the University of Brighton and great location ensure that students enjoy all the advantages of being at the heart of the UK's creative culture. The courses have been developed in close partnership with industry and the endorsement of professional bodies. The course alumni, external reviewers and progression speak for the excellence of the provision.
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The Theatre & Performing Arts courses have facilities of the highest standard including, in addition to The Northbrook Theatre: three dance studios, the fully equipped 'Black Box' studio theatre and four 'company' rehearsal rooms. The area for production, which surrounds the theatre courtyards, is extensive and reflects the professional nature of the theatre and the training framework offered by the courses. This includes a full range of scenic craft and production facilities, wardrobe and costume stores, the main construction workshop with wood, metal and plastics bays, casting and finishing stage prop workshops, scene dock and industrial paint frame. Student base rooms include the sound studio, stage management production studio, two design studios and make-up studio, all of which are equipped with a suite of Macs or PCs. Extensive researchand IT facilities are located in the dedicated theatre student resource centre. In all areas of activity, students are supported by specialisttechnicians/demonstrators.
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The Northbrook College Theatre Department, working closely with industry partners, has developed and established an exciting and innovative range of theatre courses - Foundation Degrees in Theatre Arts. These incorporate excellent subject specific practical training with the academic rigour needed to study at Degree level. The courses are designed to work in partnership at all levels, reflecting a model identical to the workplace - large, medium and small scale, independent or company based. This is supported by the excellence of the facilities and the high level of professional input to the programmes. Lecturers include Alister O'Loughlin of Prodigal Theatre Co., Keith Benson of Glyndebourne Opera, Claire Raftery of Periplum, Freelance costumier Charlie Hanrahan, RSC actor & Hollyoaks director Damien Goodwin and TV & Film stylist Rupert Simon, to name but a few of the excellent contributors. All courses offer work experience as an integral part of their programme of study. Students who successfully complete the Foundation Degree have the opportunity to progress to the BA (Hons) Theatre Arts, specialising in their chosen discipline within the framework of collaborative integrated practice.
"I genuinely think you have a very exciting set of courses within the department, with few parallels to be found in the UK."
"The quality of the courses was totally endorsed by the QAA Academic Review which found that the Teaching & Learning, Student Progression and Learning Resources all to be Commendable - this highest possible grading."