Connecting You with Industry

Whether it is performing in a showcase in front of industry professionals or meeting key figures in the world of technical arts in person, you will seamlessly transition to the industry of your chosen field whilst finalising your studies with us. You will engage with future employers as part of your professional preparation and development.

Our performance-based courses all culminate in public-facing productions, which many industry professionals attend (over 150 different performance-based organisations at our most recent Graduate Showcase).

Face to Face and London Season

If you chose to study one of our technical courses, your final year will include an industry facing event in a central London location or at our beautiful and welcoming campus in Sidcup. This is your opportunity to discuss and share your work and ideas with key influential figures in the technical world. Each year students receive direct job offers and/or representation through networking at these events. They are one of many opportunities to showcase your work – whichever discipline is your area of expertise.

Our annual London Season presents a series of plays staged in prestigious theatres across our capital. Many of our final year BA students collaborate to work on the production of, or the performing in, one of three plays as we take residency over a 4 week period in our chosen temporary venue – which becomes home for a while! These events are also a chance to stay connected with our alumni and industry professionals who return to us year after year to support the graduating class.

 

Study abroad

Another great way to boost your employability is to engage in our study abroad offering; our European Theatre Arts or American Theatre Arts courses, in particular, have well-established study abroad programmes, but there is the chance for any student to join in at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. We have partnerships with theatre companies and practitioners all across Europe and America; the style of performance you are drawn towards will define which of our collaborators will best suit your skillset.

All study abroad and work placements are assessed for suitability and are regularly monitored. You will follow in the footsteps of hundreds of our alumni who go on to work professionally with the companies they were matched with.

Hear from the students

“My placement at Divaldo Continuo has immersed me in intense and rewarding physical training and broadened my horizons of the possibilities of theatre-making. Living and training closely with my cohort and the community has helped me grow as an individual due to the caring, safe space that is created by the company from the moment you arrive. Training intensely abroad can feel very out of your comfort zone; however, it is a leap worth taking and something that will shape me significantly as an individual.”

Lili Chin

 

Build on your CV

If your passions lie within the technical arts, you should consider a work placement opportunity. We can support you to find a suitable industry organisation for a substantial block of work – allowing you to gain the valuable experience of working with industry in real-life situations before you even graduate…that’s your first professional CV credit taken care of!

Work experience

We have connections with specialists in live events, music, TV, Film and theatre, and you could get valuable experience with

  • Lighting
  • Sound
  • Wardrobe
  • Stage Management
  • Scenics
  • Mo-Cap

Each of our performance-based courses has employability weaved into the curriculum in a way that works for our students. Our Theatre and Social Change course offer you the chance to work in the heart of a community and make a positive impact using theatre and creativity.

Agent showcases

Our Acting and Actor Musicianship courses include a Professional Preparation module that will see you take part in a range of individual mock auditions, which are as near identical to the real things as you can get! You’ll be auditioning in front of leading theatre producers and casting directors who are active in the industry right now working for companies like BBC, ITV and Netflix

Performance and Display Spaces

It is important that you can learn in spaces that mirror the way you will work in the industry. Replicating the wide range of theatre, performance and technical arts spaces you might need to work in, we have at our Sidcup campus three contrasting bespoke performance areas.

Students also make of Lamorbey House and our expansive campus, both of which provide a fantastic backdrop to light, sound, perform and present in, using a variety of methods. You may work in lots of different external venues through placements and other collaborations so you will learn from a variety of experiences before you’ve even graduated!

Venues

Our Barn Theatre is where Rose Bruford herself taught students to recite poetry back in the fifties! After a facelift or two, The Barn is alive and kicking and offers all students the opportunity of working in a traditional proscenium arch theatre setting with lighting rigs and a sound desk to match.

Our Rose Theatre is a cavernous 320 seater auditorium in the round. This allows scope for students on all courses to apply their skills and knowledge to a theatre space with a more modern flavour. Multi-levelled seating and a high and wide performance area give us the chance to ‘go big …The Rose can even double as a nightclub to accommodate displays and events run by our Lighting and Sound students!

The Dome

Our newest performance space is The Dome. Constructed as part of a student research project by Scenic Arts students, a stage was added in 2018, and in 2020, it was updated and refurbished to offer a high-end outdoor performance space for students to work in. It has been invaluable to our students during the COVID 19 pandemic. Open-air Shakespeare in the park, anyone?

Symposium

Symposium Bringing together all of the skills of all the students on all the courses in all of the years is our annual Symposium. This is a festival of light, sound, art and performance…and everything in between! It is open to the public and attended by invited industry professionals. Spread over four days, every inch of our campus is given over for you to share your personal work with one another – or anyone else you invite to the party! Returning alumni also provide content and collaboration for this celebration of multi-faceted talent, drawn together using a different theme every year. This is truly a unique platform for you to integrate your connection with the industry and a great opportunity for staff and students to celebrate together.

Connecting You with Industry

Whether it is performing in a showcase in front of industry professionals or meeting key figures in the world of technical arts in person, you will seamlessly transition to the industry of your chosen field whilst finalising your studies with us. You will engage with future employers as part of your professional preparation and development.

Our performance-based courses all culminate in public-facing productions, which many industry professionals attend (over 150 different performance-based organisations at our most recent Graduate Showcase).

Face to Face and London Season

If you chose to study one of our technical courses, your final year will include an industry facing event in a central London location or at our beautiful and welcoming campus in Sidcup. This is your opportunity to discuss and share your work and ideas with key influential figures in the technical world. Each year students receive direct job offers and/or representation through networking at these events. They are one of many opportunities to showcase your work – whichever discipline is your area of expertise.

Our annual London Season presents a series of plays staged in prestigious theatres across our capital. Many of our final year BA students collaborate to work on the production of, or the performing in, one of three plays as we take residency over a 4 week period in our chosen temporary venue – which becomes home for a while! These events are also a chance to stay connected with our alumni and industry professionals who return to us year after year to support the graduating class.

 

Study abroad

Another great way to boost your employability is to engage in our study abroad offering; our European Theatre Arts or American Theatre Arts courses, in particular, have well-established study abroad programmes, but there is the chance for any student to join in at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. We have partnerships with theatre companies and practitioners all across Europe and America; the style of performance you are drawn towards will define which of our collaborators will best suit your skillset.

All study abroad and work placements are assessed for suitability and are regularly monitored. You will follow in the footsteps of hundreds of our alumni who go on to work professionally with the companies they were matched with.

Hear from the students

“My placement at Divaldo Continuo has immersed me in intense and rewarding physical training and broadened my horizons of the possibilities of theatre-making. Living and training closely with my cohort and the community has helped me grow as an individual due to the caring, safe space that is created by the company from the moment you arrive. Training intensely abroad can feel very out of your comfort zone; however, it is a leap worth taking and something that will shape me significantly as an individual.”

Lili Chin

 

Build on your CV

If your passions lie within the technical arts, you should consider a work placement opportunity. We can support you to find a suitable industry organisation for a substantial block of work – allowing you to gain the valuable experience of working with industry in real-life situations before you even graduate…that’s your first professional CV credit taken care of!

Work experience

We have connections with specialists in live events, music, TV, Film and theatre, and you could get valuable experience with

  • Lighting
  • Sound
  • Wardrobe
  • Stage Management
  • Scenics
  • Mo-Cap

Each of our performance-based courses has employability weaved into the curriculum in a way that works for our students. Our Theatre and Social Change course offer you the chance to work in the heart of a community and make a positive impact using theatre and creativity.

Agent showcases

Our Acting and Actor Musicianship courses include a Professional Preparation module that will see you take part in a range of individual mock auditions, which are as near identical to the real things as you can get! You’ll be auditioning in front of leading theatre producers and casting directors who are active in the industry right now working for companies like BBC, ITV and Netflix

Performance and Display Spaces

It is important that you can learn in spaces that mirror the way you will work in the industry. Replicating the wide range of theatre, performance and technical arts spaces you might need to work in, we have at our Sidcup campus three contrasting bespoke performance areas.

Students also make of Lamorbey House and our expansive campus, both of which provide a fantastic backdrop to light, sound, perform and present in, using a variety of methods. You may work in lots of different external venues through placements and other collaborations so you will learn from a variety of experiences before you’ve even graduated!

Venues

Our Barn Theatre is where Rose Bruford herself taught students to recite poetry back in the fifties! After a facelift or two, The Barn is alive and kicking and offers all students the opportunity of working in a traditional proscenium arch theatre setting with lighting rigs and a sound desk to match.

Our Rose Theatre is a cavernous 320 seater auditorium in the round. This allows scope for students on all courses to apply their skills and knowledge to a theatre space with a more modern flavour. Multi-levelled seating and a high and wide performance area give us the chance to ‘go big …The Rose can even double as a nightclub to accommodate displays and events run by our Lighting and Sound students!

The Dome

Our newest performance space is The Dome. Constructed as part of a student research project by Scenic Arts students, a stage was added in 2018, and in 2020, it was updated and refurbished to offer a high-end outdoor performance space for students to work in. It has been invaluable to our students during the COVID 19 pandemic. Open-air Shakespeare in the park, anyone?

Symposium

Symposium Bringing together all of the skills of all the students on all the courses in all of the years is our annual Symposium. This is a festival of light, sound, art and performance…and everything in between! It is open to the public and attended by invited industry professionals. Spread over four days, every inch of our campus is given over for you to share your personal work with one another – or anyone else you invite to the party! Returning alumni also provide content and collaboration for this celebration of multi-faceted talent, drawn together using a different theme every year. This is truly a unique platform for you to integrate your connection with the industry and a great opportunity for staff and students to celebrate together.