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, engaging with future employers as part of your professional preparation and development.

Our Industry Advisory Board comprising of household names such as Adjoa Andoh, Mathew Baynton and Jenny Beavan ensures our training is preparing you for what the industry needs right now.

Networking with Industry

Our technical students meet industry at Face to Face. 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 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.

“My placement at Divaldo Continuo has immersed me in intense and rewarding physical training and broadened my horizons of the possibilities of theatre-making.  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

 

Placements

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!

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 during two work placements, 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 spaces

Our Barn Theatre is where Rose Bruford herself taught students to recite poetry back in the fifties!  The Barn 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 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 accommodate incredible displays and events run by our Lighting and Sound students.

The Dome is an outdoor performance space 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 was invaluable to our students during the COVID 19 pandemic. Open-air Shakespeare in the park, anyone?

Symposium

Symposium brings 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, engaging with future employers as part of your professional preparation and development.

Our Industry Advisory Board comprising of household names such as Adjoa Andoh, Mathew Baynton and Jenny Beavan ensures our training is preparing you for what the industry needs right now.

Networking with Industry

Our technical students meet industry at Face to Face. 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 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.

“My placement at Divaldo Continuo has immersed me in intense and rewarding physical training and broadened my horizons of the possibilities of theatre-making.  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

 

Placements

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!

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 during two work placements, 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 spaces

Our Barn Theatre is where Rose Bruford herself taught students to recite poetry back in the fifties!  The Barn 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 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 accommodate incredible displays and events run by our Lighting and Sound students.

The Dome is an outdoor performance space 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 was invaluable to our students during the COVID 19 pandemic. Open-air Shakespeare in the park, anyone?

Symposium

Symposium brings 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.