Turn your Diploma into a Degree in 2016!


The Post-Diploma BA (PDBA) in Performance Studies is a part-time one-year top-up course validated by City University London. It offers the opportunity to convert your existing 3 Year Diploma in Acting or Musical Theatre to an honours degree, (providing you have a minimum of three years post-diploma professional performance experience).

PDBA graduates have achieved career development by promotion, gone on to PGCE teacher training, or other post-graduate study including MAs and MScs. Achieving a degree qualification can open up a range of new job opportunities.

The PDBA takes place one evening a week (Monday) from 6.30pm-9.30pm over three terms, making it ideal for those with work or family commitments. If necessary, arrangements can be made for working performers to defer modules over a limited period. A range of topics including Evolution of the Musical and The Performer and The Audience are explored through lectures, workshops and group discussions. Modules are led by Course Leader Lorna Pearson Hall and specialist visiting tutors. Students are assessed by group presentations, essays and a dissertation. Extensive support is given to develop writing and study skills with 1-2-1 tuition available when necessary.

At only £3,000 our fees are highly competitive compared to similar courses. Student loans are available for the full tuition fee as well as Equity Bursaries.

To join us in January 2016 please send us the following by Friday 11 December:

Completed application form
CV showing your work in the field of performance
Photocopy of your NCDT/CDET accredited three-year full-time Diploma.

Mailing address: PDBA, Arts Educational Schools, Cone Ripman House, 14 Bath Road, London W4 1LY

You will then be invited to attend an informal interview where we can discuss the course and answer any questions.

You can see full course information here or contact Course Leader Lorna Pearson-Hall via LPearson@artsed.co.uk with any queries.