• FAQ1


  • FAQ2



Your Questions Answered

Why should I train at an independent vocational college?

A local council college or university can only offer an academic study of performing arts, not a practical or realistic one.

Further education colleges are not equipped to prepare you for what is a mentally and physically demanding career, whilst higher education courses or university degrees are rarely a path into the industry; university courses deliver an average of only 6 hours contact time in comparison to the minimum of 30 hours a week you’ll receive at SA Performing Arts Centre. The reality is that no director ever asks a performer if they have a degree.

Is it important for me to start training at 16?

Every student is unique and one size doesn’t fit all. If you have A Levels in you then do A Levels. If staying in a heavily academic environment isn’t right for you then begin your vocational training at 16.

What are you looking for in the entry auditions?

We want to see you – the best you. It is important that you try to stay relaxed and have confidence in your personal abilities – preparation and dedication will help with this. In addition to natural talent, and exciting potential we are looking for the ‘IT’ factor – could your performance be worth a £50 theatre ticket? Prior experience isn’t essential – passion is.

Why do I need to train in all three disciplines?

The performer limited to one medium of the arts is limiting themselves to the amount of auditions they can attend and work they can do. It is our aim to create professionals who have no limits

What will I learn at SA Performing Arts Centre?

SA students graduate as multi skilled, resilient, industry ready professionals, equipped with transferable life skills, a positive attitude, strong work ethic and an insatiable drive to succeed. SA Professionals graduate with an invaluable tool – industry contacts. There’s some truth in the old adage ‘It’s who you know!’

All students have the option of studying for recognised teaching examinations with the IDTA (dance) and Trinity College London (performing arts) – we have a 100 % exam pass rate with many of our graduates inspiring the next generation of performers all over the world. Many return to SA centre to share their experience and advice with current trainees.

Why should I pay for training?

We all know that higher education is expensive. It is estimated that students can spend up to £54,000 over a typical three-year university course, especially since fees have soared! The majority of SA Professionals graduate with no debt at all. Our intense training is scheduled over 4 days (Monday – Thursday) so that our students are able to take on additional work outside of college hours. For those who do need a little extra help with their finances we can offer advice on where to look for grants and scholarships – all students can apply for a professional career development loan (PCDL) in year 2 and 3 of study. Take a look at all the extra benefits you receive as part of the course on our fees page.

We encourage all students to apply for a student card (NUS) giving discounts to many market leading brands.

What qualifications will I receive?

Your progression and achievement is regularly monitored through an internal and external assessment programme. Those who successfully complete the three-year course graduate with the SA Performing Arts Centre Diploma. All students are also encouraged to take the following qualifications –

  • Trinity Guildhall Performance Arts and, or Musical Theatre, Diploma (NQFC level 4)
  • Trinity Guildhall Performance Arts or Musical Theatre, Teaching Diploma (NQFC level 4)
  • IDTA Ballet, Modern Jazz and Tap, up to and including Associate
  • IDTA Anatomy Diploma
  • LAMDA Acting, up to and including Gold medal (level 3, credit value: 24)

We are thrilled to have a 100 % exam pass rate since being established in 2001.

SA Performing Arts Centre offers endorsed training through affiliation membership with the CDET.

Why should I choose to study in the north east?

Newcastle has continuously been voted as one of the UK’s favourite places to study. Vibrant, affordable and friendly – did you know we’re less than 3 hours from London.

Read more about our fabulous facilities and location here

I don’t live in the north east, where can I stay?

A traditional rented home share, student accommodation or you could board with a host family. This is usually the cheapest option and often the most pain-free for those living away from home for the first time. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

What can I expect post-graduation?

As an independent vocational college we like to keep close contact with all our graduates, assisting them to find agents and auditions and to make sure they are continuously net-working within the industry.

Maintaining motivation post-graduation is the toughest challenge for all. Following graduation all SA Professionals are welcome to join in company classes at SA Centre totally free of charge.

Check out some of our student destinations

Who is CDET?

The Council for Dance Education and Training is the industry lead governing body, from whom specialised vocational colleges can follow an exacting standard of delivery whilst maintaining the luxury of being individual and sustaining their own identity.

A study in 2015 found that over 75 % of musical theatre performers working in the UK had trained at a CDET vocational centre.

What do you expect from me as an SA Professional?

At SA Performing Arts Centre we commit to you as a student and your training. To assist with this we have a Professional Code of Conduct which we expect all of our students to abide by, this includes :

  • Treat everyone and everything with respect.
  • Work in an open and co-operative manner willing to try new experiences and methods.
  • Ensure that you do not discriminate against any other students or staff members on the grounds of sex, race, colour, religion, disability, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
  • Sustain communication between yourself and other students or staff members.
  • Demonstrate a professional attitude, including punctuality, reliability and responsible care of personal progression (studentship).
  • Develop self-discipline and self-motivation.
  • Treat facilities and equipment with care and respect.
  • Be responsibility for your own standards of behaviour in any activity which reflects on, or is associated with the Centre.
  • Co-operate in informing us of any matter which should be taken in to account when giving you advice and/ or planning your individual development needs.
  • Take reasonable care of your own safety and that of others.
  • Seek help and advice from the Principal, Director of full-time studies, relevant head of department or another member of staff if you experience difficulties at any time.
  • Maintain and enjoy the art of performing.
  • Accept that every organisation has rules and regulations. To assist with the smooth running of the Academy accept and abide with them; if you truly believe there is a good argument for change approach it with mature and realistic reasoning .

What can I expect from SA Performing Arts centre?

What we aim to do for you:

  • Create an expressive, stimulating environment where you can engage with like-minded people.
  • Bring out existing/ natural skills and talents while strengthening and developing new ones making them industry relevant.
  • Embed strong techniques allowing you a long and safe career.
  • Help you to accept ‘you’ – your strengths and weaknesses. Allowing you to identify things that you can change and to accept the things that you can’t.
  • Provide a safe environment for you to experiment and experience all areas of the arts so that you can open your mind to the possibilities available in your career.
  • Give you practical, professional experience and advice in a wide variety of mediums from industry professionals who have a wealth of knowledge to share with you.
  • Help you to become relaxed, comfortable and confident with yourself as a professional performer.
  • Equip you with the knowledge that will aid you in making important and often difficult career choices.
  • Advise you of industry etiquette.
  • Help to prepare you mentally for the highs and lows of a passionate and turbulent industry.
  • Assist you onto the career ladder by opening up your networking opportunities.