The Backstage Centre provides ideal opportunities for work-based learning and has provided many hours of work experience to students-in-residence. The courses we offer are listed below and are available to apply for via South Essex College and University Centre South Essex.

Follow a link below for more information about each programme, and you can also attend one of a range of Open Events throughout the calendar year. Click this link to find out more.

Creative Enterprise and Industries Level 4 Professional Diploma

Designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to develop your career as a creative professional.

The qualification will provide you with the opportunity to cultivate your employability by developing your creative enterprise skills, expanding your contact base whilst developing your start-up projects and professional practice. This qualification is suitable if you have an interest in starting up your own projects or company or work in a freelance capacity and wish to explore and extend your creative practice via a full-time creative immersive learning experience.

Hair and Makeup Design and Application for Production FdA

This course is validated by the University of the Arts London (UAL). Designed to advance and enhance skills and techniques in makeup design and application for production. Units will cover the following; a vast study of wig and postiche construction, hair styling for all hair types, Makeup for all skin tones, historical, economic and social accurate makeup and collaborative industry project in addition to the acquisition of academic higher-level skills, research and industry experience supporting student’s progression into employment.

Costume Construction BA (Hons)

Study our outstanding Costume Construction degree, in collaboration with the Royal Opera House, awarded by University of the Arts London.

The BA (Hons) Costume Construction programme places an emphasis on the knowledge and use of both historical and contemporary pattern cutting, construction, textiles and finishing techniques. Areas of study may include opera, dance, theatre, musical theatre, performance art, film and television.

Performing Arts BA (Hons) Top Up

This course is validated by the University of the Arts London (UAL). Students will be encouraged to expand their awareness of the diverse nature of the Performing Arts Sector. The proposed structure of this course will enable students to create their own bespoke learning experience, crossing performance specialisms, allowing for extended diversity to their individual career development. With units designed specifically to facilitate student’s growth as emerging practitioners, critical analysis within a plural context of current industry expectations will allow students to navigate their own unique career path.