Conservatoire EAST at West Suffolk College offers vocational, industry-led training in all aspects of Performing & Production Arts.

As the only ‘Pre-Drama School’ in the region, all staff within Conservatoire EAST have worked in the Theatre Industry and still do when they can. All staff keep up industry relevant training to ensure our courses provide the students with an experience as close to what the industry expects – and what Drama School expects at Degree level, which is the most common destination for our graduates.

Our courses for 16+ yrs old students at Levels 2 and 3 are government-funded, and our Level 3 Extended Diploma is worth the same UCAS points as 3 x A-Levels. The courses are run through the University of the Arts London (UAL), which means they are designed specifically for industry and all the work you complete is relevant to best industry practice, for your chosen area of specialism.

Subjects include:

Performing Arts: (dependent on which Pathway you choose)

  • Acting
  • Audition prep
  • Ballet
  • Choreography
  • Contemporary
  • Dance
  • Flash-mobs
  • Improvisation
  • Jazz
  • Musical Theatre
  • Physical Theatre
  • Reflective Practice
  • Season Rehearsals
  • Singing
  • Tap
  • Voice

Production Arts:

  • Crew
  • Follow-spot Operation
  • Lighting Design
  • Lighting Programming
  • Production Management
  • Prop Design & Construction
  • Reflective Practice
  • Scenic Design & Construction
  • Season Rehearsals
  • Sound Design & Engineering
  • Stage Management
  • Visual Design

Our students gain hands-on experience through the Conservatoire EAST Season of events. We produce 9 major productions or projects per year, plus termly events and one off gigs or performances. Our A Cappella choir, ‘Amado’ are asked to perform at numerous gigs and events across the year too – all of which gives you ample opportunity to hone your performance and production skills.

We highly recommend you come to some of our shows to see the quality of work we produce – and check out our Feedback page to see what other people have said! Also, please pop along to one of our WSC open Events to chat to our current students – they are the best people to tell you what the courses are like.

We look forward to welcoming you to Conservatoire EAST and hope to see you very soon!

Kind regards,

Han Colthorpe

Head of Performing & Production Arts