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Professional Performing Arts

These diplomas and certificates from Trinity are the only qualifications that provide eligibility for the UK Government’s Dance and Drama Awards funding scheme.

They were devised in consultation with some of the top musical theatre, dance and acting training providers in the UK, and with the (help of advice) from members of the theatrical professions, the Council for Dance Education and Training and the National Council for Drama Training.

Show your skills

A Professional Performing Arts qualification proves you have the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to find employment as a professional actor, dancer, performing artist, or to work in a production role that supports performance. As part of Trinity’s commitment to reflecting the standards required within the industry, you’ll only ever be assessed by professional actors, dancers and directors.

To register for one of our qualifications, you’ll have to audition for a place at one of our validated course providers – all the information you need can be found in this section of the site.

Take a look below to find out more about how Trinity can help you develop imaginative, expressive and technical talents, while honing your professional employment skills and knowledge of the industry.

Find a course

You will need to audition successfully for a place at one of our validated course providers (some of the top performing arts training establishments in the UK) before you can register for our Professional Performing Arts Qualifications.

The qualifications

These qualifications show that you can demonstrate:

  • Imaginative, expressive and technical skills as a creative artist
  • Professional employment skills and a relevant knowledge of the industry
  • Skills and qualities to enhance your professional and personal life
  • Adequate preparation for a career in the professional performing arts

Expand your achievement

BA Hons or MA degrees

Middlesex University now offers a work-based, part-time distance learning course for graduates of the National Professional Performing Arts Qualifications, leading to a BA (Hons) Professional Practice. All graduates with National Diplomas also can apply directly to the MA Professional Practice at Middlesex University.


In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, these qualifications are accredited by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), the Welsh Assembly Government and the Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA).

Trinity College London is a validated member of the Council for Dance Education and Training for its Dance and Musical Theatre qualifications.


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