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Performing Arts.



Performing Arts Course Grid

If you dream of drama, and have a passion for performing, look no further. SGS WISE is home to SWADA, the South West Academy of Dramatic Arts, where students can study a wide range of performing arts courses, while performing in plays, musicals and concerts.

Working with tutors who are professionals in their own fields, you can study dance, acting, technical theatre, and musical theatre, from first diploma to foundation degree level.

SWADA teaching focuses on performance skills, supported by a range of academic areas. Our students take part in highly professional performances, and are even given the chance to take shows on tour.

We aim to give students a taste of life in the industry, with all that demands. Above all, we have fun!

Our performing arts students have access to some of the region’s most impressive facilities, including:

  • Olympus Theatre, seating up to 250 people
  • The Loft studio theatre, seating up to 100 people
  • four rehearsal rooms
  • four dance studios
  • technical theatre workshop
  • three dressing rooms
  • costume and prop stores

SWADA has helped many young performers go on to make their name professionally. Many of our students progress to well-known drama schools and prestigious universities. Others pursue work in their chosen profession.