Performance Making Diploma – 2023 – Access All Areas

Performance Making Diploma – 2023

About our Diploma

Are you?

  • Passionate about drama?
  • Learning disabled and/or autistic?
  • Considering a career as a theatre maker?
  • Experienced in the performing arts?
  • Aged 18+?

Then our Diploma might just be the place for you!

This highly acclaimed course, run in collaboration with Sky Studios and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, has become known as one of the world’s leading creative courses for and by learning disabled and autistic artists.

Our students work with celebrated arts professionals to learn performance skills, create performances in different styles, and prepare for different career options in the arts. All classes are co-led by professional learning disabled and/or autistic artists.

Applications are now closed for this year’s Performance Making Diploma. Watch this space to be the first to know when the next recruitment period is.

Details on the course


Who is it for?

Learning disabled and/or autistic people aged 18+ with previous drama experience.

When does it happen?

  • The Diploma is a a part-time, two-year course. It runs from October 2o23 to July 2025.
  • Students will attend classes two days per week, along with intensive weeks at Easter and in the summer.
  • Successful applicants will be invited to join the Diploma for the first year, (October 2023 to July 2024).
  • After the first year, some students will be invited to continue the course for a second year (October 2024 to July 2025).


Where is it?

Most of the classes take place at

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Eton Avenue

How much does it cost?

There is a £400 per year admin fee for the course. There are no other costs.

We offer some free places for those on low incomes.


We are very proud to have won the Guardian University Award for Student Diversity and Widening Participation.