Performance Making Diploma – 2023 – Access All Areas

Performance Making Diploma – 2023

About our Diploma

Are you?

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

Access All Areas’ “Performance Making Diploma”, at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, has become known as one of the world’s leading courses for and by learning disabled and autistic creatives.

Students work with celebrated theatre and TV professionals to learn performance skills, create scripts and performances, and prepare for different career options in the arts and media. All classes are co-led by professional learning disabled and/or autistic creatives.

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 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.
  • Some students will complete their work on the course after the first year, while some will be invited to continue on the second year of the course.


Where is it?

Most classes are 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. All other costs are subsidised, so students won’t need to pay more than this.

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.