Acting & Performing Arts


Working in partnership with Out of The Darkness Theatre Company, Elgin’s professional theatre organisation, we welcome prospective performers, writers or directors – find your future here!  

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Garry, Acting and Theatre Performance Lecturer

“The best thing about working in creative industries is the opportunity to develop daily and learn new skills that will broaden your knowledge, confidence and creativity. Any level of the creative industry training will advance your skills in communication, team work and commitment, as well as giving you freedom to create and share ideas.”

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Charis, HNC Acting and Performance

“I left school with the goal of becoming a journalist, but felt that I needed something to build my confidence first. The NC in Acting and Theatre Performance was a practical course that interested me and I thought it would be ideal to help build my confidence. I studied the NC first and then undertook the HNC in Acting and Performance the following year because I enjoyed it so much and I wanted to consolidate the skills I had learnt the previous year."

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Lewie, NC Acting and Theatre Performance

“This course gave me a solid foundation in actor training. The dedication of the lecturer inspired me and gave me a level to aim for. The calibre of direction and teaching I had on this course is easily comparable to what I received at drama school. Since graduating I completed further study and I am now currently on a three-month contract with Young Shakespeare Company."

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Keegan, NC Acting and Theatre Performance

"I graduated from the NC Acting and Theatre Performance course with the understanding and confidence necessary to excel. I was brought out of my comfort zone - supported to take risks and grow not only as an actor, but as person. In my current employment as a Peer Support Worker, I still find myself reflecting back to the course very regularly – especially when it comes to facilitating workshops with large groups. I work with groups more effectively and I can articulate my ideas in a much better manner."

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Brodie, NC Acting and Theatre Performance

“I feel the course nourished my creative skills. Any challenges I encountered always felt positive to me as I saw them as an opportunity to grow and expand my skills. After graduating I went on to further study then began to do freelance work as a film maker before joining the team at Out of The Darkness Theatre Company as Theatre Arts Support Officer.”

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Jack, NC Acting and Theatre Performance

"This course really helped my confidence. Coming straight from school this was a great step into higher education. The teaching from Garry and the team at ODTC was excellent, I never felt uncomfortable asking for help and the support given to us all was brilliant. We were treated like adults and encouraged to grow our confidence."

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Our courses can be a great stepping stone to a performing career and will prepare you with transferrable skills to work in the creative industries, arts management, teaching or a range of other professions.

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Unsure what to study?

Unsure what to study?

If you are unsure what subject or course to study and are looking for some direction, you can make a virtual appointment with our Student Guidance team - please email

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Worried about starting college or university?

Worried about starting college or university?

We understand these are uncertain times and you may have questions about starting your course – the good news is we are here for you and will support you throughout your studies. If you would like to have a chat with our Student Guidance team you can arrange a virtual appointment by emailing:

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Admissions process

Admissions process

Thinking about applying or already have and not sure what happens next? Check out our admissions process.

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Need funding advice?

Need funding advice?

If you are looking for guidance or advise on student finance please contact our Student Finance team with your questions by emailing: