Qualification | Degree

Course Leader | Nikki Laurence

Validated by | University of East London (UEL) 

Location | Online

Course Length | 1 Year, Full-Time

Start Date | January 2022 / September 2022


The Italia Conti BA (Hons) Professional Arts Practice (One-Year Online Top Up) is an innovative, industry-leading programme, currently unique in the vocational training field.

The programme is designed to be completed entirely through distance learning, to fit around your schedule.  Aimed at those who have completed their performing arts training, and may have already worked in the industry, the course is designed to help you reflect upon your journey to this point, research the avenues you wish to pursue next, and bridge the gap to take the next steps on your career journey.  Through a wide variety of online resources, live and recorded webinars, group and individual tutorials, presentations, film creation, research projects and written work, you will deeply evaluate your own professional practice and personal qualities and attributes, extensively consider and research an area of the performing arts industry that interests you, and prepare a professional project that moves you towards that goal, through either the creation of a professional portfolio, an action research project or a written dissertation.


The programme focuses on you and your personal and professional development, training you in the reflective and research skills required to get you from where you are to where you want to be.  We teach you how to critically reflect upon your life and work experience to date, intensively research the options you’re interested in pursuing, and help you bridge the gap between where you are and where you wish to go next.   


 Programme Modules


 There are three modules in the programme, which focus on the following: 


  • Module 1 - Reflection, Practice and the Creative Practitioner 

  • Module 2 - Personal Professional Employability  

  • Module 3 - Professional Project 


  • Recognised Experiential Learning module - (only required for industry professionals without a recognised entry qualification) 


The above modules are assessed through a range of tasks from written papers, reports and reflections to panel presentations and documentary-style videos. You will be supported in your research and professional development by a range of specialists in the field, who will help you combine your personal and professional goals with academic development, and leave you with all the tools and experience you’ll need to embark on the next stage of your arts industry career. 


The course is very much tailored to your own interests and goals and can be completed around your life commitments, from anywhere in the world, so long as you have internet access.  Any live sessions will be recorded to catch up later, and your personal tutors will plan one to one sessions around your availability.  


We are looking for students who have completed their Level 6 Trinity Diploma in performing arts or equivalent, or have extensive relevant professional performance experience.  Your application will involve an interview to determine your suitability for the programme and discuss your aims and objectives.


Completing your BA (Hons) degree with Italia Conti will equip you academically and practically to move on to the next stage of your performing arts degree, with the knowledge and expertise of the faculty of one of the longest-established performing arts schools in the country behind you. 


UK students can apply for funding through Student Loans Company. 



The Virtual Open Evening held on Wednesday 10th November for the BA Top Up was recorded and can be viewed below:


UK Tuition Fees | £9250 (paid in advanced in termly instalments)

International Students | £13,449

Deposit | £275 (The deposit is refundable within 14 calendar days of the payment being

               received by Italia Conti but will not be refunded thereafter for non-enrolment. It

               will be held by the School and will be refundable on completion of the course,

               without interest, less any outstanding sums owed by the student to Italia Conti.)


For further information, please see our International Applications page.



Terms and conditions apply upon acceptance to Italia Conti.


The BA (Hons) Top Up course offers the following funding options:

-  Student Finance

-  Private Funding

See Further Funding Info >


Application to the BA (Hons) Professional Arts Practice (Top Up) course is to be made through UCAS only. Please note that our listing on UCAS is shown as University of East London (UEL) - Musical Theatre.


UCAS Institution Code | E28    

UCAS Course Code | W316


Once applicants have applied for the BA (Hons) Professional Arts Practice (Top Up) programme through UCAS they will receive an email from UEL containing a link to Italia Conti's BA (Hons) application form. Applicants must complete this form in order to be considered for the course. Applicants cannot apply through UCAS alone for this programme.

Applicants should have completed Italia Conti's application form and by the 10th December in the year of application in order to be considered for an interview. 

Applicants who have applied through UCAS and who have not received an email containing a link to Italia Conti's application form should contact before the 10th December in the year of application. 


In line with our admissions policy, Italia Conti reserves the right to alter or withdraw offers at any point. Places on our courses are limited; it is usual for drama schools to make more offers than there are places. Acceptances are dealt with on a first come first serve basis and so early acceptance is advised.



  • Aged 18+ by start of the course.

  • Level 2 English and Maths at GCSE Grade 4 or above or recognised equivalent qualifications.

  • Level 6 Professional Performing Arts Diploma validated by Trinity College, London.

  • IELTS Level 6 (for students for whom English is not their first language and who do not have GCSE English or equivalent).

  • Successful interview through Italia Conti.

  • Evidence of all the above must be provided in hard copy.


On occasion, admission may be considered through recognition of non-standard entry through the AEL or ACL process. Where the student demonstrates good capacity practically through the interview process, but prior qualifications do not demonstrate sufficient evidence to adjudicate a student’s capacity to engage with the written aspects of the relevant course, an offer conditional on providing a written exercise could be made (within the previously noted processes for AEL). UEL also provide equivalences data for students who may have international qualifications, which can inform the decision-making process.


We also welcome applications from students who have gained appropriate skills through a wide range of vocational qualifications or suitable experience. Candidates may be required to give an additional element at interview to demonstrate their suitability and this may include written work. Any offer would be subject to the approval of the Italia Conti Panel and UEL. Mature students (over 21) with no formal qualifications should contact the course Administrator prior to sending in their Application Form to ensure that the necessary information can be supplied to the School.


Students may be admitted through Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) process.

All prospective students wishing their prior certificated or experiential learning to be considered will have to attend an in-depth interview with the Italia Conti Course Leader and panel to determine suitability and qualification for entry. A portfolio of written and/or creative work may also be requested.  Evidence will be reviewed by a panel on a case by case basis. All recommendations for entry on the basis of accredited certificated or experiential learning will need to be ratified by the UEL Award board, which will do so according to the standard timeframes.

Criteria for industry professionals to be presented to a panel in the absence of a Trinity Level 6 Professional Diploma.