History

CAPA provides unique Further Education Performing Arts, Production Arts and Creative Media training and education to students who are serious about pursuing a career in the arts.

Formed in 2006, CAPA provides students with professional, intensive full-time Performing Arts training alongside the rigor of academic arts study. This combination of professional training and academia provides students with the skill, training, experience, knowledge, understanding and qualifications to progress on to Higher Education to study at vocational Performing Arts conservatoires or University or go straight into Arts based employment.

CAPA’s ethos is to provide balanced, all-round Performing Arts training in a wide range of genres providing students with versatility in terms of their skill set, creative approach and awareness of the Arts. This enables students to be able to access a range of Higher Education options from Contemporary Dance to Musical Theatre, Arts in Education to Acting.

In 2009 CAPA expanded it’s provision to include a Production Arts pathway to provide training and education to students wishing to pursue a career in Design, Technical Theatre and Production Arts. As with the Performing Arts pathway, the Production Arts pathway combines vocational, practical training along with academic study. The course provides a broad range of training in all aspects of theatre design and technical theatre leading to students progressing to Higher Education or straight into arts based employment. In 2012 this provision developed further to incorporate Creative Media training alongside Production arts training enabling students to experience and develop skills in all aspects of the Creative Media sector from filming to print based media, photography to sound editing.

Places are limited at CAPA to only 50 students per year. This ensures that every student gets the individual attention, tailor made training and extensive pastoral care, advice and guidance to ensure they fully achieve their full potential in the Arts.

CAPA’s professional approach and ethos continues to be maintained throughout all aspects of its provision. Students have a minimum of 30 hours contact time delivered by a highly experienced team of teachers, directors, choreographers, designers and musicians. Training is delivered in professional industry standard facilities, students gain extensive professional experience performing across the UK and gain experience working alongside a number of professional artists, companies and theatre venues.

Since its formation, CAPA has developed its regional and national reputation as a Further Education centre of excellence in the Arts with outstanding exam results, excellent student progression routes and critically acclaimed, award winning performances.