Sussex Downs College has a long established reputation as a centre of excellence for the Performing Arts. We are one of the founder members of the National Skills Academy (NSA) and one of the first Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) in the Performing Arts and Entertainment Industries in the UK. This reflects our commitment to innovative and excellent teaching and learning.

Our purpose-built Performing Arts Centre in Lewes is a busy and exciting environment, where you are able to explore the challenges that will face you in the 21st century, and to acquire and improve the skills that you will need to succeed. With a range of performance and rehearsal studios, workshop and ICT facilities, there is every opportunity develop and improve your ideas and practice.  At the A Level Centre in Eastbourne we also have an excellent black-box theatre space and large dance studio for our students to train in.

All our staff have a wide range of industry experience and academic knowledge, as well as an infectious passion and enthusiasm for their subject. In our vibrant, creative department we constantly seek not only to maintain, but to develop, and improve ideas and standards. This is reflected in the excellent achievements of our students, which are amongst the best in the country, and their rates of progression into Higher Education and the Industry.

If you choose to study with us, we believe that you will have made a positive choice not only to achieve in your studies, but also to benefit from our commitment to ensure that all our students, and staff, are enriched by their time spent here at Sussex Downs College.

With opportunities in Dance, Drama, Musical Theatre, Performing Arts and Production, we have a range of courses to choose from to suit your needs as you seek to train and improve your skills and knowledge, whether you are looking to develop your abilities to go into the Performing Arts industry to work, or look to progress to a higher level of study or training at university or drama school.

“The outstanding reputation of the department is what made me choose Sussex Downs College.”


“Sussex Downs has one of the best reputations for Performing Arts in the South, so for me, there was no other choice…”


“I have learnt so much and have been involved with so many different amazing opportunities. You make friends for life.”


I love the course and I really enjoy each lesson. The teaching is excellent and I feel that I am learning a lot and it far surpasses my expectations.”


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