Goswell House



Italia Conti House is the Academy's headoffice and home to the Performing Arts Courses, Singing Course, Theatre Arts School and Agency.

Situated approximately 300 yards from the Barbican underground station in the heart of London's cultural arts and theatre district. This modern, spacious building on nine levels is equipped to the highest standards.

The building offers disabled access with a wheelchair ramp available, which covers the steps to the entrance or lifts, one of which is situated in our private car parking area at street level. The main reception area can be found on the ground floor together with the first of our superb dance studios and the visitor's lift servicing all floors.


The Academy has 18 dance, acting and singing studios and lecture rooms, an art room, specialist class rooms, a video studio and editing suite, an I.T. suite which contains a small resource library and computers which are linked to the internet for student study. There is a First Aid/Treatment room where the student welfare officer deals with minor ailments, students' common room and a dressing room complex and lockers. Washing facilities and male and female toilets can be found on levels 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9 with a disabled toilet on level 2, showers can be found on level 8. All dance studios are light and airy with sprung floors, full-length mirrors and ballet barres. Acting, contextual studies, music and singing studios are usually carpeted and have pianos and white boards for theory work. All studios are equipped for playing recorded music.

The third level houses the Head Teacher's office and The Theatre Arts' academic schoolrooms, where pupils carry out their secondary school curriculum in well furnished classrooms. The use of modern technology is now a necessary requirement to aid education, and all pupils have access to the latest I.T. equipment to ensure they have the widest possible access to knowledge.

The excellent canteen offers a comprehensive menu from light snacks to full meals and is the envy of many an institution. Here, students can meet in a relaxed atmosphere.

The administration offices of the Academy are located on the sixth and ninth levels. The Student Course Co-ordinator, Administrators' and Year Tutors' offices for the Performing Arts and Dance courses, can be found on level 6. The Principal, Principal's Assistant, Finance Controller, Bursar, Accounts Department and the Italia Conti Agency can be found on level 9.


All students of Goswell House are required to become members of the Barbican library, which is situated in the Barbican centre – 100 yards from Italia Conti House - as it offers a wealth of excellent reading, research, music, audio, IT and specialist material. The Academy also hires space at the Leisure Centre which is adjacent to the Academy where students may be timetabled for class.



The Academy's former main residence, Avondale, is the home of the BA (Hons) Acting Degree Programme and the Acting Foundation Course as well as being the main facilities house for all courses. This impressive Edwardian building (approximately 250 yards from Clapham North underground and 300 yards from Clapham main line station), has recently begun maintenance and improvement works, as part of the academy's  Quality Improvement Plan, and has added new and refurbished studios, offices and is currently working on student spaces and accessibility.  


The 'Avondale Theatre' is a modern, fully equipped theatre which is easily adapted for a variety of productions from full dramatic box sets to musicals, performance events and video shoots. Its fully retractable seating can be moved to offer one of London's largest rehearsal rooms. This space is used as the Academy's mainhouse production venue.

Avondale also houses the delightful Sheridan Studio, a flexible space ideal for smaller productions, and 5 spacious rehearsal studios. The IT suite, with computers linked to the internet and the University's library system, allows students to research projects and assignments and present work in a professional manner. The premises also house the acting focussed student library and learning resource room, dressing room complex, green rooms, property store, the production and stage management offices, staff room, Acting Programmes Director, Heads of Department and Administration offices, a bathroom, shower room, numerous male and female toilet facilities and student social spaces.

The Academy has always prided itself on keeping ahead of current trends and recognises that students today must be familiar and well trained in the art of recorded media. The Academy's 24 track Recording Studio, with editing suite, along with our recently updated Video equipment allows students the opportunity to develop their audio and video skills and encourages them in the making of their own show reels and demonstration/self tapes. 


Situated just off Landor Road, Hammerton Hall is a short walk from Avondale and offers acting students additional rehearsal room facilities which are particularly used by third year students for rehearsing their final year productions.The acting department also hires local spaces to offer the best possible spaces for the classes needs.

Arts Centre


The Arts Centre is the 'home' of our Teacher Training with Performing Arts Courses. Situated on the borders of Guildford, in the heart of the London Commuter belt with regular fast trains into London taking just over half an hour. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, Guildford has several excellent theatres, a large cinema and sports complex, libraries, shops and shopping malls, places of interest to visit, restaurants and cafes and plenty of night life.


As well as its well equipped, spacious, air conditioned studios, the Arts Centre also offers a recording and video studio with edit suite, a friendly lounge and cafeteria area, numerous offices, student common room, changing rooms, male and female toilets with washing facilities and a performance dance wear shop. 


The Arts Centre has an arrangement with the LA. Fitness leisure centre, a short walk from the premises. Students not only take class in their dance studio but are also able to use the swimming pool, sauna, gym and squash & tennis courts.
The Arts Centre is also able to offer a limited number of 'new' first year student's local, reasonably priced living accommodation.