Opened by Laurence Olivier in 1946, the School is an Industry-led vocational training establishment preparing students for careers in acting, stage management, television production, costume, design, scenic art, directing, theatre arts management, production management, lighting, electrics, sound, studio management, propmaking and scenic construction. Work encompasses the breadth of theatre, television, radio, film, recording, events and trade presentations and the ever-increasing areas of employment open to a trained work-force in the Arts and Entertainment Industry.
The School is staffed by experienced working professionals and trains people for all disciplines, working together within one "producing house" organisation. The School has close working partnerships with national and local producing companies, consistently achieving 100% graduate employment.
The School is housed in large premises overlooking Clifton Downs and in the former BBC Christchurch Studios, which offers unparalleled facilities for radio and television work.