Creative Visual and Performing Arts


The School of Creative, Visual and Performing Arts (CVP) offers full-time courses in Art and Design, Media Production and Performing Arts based at the Neath, Afan, and Newtown Colleges. Classes are taught in a creative environment and using cutting-edge industry standard equipment within purpose-built specialist facilities including Nidum Arts Centre at Neath College and Theatr Hafren at Newtown College.

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We are a creative centre for learning where students can either follow the A Level route and experience a range of subjects or specialise in a full-time vocational course in Performing Arts, Art and Design or Creative Media. The school offers students the opportunity to extend their learning and skills by progressing on to a Higher National Diploma in Music in our NPTC Group Music Academy and the Foundation Art and Design at Newtown and Afan Colleges. Extensive one to one support is provided with applications for conservatoires and universities and we ensure our students are ‘audition ready’. Our students do progress and importantly they are really employable – we aim to help them be career ready!

Numerous opportunities are provided for Art and Design, Photography and Multimedia students to exhibit their work both within the college and at external public events. Media students work on ‘live’ projects, during which they will liaise with clients and screen their final piece of work. Production opportunities are vast for those enrolled in Performing Arts both in our purpose built arts-centre of Nidum, or at other professional venues including Theatr Hafren

The school of CVP also offers extensive extra-curricular programmes including the College choir, Funk Band, LIFT Dance Company and weekly Life Drawing classes…to name a few.

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Art & Design – BTEC Level 3/4 Foundation Diploma (Full-Time)
BTEC Level 2 Technical Diploma in Music (Full-Time)
Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Dance with Welsh Baccalaureate (Full-Time)
Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Music with Welsh Baccalaureate (Full-Time)
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology (Full-Time)
Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts with Welsh Baccalaureate (Full-Time)
Level 3/4 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Full-Time)
Music – HND (Full-Time)
UAL Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design (Full-Time)
UAL Level 2 Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology (Full-Time)
UAL Level 2 Performing Arts (Full-Time)
UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design with Welsh Baccalaureate (Full-Time)