About

Welcome to the National College Creative Industries

Wherever your ambitions lie The National College can give you the competitive edge you need to realise your career aspirations across a range of technical and support roles in theatre, concert touring, corporate events, broadcast, themed attractions, education and trade.

World-class facilities and hands-on learning 

The National College Creative Industries has been founded by leading employers. Our curriculum is designed by the industry for the industry, providing specialist hands-on training in the technical skills required by the creative and cultural sector. 

September 2016 saw our first intake of students at our world-class venue. We guarantee work placements with our network of employers, so places are limited. 

The National College Creative Industries is based at The Backstage Centre at High House Production Park in Thurrock. 

Our neighbours include the Royal Opera House’s production workshop and costume centre. Our award-winning rehearsal and training space provides opportunities for hands-on learning alongside the professionals who rehearse, record and film there. 

Artists and organisations to have recently hired our facilities include: 

  • Derren Brown
  • Rod Stewart 
  • Pet Shop Boys 
  • Bastille
  • Diversity
  • Leona Lewis  
  • Film London

Since September 2016, our students have worked with Matthew Bourne’s team on their production of The Red Shoes. They have also worked on the Jo Cox charity foundation single ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ featuring KT Tunstall, Ricky Wilson, Steve Harley and the Parliamentary choir. Our students have gained exceptional industry experience which will go on to define their careers. 

The creative industry is looking for resilient, independent, curious and hard-working creative people. If that is you, contact us today or come along to one of our open days to discuss your next step.


Our Vision

To provide the creative industries with a diverse and highly skilled professional workforce; responding to the sector skills gaps through industry-led and designed education.

Our Mission

National College Creative Industries offers a progressive, dynamic model of industry-led and governed education giving graduates direct line of sight to employment.

Our Values

Industry-led

The National College is integrated with industry at every level. The model is simple; we only train people where there are real career opportunities. The way we train them is always led and governed by employers and will combine high quality learning with a rich employer-led experience, resulting in highly skilled, adaptable and resilient graduates and a reputation for excellence in the creative sector.

Career focused

Our students will have the tools and networks that support lifelong progress in the creative industries and enable them to succeed as employees, freelancers and entrepreneurs in a world defined by change, innovation and evolution. We will lead national initiative to drive forward curriculum development of technical and professional education as the industry demands, to provide students with a direct line of sight to employment.

Driving workforce diversity 

Our industry-led model will shape the future of the U.K.’s creative sector by broadening access to BAME and under-represented groups to the industry. This will have a positive impact on the diversity in the sector and prepare all graduates for employment.


The Board of Governors is interested to hear from other organisations who are interested in forming a strategic partnership with the college to help us to achieve our vision. Please contact our interim Principal, Sue Dare, by Tuesday 5 February, for more information.  sue.dare@creativeindustries.ac.uk