Bird College (The Doreen Bird Foundation)

Bird College (The Doreen Bird Foundation)

At a glance


  • Arts
  • Education
  • Young people

Other details

Geographical remit: 
National - Britain


The objectives of the charity are as follows:  

  • To advance the education of the public in the study of performing arts, dance, drama, singing and related subjects.  
  • To promote the development of education in the performing arts.  
  • To promote the development of facilities for the teaching and performance of performing arts, dance, drama, singing and related subjects. 
  • To achieve its objectives the company provides scholarships, bursaries and awards to applicants to attend courses and provides support to establish and maintain any college, school, or education body where students may be educated in performing arts, dance, drama, singing and related subjects 


Bird College was founded in 1946 by Doreen Bird.  Today the College has over seventy years of experience in providing professional vocational training in Dance and Musical Theatre within the further and higher education sectors for students. Many of its graduates can be seen working in theatre, film and television, around the world.

The College recruits nationally and internationally and auditions more than 1500 candidates each year for its 3 courses - the Pre-Professional Foundation Year, the Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre and its BA Honours Degree in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre. Additional provision includes teaching qualifications (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) and a comprehensive range of intensive short courses. The College is also the Music Education Hub for the London Borough of Bexley. 

The College is recognised as an international Centre of Excellence. It is a partner College of the University of Greenwich who validate the Degree programme. The Diploma is validated by Trinity College, London and the College is accredited by the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre (CDMT). Ofsted grade all provision as Outstanding.

The College is a founder member of the Alliance for Musical Theatre Conservatoires (AMTC) which was established in 2018. 

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