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Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre or Dance

Applied training for a career in the performing arts

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Our three-year Level 6 Diploma programme prepares students for a career in the performing arts through applied studies.

The programme focuses on developing students’ technique, contextual knowledge and performance training through vocational studies. This programme has been validated by Trinity College London & the Council for Dance Education and Training.  The structure of our diploma programme offers 3 different tracks ( Triple-threat, Actor/Singer Focus, Dance Focus) that allow you to focus on your specialisms.

This course is for students aged 16+ and is a vocational course focusing on performance with an applied approach to performing arts training, encompassing all aspects of the performing arts.  This gives students an excellent grounding in Singing, Dance and Acting alongside developing charisma, individuality and performance skills.

The course:

  • Full-time, delivered over three years
  • Predominantly practical and vocational training
  • Productions showcase students learning in a range of Dance and Musical Theatre disciplines
  • Enhances contextual understanding including historical, stylistic and professional aspects of industry
  • Vocational classes are taught in groups no bigger than 18, which ensures individual learning

This programme evaluates students on the quality of their practical work.

Students who graduate from this three-year programme benefit from the programme’s holistic approach, characterised by technical and contextual training.  Students graduate having advanced their skills and will have developed a wider theoretical understanding of their chosen destination. It is the practical and holistic nature of the diploma programme that helps students to embark on a successful and fulfilled life in the performing arts, with the ability to develop a sustained and varied career.

The diploma track system allows students to select a direction for their studies which fits with their primary interests and strengths in the performing arts. This allows students to explore their interests in greater detail and become more specialised in specific areas of the performing arts. 

Track A

This track is designed to support students who are suited to pursuing a career with a focus on all aspects of Musical Theatre performances i.e singing, acting and dance. There is an equal emphasis on Musical Theatre subjects and Dance disciplines. On this track students are expected to reach a high level in all the disciplines of Singing, Acting and Dance.

Musical Theatre: Singing Technique, Singing Repertoire, Acting (including a Shakespeare module), Acting through Song, Voice (Accent and Articulation), Choir, Acting for Audition, Singing for Audition and Integrated Performance. Accent reduction for overseas students.

Dance: Classical Ballet, Technical Jazz, Musical Theatre Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Commercial, Acrobatics and Partner Work.

Contextual Studies:  Theatre visits, critical reflection and project journals.

Track C

This track is designed to support those students who will predominantly follow acting and singing based musical theatre careers. This course is heavily weighted towards Musical Theatre disciplines; dance being used as a supporting discipline to maintain strength and core stability. This track has a strong emphasis towards performance in both Acting and Musical Theatre. On this Track students are expected to reach an exceptional level in Singing and Acting modules.

Musical Theatre: Singing Technique, Singing Repertoire, Acting, Voice (Phonetics/Accent/Articulation), Acting Through Song, Integrated Performance, Choir, Operetta Singing and Acting Master Classes, Acting for Audition, Singing for Audition, and Play Rehearsals. Accent reduction for overseas students.

Dance: Body Conditioning, Classical Ballet, Technical Jazz, Contemporary and Tap.

Contextual Studies:  Theatre visits, critical reflection and project journals.

Track D

This track aims to produce the most versatile dancers for the current industry. This course is heavily weighted towards Dance with Musical Theatre being used as a supporting subject to maintain basic singing and acting skills. These students are expected to reach an exceptional level in all dance disciplines.

Dance: Classical Ballet., Technical Jazz, Musical Theatre Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Choreography, Acrobatics, Partner Work, Street, Hip Hop and Commercial.

Musical Theatre: Acting, Acting Through Song, Singing, Integrated Performance and Voice.

Contextual Studies:  Theatre visits, critical reflection and project journals.

Entry requirements

By audition and interview.  Apply here.

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"When I first walked into Urdang… I felt like I was in Fame the Movie, it immediately made up my mind - and I auditioned for 10 colleges. "

Key Dates

Summer Courses

Pre Audition Course
Monday 23rd July - Friday 27th July 2018

Connect Summer School (London)
Monday 30th July 2018 - Friday 3rd August 2018
Monday 6th August 2018 - Friday 10th August 2018

Connect UK Summer School
Belfast
Monday 30th July 2018 - Friday 3rd August 2018

Bristol
Monday 6th August 2018 - Friday 10th August 2018

Newcastle
Monday 13th August 2018 - Friday 17th August 2018

Performances

Graduate Revue
Thursday 21st June & Friday 22nd June 2018

Summer Show
Friday 29th, Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July 2018

Degree Course Term Dates 2017/2018

Degree First Year

Autumn 2017
Induction Week
Monday 4th September 2017 to Friday 8th September 2017

Semester One
Monday 11th September 2017 to Wednesday 20th December 2017

Half Term
Monday 23rd October 2017 to Friday 27th October 2017

Spring 2018
Semester Two
Thursday 11th January 2018 to Friday 11th May 2018

Half Term
Monday 12th February 2018 to Friday 23rd February 2018

Easter Break
Friday 30th March 2018 to Monday 2nd April 2018

Bank Holiday
Monday 7th May 2018

Summer 2018 (Optional)
Performance Term
Monday 14th May 2018 to Sunday 1st July 2018

Bank Holiday
Monday 28th May 2018

Summer Show Rehearsals | Tech/Dress
Monday 14th May 2018 to Thursday 28th June 2018

Performance Term
Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July 2018

Bank Holiday
Monday 28th May 2018

Degree Second Year

Autumn 2017
Induction Week
Thursday 7th September 2017 to Friday 8th September 2017

Semester One
Monday 11th September 2017 to Wednesday 20th December 2017

Half Term
Monday 23rd October 2017 to Friday 27th October 2017

Spring 2018
Semester Two
Tuesday 9th January 2018 to Friday 11th May 2018

Half Term
Monday 12th February 2018 to
Friday 23rd February 2018

Easter Break
Friday 30th March 2018 to Monday 2nd April 2018

Bank Holiday
Monday 7th May 2018

Summer 2018 (Optional)
Performance Term
Monday 14th May 2018 to Sunday 1st July 2018

Bank Holiday
Monday 28th May 2018

Degree Third Year

Autumn 2017
Induction Week
Thursday 7th September 2017 to Friday 8th September 2017

Semester One
Monday 11th September 2017 to Wednesday 20th December 2017

Half Term
Monday 23rd October 2017 to Friday 27th October 2017

Spring 2018
Semester Two
Monday 8th January 2018 to Saturday 21st April 2018

Easter Break
Friday 30th March 2018 to Monday 2nd April 2018

Summer 2018 (Optional)
Performance Term
Tuesday 8th May 2018 to Friday 22nd June 2018

Bank Holiday
Monday 28th May 2018

Diploma Course Term Dates 2017/2018

Diploma First Year

Autumn 2017
Induction Week
Monday 4th September 2017 to Friday 8th September 2017

Semester One
Monday 11th September 2017 to Wednesday 20th December 2017

Half Term
Monday 23rd October 2017 to Friday 27th October 2017

Spring 2018
Semester Two
Thursday 11th January 2018 to Friday 11th May 2018

Half Term
Monday 12th February 2018 to Friday 23rd February 2018

Easter Break
Friday 30th March 2018 to Monday 2nd April 2018

Bank Holiday
Monday 7th May 2018

Summer 2018
Semester Three
Monday 14th May 2018 to Sunday 1st July 2018

Bank Holiday
Monday 28th May 2018

Diploma Second Year

Autumn 2017
Induction Week
Friday 8th September 2017

Semester One
Monday 11th September 2017 to Wednesday 20th December 2017

Half Term
Monday 23rd October 2017 to Friday 27th October 2017

Spring 2018
Semester Two
Thursday 11th January 2018 to Friday 11th May 2018

Half Term
Monday 12th February 2018 to Friday 23rd February 2018

Easter Break
Friday 30th March 2018 to Monday 2nd April 2018

Bank Holiday
Monday 7th May 2018

Summer 2018
Semester Three
Monday 14th May 2018 to Sunday 1st July 2018

Bank Holiday
Monday 28th May 2018

Diploma Third Year

Autumn 2017
Induction Week
Thursday 7th September 2017 to Friday 8th September 2017

Semester One
Monday 11th September 2017 to Wednesday 20th December 2017

Half Term
Monday 23rd October 2017 to Friday 27th October 2017

Foundation Course Term Dates 2017/2018

Foundation

Autumn 2017
Induction Week
Wednesday 6th September 2017 to Friday 8th September 2017

Term One
Monday 11th September 2017 to Wednesday 20th December 2017

Half Term
Monday 23rd October 2017 to Friday 27th October 2017

Spring 2018
Term Two
Thursday 11th January 2018 to Monday 23rd April 2018

Half Term
Monday 12th February 2018 to Friday 16th February 2018

Easter Break
Friday 30th March 2018 to Tuesday 3rd April 2018

AVT Course Term Dates 2017/2018

AVT

Autumn 2017
Induction Week
Wednesday 6th September 2017 to Friday 8th September 2017

Term One
Monday 11th September 2017 to Wednesday 20th December 2017

Half Term
Monday 23rd October 2017 to Friday 27th October 2017

Spring 2018
Term Two
Thursday 11th January 2018 to Monday 23rd April 2018

Half Term
Monday 12th February 2018 to Friday 16th February 2018

Easter Break
Friday 30th March 2018 to Tuesday 3rd April 2018

Summer 2018
Term Three
Tuesday 14th May 2018 to Thursday 14th June 2018

(PLEASE NOTE THAT THE OCR EXAMINATION WINDOW LASTS UNTIL THE END OF JUNE. ALL AVT STUDENTS MUST BE AVAILABLE UNTIL THE END OF JUNE)

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