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.

Daisy Twells

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

Term Dates

2018/2019

Term starts: Monday 10th September 2018

Half term: week commencing Monday 22nd October 2018

End of Term: Wednesday 19th December 2018

Applications

Welcome to Urdang Academys online application system. Here you can apply and manage your:

  • Open day
  • Application for full-time course and
  • Auditions

At each stage we will e-mail you to notify you where you are in the application process and what steps you need to take next.

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