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The BA (Hons) Professional Dance and Musical Theatre is a high-calibre vocational programme which will equip you for a career in the professional entertainment industry.
The BA (Hons) Professional Dance and Musical Theatre is a high-calibre vocational programme which will equip you for a career in the professional entertainment industry. The three-year programme offers intensive specialist training in dance, singing and acting, aiming to provide you with excellent employment skills. Upon graduation, employment may include musicals (West End and touring), dance companies, television, theatre and education.
After the first year you undertake your studies within a more focused specialist track: triple threat training, singer/acting focus or a more dance-based track. This allows you to choose a direction of study in the second and third year that is in line with your skills, abilities and likely destination.
This BA (Hons) Professional Dance and Musical Theatre is validated by the University of Birmingham.
- Full-time, delivered over three years
- High contact hours
- Vocational and academic studies
- Practical skills including dance, singing and acting
- Variety of performance opportunities including musicals and showcase
- Small class sizes to ensure effective individual learning
- Greater understanding of cultural and historical developments through academic study and research projects
- Offers opportunities to be creative through guided choreography projects
- Career guidance and industry advice opportunities
- Opportunity to be seen by a range of industry professionals prior to graduation
- Application through UCAS
- Successful completion of Urdang Audition
- 80 points normally through Level 3 academic qualifications (BTEC, A-Level, Scottish Highers, IB etc)
- At least Grade4/C in GCSE English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent)
- All academic requirements could be subject to change and this website will be updated accordingly
- EU/EEA students will need to have gained an Academic IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.
After the first year, you may choose a more focused study track:, triple threat training, singer/acting focus or a more dance-based focus. This allows you to choose a direction of study in the second and third year of the course that is in line with your natural talent and likely destination. These tracks give the opportunity to explore your strengths and passions in greater detail, and opens the degree to students whose strengths lie in or one or more specialist areas.
This track is designed to support students who are suited to all aspects of Musical Theatre i.e. singing, acting and dance. There is an equal emphasis on Musical Theatre subjects and Dance disciplines. On this track you are expected to reach an exceptional level in all the disciplines of singing, acting and dance.
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. You are expected to reach an exceptional level in all dance disciplines.
This track is designed to support those students who will predominantly follow acting and singing based 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 you are expected to reach an exceptional level in Singing and Acting modules.
80% of our Professional Dance and Musical Theatre students are signed with an agent within 6 months of graduating.
As well as receiving outstanding training in many disciplines of dance and musical theatre, students will develop many other skills which will be invaluable for their future careers. They will develop resilience, communication skills, presentation skills, confidence, artistry, determination, creativity, choreography, leadership and team-working skills. Students will also benefit from an incredible proximity to professional performers and develop an intrinsic ability to network and build their brand.
We work closely with Link talent who can support and help our graduates make the transition from a learning to a working environment.
Many Urdang Academy students go on to work in the West End, national and international theatre, TV and feature films, as choreographers, and dancing for major arena tours.
Recent roles include: 9 to 5 The Musical (West End, UK and Ireland Tour), Hamilton (West End), Mary Poppins (West End), Waitress (West End), Thriller (West End), & Juliet (West End), Les Misérables (West End and UK Tour), Avenue Q (UK Tour), The Tina Turner Musical (West End), Matilda (West End and UK Tour), Six (West End, UK Tour and International Tour), Moulin Rouge (Broadway New York), We Will Rock You (UK and European Tour), Mamma Mia! (West End and UK Tour), Curtains (UK Tour), Aladdin (West End), Wicked (West End), The Lion King (West End), Spice Girls 2019 (World Tour), Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (West End), Jesus Christ Superstar (West End), The Book of Mormon (West End and UK Tour), Cats (International Tour), X Factor, Janet Jackson’s Metamorphosis (Las Vegas), the West End production and the feature film version of Everybody’s Talking about Jamie and many more!
How you will be assessed
Each module is assessed independently and methods may include end-of-semester exams, written assignments, oral and poster presentations, computer-based tests, class tests, practical and performance assessments, and project reports. The early years of your course are assessed mostly by guided and set assessment questions and tasks, developing over time to independent and tailored assessment in project and practical work. This model reflects your ability to specialise in Years 2 and 3, after undertaking thorough grounding of core principles at the start of your studies.
Feedback is an essential part of learning and we use a wide range of methods, such as written feedback on your assessments, class feedback sessions and discussions with your tutor. You’ll receive feedback on each assessment, highlighting the positives of your work as well as any areas that need more attention. Practical classes also enable students to receive continuous feedback through corrections and guidance on technique and performance.
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