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BA (Hons) in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre

Academic and applied training for a career in the performing arts

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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.

The Course

  • 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

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • 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.

Track System

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.

Track A

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.

Track B

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.

Track C

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.

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Employability

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!

Assessment

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.

"The warm and friendly staff and family atmosphere along with training that is tailored to me as an individual make urdang a fantastic place to study"

Ethan-James Luke

Graduate 2017, Diploma Track C

Key Dates

Open Days & Auditions 2020/2021

Open days

Open days
Owing to the ongoing COVID-19 situation we cannot guarantee we will be able to host any Open Days for 2021 entry at Urdang. We are planning on some exciting alternative arrangements to allow you to experience our facilities.

Please keep an eye on the website and social media for updates.

If you have any further enquiries please email admissions@theurdang.london

Auditions

Auditions
Urdang online applications for 2021 entry for all our full-time courses will go live in September.

Details of our audition process will be available on our website soon.

Please email the College Administrator, Will Bird, on will@theurdang.london if you have any further queries.

Term Dates 2020/2021

Degree First year

Autumn 2020
Registration
Tuesday 1 September 2020

Induction Week
Tuesday 1 September 2020 - Friday 4 September 2020

Semester One
Monday 7 September 2020 – Friday 11 December 2020

Reading Week
Monday 26 October 2020 – Friday 30 October 2020

Spring 2021
Semester Two
Friday 8 January 2021 – Friday 21 May 2021

Reading Week
Monday 15 February 2021 – Friday 19 February 2021

Easter Break
Friday 2 April 2021 – Friday 9 April 2021

After Assessment Break
Monday 17 May 2021 – Friday 21 may 2021

Summer Show (optional)
Rehearsals Start
Monday 24 May 2021

Show
Saturday 10 July 2021 & Sunday 11 July 2021

Degree Second year

Autumn 2020
Induction Week
Tuesday 1 September 2020 - Friday 4 September 2020

Semester One
Monday 7 September 2020 – Friday 18 December 2020

Reading Week
Monday 26 October 2020 – Friday 30 October 2020

Spring 2021
Semester Two
Friday 8 January 2021 – Friday 21 May 2021

Reading Week
Monday 15 February 2021 – Friday 19 February 2021

Easter Break
Friday 2 April 2021 – Friday 9 April 2021

After Assessment Break
Monday 17 May 2021 – Friday 21 may 2021

Summer Show (optional)
Rehearsals Start
Monday 24 May 2021

Show
Saturday 10 July 2021 & Sunday 11 July 2021

Degree Third year

Autumn 2020
Induction Week
Tuesday 1 September 2020 - Friday 4 September 2020

Semester One
Monday 7 September 2020 – Friday 11 December 2020

Reading Week
Monday 26 October 2020 – Friday 30 October 2020

Spring 2021
Semester Two
Thursday 7 January 2021 – Saturday 27 March 2021

Easter Break
Friday 2 April 2021 – Friday 9 April 2021

Graduate Showcase Rehearsals
Monday 29 March 2021 – Tuesday 11 May 2021

Graduation Showcase
Wednesday 19 May 2021 – Saturday 22 May 2021

Third Year Classes
Tuesday 2 June 2021 – Friday 18 June 2021

Graduation Ceremony
Sunday 20 June 2021

Diploma First year

Autumn 2020
Registration
Tuesday 1 September 2020

Induction Week
Tuesday 1 September 2020 - Friday 4 September 2020

Term One
Monday 7 September 2020 – Friday 11 December 2020

Half Term
Monday 26 October 2020 – Friday 30 October 2020

Spring 2021
Term Two
Friday 8 January 2021 – Friday 2 May 2020

Half Term
Monday 15 February 2021 – Friday 19 February 2021

Easter Break
Friday 2 April 2021 – Friday 9 April 2021

After Assessment Break
Monday 17 May 2021 – Friday 21 may 2021

Summer Show (Optional)
Rehearsals Start
Monday 24 May 2021

Show
Saturday 10 July 2021 & Sunday 11 July 2021

Diploma Second year

Autumn 2020
Induction Week
Tuesday 1 September 2020 - Friday 4 September 2020

Term One
Monday 7 September 2020 – Friday 11 December 2020

Half Term
Monday 26 October 2020 – Friday 30 October 2020

Spring 2021
Term Two
Friday 8 January 2021 – Friday 21 May 2021

Half Term
Monday 15 February 2021 – Friday 19 February 2021

Easter Break
Friday 2 April 2021 – Friday 9 April 2021

After Assessment Break
Monday 17 May 2021 – Friday 21 May 2021

Summer Show
Rehearsals Start
Monday 24 May 2021

Summer Show
Saturday 10 July 2021 & Sunday 11 July 2021

Diploma Third year

Autumn 2020
Induction Week
Tuesday 1 September 2020 - Friday 4 September 2020

Term One
Monday 7 September 2020 – Friday 11 December 2020

Half Term
Monday 26 October 2020 – Friday 30 October 2020

Spring 2021
Term Two
Thursday 7 January 2021 – Saturday 27 March 2021

Easter Break
Friday 2 April 2021 – Friday 9 April 2021

Summer 2021
Term Three
Monday 29 March 2021 – Tuesday 11 May 2021

Graduation Showcase
Wednesday 19 May 2021 – Saturday 22 May 2021

Graduation Ceremony
Sunday 20 June 2021

AVT/Foundation

Autumn 2020
Registration
Wednesday 2 September 2020

Induction Week
Tuesday 1 September 2020 – Friday 4 September 2020

Semester One
Monday 7 September 2020 – Friday 18 December 2020

Half Term
Monday 26 October 2020 – Friday 30 October 2020

Spring 2021
Semester Two
Friday 8 January 2021 – Friday 21 May 2021

Half Term
Monday 15 February 2021 – Friday 19 February 2021

Easter Break
Friday 2 April 2021 – Friday 9 April 2021

Performances 2021

Graduate Showcase

Wednesday 19 May 2021 – Saturday 22 May 2021
Agents Day
Tuesday 1 June 2021

Graduation Ceremony
Sunday 20 June 2021

First and Second Year Summer show

Saturday 10 July 2021 & Sunday 11 July 2021

Urdang Live! Summer 2020

Virtual Taster Day

Friday 17 July 2020

Online Pre-Audition Intensive

Monday 27 July - Friday 31 July 2020

Online Summer School - Musical Theatre

Monday 03 August - Friday 07 August 2020

Online Summer School - Commercial/Street Dance

Monday 10 August - Friday 14 August 2020

Applications

Urdang Academy is currently closed due to COVID-19 and aims to reopen in September, in accordance with government guidance.

Log-in here if you have already made an application and need to respond to an offer. 

Applications for 2020 Entry

Unfortunately, Urdang will no longer be accepting applications and video submissions for our full-time courses for 2020 entry.

If you have already paid for an audition, but have not been able to film a video in time, please email us to request a refund of your audition fee with the name of the person who paid for it.

Applications for 2021 Entry

UCAS is now open for applications for our BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre for 2021 entry. You will need to use the following codes:

Course Code: W4UA
Institution Code: B32 (UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM)
Campus Name: URDANG ACADEMY
Campus Code: U

Urdang online applications for 2021 for all our full-time courses will go live in September. Details of our audition process and news on open days will be available later in the year.

If you require further information please email admissions@theurdang.london.

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