Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre or Dance

Applied training for a career in the performing arts

Scroll to content
Urdang Academy
Course validated by

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

Open Days & Auditions 2019/2020

Open days

You will be able to register online for a free place at an Open Day from mid-August.

Open Days run between 1.15pm and 4pm and applicants can bring one guest.

Friday 4th October 2019
Monday 14th October 2019
Monday 4th November 2019
Friday 15th November 2019
Friday 22nd November 2019
Friday 17th January 2020
Monday 20th January 2020

Dates may be subject to change.

Auditions

You will be able to apply online for an audition from mid-August. You will automatically be allocated the next available date.

We audition everyone who applies and auditions typically last from 8.30am to around 6pm.

Sunday 3rd November 2019
Sunday 24th November 2019
Sunday 8th December 2019
Sunday 12th January 2020
Sunday 19th January 2020
Sunday 26th January 2020
Monday 17th February 2020
Tuesday 18th February 2020
Wednesday 19th February 2020

Dates may be subject to change.

Term Dates 2019/2020

Degree First year

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Monday 2nd September 2019

Semester One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Reading Week
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Semester Two
Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 15th May 2020

Reading Week
Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Monday 13th April 2020

Summer Show (optional)
Rehearsals Start
Monday 18th May 2020

Show Ends
Sunday 12th July 2020

Assessment Retake Period
Monday 13th July 2020 to Wednesday 15th July 2020

Degree Second year

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Monday 2nd September 2019

Semester One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Friday 20th December 2019

Reading Week
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Semester Two
Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 15th May 2020

Reading Week
Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Monday 13th April 2020

Summer Show (optional)
Rehearsals Start
Monday 18th May 2020

Show Ends
Sunday 12th July 2020

Assessment Retake Period
Monday 13th July 2020 to Wednesday 15th July 2020

Degree Third year

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Monday 2nd September 2019

Semester One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Reading Week
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Semester Two
Thursday 2nd January 2020 to Saturday 16th May 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Monday 13th April 2020

Diploma First year

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Monday 2nd September 2019

Term One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Half Term
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Term Two
Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 15th May 2020

Half Term
Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Monday 13th April 2020

Summer 2020
Term Three (incl. Summer Show)
Monday 18th May 2020 to Sunday 12th July 2020

Assessment Retake Period
Monday 13th July 2020 to Wednesday 15th July 2020

Diploma Second year

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Monday 2nd September 2019

Term One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Half Term
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Term Two
Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 15th May 2020

Half Term
Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Monday 13th April 2020

Summer 2020
Term Three (incl. Summer Show)
Monday 18th May 2020 to Sunday 12th July 2020

Assessment Retake Period
Monday 13th July 2020 to Wednesday 15th July 2020

Diploma Third year

Autumn 2018
Induction Week
Monday 2nd September 2019

Term One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Half Term
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2019
Term Two
Thursday 2nd January 2020 to Saturday 16th May 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Monday 13th April 2020

Summer 2019
Term Three
Monday 18th May 2020 to Friday 12th June 2020

Foundation

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Wednesday 4th September 2019

Term One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Half Term
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Term Two
Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 22nd May 2020

Half Term
Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Tuesday 14th April 2020

AVT First year

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Wednesday 4th September 2019

Term One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Half Term
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Term Two
Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 12th June 2020

Half Term
Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Tuesday 14th April 2020

AVT Second year

Autumn 2019
Induction Week
Wednesday 4th September 2019

Term One
Monday 9th September 2019 to Wednesday 11th December 2019

Half Term
Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019

Spring 2020
Term Two
Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 12th June 2020

Half Term
Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020

Easter Break
Monday 6th April 2020 to Tuesday 14th April 2020

Performances 2018/2019

Summer School/Pre Audition Courses 2019/2020

Summer School

Monday 29th July 2019 – Friday 2nd August 2019
Monday 5th August 2019 – Friday 9th August 2019

Pre Audition

Summer 2019
Monday 22nd July 2019 - Friday 26th July 2019
Monday 5th August 2019 - Friday 9th August 2019

Autumn 2019
Monday 21st October 2019 - Friday 25th October 2019

Applications

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Urdang Academy. Unfortunately, online applications for 2019 entry are now closed.

  

If you would like to make a late application please email admissions@theurdang.london and we can send you details of how to prepare a video audition for us. We cannot guarantee a place on your chosen course at this time.

  

Online applications and registration for Open Days for 2020 entry will go live in August. You can still register your contact details here in advance of this. Auditions will run between November 2019 and April 2020. Please check our Key Dates page for further details over the summer.

  

Find out how it works