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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.

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 2018/2019

Open days

Friday 16th November 2018 (fully booked)

Friday 23rd November 2018 (fully booked)

Friday 18th January 2019 (fully booked)

Monday 21st January 2019 (fully booked)

Monday 11th March 2019
(+Teachers’ Open Day from 9.30am contact us for more details)

If you wish to attend an Open Day that is fully booked email admissions@theurdang.london with your preferred date, the name of the applicant and any guests, to join a waiting list.

Auditions

From 8.30am
Sunday 18th November 2018

Sunday 9th December 2018

Sunday 13th January 2019

Sunday 20th January 2019

Sunday 27th January 2019

Wednesday 30th January 2019

Wednesday 13th February 2019

Further dates TBC

Term Dates 2018/2019

Degree First year

Autumn 2018
Induction Week
Monday 10th September 2018 to Friday 14th September 2018

Semester One
Monday 17th September 2018 to Wednesday 19th December 2018

Half Term
Monday 22nd October 2018 to Friday 26th October 2018

Spring 2019
Semester Two
Monday 7th January 2019 to Friday 17th May 2019

Half Term
Monday 18th February 2019 to Friday 22nd February 2019

Reading Week
Monday 8th April 2019 to Friday 12th April 2019

Easter Break
Friday 19th April 2019 to Monday 22nd April 2019

Bank Holiday
Monday 6th May 2019

Summer 2019 (optional)
Semester Three
Monday 20th May 2019 to Sunday 14th July 2019

Bank Holiday
Monday 27th May 2019

Assessment Retakes
For any students that need to retake assessments from December and April

Monday 15th July 2019 to Wednesday 17th July 2019

Degree Second year

Autumn 2018
Induction Week
Thursday 13th September 2018 to Friday 14th September 2018

Semester One
Monday 17th September 2018 to Wednesday 19th December 2018

Half Term
Monday 22nd October 2018 to Friday 26th October 2018

Spring 2019
Semester Two
Wednesday 2nd January 2019 to Friday 17th May 2019

Half Term
Monday 18th February 2019 to Friday 22nd February 2019

Reading Week
Monday 8th April 2019 to Friday 12th April 2019

Easter Break
Friday 19th April 2019 to Monday 22nd April 2019

Bank Holiday
Monday 6th May 2019

Summer 2019 (optional)
Semester Three
Monday 20th May 2019 to Sunday 14th July 2019

Bank Holiday
Monday 27th May 2019

Assessment Retakes
For any students that need to retake assessments from December and April

Monday 15th July 2019 to Wednesday 17th July 2019

Degree Third year

Autumn 2018
Induction Week
Monday 10th September 2018 to Friday 14th September 2018

Semester One
Monday 17th September 2018 to Wednesday 19th December 2018

Half Term
Monday 22nd October 2018 to Friday 26th October 2018

Spring 2019
Semester Two
Thursday 3rd January 2019 to Saturday 11th May 2019

Easter Break
Friday 19th April 2019 to Monday 22nd April 2019

Dissertation Hand-in
Friday 26th April 2019

Summer 2019 (optional)
Semester Three
Monday 13th May 2019 to Friday 14th June 2019

Bank Holiday
Monday 27th May 2019

Diploma First year

Autumn 2018
Induction Week
Monday 10th September 2018 to Friday 14th September 2018

Semester One
Monday 17th September 2018 to Wednesday 19th December 2018

Half Term
Monday 22nd October 2018 to
Friday 26th October 2018

Spring 2019
Semester Two
Monday 7th January 2019 to Friday 10th May 2019

Half Term
Monday 18th February 2019 to Friday 22nd February 2019

Easter Break
Friday 19th April 2019 to Monday 22nd April 2019

Bank Holiday
Monday 6th May 2019

Summer 2019
Semester Three
Monday 20th May 2019 to Sunday 14th July 2019

Bank Holiday
Monday 27th May 2019

Assessment Retakes 2019
For any students that need to retake assessments from December and April

Monday 15th July 2019 to Wednesday 17th July 2019

Diploma Second year

Autumn 2018
Induction Week
Friday 14th September 2018

Semester One
Monday 17th September 2018 to Wednesday 19th December 2018

Half Term
Monday 22nd October 2018 to Friday 26th October 2018

Spring 2019
Semester Two
Monday 7th January 2019 to Friday 10th May 2019

Half Term
Monday 18th February 2019 to Friday 22nd February 2019

Easter Break
Friday 19th April 2019 to Monday 22nd April 2019

Bank Holiday
Monday 6th May 2019

Summer 2019
Semester Three
Monday 20th May 2019 to Sunday 14th July 2019

Bank Holiday
Monday 27th May 2019

Assessment Retakes 2019
For any students that need to retake assessments from December and April

Monday 15th July 2019 to Wednesday 17th July 2019

Diploma Third year

Autumn 2018
Induction Week
Thursday 13th September 2018 to
Friday 14th September 2018

Semester One
Monday 17th September 2018 to Wednesday 19th December 2018

Half Term
Monday 22nd October 2018 to Friday 26th October 2018

Spring 2019
Semester Two
Thursday 3rd January 2019 Saturday 11th May 2019

Easter Break
Friday 19th April 2019 to Monday 22nd April 2019

Summer 2019
Semester Three
Monday 13th May 2019 to Friday 14th June 2019

Bank Holiday
Monday 27th May 2019

Foundation

Autumn 2018
Induction Week
Wednesday 12th September 2018 to Friday 14th September 2018

Term One
Monday 17th September 2018 to Wednesday 19th December 2018

Half Term
Monday 22nd October 2018 to Friday 26th October 2018

Spring 2019
Term Two
Monday 7th January 2019 to Thursday 16th May 2019

Half Term
Monday 18th February 2019 to Friday 22nd February 2019

Easter Break
Monday 15th April 2019 to Monday 22nd April 2019

Bank Holiday
Monday 6th May 2019

AVT First year

Autumn 2018
Induction Week
Wednesday 12th September 2018 to Friday 14th September 2018

Term One
Monday 17th September 2018 to Wednesday 19th December 2018

Half Term
Monday 22nd October 2018 to Friday 26th October 2018

Spring 2019
Term Two
Monday 7th January 2019 to Thursday 16th May 2019

Half Term
Monday 18th February 2019 to Friday 22nd February 2019

Easter Break
Monday 15th April 2019 to Monday 22nd April 2019

Bank Holiday
Monday 6th May 2019

Summer 2019
Term Three
Monday 20th May 2019 to Friday 14th June 2019

Bank Holiday
Monday 27th May 2019

AVT Second year

Autumn 2018
Induction Week
Thursday 13th September 2018 to Friday 14th September 2018

Term One
Monday 17th September 2018 to Wednesday 19th December 2018

Half Term
Monday 22nd October 2018 to Friday 26th October 2018

Spring 2019
Term Two
Monday 7th January 2019 to Thursday 16th May 2019

Half Term
Monday 18th February 2019 to Friday 22nd February 2019

Easter Break
Monday 15th April 2019 to Monday 22nd April 2019

Bank Holiday
Monday 6th May 2019

Summer 2019
Term Three
Monday 20th May 2019 to Friday 14th June 2019

Bank Holiday
Monday 27th May 2019

Performances 2018/2019

Third Year Musicals

Bernie Grant Arts Centre
The Wedding Singer
8th & 9th February 2019

The Secret Garden
15th & 16th February 2019

Spring Awakening
22nd & 23rd February 2019

Merrily We Roll Along
1st & 2nd March 2019

Bad Girls
8th & 9th March 2019

Link Graduate Showcase

8th to 11th May 2019

Foundation/ Second Year AVT Showcase

Thursday 16th May 2019

Pre Audition Courses/Summer School 2018/2019

Pre Audition Course

Autumn 2018
Monday 22nd October 2018 - Friday 26th October 2018

Spring 2019
TBC

Summer 2019
Monday 22nd July 2019 - Friday 26th July 2019

Summer School

Summer 2019 - Week 1
Monday 29th July 2019 – Friday 2nd August 2019

Summer 2019 - Week 2
Monday 5th August 2019 – Friday 9th August 2019

Applications

Applications for Auditions and Open Days for 2019 entry are now open.

Auditions commence in November and last a whole day. Once you have registered,  you will also be able to sign up for a free Open Day with up to two named guests. (see KEY DATES)

If you registered prior to 25th September 2018, you will have to reset your password* as we have now improved our security systems. No previous applications will have been saved. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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