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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 technique, contextual knowledge and performance training through vocational studies. It is validated by Trinity College London & the CDMT.  The structure of our diploma programme offers 3 different tracks (Triple-threat, Actor/Singer Focus, Dance Focus) allowing you to focus on your specialisms.

This course is for students aged 16+ years and is predominantly a vocational course focusing on performance with an applied approach to performing arts training, encompassing all aspects of the performing arts.  The contextual elements of the course allow you to develop an understanding in performance history and a thorough evaluation. 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 with some academic contextual studies
  • 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.

On graduation you will have developed the necessary practical skills and a wider theoretical understanding of your chosen career ambitions. It is the holistic nature of the diploma programme that will help you embark on a successful and fulfilled future in the performing arts, and a sustained and varied career.

The diploma track system allows you to choose subjects to fit with your primary interests and strengths in the performing arts. This allows you to explore your interests in greater detail and become more specialised in specific areas of the performing arts.
 

Track A

This track is for students interested in 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 student 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, Production Skills, Dance and Musical Theatre History, Healthier Performer and Musical Theatre for Performers, critical reflection and project journals.

Track C

This track is for students interested in 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, Production Skills, Dance and Musical Theatre History, Healthier Performer and Musical Theatre for Performers, critical reflection.

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, Production Skills, Dance and Musical Theatre History, Healthier Performer and Musical Theatre for Performers, critical reflection.

Entry requirements

By audition and interview.  
Students will be expected to have already gained at least a 4/C in GCSE English Language and Mathematics prior to starting the course. There is no Level 3 academic requirement.

EU and international students will need to have gained an Academic IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent. EU and International academic requirements can be circulated on request.

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"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

Open days
All our Open Days are now fully booked.

We now recommend making an online application. We audition everyone who applies. Click on APPLY NOW for more details.

On the audition day candidates will spend all day at the Urdang and get the chance to speak to staff and current students. Parents/guardians will also be given an introductory talk by staff at the beginning of the day.

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

Friday 22nd November 2019 FULLY BOOKED
Friday 17th January 2020 FULLY BOOKED
Monday 20th January 2020 FULLY BOOKED

Auditions

Auditions
Sunday 24th November 2019

Sunday 8th December 2019 FULLY BOOKED

Sunday 12th January 2020

Sunday 19th January 2020

Sunday 26th January 2020

Monday 17th February 2020

All auditions commence at 8:30 am. Further dates to be announced.

To make an application click on APPLY NOW and register your details.

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 2020

Third Year Musicals

Ghost
Friday 7th and Saturday 8th February 2020

The Addams Family
Friday 14th and Saturday 15th February 2020

In The Heights
Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd February 2020

Our House
Friday 28th and Saturday 29th February 2020

Pippin
Friday 6th & Saturday 7th March 2020

Graduate Showcase

Wednesday 13th, Thursday 14th, Friday 15th and Saturday 16th May 2020
*Closed agents shows on Thursday 14th May 2020

First and Second Year Summer show

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July 2020

Part-Time Courses 2020

Pre Audition

Pre-Audition 2020
Monday 27th July 2020 - Friday 31st July 2020

Summer School

Summer School 2020 - Week 1
Monday 3rd August 2020 - Friday 7th August 2020

Summer School 2020 - Week 2
Monday 10th August 2020 - Friday 14th August 2020

Summer School Plus 2020
Monday 10th August 2020 - Friday 21st August 2020

Applications

Applications for 2020 Entry 

You can now apply for one of our full time 2020 courses, please register and you will receive an activation email.

Audition dates are listed under Key Dates.  Further dates will be announced shortly.

If you have any further queries please email us at: admissions@theurdang.london

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