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Foundation Course in Dance and Musical Theatre

A stepping stone to further training

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Urdang Academy

Our one-year Foundation Course prepares students aged over 18 years for auditions for further vocational training.

Performance technique and ability make up the main component of this course while tailored, actionable feedback is an important part of each individual’s development.

This course is for talented students who are keen to enhance their technical proficiency so they can successfully audition for further studies in musical theatre and dance.

Since its introduction in 2009, our one year Foundation Course has proved to be highly successful as a stepping stone for students into further training at a vocational college or university.

The course:

  • 28 hours of study over 28 weeks in over two terms
  • Focuses on improving technique and performance ability for further dance and musical theatre training
  • Highlights importance of performance ability and self-presentation
  • Provides informal and formal feedback to reach individuals’ goals (ranging from interview technique, presentation, performance ability, technical skill, choice of audition material)
  •  Showcases newly developed skills in end-of-course showcase performance during final half term
  •  Advises individuals on appropriate courses and institutions to apply for
  • The process of application is supported and guided by the Head of Foundation and AVT Courses
  • Facilitates workshops from current industry professionals throughout the year

Includes:

  • Dance: Classical Ballet, Techinal Jazz, Jazz for Audition, Street/Commercial, Contemporary, Tap, Stretch and Body Conditioning
  • Musical Theatre: Acting Technique, Acting Audition Preparation, Singing Technique, Singing Repertoire, Small Group Singing, Acting through Song, Integrated Performance (Musical Theatre), and Choir
  • Contextual Studies: Weekly Tutorials, Interview Technique, Application Support

In addition to core subjects studied the students receive workshops from current industry professionals throughout the year

Students who graduate from this one year programme benefit from increased performance levels, heightened confidence to successfully audition for further training, deeper knowledge and greater understanding of vocational level training.

Foundation Course graduates have an improved chance of gaining scholarships and funding for their future training.

The Foundation course acts as an audition for Urdang Academy in itself, with students being seen by many senior members of the faculty throughout the year in a series of mock auditions. Feedback from these mock auditions helps students prepare for a final audition for a place on either Urdang’s Diploma or Degree.

There is no guarantee that Foundation Course students will gain a place on the 3 year courses. All Foundation and AVT students will have to re-audition. Re-entry for the Degree and Diploma courses is at the discretion of the panel.

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. This course is only open to UK students.
Apply here.

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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