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MUSICAL THEATRE BA (HONS)

SQA ADVANCED CERTIFICATE (FOUNDATION)

PERFORMING ARTS BA (HONS)

POST GRADUATION COURSE

TBA PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA

BA COURSE APPLICANT CRITERIA

MUSICAL THEATRE . PERFORMING ARTS BA (HONS COURSES: A minimum of CDD at A Level, or a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMP, or equivalent, preferably in a related area. Applications from those studying two A Levels or alternative Level 3 qualifications will be considered on an alternative basis. Applicants are also required to attend an audition. Applicants should be aged 15 and over.

MUSICAL THEATRE BA (HONS)

BA (Hons) Musical Theatre trains you to be a versatile, imaginative and employable performer. Its embodied approach develops graduates who are adept at working in a variety of genres across the highest levels of the Musical Theatre industry, as well as preparing you for postgraduate study. Training in acting, singing and dancing are delivered with equal weighting, with the highest possible standards expected from our students in every discipline.

What You Will Study

Level 4 introduces students to essential core skills and is embedded primarily in technical training. We develop dance, movement, vocal, singing and acting skills both as individuals and as members of an ensemble. The principles of academic writing: research, analysis, and critique are initiated at this level.

Level 5 builds on previously acquired knowledge and aims to introduce elements of interpretation, analysis and performance as a soloist and within an ensemble. We develop your skills and understanding of all the techniques and approaches required to work within the Musical Theatre industry. You collaborate with industry professionals and peers in a range of different workshops and performance opportunities.

Level 6 focuses on performance and hones and combines the skills and knowledge previously learnt to create an employable and successful performer. Strategically selected projects and public performances encourage professional working relationships and the entrepreneurial capability vital for future employment. You also collaborate with a range of industry specialists.

Professional preparation includes invited practitioners and graduates sharing their knowledge and experience of the workplace. Your professional training is complemented by advice on developing your own unique product.

At the heart of this Musical Theatre programme are the essential practical and creative skills and rigorous theoretical enquiry that prepare you to become independent thinkers, self-motivated artists and freelance practitioners.

Year 1:
• Musical Theatre Singing 1 (20 Credits) – This practical module focuses on the application of singing technique to the interpretation of repertoire. From this technical base you develop your creative processes by considering essential repertoire for your voice type and considering how to apply your technique to that repertoire to realise creative and musically intelligent interpretations of that material.
• Acting and Voice 1 (20 credits) – This module draws on the work of many practitioners whose work and techniques reflect the demands of the current acting profession. You will explore how to breakdown text and scenes, create characters and remain in the moment of action. The focus is on equipping you with a series of tools and strategies to draw upon within a Musical Theatre career.
• Personal Development (20 credits) – The module draws together a series of elements that you require to underpin your practical training. The Performers’ Body focuses on anatomy, nutrition, body conditioning. Professional Application explores notions of professional conduct. This includes but is not limited to preparation, being a good cast member and the pitfalls of poor conduct and its possible ramifications. You begin to explore your professional profile this includes a detailed overview of safe use of social media and self-promotional tools.
• Musical Theatre Dance Technique and History (60 credits) – This module develops strong dance techniques and knowledge of appropriate safe practice and dance vocabulary across a range of dance genres and styles. Simultaneously it explores the socio-historical and cultural underpinnings of various Musical Theatre genres. This module explores the foundations of Ballet, Jazz, Commercial, Contemporary and Tap Dance and partnering techniques. It is structured to reflect level and ability.
Year 2: 
• Musical Theatre Singing 2 (20 Credits) – This practical module focuses on singing techniques and the application of those skills. Looking at practical and theoretical approaches to song interpretation within the context of different kinds of shows. You develop your critical analysis of materials in line with your technical advancement. You integrate these techniques, skills and repertoire knowledge in a more practical context and introduce a performance element to your skillset.
• Acting and Voice 2 (20 credits) – Continuing your development as a versatile performer, able to adjust to and withstand the fluctuations and changing fashions inherent in the professional theatre, TV and film industries, this module observes twenty-first century mores, media and technology, but is rooted in the tried and tested. It explores emotional truth, psychological complexity, physical expression of the imagination and imagined states. It does this through acting processes and vocal techniques aiming to bring the two ever-closer together.
• Musical Theatre Performance Processes (40 credits) – This module allows you to integrate all three disciplines within the Musical Theatre genre in a practical and performance-based setting. You function as an active member of the company and contribute to the research and rehearsal processes as well as working on individual roles. By working together on a variety of performance events, you further develop your underlying skills and knowledge.

• Musical Theatre Dance Skills 2 (40 credits) – This practical module continues the focus on the emphasis on frequent repetition and practice established at level 4. The module builds upon existing dance techniques, including – but not restricted to – Ballet, Jazz and Tap dance. Classes reflect your level and ability and additional appropriate industry-led classes consider your individual career projection.

Year 3: 
• Musical Theatre Independent Study (20 credits) – This module focuses on the development of a complex idea or argument. It emphasises how to select the best means of investigating an idea and results in a significant artefact that expresses a sustained argument or creative vision.
• The Professional Musical Theatre Performer (40 credits) – This module continues to develop and secure your technical skills through singing, dancing and acting classes and workshops. This module commences with the development of key skills (acting, singing and dancing) whilst simultaneously beginning the initial formative stage of developing a portfolio of solo performances in a variety of genres. The materials chosen should aide in acquiring professional representation and/ or employment.
• Professional Musical Theatre Projects (60 credits) – This module combines the technical and performance skills developed at levels 4 & 5 develops them through three performances across a variety of genres. The production environment tests your ability to work collaboratively by connecting your work as a performer with other production elements. These collaborative projects require you to work at industry standard and within professional recognised timeframes.

THIS COURSE IS DELIVERED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BATH SPA UNIVERSITY.

PERFORMING ARTS BA (HONS)

BA (Hons) Performing Arts trains you to be a versatile, imaginative and employable performer. Its embodied approach develops graduates, adept at working in a variety of genres across the classical and contemporary repertoires at the forefront of industry. It prepares you for the option of postgraduate study. This challenging programme requires considerable stamina and continued application.

What You Will Study

Level 4 introduces the key practitioners and processes that underpin performer training. You develop devising, movement, vocal and acting skills for working effectively as members of an ensemble and as a solo performer. We initiate the principles of academic approaches of practice as research, analysis, and critique at this level.

Level 5 builds your knowledge of interpretation, analysis and text performance. As a performer/actor/creator you develop an understanding and application of a range of theatrical approaches, practitioners and dramaturgical choices to make meaningful and imaginative work. Critical theory develops your academic and cognitive skills and ongoing technical classes, acting for camera, solo performance training, expand your skills in preparation for level 6.

Level 6 is your professional practice year. You engage in professional projects, in which you collaborate with peers, industry practitioners and professional venues. You learn about professional and commercial practice, acquiring the skills to be self-starting entrepreneurial performance practitioners. You also hone your skills and knowledge for a range of employment scenarios.

Performances take place throughout the year in public venues, encouraging professional working relationships and networking skills vital for future employment. Professional preparation includes invited practitioners and graduates sharing their knowledge and experience of the workplace. Advice on developing an online presence, including the application of social media, complements your professional training.

At the heart of this Performing Arts programme are the essential practical and creative skills and rigorous theoretical enquiry that prepare you to become independent thinkers, self-motivated artists and freelance practitioners.

Year 1:
• Singing for the Performer 1 (20 Credits) – This module has a practical focus and is based primarily in singing technique and application of singing skills. Classes will include choral and ensemble singing, individual singing tutorials, singing technique as well as repertoire classes.
• Acting 1 (20 credits) – This module encourages you to establish and develop a personal acting process that responds to a variety of professional working scenarios. The focus is on equipping you with a series of tools and strategies to commensurate with an acting career.
• Voice 1 (20 credits) – Feeling the Voice, Freeing the Voice. The focus for the Voice programme throughout the first year is the student’s own voice. Paying attention to relaxation & alignment, kinesthetic awareness, identifying habits, breath, support, phonation, resonance, centering, range and articulation.
• Movement 1 (20 credits) – This module asks you to explore and develop your skills in the medium of movement. This will include several dance styles and classes within the genre of physical theatre creating a strong foundation of technique in dance, to prepare you for an accelerated difficulty level in the following years.
• Ensemble Performance (20 credits) – This module recognises that by working together on a variety of performances, you develop your underlying skills and knowledge. Concurrently, you develop a broader appreciation of your own discipline and the importance of working as a team.
• Performing Arts in Context 1 (20 credits) – This module focuses on contextualising and therefore supporting the practical work created in other classes. You will learn professional conduct that supports the notion that talent will get you a job, but reputation will give you a career.
Year 2: 
• Singing for the Performer 2 (20 Credits) – This module is based primarily in singing technique whilst simultaneously developing your storytelling and performance skills. Additionally, students will complete an individual repertoire folder of material that is suitable for their cast ability and vocal range.
• Acting 2 (20 credits) – This module will increase the depth of your emotional range by introducing a new range of material from contrasting genres. This will be achieved by the exploration of a selection of seminal writers and acting for television and film.
• Voice 2 (20 credits) – Continuing to work kinaesthetically, you will work towards developing a supported, balanced, free and versatile voice. Work on selected texts will help focus and reinforce the physical process and support accent work.
• Movement 2 (20 credits) – This module primarily continues the work completed in level 4 but at a harder attainment level. It asks you to continue to explore and develop your technical skills with an additional focus on performance and storytelling. The module will continue to develop foundations of dance and physical theatre techniques whilst simultaneously focusing on the performance aspect of the genre.
• Ensemble Performance 2 (20 credits) – This module recognises that by working together on a variety of performances, you further develop your underlying skills and knowledge. Concurrently, you develop a broader appreciation of your own discipline and the importance of working as a team. Over the course of the module you rehearse, perform and analyse each performance. The process relies entirely on collaboration, with each group of students depending upon their interaction with other practitioners to produce a high-quality product.
• Performing Arts in Context 2 (20 credits) – Performing Arts in Context 2 gives the student the opportunity to improve on writing skills and research techniques, and fosters a further understanding of historical and contemporary approaches to criticism. The Professional Application section evolves to a focus on skills that are essential to all performers. There are also programmes in social media etiquette and swing training.

Year 3:
• Musical Theatre Independent Study (20 credits) – This module focuses on the development of a complex idea or argument. It emphasises how to select the best means of investigating an idea and results in a significant artefact that expresses a sustained argument or creative vision.
• The Professional Musical Theatre Performer (40 credits) – This module continues to develop and secure your technical skills through singing, dancing and acting classes and workshops. This module commences with the development of key skills (acting, singing and dancing) whilst simultaneously beginning the initial formative stage of developing a portfolio of solo performances in a variety of genres. The materials chosen should aide in acquiring professional representation and/ or employment.
• Professional Musical Theatre Projects (60 credits) – This module combines the technical and performance skills developed at levels 4 & 5 develops them through three performances across a variety of genres. The production environment tests your ability to work collaboratively by connecting your work as a performer with other production elements. These collaborative projects require you to work at industry standard and within professional recognised timeframes.

THIS COURSE IS DELIVERED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BATH SPA UNIVERSITY.

PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA / SQA FOUNDATION / POST-GRADUATION COURSE APPLICANT CRITERIA

Entry onto course is by audition only. Applicants should be aged 15 and over.

TBA PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA

Our full-time, three-year diploma course is a comprehensive training programme for students looking for a complete package to take them from student-in-training to working professional. It is aimed at those who have some previous experience of Theatre Arts and Performance or those who show potential and demonstrate a strong natural ability in performance.

What You Will Study

Course modules include: Vocal Techniques, Singing, Acting, Performance Skills, Jazz, Tap and Ballet, all with a Musical Theatre context. There are also modules on Professional Development Musical Theatre Repertoire, Theatrical Makeup, Technical Theatre, Theatre History and Industry Studies.

The diploma concludes with a London showcase and lots of support to take you into your professional career.

Entry onto the course is by audition only.

Applicants should be aged 15 or over.

SQA Advanced Certificate FOUNDATION COURSE

Prepare to look at foundation courses in a completely different way!

What You Will Study

Our full-time, one-year SQA Advanced Certificate Foundation Course is designed for any student we deem has enough potential to work at the higest level in the business, but doesn’t meet the academic criteria needed to join one of our Degree programmes.

Unlike most foundarion courses across the country, TBA guarantees your training will not end after one year. An acceptance onto our foundation course is also an acceptance onto one of our three-year, full-time courses upon it’s successful completion. Not only that, you will complete your first year’s training with a reconised Level 4 qualification!

This course is delivered in partenrship with The MGA Academy of Performing Arts.
Entry onto the course is by audition only.
Applicants should be aged 15 or over.

POST GRADUATION COURSE

Our Performing Arts Post-graduation Course is designed to prepare students for the demands of professional world, whilst simultaneously finessing the skills learnt in University.

What You Will Study

The course aims to empower students to successfully audition for top professional management, thus enabling them to fully realise their careers as a performer.

The Post-graduation schedule runs for one whole academic year over FOUR terms and includes classes and workshops in Dancing, Singing, Acting, Audition Technique, Professional Development and concludes with a professional showcase where our students will perform for some of the industries top agents, producers and creatives.

Entry onto the course is by audition only.

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