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DUE TO CONTINUING DEMAND, WE HAVE ADDED A SUMMER AUDITION DATE FOR OUR FULL-TIME FOUNDATION COURSE ON 1ST JULY. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

Course Guide

Our goal is to develop your individual and group skills, enabling you to become an imaginative, all-round performer. You will discover how to develop your own character and learn how to perform with confidence, musicality and style.

Bullets Over Broadway, 2017
Bullets Over Broadway, 2017

Course Structure

In the first and second year you will train in acting, singing and dance – ArtsEd's highly successful 'triple threat' training.

Dance

Your weekly classes will cover the many different disciplines required today – jazz, classical ballet, pas de deux, tap, ballroom and contemporary.

Singing

You will have weekly one-to-one singing and repertoire tuition, and take part in ensemble, performance and song workshop classes.

Acting

You will learn a wide range of acting styles and techniques, develop your confidence and understand how to gain a well-supported and expressive voice.

The third and final year of the course is your production year. You will perform on a regular basis and participate in full-scale public performances for a paying audience. This will equip you with the stamina and experience to go straight into professional productions. Throughout this year your work and profile will be actively promoted by the school. Your grand finale is a professional showcase for an invited audience of industry figures including casting directors, agents, producers, directors and choreographers.

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Top Hat, 2018

Curriculum in Detail

Years One and Two

Dance

Dance is an integral part of musical theatre. You will develop your competence and confidence in jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary and pas de deux. You will also develop your understanding of the human body so you can express yourself freely and creatively.

Singing

An important feature of the Musical Theatre programme is the provision of bespoke one-to-one singing and repertoire tuition. Weekly singing lessons ensure that you can produce a well-placed, consistent sound throughout the vocal range without a noticeable break between registers. Repertoire lessons provide a varied collection of songs from musical theatre and contemporary repertoires.

Acting

Acting classes enable you to develop your skills to their full potential. You will learn to perform in a convincing way by developing your imagination, concentration and observation skills. Acting technique will teach you how to create and portray characters, control movement, speech and voice in performance and how to work effectively in a disciplined way as a member of a team. You will develop confidence in using a range of acting styles and increase your understanding of theatrical texts.

Contextual Studies

This course element provides the essential musical theatre background to enable you to become an informed and knowledgeable performer. Modules will introduce you to the work of major composers, librettists, dramatists, choreographers and directors working in the field.

Performance

As a preparation for their final year, first and second year students work on a series of projects, which are presented before an audience of Course Tutors and students, at the end of each term. This is an opportunity to put into practice all techniques learned and to develop your ability to combine singing, dance and acting.

Professional Practice

In your second and third year you will participate in a series of career workshops, designed to provide you with everything you need to know as a performer. These sessions will feature performers, agents, casting directors, tax specialists and Equity and Spotlight representatives. Audition classes with guest directors and choreographers will help prepare you for the realities of the audition process. You will also be advised on how to prepare your CV and what makes a successful headshot.

Year 1 - HE Level 4 Modules

Module MT1

Year 1 Performance

Credit value 35
Core components

Dance Project
Acting Project
Singing Project
Performance Class
Song and Dance
Song Workshop

Module MT2

Year 1 Dance

Credit value

40

Core components

Jazz
Ballet
Tap
Contemporary
Ballroom Pas de Deux
Fitness
Nutrition and Injury Prevention

Module MT3

Year 1 Acting

Credit value

40

Core components

Acting
Speech and Voice

Complementary components

RP and Sound Recognition
Recorded Voice

Module MT4

Year 1 Singing

Credit value

40

Core components

Singing Technique
Repertoire
Ensemble

Module MT5

Contextual Studies

Credit value

5

Core components

Musical Theatre Appreciation
Project Rehearsal Journal
Professional Practice Portfolio

 

Year 2 - HE Level 5 Modules

Module MT6

Year 2 Performance

Credit value 35
Core components

Dance Project
Acting Project
Singing Project
Performance Class/Audition Technique
Song and Dance
Song Workshop
CV and Photograph Workshops

Module MT7

Year 2 Dance

Credit value 35

Core components

Jazz
Ballet
Tap
Pas de Deux

Module MT8

Year 2 Acting

Credit value 35

Core components

Acting
Speech and Voice
Lift Off

Module MT9

Year 2 Singing

Credit value 35

Core components

Singing Technique
Repertoire
Ensemble

Module MT10

Year 2 Contextual Studies

Credit value 5

Core components

Current Musical Theatre Creative Practice
Wellbeing, Yoga and Mindfulness
Project Rehearsal Journal
Professional Practice Portfolio

Year Three

Professional Performance

The third year of your course is a production year in which you will consolidate your skills and gain extensive experience in public performance. As well as your regular classes, you will participate in two staged musicals before a paying audience with full sets, costumes, lighting, sound and musical accompaniment. You will work in our two professionally staffed theatres, and our newly built studios, with directors, choreographers, designers and musicians from the industry as well as professional stage managers and wardrobe staff.

In addition, you will take part in a Graduation Showcase before an invited audience of agents, directors, producers and choreographers.

Year 3 - HE Level 6 Modules

Module MT11

Year 3 Performance

Credit value 60
Core components Two Public Productions and a Showcase

Module MT12

Year 3 Skills

Credit value 15
Core components Dance
Singing
Acting

Module MT13

Year 3 Professional Employment Skills

Credit value 10
Core components

Auditions and Audition Class
Careers Workshop
Professional Practice Portfolio

 

Teaching and Learning

Course Structure and Delivery

Each year is taught in three terms:

  • Autumn: September – December
  • Spring: January – March
  • Summer: April - July

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of workshops, technique classes, rehearsals, lectures, seminars, and tutorials. Most sessions will take place in groups of 16 students. Singing & Repertoire and some tutorials are offered on a one-to-one basis.

Independent Learning

When not attending timetabled classes you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading plays and books, listening to musicals, watching performance, working on individual and group projects and undertaking research in the library. Your independent study is supported by a range of facilities including the ArtsEd specialist library, City, University of London library and Digital Theatre Plus. Students can also join the lending library at the Barbican Centre, EC2.

Overall Workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, some independent study and performance/assessments. The following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course:

Year 1 Teaching, learning and assessment:    988 hrs
  Independent learning:  612 hrs
Year 2 Teaching, learning and assessment:    1,000 hrs
  Independent learning:  450 hrs
Year 3 Teaching, learning and assessment:    810 hrs
  Independent learning:  390 hrs

Academic Support

Staff will provide academic support in the following areas:

  • Study skills
  • Learning strategies
  • Academic writing
  • Research skills

Our Disability Officer also helps students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as learning difficulties, organisational issues and mental health. Additionally, students may contact our Health & Wellbeing Officer, and Equality, Inclusivity & Diversity Officer when required.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise is closely matched to the content of the course and who all have industry experience. Industry professionals, directors and workshops leaders also contribute to the teaching.

You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

 

Assessment and Feedback

The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments/performances that count towards your final mark.

Assessment

Year 1

Projects in Year 1 are assessed 80% on rehearsal process and 20% performance. You are required to achieve a grade of 40% or above for your rehearsal process in each project. 
You must also achieve a grade of 40% or above for your classwork, and to pass your Project Journal.
To pass Year 1 and progress to Year 2, you must have acquired 120 credits and passed each module.

Year 2

Projects in Year 2 are assessed 50% on rehearsal process and 50% on performance.
You are required to achieve an overall grade of 40% or above for each project.
You must achieve a grade of 40% or above for your classwork, and to pass your Project Journal.
To pass Year 2 and progress to Year 3, you must have acquired 130 credits and passed each module.

Year 3

Year 3 is assessed 100% on performance. You are required to achieve a grade of 40% or above in each component, and to pass the Production Journal and Professional Practice Portfolio.

Professional Employment Skills are marked pass/fail. You must pass all three components.
To pass Year 3 and qualify for the award of BA (Hons) Musical Theatre, a student must have acquired 120 credits and passed each module.

 

Each year you will be required to submit one piece of written work in the form of a Project Journal. In addition, in Year 3 you will also complete a Professional Practice Portfolio. Written assignments are assessed as pass/fail – you are required to pass them but no marks are awarded and the written work carries no weighting in your final degree mark.

The minimum pass mark for each component or module of the course is 40%. 

In order to qualify for the award of BA (Hons) Musical Theatre, you must satisfy the pass requirements for all modules within the programme and achieve 370 credits overall. The overall aggregate degree marks for the Honours degree will be calculated as follows:

  • Average of the four percentage marks achieved for the Year 3 Performance module: 80%
  • Final mark for Year 2: 20%

 

The class of the award of an Honours degree shall normally be:

BA (Hons) Acting

Minimum Overall Aggregate Mark

Class I 70%
Class II upper division 60%
Class II lower division 50%
Class III 40%

An award of Ordinary Degree is not available for this programme.

Feedback

You will receive regular feedback on all classes and projects, either verbally or in writing. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. After assessed projects and final performances we aim to provide written feedback within 14 days.