DIPLOMA IN PROFESSIONAL MUSICAL THEATRE
Qualification | Diploma
Course Leader | Andrew Waldron, PDMT, QTLS
Validated by | Trinity College, London
Location | Academy, Barbican, London, EC1M 7AJ
Programme Length | 3 Years, Full-Time
Start Date | 16th September 2019
The Level 6 Diploma Course is specifically designed to respond to the demands of today's entertainment industry and produce confident, articulate and multi-skilled performers. Ideally, but not necessarily, students should be working at Intermediate or above dance standard at the time of audition. Some prior acting and vocal training or experience is also beneficial but again not essential.
Students who successfully complete the course graduate with the Level 6 Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre which is awarded through Trinity College (London). Throughout the course students who achieve the necessary skill levels are encouraged to take external examinations in varying theatre disciplines with recognised outside boards. Progress is carefully monitored and regular tutorials and assessments, together with the annual 'Directors Audition', ensure students get continual feedback on their progress and are achieving the necessary standards required for progression to the next year of the course.
The course structure combines professional vocational training with contextual studies, with the emphasis on achieving multi-disciplinary excellence throughout. Students undertake an exciting variety of projects, workshops and performances during their courses. Media Arts are considered a vital part of today's training and students benefit greatly from using the Academy's audio/video/IT facilities.
YEAR 1 (Level 4)
Students focus on a broad-based core curriculum concentrating on achieving strong basic technical skills in dance, acting and singing. Contextual studies in anatomy, health & safety, history of musical theatre and drama & theatre studies provide related academic content. In-house student productions allow for the development of artistic confidence and peer co-operation.
YEAR 2 (Level 5)
Timetables are individually adjusted to allow for personal strengths and needs. Students now begin to consolidate the technical competence achieved in the first year and place greater focus on artistry and presentation skills. The curriculum is widened to include specialist subjects such as stage combat.
YEAR 3 (Level 6)
Course content prepares the student for professional work by integrating the technical, theoretical and artistic concepts of the course in performance. While maintaining attendance at technical classes, students at this level are expected to acquire and develop depth and style in performance and are given the opportunity to perform in public productions.
FEES & FUNDING
Tuition Fees | £15990 per academic year
(paid in advance termly instalments)
Audition Fee | £45 (non-refundable)
Deposit | £250 (non-refundable)
FEES TERMS & CONDITIONS
Terms and conditions apply upon acceptance to the College and can be found on our Policies page.
The Diploma course offers the following funding options:
- Private Funding
- Italia Conti Scholarships (including The Boys Scholarship Award)
- Dance and Drama Awards (DaDA)
- Charitable Trusts and Foundations
- Advanced Learner Loans
ENTRY TO DIPLOMA IN PROFESSIONAL MUSICAL THEATRE REQUIRES THE FOLLOWING:
- 16+ by the 31st August in the year of entry.
- Legal right to reside/study in the UK for the full period of the programme.
- Successful audition through Italia Conti, details of which can be found below.
- Evidence in hard copy of all the above must be provided.
After completing the application process you will be invited to attend one of our audition days where you will be required to demonstrate a variety of skills. Information about auditions can be found below.
Application to the Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre course can be made using our online application form.
Applicants must complete the form and pay the audition fee (£45) in order to be considered for the course. Upon receiving your application we will contact you with your audition date.
Audition fees are non-refundable. These fees act as both an administration fee for processing your application as well as a non-refundable deposit for a place on an audition day.
In line with our admissions policy, the academy reserves the right to alter or withdraw offers at any point.
The entrance audition comprises of four components - Dance, Acting, Singing and Interview. The audition process is designed to ensure that prospective students meet the criteria for a performing arts training including a demonstration of prior knowledge and a good understanding of the commitment full time performing arts training requires.
All four audition components will take place on the same day, and candidates should be prepared to spend at least half a day at the audition. You may wish to bring lunch or a snack to the audition, as breaks between sections will not be long enough to leave the audition site. Also, please note that family and friends will not be permitted to observe the audition and depending on the set-up of the audition site may not be able to have contact with the applicant until their audition is finished.
International applicants may request to audition via Audio/Visual Submission. International candidates wishing to audition in this manner should contact email@example.com to request the Audio/Visual Audition pack once they have completed their application and paid the audition fee.
Regular workshop sessions are held to give students the opportunity to work with directors, choreographers and industry professionals whilst training. Second and third year students also have to opportunity to join the Italia Conti Agency and undertake professional work should the opportunity arise. During the 3rd year students take part in two Musical Productions and their final Showcase whereby agents are invited, and Italia Conti has connections with many of these.
Students who successfully complete the Level 6 Trinity Diploma can apply for a BA (Hons) conversion course. The Diplomas are an APL route onto some MA programmes, including the MA Professional Practice at Middlesex University. However, students may first wish to acquire a more academically oriented qualification at the same level.
Therefore, Trinity College London is pleased to confirm that graduates wishing to convert their Professional Performing Arts Diploma to a degree can now apply to Middlesex University to study for the BA (Hons) Professional Practice. This degree has been created especially for graduates with a Professional Performing Arts Diploma. The course gives participants the opportunity to extend their Diploma to a BA (Hons) while carrying on their professional activities. (Source: Trinity College, London Website)
With over 108 years of Italia Conti history, our graduates populate the performance industries and include many famous faces.
Recent graduates can be seen working on prestigious productions in all areas of the industry: