3 YEAR PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA IN MUSICAL THEATRE

3 YEAR PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA IN MUSICAL THEATRE

Location: Guildford, Surrey

Course Duration: 3 Years

Qualification Received: PPA Diploma

Course Type: Full Time

Are you serious about a career in Musical Theatre? Do you have the determination to throw yourself into demanding and intensive training?

Impress us with your grit and integrity, and together we will develop the tools in acting, singing and dancing required for a successful and varied career. Equal emphasis is shown in all three disciplines to prepare you for entrance into the industry as a triple threat performer. This programme will provide you with a complete experience where you will constantly learn by doing, whilst also developing your knowledge, creativity, musical and analytical skills. In addition, the PPA Agency has enviable industry links and will promote you into the world of Musical Theatre with access to agents, casting directors and potential employers, via exciting public performances, auditions and work-based learning opportunities, and the Industry Showcase.

Since the launch of our 3 Year Professional Diploma in Musical Theatre courses, we have put together an outstanding team of successful industry mentors to help you to develop your networking skills whilst still in training.

The Professional Diploma in Musical Theatre is an award given by PPA and is not validated or accredited by any other awarding body.  Students who wish to top up this Diploma to a degree can do so on our BA (Hons) Performance (level 6 Top-Up).

SINGING IN MUSICAL THEATRE

You will be provided with the security of a meticulously detailed singing and performance course, through which you will develop complete versatility through in-depth study into a wide base of genres. This will equip you with an enviable skill set leading to the broadest possible choice of job options.

The singing and performance classes are designed to develop the technical and interpretative skills required for a successful career in Musical Theatre. The approach is inspired by the Estill Model, which is universally recognised within training and the industry.

The programme will empower you by building your confidence and self-belief, through developing a safe creative environment in which to make bold choices, by throwing yourself into the work with a sense of emotional and physical abandon.

You will have classes in Technical Singing, Acting Through Song, Ensemble Singing and personal one to one tutorials in the first and second year.

DANCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE

Throughout your three years at PPA you will develop a secure technical ability in all aspects of dance required in the Musical Theatre Industry. You will explore diverse approaches to dance covering a challenging range of styles and will develop your dance vocabulary and technical understanding to underpin a comprehensive range of performance skills.

Your training will help you to explore a dynamic and effective use of your body in order to express the physical dimensions required in creating a character.

Your confidence will build as you become more in tune with your body and personal skill set, working both individually and as part of an ensemble.

You will have classes focused on technique and performance in  Ballet, Jazz, Tap and also Urban Jazz, Street, Contemporary, Double Work.

DANCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE

Throughout your three years at PPA you will develop a secure technical ability in all aspects of dance required in the Musical Theatre Industry. You will explore diverse approaches to dance covering a challenging range of styles and will develop your dance vocabulary and technical understanding to underpin a comprehensive range of performance skills.

Your training will help you to explore a dynamic and effective use of your body in order to express the physical dimensions required in creating a character.

Your confidence will build as you become more in tune with your body and personal skill set, working both individually and as part of an ensemble.

You will have classes focused on technique and performance in  Ballet, Jazz, Tap and also Urban Jazz, Street, Contemporary, Double Work.

Acting 

You will be introduced to an ethos which will underpin your training and learning experiences at PPA. This will help you to develop the mindset and range of skills of an outstanding performer, both in work and life.

You will be navigated towards self-discovery and greater confidence through a variety of exercises and perspectives from a range of global performance practice and practitioners,

Through improvisation and creative play, you will work supportively as part of an ensemble, developing the imagination as a muscle.

You will also receive seminars in monologue and casting research, in preparation for professional auditions in the mediums of stage, screen and commercials.

Students must be prepared to work professionally with tutors who will adapt the specific module content and focus each year to ensure students engage with current industry requirements.

Voice

In Voice, you will gain an understanding about how the voice works, intellectually and physically.

You will explore bringing the written word to life, through text ranging from your own word to prose and poetry.

You will also acquire an understanding of your own specific speech habits and, through this understanding, explore other dialects and accents to use in your work at PPA and as a professional actor.

Voice

In Voice, you will gain an understanding about how the voice works, intellectually and physically.

You will explore bringing the written word to life, through text ranging from your own word to prose and poetry.

You will also acquire an understanding of your own specific speech habits and, through this understanding, explore other dialects and accents to use in your work at PPA and as a professional actor.

THE CRITICAL PERFORMER

These modules consider how the performer remains a relevant and vibrant force in the 21st century. You will look at key theatrical movements, theatre practitioners and plays/ performance texts related to particular moments in history, political events and social anxieties, and consider how these have affected what is expected of contemporary performers.

You will consider these factors through the core modules and components and you will develop and recognise your transferable skills within the performing arts sector. 

COMBINED SKILLS AND PUBLIC PERFORMANCE

You will explore the combined skills of acting, dancing and singing as part of a company of performers, reflecting on your learning experience as a performer in Musical Theatre.

 

In Song and Dance classes you will develop your performance skills through a wide range of games and exercises, emphasising the ethos of working as part of an ensemble. This supports your experience throughout your training at PPA and your professional life.

In these classes you will develop your ability to sing and dance simultaneously. You will improve your technique and stamina through exploring different styles of Musical Theatre.

Throughout your training you will participate in project performances, which will reinforce professional working practices within a rehearsal environment.

You will have the opportunity to expand your learning in an experiential environment, creating and developing both principal and ensemble characters throughout rehearsals, alongside development of key stagecraft proficiencies. Work will concentrate on bringing together the three major skillsets of musical theatre.

In your final year, you will become a company of performers. Consolidating your training, this will develop your professional etiquette in the workplace, realising industry expectation and providing opportunities to perform to an audience.

COMBINED SKILLS AND PUBLIC PERFORMANCE

You will explore the combined skills of acting, dancing and singing as part of a company of performers, reflecting on your learning experience as a performer in Musical Theatre.

 

In Song and Dance classes you will develop your performance skills through a wide range of games and exercises, emphasising the ethos of working as part of an ensemble. This supports your experience throughout your training at PPA and your professional life.

In these classes you will develop your ability to sing and dance simultaneously. You will improve your technique and stamina through exploring different styles of Musical Theatre.

Throughout your training you will participate in project performances, which will reinforce professional working practices within a rehearsal environment.

You will have the opportunity to expand your learning in an experiential environment, creating and developing both principal and ensemble characters throughout rehearsals, alongside development of key stagecraft proficiencies. Work will concentrate on bringing together the three major skillsets of musical theatre.

In your final year, you will become a company of performers. Consolidating your training, this will develop your professional etiquette in the workplace, realising industry expectation and providing opportunities to perform to an audience.

PPA AWARD

At PPA we also provide you with the unique opportunity to compliment, expand and inform this learning by supporting you with PPA Award classes.

These classes may include: Musicianship, Stretch, Fitness and Wellbeing, Stage Combat and Tumbling

These classes are in addition to, and timetabled around your core modules but are not associated with the BA Hons Degree.

FEES AND FUNDING

Please see our Term Dates and Fees page for more details on funding.

FEES AND FUNDING

Please see our Term Dates and Fees page for more details on funding.

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