Answers the the questions we get asked a lot

Why is this college ‘unique’?

PPA is a small family orientated college with an emphasis on pastoral care and individuality. Our 3 year acting courses, musical theatre training and drama school training courses are traditionally based within an acting conservatoire or university drama department. The acting and musical training courses at PPA are the sole purpose of the college itself – Performance Preparation Academy. We have the additional advantage of our students being enriched by constant course updates, industry professionals working on the courses, hands on patrons, and the most up to date training that can be offered. This not only enriches the day-to-day work within the college but encourages a lively correlation between the two arts – Acting and Musical Theatre. Perhaps, more importantly this ‘mix’ of skills allows students to appreciate each other’s gifts and so develops a working relationship that can easily be developed beyond the bounds of college life.

What courses do you run and what qualifications are offered?

  • 1 Year Musical Theatre Intensive Course
  • 3 Year Professional Diploma in Musical Theatre
  • 3 Year BA (Hons) Performance in Musical Theatre
  • 3 Year Professional Diploma Acting for Stage and Screen
  • 3 Year BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen
  • Teaching Qualification in Theatre Arts

What funding is available?

We are a Professional and Career Development Loans registered Learning Provider, our registration number is 20849. A Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
We offer a number of scholarships each year to Musical Theatre and Acting diploma students for up to half of their fees. Students are invited to audition for these scholarships on the basis of their first audition.
PPA also have a pool of funds that we allocate to students each year in the form of part bursaries for training, based on audition and interview.
We reserve the right to offer funding at our own discretion and this can be offered to students on all courses.

Do you run Open Days?

We offer personal visits where you can have a tour around the college in action and ask any question you may have. Please email cj@ppacademy.co.uk if you would like to book in.

How do I work out which course to apply for?

Please apply for the course you initially think you are most suited to, read all information on website carefully before choosing. Do take into account age for foundation courses, as the 1 Year courses are a minimum age of 16. During your audition interview we will advise you on other courses if we feel they are more suited to you.

What does a typical daily timetable look like?

Musical Theatre Courses
We concentrate an even third on all disciplines – acting, singing and dance. A typical day would consist of dance in the morning and acting and singing in the afternoon. Students do an average of 7 hours per day. All students also have tutorials throughout the week for singing, acting and pastoral.

Acting Training
The acting for stage and screen 3 year courses follows the same framework as the musical theatre replacing dance and singing with more in depth classes of voice, physical theatre and acting projects etc. The Diploma course also incorporates film, radio and TV. They too study an average of 7 hours per day.

Do you get personal singing tuition?

Yes, on the 3 year Professional Diploma in Musical Theatre and the BA (Hons) Performance in Musical Theatre courses, you will receive 1-2-1 singing tuition 30 minutes weekly during all terms.

What do we have to wear?

Students will be asked to wear black during all classes. Uniform is available to buy which is black, and specific uniform for Ballet and dance classes are required. No jewellery to be worn for any classes.

Do you provide accommodation?

We have a designated Accommodation Officer that will help all students find accommodation in Guildford with other PPA students.

When do the auditions usually start?

We begin auditioning in January for courses beginning the following September. We continue to audition regularly throughout the year until August.

What is your refund policy?

PPA is fully committed to delivering all aspects of the courses promised upon acceptance. Regular tutorials monitor each student’s progress and reports or assessments are completed after every term. This is designed to communicate each student’s development and reaffirm their aspirations moving forward. PPA makes no guarantees to the students but aids each individuals realistic aims. Therefore, we feel we follow this through and achieve our goals and consequently have a no refund policy. Should students leave before their course completion then we ask for a terms notice or fees in lieu for that term.

All deposits received on acceptance are classed as non-refundable and represent a commitment by the student to attending PPA and completing the relevant course.