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.
Answers the the questions we get asked a lot
- 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
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 18. During your audition interview we will advise you on other courses if we feel they are more suited to you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have a designated Accommodation Officer that will help all students find accommodation in Guildford with other PPA students.
We begin auditioning in January for courses beginning the following September. We continue to audition regularly throughout the year until August.
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.