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The Accredited Diploma Course

The three year D&B Diploma in Musical Theatre is the perfect start for all budding performers, providing a strong grounding in practical technique and performance skills.

Accredited by the Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET), our three year course is balanced equally between singing, dancing and acting. Our goal is to develop our students to be triple threats, equally as confident to tackle lead roles in TV, Film and Theatre or being a strong team player in an ensemble.

Although the Diploma in Musical Theatre is mainly practical, there are contextual projects set throughout the training. The aim is to build on students’ general musical theatre knowledge.

At the end of every year, all students are involved in a West End showcase for an invited audience of leading industry professionals - including casting directors and agents.

YEAR ONE

The basis of the first year of the Diploma in Musical Theatre is to develop and consolidate a technical grounding across all faculties - singing, dance and acting. We also focus on building a solid understanding of the basic principles and levels of commitment and work required for not only the course, but subsequent professional careers.

Throughout the first year, students study anatomy and are given the opportunity to take an examination in teaching Zumba. This gives D&B students a solid understanding of anatomy and physiology, whilst gaining a valuable working tool to use alongside training or upon graduation. Pastoral emphasis is placed on settling in and adjusting to the rigours of intense vocational training.

1ST YEAR CLASSES

Audition Technique (Dance and Drama), Acting, Acting Through Song, Anatomy, Commercial Jazz, Singing Technique, TV Technique, Ensemble Singing, Technical Jazz, Musical Theatre Rep, Singing Rep, Lyrical Jazz.

STREAMED CLASSES

Ballet, Body Conditioning, Production Rehearsals, Musical Theatre, Technical Jazz, Tap, ISTD Modern and Tap, Acrobatics, Partner Work, Guest Class

GIRL’S CLASSES

Cardio and Stretch, Heels

BOY’S CLASSES

Boy’s Jazz

YEAR TWO

In the second year, D&B students continue to develop their technique and emphasis is placed on developing performance skills. Students are expected to show a mature attitude and work ethic with a developing understanding of the demands after graduation.

The second year is pivotal in student’s pastoral development and care is focused on the transitional year between settling in and preparing to graduate.

2ND YEAR CLASSES

Audition Technique (Dance and Drama), Acting, Acting Through Song, Nutrition and Fitness, Commercial Jazz, Singing Technique, TV Technique, Ensemble Singing, Technical Jazz, Musical Theatre Rep, Singing Rep, Lyrical Jazz

STREAMED CLASSES

Ballet, Body Conditioning, Production Rehearsals, Musical Theatre, Technical Jazz, Tap, ISTD Modern and Tap, Acrobatics, Partner Work, Guest Class

GIRL’S CLASSES

Cardio and Stretch, Heels

BOY’S CLASSES

Boy’s Jazz

YEAR THREE

In the final year of the Diploma in Musical Theatre, student’s skills are consolidated. The focus is on combining technique and performance. Weekly careers classes provide students with information and guidance into important areas, including:

  • Tax
  • Equity
  • Acting agents
  • Spotlight
  • CV’s
  • Photographs
  • Image & personal management

Time is spent with individual students to ensure that each graduate is equipped with the tools and skills needed, and a thorough understanding of what is expected on graduation.

Further details

Throughout the year students are sent to auditions and castings to apply their training to real life situations. They are given the opportunity to evaluate their experiences with their tutors afterwards.

Often these castings take place at our own studios - with visiting casting directors and agents. We provide one-on-one tuition and guidance for students who have been invited in for major auditions.

In the final term all students work towards a graduation showcase. Great care is taken to ensure that all students are given adequate material to showcase themselves to visiting casting directors and agents. Meetings are held with the graduates to talk through potential agent interest, where more guidance and support is offered.

3RD YEAR CLASSES

Audition Technique (Dance and Drama), Acting, Acting Through Song, Nutrition and Fitness, Commercial Jazz, Singing Technique, TV Technique, Ensemble Singing, Technical Jazz, Musical Theatre Rep, Singing Rep, Lyrical Jazz

STREAMED CLASSES

Ballet, Body Conditioning, Production Rehearsals, Musical Theatre, Technical Jazz, Tap, ISTD Modern and Tap, Acrobatics, Partner Work, Guest Class

GIRL’S CLASSES

Cardio and Stretch, Heels

BOY’S CLASSES

Boy’s Jazz