FdA Theatre Arts (Musical Theatre) - Full Time

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Length 2 Years
Site West Durrington Campus Map
Attendance Full time
Course Code FHFMU1

About this Course

(This course is validated by the University of Brighton and delivered by Northbrook College)


UCAS code: W392


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An exciting course combining strong technical training, creative opportunities and industry experience. The course programme involves the study and practice of both traditional and innovative areas of musical performance. The course includes in-depth vocal training, a wide range of acting techniques and technical dance training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Pas de deux and Commercial.


Students are given the opportunity to perform many times at our own 160 seat Northbrook Theatre and have the chance to present their skills at an agents’ showcase in both Brighton and London. In addition to this, students have benefitted from a range of additional performance opportunities over the last few years. These have included performing at Earls Court Olympia and London Excel as part of the Move It dance exhibition, creating and performing work at corporate events, cabarets in bars and pub venues and modelling for clothing designers in catwalk shows.


Visit our course blog - the Southern Theatre Arts Centre at Northbrook >


See a review of our Musical Theatre students' 2017 Showcase>

 

Course Content

There are 12 units consisting of practical workshops developing students’ technical skills and knowledge including:


Dance Techniques Classes
Jazz, modern, ballet and a range of contemporary techniques - graded in three levels from basic to advanced. Commercial, pas de deux, modern, musical theatre dance and choreography.

Acting Techniques Classes
Voice production/techniques, dialogue and accents, text interpretation, sight reading, TV and film techniques, vocal/physical characterisation.

Vocal Training
Musical theatre, classical, rock and pop. Portfolio/Rep lessons, choral/harmony training, audition workshops, music theory. Students receive many opportunities to receive individual vocal feedback and will receive individual tuition with small group and class group sessions.

Musical Theatre
Audition techniques, history of musical theatre, contemporary musicals in context, CV development and headshots, image classes and experience in recording vocals.


Study hours are split between approximately one third scheduled learning (eg lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops) and two thirds guided independent study, which may include 3 weeks' work experience.


Programme Specification

Entry Requirements

Interview and audition


plus


Minimum UCAS points:
- Old system: 160
- New 2017 system: 64
from one of the following:

  • BTEC or UAL Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in theatre based study or equivalent
  • A Levels with at least 56 points (or 140 in the old system) from A2 Levels (including a relevant subject)
  • An equivalent overseas qualification together with a proven ability in spoken and written English (IELTS 6 overall - an overall score of 6.0 is required, with a minimum score of 6.0 or above for the writing element and 5.5 for all other sub skills)


It is strongly advised that all Higher Education applicants will have successfully achieved an A*- C grade in both GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent qualification), to enable them to successfully complete their studies at Northbrook College and enhance their future career prospects.


Alternative qualifications and industrial experience would be considered and discussed at interview.


Individual offers may vary.

Progression/Career Path

Students have progressed to work in Musical Theatre as professional recording artists and dancers, actors in TV and film or they have continued training at Northbrook or other institutions including The Royal Academy of Music, Arts Ed, Mountview and LSMT. Alumni have appeared in a variety of productions at venues from the West End to small touring venues and cruises.


Students from the Musical Theatre FdA course have gone on to work in:


TV AND FILM

  • THE FIVE – SKY 1
  • Pineapple Dance Studios – sky1,
  • Cucumber – C4
  • Casualty – BBC1,
  • Britain’s Next top Model – Living TV,
  • Being Human, BBC 3
  • The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson, BBC 1
  • Advertising campaigns for Adidas, PC World, Head and shoulders, Orange mobile and Subway.
  • Mission Impossible 3
  • Film roles in ‘Nine’
  • Films for Golden Reed Productions and Channel 4 Films
  • Music Videos in the U.K. & India


LONDON THEATRE
Wicked , God’s and Monster’s , Sasha Regan’s HMS Pinafore


REGIONAL TOURS, PROFESSIONAL COMPANIES AND PRODUCTIONS
Wicked UK Tour , Cats UK Tour, Footloose European Tour, Jesus Christ Superstar European Tour, Sound of Music UK Tour, Pirates of Penzance (Sasha Regan) UK Tour, Pop factor UK Tour, Chess in concert at the Albert Hall, Thursford Christmas Spectacular, Potters Theatre Company, Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company at Buxton Opera House, Regional Pantomimes & Disney Cruises & Parks. Prodigal theatre co, Periplum Theatre, Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium, Skellig National Tour, Carnival Cruise lines, Seabourn Cruises & Costa Cruise lines.


OTHER WORK INCLUDES
Various small scale Musical theatre regional tours, Recording contracts, Contemporary dance companies, Commercial dance shoots, short films, Dance shows in Spain, Greece, Portugal & India and work presented at Brighton, Edinburgh and Arundel festivals.

What Past Students Say

“I believe the training I received at STAC (Southern Theatre Arts Centre) at Northbrook has provided me with the best training possible, it’s basically a drama school but without the price tag. The opportunities given to the students are invaluable and we have performed in some fantastic venues in London and across the South Coast. One of the things that attracted me to the course in the first place was that STAC has its own theatre and courses in other theatre disciplines to work alongside. I would highly recommend STAC to anyone who is serious about a career Musical Theatre.”
Helen Woolf (Currently Understudying and playing the lead role of Glinda in The west end production of ‘Wicked’)


“It's the wonderful and diverse performance opportunities at STAC (Southern Theatre Arts Centre) at Northbrook, that have strengthened all areas of my performance. I can confidently say I feel I am a triple threat because of the high standard of training it provided. The staff are passionate, enthusiastic and above all else, extremely dedicated to making this establishment even more successful in the future. Anyone considering working professionally in Musical Theatre would learn and develop so much from this course at STAC!”
Sophie Mills (Currently on her third contract as a lead performer for Regent seven seas cruises)


“My training at STAC (Southern Theatre Arts Centre) Northbrook has pushed me further then I knew I could go. The amount of one on one time spent with the tutors and the intimacy of working in a small class allowed me to open up and push myself to go further. It gave me an insight to the industry and felt a constant support from my teachers and classmates throughout my 2 years. I have been given so many opportunities to perform in amazing venues; earls court Olympia, Battersea arts theatre and The Brighton pavilion. Anyone wanting to peruse a career in musical theatre I would advise to train at STAC.”
Sinead Mathias (Just returned from a contract as a lead performer with Carnival cruises)

Assessment/Exams

There are no written exams and you will be assessed through a combination of coursework and practical work (for more details, see the Programme Specification).

Further Details

Data from Unistats, the UK's national higher education data comparison website:

Applications

Applications are to be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) quoting institution code: N41 and Institution code name: NBRK

Click here to open UCAS site

Click here for more information about how to apply.

Course Content

There are 12 units consisting of practical workshops developing students’ technical skills and knowledge including:


Dance Techniques Classes
Jazz, modern, ballet and a range of contemporary techniques - graded in three levels from basic to advanced. Commercial, pas de deux, modern, musical theatre dance and choreography.

Acting Techniques Classes
Voice production/techniques, dialogue and accents, text interpretation, sight reading, TV and film techniques, vocal/physical characterisation.

Vocal Training
Musical theatre, classical, rock and pop. Portfolio/Rep lessons, choral/harmony training, audition workshops, music theory. Students receive many opportunities to receive individual vocal feedback and will receive individual tuition with small group and class group sessions.

Musical Theatre
Audition techniques, history of musical theatre, contemporary musicals in context, CV development and headshots, image classes and experience in recording vocals.


Study hours are split between approximately one third scheduled learning (eg lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops) and two thirds guided independent study, which may include 3 weeks' work experience.


Programme Specification

Entry Requirements

Interview and audition


plus


Minimum UCAS points:
- Old system: 160
- New 2017 system: 64
from one of the following:

  • BTEC or UAL Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in theatre based study or equivalent
  • A Levels with at least 56 points (or 140 in the old system) from A2 Levels (including a relevant subject)
  • An equivalent overseas qualification together with a proven ability in spoken and written English (IELTS 6 overall - an overall score of 6.0 is required, with a minimum score of 6.0 or above for the writing element and 5.5 for all other sub skills)


It is strongly advised that all Higher Education applicants will have successfully achieved an A*- C grade in both GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent qualification), to enable them to successfully complete their studies at Northbrook College and enhance their future career prospects.


Alternative qualifications and industrial experience would be considered and discussed at interview.


Individual offers may vary.

Progression/Career Path

Students have progressed to work in Musical Theatre as professional recording artists and dancers, actors in TV and film or they have continued training at Northbrook or other institutions including The Royal Academy of Music, Arts Ed, Mountview and LSMT. Alumni have appeared in a variety of productions at venues from the West End to small touring venues and cruises.


Students from the Musical Theatre FdA course have gone on to work in:


TV AND FILM

  • THE FIVE – SKY 1
  • Pineapple Dance Studios – sky1,
  • Cucumber – C4
  • Casualty – BBC1,
  • Britain’s Next top Model – Living TV,
  • Being Human, BBC 3
  • The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson, BBC 1
  • Advertising campaigns for Adidas, PC World, Head and shoulders, Orange mobile and Subway.
  • Mission Impossible 3
  • Film roles in ‘Nine’
  • Films for Golden Reed Productions and Channel 4 Films
  • Music Videos in the U.K. & India


LONDON THEATRE
Wicked , God’s and Monster’s , Sasha Regan’s HMS Pinafore


REGIONAL TOURS, PROFESSIONAL COMPANIES AND PRODUCTIONS
Wicked UK Tour , Cats UK Tour, Footloose European Tour, Jesus Christ Superstar European Tour, Sound of Music UK Tour, Pirates of Penzance (Sasha Regan) UK Tour, Pop factor UK Tour, Chess in concert at the Albert Hall, Thursford Christmas Spectacular, Potters Theatre Company, Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company at Buxton Opera House, Regional Pantomimes & Disney Cruises & Parks. Prodigal theatre co, Periplum Theatre, Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium, Skellig National Tour, Carnival Cruise lines, Seabourn Cruises & Costa Cruise lines.


OTHER WORK INCLUDES
Various small scale Musical theatre regional tours, Recording contracts, Contemporary dance companies, Commercial dance shoots, short films, Dance shows in Spain, Greece, Portugal & India and work presented at Brighton, Edinburgh and Arundel festivals.

What Past Students Say

“I believe the training I received at STAC (Southern Theatre Arts Centre) at Northbrook has provided me with the best training possible, it’s basically a drama school but without the price tag. The opportunities given to the students are invaluable and we have performed in some fantastic venues in London and across the South Coast. One of the things that attracted me to the course in the first place was that STAC has its own theatre and courses in other theatre disciplines to work alongside. I would highly recommend STAC to anyone who is serious about a career Musical Theatre.”
Helen Woolf (Currently Understudying and playing the lead role of Glinda in The west end production of ‘Wicked’)


“It's the wonderful and diverse performance opportunities at STAC (Southern Theatre Arts Centre) at Northbrook, that have strengthened all areas of my performance. I can confidently say I feel I am a triple threat because of the high standard of training it provided. The staff are passionate, enthusiastic and above all else, extremely dedicated to making this establishment even more successful in the future. Anyone considering working professionally in Musical Theatre would learn and develop so much from this course at STAC!”
Sophie Mills (Currently on her third contract as a lead performer for Regent seven seas cruises)


“My training at STAC (Southern Theatre Arts Centre) Northbrook has pushed me further then I knew I could go. The amount of one on one time spent with the tutors and the intimacy of working in a small class allowed me to open up and push myself to go further. It gave me an insight to the industry and felt a constant support from my teachers and classmates throughout my 2 years. I have been given so many opportunities to perform in amazing venues; earls court Olympia, Battersea arts theatre and The Brighton pavilion. Anyone wanting to peruse a career in musical theatre I would advise to train at STAC.”
Sinead Mathias (Just returned from a contract as a lead performer with Carnival cruises)

Assessment/Exams

There are no written exams and you will be assessed through a combination of coursework and practical work (for more details, see the Programme Specification).

Further Details

Data from Unistats, the UK's national higher education data comparison website:

Applications

Applications are to be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) quoting institution code: N41 and Institution code name: NBRK

Click here to open UCAS site

Click here for more information about how to apply.