Musical Theatre Certificate of Higher Education*

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About this course

Duration

1 year (5 days a week)

Term Start

September 2020

Entry Requirements

You will be required to attend an audition before being accepted on the course. Interviews can also be also arranged via Skype and video submission for international applicants. Candidates should be motivated, enthusiastic and engaged with learning about Musical Theatre.

Audition requirements

Applicants will be asked to prepare and learn two contrasting songs. You will also be asked to prepare a speech. Audition will include acting, singing and dance.

• You will be trained, 30 hours per week, by staff, including established practitioners in Acting, Singing, Dance, Acting Through Song and Audition Preparation.

• Gain a Level 4 Certificate of Higher Education in Musical Theatre Training.

• Excellent studio and training facilities in purpose-built rehearsal, movement and studio spaces.

• You will receive outstanding career development and support during your studies.

• You will be provided with UCAS application support and preparation for auditioning to Musical Theatre or Acting courses at drama school or University.

• If you are a UK/EU student you can apply for a student loan to support your studies.


Why choose this course?

A one year Musical Theatre training course which successful students will gain a Level 4 Certificate of Higher Education. 


Employability & Industry

The course is designed to support your development as a Musical Theatre actor, singer and dancer in training, auditioning and future practice in a way that is rigorous and professional.


Fee and Application Information

Accreditation

Mode of study: Full time

How to Apply

Please email admissions@bruford.ac.uk for application information.


Course content

The year will focus on the development of individual skills in the areas of Acting, Singing, Acting through Song and Dance. Skills work in all areas will continue through term one, two and three with the focus developing towards on Acting through Song bringing together Acting, Singing and Dance skills.

Acting and Acting Through Song
Acting classes in term 1 will introduce fundamental acting principles through practical studio exercises that ask you initially to engage imaginatively and responsively without reference to a text. We will focus on the key acting skills including ‘physical actions’ and ‘given circumstances’. We also introduce you to Meisner exercises exploring ‘impulse’ and ‘acting in imaginary circumstances’. Towards the end of the term we will start to apply these ideas to specific texts, which will lead to a scene study project.

From term two onwards your acting classes will focus on acting through song bringing together the work of your acting and singing classes.

Singing
Singing classes will explore the singing voice through ensemble work, harmony and improvisation, developing aural skills and building confidence. There will be an overview of the physiology of the voice and an introduction to vocal exercises and warm-ups, addressing postural and vocal habits. The second term focuses upon individual songs and technique both in class and one-to-one sessions, working towards a suitable audition portfolio.

The third term will focus on acting through song as well as creating portfolio of songs or auditions. Students are encouraged to research new material and create their own personal vocal warm-up. There will be regular opportunities in class to perform new songs, and regular audition panels with outside directors.

The skills work is developing towards the rehearsal of scenes from musicals and culminates in sharing of work that demonstrates all the skills of acting/singing and Dance.

Movement and Dance
The focus of the movement work is on self-awareness, physical freedom and an understanding of the body as the physical instrument of the actor. The work will focus on the importance of the availability and authenticity of the performer and building the ensemble as well as the creative self.

This becomes the underpinning for dance classes. Dance is an integral part of musical theatre and thus weekly classes will cover the core disciplines of jazz and classical ballet in order to develop competence, understanding and confidence in dance skills, dance sequences and singing/dance.

Dance will become part of the demands of rehearsals of scenes from a range of Musical, 

Audition Preparation and Performance Practice
Students will work on audition speeches, songs and scenes, both classical and contemporary, in preparation for auditioning for either drama school, University or practice for future professional work. These classes focus on choosing and presenting speeches and songs, building a comprehensive audition portfolio as well as professional development. We help students become confident and adept at managing themselves professionally and in written communications, on-line and at audition. We offer classes in increasing personal impact and audition technique as well as providing mock panel auditions in front of both acting staff and professional theatre and casting directors. All students’ receive comprehensive written and verbal feedback throughout the course.


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