The Level 3 Musical Theatre Diploma has been designed to provide a balance of vocational training in musical theatre and academia with a view to training in higher education. The course is the academic equivalent to 3 A levels. Students are assessed through coursework, practical classes, exams and performances. The performing arts team have high expectations of students where high attendance, a strong work ethic and a professional approach is promoted. Students are required to wear appropriate clothing for classes, as would be required in the industry, including uniform in ballet, tap and jazz classes. Students will receive tuition from a range of tutors with professional experience and insight from the industry. The performing arts staff at the Amersham Campus of Bucks College Group have taught at a range of institutions such as Italia Conti, Laban, LIPA, Mountview, Arts Ed and Urdang. The students will take part in a range of productions during their time at college ranging from small-scale studio pieces to larger productions with a live band of professional musicians. Previous productions include; Moulin Rouge, Cinderella, Jesus Christ Superstar, Angels in America, Nine, Bad Girls the musical, Children of Eden, The Pillowman, Merrily We roll Along, The Pajama Game, Guys and Dolls, Big Fish, Yerma and The House of Bernarda Alba.
What will I learn?
The course offers a broad introduction into becoming a triple threat performer and offers technique and skills development in drama improvisation, scripted work, monologues and audition techniques, singing skills, ballet, tap, jazz, history of musical theatre, performing arts business and music theory. Each year culminates in a final major musical project and an industry style cabaret. In addition to their main programme, students are expected to do a work experience placement to provide them with first-hand knowledge of the industry and employment expectations.
- Public Performance
How will I be assessed?
Students will complete a series of projects throughout each year. Each project is designed to prepare them for the next and will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis. At the end of the year the students will take part in a final major musical theatre production which will be graded Pass/Merit/Distinction and will be the overall grade of the year. Assessments will be a combination of coursework, presentations, written essays and practical performance work.
All applicants are expected to have achieved 4 Cs (or Grade 4s) at GCSE including English and/or Maths. On receiving an application, individuals are invited to partake in an audition. The audition is designed to provide a taster of what the course entails and consists of a dance warm up and short section of choreography, a short drama improvisation and a vocal warm up. Applicants will then perform their prepared pieces. Each applicant will need to prepare a 1 minute speech (from a play, film, TV scene, reading, poem), that allows for character to be portrayed, and a song lasting approximately 2 minutes, which will show vocal potential in singing and acting through song.
Progression & Career Opportunities
Following a musical theatre vocational education at the Amersham Campus, students have progressed into a variety of destinations. Some have continued training in the performing arts to institutions such as Arts Ed, Arts Uni Bournemouth, Bath Spa, Bird College, Body Works, Central School of Speech and Drama, Chichester University, CPA, East 15, Edge Hill University, Gloucester University, Italia Conti, LIPA, Manchester School of Acting, Masters, Millennium Performing Arts, Mountview, New York Conservatory of Stage and Screen, Performers College, PPA, RADA, Rose Bruford, Royal Holloway University, Trinity Laban and Urdang. Other students have gone into various avenues of employment including National Youth Theatre.
Cost of Study
Students are required to wear uniform for dance classes; a uniform list will be provided at the beginning of the year. There will also be opportunities throughout the year to partake in west end workshops and theatre trips, which are not compulsary but will provide additional enrichment.
Various items of clothing will be needed such as; rehearsal blacks, tap shoes etc. A full list can be provided at interview. Other costs include trips, workshops and theatre visits (including train fares, mostly to London). There are usually two trips per academic year.