1 year British Diploma in Musical Theatre

Associated Studios Australia


About the Course

Associated Studios is thrilled to bring this Musical Theatre British Diploma to Australia.

We are passionate about Musical Theatre and have forged strong and trusted links with eminent industry professionals in Australia and the UK. Through this close association, we understand industry requirements and have a network of dedicated and highly experienced theatre practitioners who stand ready to offer you help and advice whilst you are studying with us, and after you embark on your career.

Associated Studios take pride in developing performers of the highest calibre. You will be challenged and nurtured, inspired to work to the best of your ability. This course offers one year of intensive practical training in Dance, Singing and Acting, the skills required to become an outstanding Musical Theatre performer.

At the completion of their training, a student will obtain a British Diploma from Associated Studios London.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

  • Applicants must be 18 at the beginning of the academic year.
  • Performers wanting to go into the professional Musical Theatre industry with some previous experience or training
  • Students who have completed a previous Foundation year with Associated Studios Australia.
  • Dancers and Actors with some singing ability and some performance experience, wishing to expand their casting in the performing arts industry.

At the completion of the course, students also have the option to complete a further fourth term at the London branch which includes a West End Industry Showcase.

Patron Sir Tim Rice says: ‘Associated Studios will prepare you for a competitive but thrilling business and inspire you as a performer. You will be working with brilliant practitioners who have an extraordinary wealth of knowledge.’ Other Associated Studios patrons include actors Jeremy Irons and Timothy West, composer Scott Alan, comedian/impersonator Rory Bremner, the Opera singer Rosalind Plowright OBE and other luminaries of the UK Theatre scene.

Australian performers such as Erin Cornell (Cats & Wicked) and Rachael Ward (EvitaSingin’ in the Rain & The Wizard of Oz) have studied with Associated Studios in London and have gone on to very successful careers.

Courses at Associated Studios provide unparalleled individual attention in order to develop you as a person, as an individual and as an artist. You will need to be prepared to work hard, push yourself to the limit and be available to grow and learn.

All our coaches are leading industry practitioners from both Australia & the UK including Musical Directors, Directors, Vocal Coaches, Choreographers, Writers, Composers and experienced Performers.

 PROGRAMME:

In your intensive year of training we will consolidate your technique and continue to build on the work completed in previous training. Your focus will be on developing as a ‘connected’ performer. This means being able to integrate the separate disciplines of Singing, Acting and Dance into one seamless practice in performance. You will identify and work on your own areas of weakness as well as building upon your strengths to solidify your artistry. You will also continue to build on your entrepreneurship and your audition technique and portfolio.

Acting:
You will focus on using the techniques you have practiced from year one and putting them into various different dramatic situations and contexts required of the modern actor. Using texts from different periods you will look at how to apply your technique efficiently and methodically. You will also learn the connection between the actor and the director in the rehearsal room and how to get the most out of that relationship.
Throughout the year there will be an expectation of growing independence and autonomy. This will require you to create your own daily practice routines to warm up, exercise, learn and analyse your acting work.

Singing:
This course focuses on the performative application of your core technique. You will explore the various styles within Musical Theatre, Pop/Rock and other CCM genres. Using this material, you will explore how to use your technique to create accurate, detailed, truthful journeys through the year. You will also learn more about Music Theory and how to gain greater insight from the composer and lyricists, which will inform your artistic choices as a rounded and integrated Musical Theatre performer. You will look at your acting techniques and how to best integrate them into your singing at all times and, how to use the approaches you learn in acting to influence the decisions you make regarding resonance, vocal quality, articulation and breath use. Throughout the year there will be an expectation of growing independence and autonomy. This will require you to create your own daily practice routines to warm up, exercise, build on your core technique, improve your sight singing/harmony work and, make creative artistic choices within your own performance and repertoire work.

Dance:
Continuing to grow from your development from previous training, this course is about pushing your personal limits within dance. You will be expected to work fast and accurately in classes. The details you achieve within various styles of Dance and Movement will be looked at more closely and worked on. You will be required to pick up auditions routines quickly, allowing you to have a good understanding of professional Musical Theatre dance auditions. You will also explore your own body and develop a greater sense of your personal movement identity and what styles suit you and your casting. You will look at how to connect your understanding of Dance to your work in Acting and Singing and how your movement influences your overall performance. As in the other subject areas, throughout the year there will be an expectation of growing independence and autonomy. This will require you to create your own daily practice routines to warm up, exercise, build on your core technique and understand the wider context of dance within the contexts of their style and application.

Industry

Industry classes at Associated Studios Australia are given throughout the course of your study. We are incredibly proud of the strong links we have within the wider theatre industry and through your training you will come into contact with a number of different agents and casting directors, as well as visiting directors, choreographers and musicals directors currently working in the industry both nationally and internationally.

Projects
There are many projects throughout the course which aim to build the other tools you will require to succeed in the professional Musical Theatre Industry. Some of these are listed below:

*Please note all course content is subject to change.

Please be aware that we offer three streams, and only accommodate a limited intake, in order to maximise your learning potential:

  • 1-year Accelerated Foundation Course in Musical Theatre 
  • 1-year Musical Theatre Diploma (includes a final industry showcase)
  • 1-year Part-Time Advanced Musical Theatre Course (includes a final industry showcase)

Where a student has shown particular commitment and a notable improvement in all the required ‘triple-threat’ disciplines, the Staff Board may decide to accelerate this student to a more ‘advanced’ course.

There may also be some instances where a student on an ‘advanced course’ will be advised not to take part in the industry showcase, should the Staff Board deem this



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