2 Year Full-time Diploma in Musical Theatre
Our 2-year Diploma course offers two years of intensive practical training, providing you with all the skills required to become an outstanding, multi-skilled Musical Theatre performer. Students are trained by the top industry practitioners from the West End and abroad.
Each day comprises the practices of Singing, Acting and Dance. We believe that performing takes regular, frequent practice and facilitate this by keeping our course numbers low. Associated Studios provide unparalleled individual attention in order to develop you as an individual and as an artist.
Triple threat training
You will receive triple threat training. Your training will focus equally on all three disciplines; singing, acting and dancing across both years.
Masterclasses & Mock Auditions
Throughout your course, you will participate in masterclasses and workshops led by industry professionals. You will also get the opportunity to take part in mock auditions with Casting Directors, Producers and / or Agents.
Individual Singing Lessons
As well as your ensemble singing lessons, music theory and song performance classes, students on this course will also receive 15 individual singing lessons with a top vocal coach. Singing lessons will take place on a Friday.
One of the highlights of this course is our Agent Showcase which usually takes place in Pineapple Dance Studios. You will get the chance to participate in Agent Showcase in a limited capacity in your first year, to prepare you for your Agent Showcase in front of the industry’s best Agents, Casting Directors and Producers in your 2nd year.
Full-scale Musical Production
In your 2nd year of training, you will take part in a full-scale musical production in a professional theatre in London. Like a professional process, you will audition, rehearse and work with a professional creative team.
Start Date: Monday 10 October 2022
Deadline for first round applications: 31st January 2022
Mondays: 09:30 – 17:00
Tuesdays: 09.30 – 17:30
Wednesdays: 09.30 – 17:30
Thursdays: 09.30 – 17.30
1st Year – £11,200
2nd Year – £11,200
= £22,400.00 for the full two years of Full-time training
Finance: Interest free instalment plans available
Bursaries: Please click here to read about our bursaries and other payment plans.
Entry: Via audition / Overseas: Videos accepted
At Associated Studios we have forged strong and trusted links with industry professionals over many years. We pride ourselves on understanding industry requirements and having a network of dedicated and highly experienced theatre practitioners, ready to offer you help and advice whilst you are studying with us, and after you embark on your career.
What sets this course apart from the rest is that the standards of teaching rival the top Musical Theatre training institutions in the UK, and yet Associated Studios provides a ‘family’ environment which is challenging and nurturing in equal measure.
As the course runs from Mondays through to Thursdays, students are able to support themselves on the other three days. Associated Studios objective is to make full-time, top-level training available to all talented, aspiring performers. Therefore we offer instalment plans for fees, making our training accessible to all who have the potential to work in the industry.
The first year will be intensive training four days a week, focussing on the fundamental and basic techniques of acting, singing and dance. The second year will be more fast paced and will be include public performances such as a professional Agent Showcase and a musical production in a central London venue.
In the first year of your training you will work on developing a strong foundational technique in the craft of Acting, Singing and Dance. You will be given the opportunity to perform every week and gain feedback by staff and other industry professionals to help develop your artistry.
Acting lies at the heart of every good Musical Theatre Performance. In your first year at Associated Studios you will learn how to build your understanding of how to reach your acting potential. You will do this through working with Directors, Voice Teachers, Writers and Actors/Acting Practitioners who will use a range of classes and techniques to help you discover how to harness the power of drama.
Areas of Work Include:
- Play a Week: You will read a new play every week and learn to analyse and understand it.
- Text Class: Including work on the seminal classical and contemporary playwrights which may include Shakespeare, Chekov, Ibsen, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Pinter and David Hare.
- Acting Technique: Looking at the approach of practitioners such as Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, Stella Adler, Stanford Meisner and Mike Alfreds. You will create a tool-box of techniques you can draw on to create a truthful performance.
- Heightened Acting: Working on non-naturalistic drama styles such as panto and ‘stage combat’, allowing you to explore the wide range of styles you will encounter in your career.
- Monologues: You will explore how to choose and perform monologues suitable for acting and musical theatre auditions.
- Self-Tapes and Screen: With a screen director, you will learn the technique of effecting self-taping for auditions and the concerns of the actor for screen and film work.
- Voice classes: Voice work includes learning the basic techniques of the actors voice such as: Resonance, Articulation, ‘Forward Placement’, Breath Control and work on RP and General American accents.
- Scene Study: Putting your technical skills into practice, you will work on scenes from set plays with a director.
Singing and Music:
The study of singing and music is fundamental to developing into a professional Musical Theatre Artist. The first year is about understanding your singing voice and building the strength and flexibility required to perform 8 times a week. You will also develop your versatility for approaching different styles of Musical Theatre from ‘legit’ classical MT and Operetta through to Contemporary Musicals and Pop/Rock. We find it essential for all students to be given regular 1-to-1 Singing Technique training to supplement your normal class work. You will work with a number of Musical Directors, Singing Teachers, Directors, Movement Directors, Vocal Coaches and Composers.
Areas of Work Include:
- Vocal Technique: You will build the vocal, physical and mental strength, flexibility and stamina required to succeed in the competitive singing industry, through establishing a rigorous practice regime.
- 1-to-1 Singing Technique: Work individually with a singing teacher on a regular basis throughout your training.
- Repertoire: Learn how to find appropriate songs from across the breadth of the Musical Theatre genre. Understand how to cut and present sheet music required for professional auditions.
- Vocal Performance: Work with Musical, Movement and Acting Directors to develop your individual performance by acting through song.
- Audition Technique: Working with Musical Directors, Agents and Casting Directors you will gain greater understanding of the techniques behind successful singing auditions, including how to cut for 32-bar auditions.
- Musical Theatre History: You will learn the history of the rise and development of Musical Theatre. This will allow you to contextualise your work effectively and build your working knowledge of Musical Theatre writers, composers and styles.
- Performance Confidence: Work through the common problems of anxiety and lack of confidence in a safe, nurturing environment.
Dance and Movement:
Building your understanding of dance and movement will underpin the physical work required for the other disciplines. We stream our dance classes to allow you to work at the level suitable for your current experience and skill level. Dance classes aim to bring you up to the standard required to successfully audition in a ‘dance call’ in the current musical theatre industry. As well as undertaking work to condition your body to be at its peak fitness, you will learn to use your technique to adapt into different dance styles and genres, learning how to connect your acting to your movement and vice versa. You will work with a range of Dance Practitioners, Choreographers, Stage Combat Directors and Movement experts on a wide range of classes to give you a rounded experience through your first year.
Areas of Work Include:
- Dance Technique: You will work on a range of dance techniques from Ballet to Jazz and Contemporary Dance. Building your language of the body and how to use it.
- Musical Theatre Routine: Working with choreographers and current West-End performers, you will explore the different styles and genres of dance and movement within the world of Musical Theatre which may include work inspired by choreographers and practitioners including: Agnes de Mille, Bob Fosse, Gene Kelly, Michael Bennett, Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp and Matthew Bourne.
- Laban: Using the work of practitioner Rudolf Laban you will learn how to analyse movement and use his language to create a greater understanding of your movement and space.
- Movement Practice: You will build your strength, flexibility and stamina by using body conditioning practices which may include: Cardio, Pilates, Yoga and Alexander Technique.
Please note that all students on a 2 Year Course will have their progress monitored and will be assessed at the end of their first year, to ensure that they are of a suitable standard to continue onto the second year.
In your second year of training we will consolidate your technique and continue to build on the work completed in Year 1. 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.
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.
The focus in Year 2 comes away from core technique and moves onto application of 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.
Continuing to grow from your development in Year 1, the second year is about pushing your personal limits within dance. You will be expected to work faster and more 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 more quickly, allowing you to compete in Musical Theatre auditions on the West End. 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. 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 classes at Associated Studios are given throughout the course of your 2 years 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 West End and Internationally:
- Casting Workshops: Including sessions with Agents, Casting Directors and Industry experts
- Marketing: Teaching you the skills necessary to become an independent professional performer including: How to write a good industry standard CV, getting your head shots right, writing to agents and understanding theatre terminology.
There are many projects throughout the 2 years which aim to build the other tools you will require to succeed in the professional Musical Theatre Industry. Some of these are listed below:
- New Writing: Work with leading contemporary theatre composers on new musicals.
- Recordings: In your second year you will be given the opportunity to record a professional singing demo for use for Spotlight and your own self-promotion.
- Open Mic: Participation in monthly nights in Soho and West London is encouraged in order for you to to perform and hone your skills in a public arena.
- Public Production: In your second year you will take part in a full scale musical that will be performed in a professional, central London theatre, after a production period of approximately six weeks. In this time all regular classes will be suspended and replaced by company rehearsals.
- West End Industry Showcase: The second year culminates in an industry presentation for invited Agents and Casting Directors in Central London
*please note all course content is subject to change.
Who Should Apply?
- Applicants must be over 18 to apply.
- 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 London, however this is not a pre-requisite.
- Performers wanting to work in the Musical Theatre industry who have no previous training, but who display the potential to be trained into fully fledged artists at audition.
- Dancers and Actors with some singing ability and some performance experience, wishing to expand their casting in the performing arts industry.
- Performers looking for an alternative to 3 years of training.