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Performance (Musical Theatre) Level 4 - UAL Professional Diploma

Level 4
One year
Telephone: 01792 890700 (Gorseinon)


Awarding body: University of the Arts London (UAL)

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The Professional Diploma in Performance (Musical Theatre) is designed for students aged 18+ who wish to study the three main skills needed to succeed in Musical Theatre and upgrade their current skill set in acting, singing and dancing. 

On this course you’ll get to work closely with current industry professionals and gain invaluable insights into the world of Musical Theatre. You'll have the opportunity to develop your skills through practical workshops, masterclasses, and performance projects, allowing you to develop a strong foundation for a successful career in the industry.  

Since the start of the course in 2019 we have achieved 100% success rate for recalls at top colleges! 

Students will:

  • Improve skills in singing, acting and dance
  • Get individual and substantial help in preparation for auditions; including classical and contemporary speeches, legit and contemporary songs plus dance audition technique
  • Be part of a variety of performance projects in professional venues
  • Work with professional theatre directors, musical directors and choreographers
  • Work on a regular basis with current industry professionals
  • Attend a range of theatre performances
  • Have weekly lessons in tap, ballet and jazz
  • Have weekly singing group and private lessons
  • Have ‘Acting through Song’ sessions that also incorporates acting technique
  • Work with the Acting Company in Drama and Voice as well as Acting in a Musical sessions. 

Key information

Entry by interview and audition.

This course is designed for students aged 18+ who have completed a three A Level programme, which includes drama / dance / music or an Extended Diploma in Performing Arts. However, candidates are also considered based on their skill set and experience at audition.

The course is mainly practical with logbooks attached.

You will work on a showcase that presents your audition material to an invited audience (unit one) and then go into more depth on a certain musical theatre practitioner or style for unit two. Unit 3 three is a public performance. 

A large proportion of the work undertaken is of a practical nature and is assessed continuously. There are no examinations on this course. 

The course is full-time and students are required to be available for up to 18 hours contact time per week. It is very likely that you will be able to have a regular day off every week to work which many students use to fund their auditions. However, you must be available full-time when we are rehearsing our final production.

Students accepted on this course should be aiming to apply to specialist colleges or university, or looking to enhance their current skillset so they may go directly into the professional industry. The course is very much like the Foundation courses that conservatoires offer but without the hefty price tag.

Past graduates of this Level 4 Musical Theatre course have progressed onto a number of nationally acclaimed colleges including the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, GSA Conservatoire, The Arden School of Theatre, Emil Dale Academy, Trinity Laban, Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, Bird College, and the Leeds Conservatoire, as well as various prestigious universities that specialise in Musical Theatre Performance.

Past Level 4 performances have included “The Little Shop of Horrors”, a cabaret revue called “The West End After Dark”, “I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change” and an original musical titled “Reign”. Most of our shows are performed at The Grand Theatre Swansea.

Course costs    

A course fee of £500 covers workshops, theatre visits and master classes with industry professionals.

Course duration

This course is delivered over one academic year at our Gorseinon campus but will attend some classes at Swansea’s Grand Theatre. 

What do past students of this course have to say?

“I can’t thank the lecturers enough. They taught me skills and confidence. I enjoyed every second!”

“The amazing lecturers shaped me into the performer I am today. I feel like a much stronger performer with a big future ahead."

“This course is perfect for anyone who wants to take a year out to hone and perfect their triple threat skills for future success and progression."

“This course really helped me to find more confidence in myself and to improve my technique in all three disciplines.”