Foundation Short Course - College

A FREE one day a week course for 16-19 years

Accredited gap - year and vocational prep performing arts training for actors and musical theatre performers aged 16-19. Totally FREE* (funded), and presented in partnership with a leading London school. The spring SHORT course runs one day a week (Wednesdays) for summer term (10 weeks), next class starts 25th April 2018, and is at South Hill Park Arts Centre - an immersive arts space for young people who are keen to polish their skills! In addition to the 5 core hours a week - class members can opt to undertake additional enrichment classes with Medusa Young Company, Medusa Pro (for producers), and by audition Artemis Elite Cheer or Phoenix Dance Company! All included and funded. 

This course is accredited, and is for students who want to prepare for vocational drama/musical theatre university courses, and those who would like to apply for our Level 3 college course starting in 2018. Class includes help with UCAS, audition preparation, work experience and much more.

If you are over 19, you may still qualify for a scholarship. We can also help advise on Adult Learning Loans to pay for place on the course if you can't get a free place. 

Foundation Short Course - College

Class Fees
Payable termly. Split payments available.
Credit cards & childcare vouchers accepted.
£0.00 per term
£0.00 per week (5.00 hours)
That's only£0.00 per hour

Overview

Gap - year and vocational prep performing arts training for actors and musical theatre performers aged 16-19Totally FREE* (funded), and presented in partnership with a leading London school. The spring SHORT course runs one day a week (Wednesdays) for one term (10 weeks), class starts in late April 2018, and is at South Hill Park Arts Centre - an immersive arts space for young people who are keen to polish their skills! In addition to the 5 core hours a week - class members can opt to undertake additional enrichment classes with Medusa Young Company, Medusa Pro (for producers), and by audition Artemis Elite Cheer or Phoenix Dance Company! All included and funded. 

This course is accredited, leading to a qualification in performance, and is for students who want to prepare for vocational drama/musical theatre university courses, and those who would like to apply for our Level 3 sixth form course starting in 2018. Class includes help with UCAS, audition preparation, work experience and much more.

Topics covered: 

  • Acting Technique
  • Musical Theatre Dance
  • Muscial Theatre Singing
  • Perform in shows for the public
  • Work experience - for those who want to build their CV - we offer work experience in the theatre, teaching, producing, events management and more! 

Working with a key tutor who will support you through your studies, as well as guest specialists for each module. 

In depth

Our Foundation Short Course is for keen performers aged 16-19*, who are on a gap year, or who need to prep for full time performing arts training. 

Held one day a week in a vibrant arts centre, and taught by industry specialists, including theatre and events companies who offer real work experience!

The Spring term for the class begins on 25th April 2018 with registration for places from January 2018. 

Students must be able to commmitt to class on Wednesdays, for the whole term (10 weeks) as a minimum. You can't already be at school or college - this is funded for students who are on a gap year, or in between school or college courses. If you are already at school, but still want a place, it is possible for you to pay a fee to take part. 

For those who are ambitious or want extra training and prep, choose from 5 enrichment options (also FREE) - Medusa Young Company (Saturdays 1.45-6pm), Medusa Pro (Thursdays 6-8pm), Artemis Elite Cheer (Wednesdays 7,30-9.30, by audition only) and Artemis Phoenix Hip Hop Company (Thursdays 7-9pm, by audition only). 

Appear in lead roles in either Sweeney Todd or Ghost Station in July 2018 at the Kenton Theatre! 

Work towards real qualifications - adding to valuable UCAS points! 

The Qualifications

Musical Theatre Qualification

R.S.L - Grade 7 or 8 Musical Theatre

As a group you will work on a musical medley performance which will be examined, and also presented to the public in the new town centre. 

You will work with a choreographer, and a musical director, and look at your dance technique (appropriate to your ability), singing technique and musicality. 

The course also covers acting technique, production skills, producing, event marketing, and for those who would like to work backstage lighting, sound and set work experience.

Acting Qualification

Trinity - Grade 6, 7 or 8 Acting (UCAS)

This acting qualification allows actors and musical theatre performers in the group to shine. You will have the option work towards a full length show in a mid scale theatre (either Sweeney Todd or Ghost Station depending on enrichment options chosen). 

The qualifications will be at Grade 6, 7 or 8 depending on your age and experience. The qualifications will give you UCAS points, the number depending on the grade taken and level of pass achieved.

Who might want to join the course?

If you are 18 or 19, and finished college in 2017, but weren't ready for uni, or didn't get your first choice in drama schools - this course will help refresh and build on your skills. We will get you ready for HE in September 2018. Our supportive tutors will help you with applications and auditions. 

If you are 16 or 17, and have to re-sit a maths or English GCSE, but want to go into full time college level performing arts training in 2018, we can help you as well. Building on exisiting skills, and raising the bar - you will have support applying to drama and dance schools - or have the option of moving into our own brand new sixth form in September 2018. 

We will be accepting a maximum of 30 students into the first ever Foundation year - so registering your name and interest as soon as possible is important! 

Term Dates

Term One: 31st January - 4th April (half term 7th March)

Term Two: 25th April - 11th July (half term 30th May & 6th June)

For those who choose to appear with Medusa Young Company as cast or crew for Sweeney/Ghost Station, they will perform until 15th July.

Fees and funding

All full-time Further Education (FE) courses are free to UK and EU residents aged 16-18 on 31 August 2017/in the first year of study.

If you are 16-18, there are no tuition or examination fees to pay.

If you were 19 or older on 31 August in 2017, you may be required to pay tuition and exam fees.

Financial support

You may be able to apply to for a 16 – 18 Bursary or 19+ Discretionary Learner Support (DLS) which are designed to help those who face financial hardship. Payments can be used to meet the costs of things like essential course equipment, materials, field trips and travel. Please note that these funds cannot be used to help with the cost of accommodation.

Advanced Learning Loans (for 19+)

The Government has introduced Advanced Learning Loans for students aged 19 and over to help pay for Level 3, 4 and 5 course fees. Advanced Learning Loans are funded and administered by the Student Loans Company.

If you apply for an Advanced Learning Loan you will not need to pay anything back until you are earning over £21,000.

What to do next: 

Registering your name is not committing you to joining. You will be sent an email inviting you to talk about your experience, current qualifications, and what you hope to get out of being a member. 

To express an interest - complete the online form using the button above.