The Course Structure
The course curriculum
We offer an innovative and inspiring curriculum that draws on and celebrates diverse global cultures. All of our modules are crafted to reflect current industry trends.
The dance programme is designed to deliver a safe technical base that will develop you as a dancer across a range of genres. Throughout the year you will study with both regular technique teachers as well as visiting artists.
You will have the opportunity to study Mattox based Jazz, Contemporary, Horton, African, Ballet, Tap, Lindy Hop and Musical Theatre Dance. These different techniques will help you develop an awareness of the individual and specific demands associated with each style and will focus on the ability to apply technical knowledge, taking into account your personal and physical characteristics.
In addition, you will have the opportunity to study repertory dance drawn from around the world. This will include Khatak, Afro Cuban, Flamenco, Capoiera and Commercial dance styles. You will also have the chance to do aerial work and learn the technique of silks, hoops and rope. Aerial work is now used throughout the industry- just look at Wicked with its aerial opening scene!
Each dance style will build your core strength, personal safety, stamina & flexibility. One-to-one work using the Pilates technique and principles is also offered both individually and as a group.
Our drama course will develop you as a fully rounded actor with a wide range of supporting skills within both text and devised based work. Classes are delivered by a wide variety of tutors all of whom are practicing professionally within the industry.
At Wac Arts, we use the drama school model. This includes voice, text, physical theatre, masterclasses with casting directors, acting for camera (including green screen) and the creation of a drama show reel in your 3rd year.
The training breaks down into four main areas:
• Text expands your knowledge of the written word, both classical and contemporary, from around the world. It includes analysis, uniting, actions and objectives plus delivery.
• Voice is an exploration and development of your voice; learning how to support your breath, increase power and clarity as well as improving articulation and understanding of dialects.
• Movement develops control of your body as an acting tool and introduces you to a host of supporting skills including; Mime, Tumbling, Clowning, Buffont, Stage Combat, Puppetry and Mask.
• General studies examines a variety of drama applications and alternative practices from conflict resolution to Forum Theatre, games to meditation and massage.
The breadth of our drama course expands the opportunities available to you when you launch your professional career.
The singing course is designed to maximise your singing technique and build your musicianship skills, as well as your repertoire. You will learn harmony, ensemble, background vocals, sight singing, microphone technique, solo performance, duets, company work and interpretation of material for performance. The training contributes to the arenas of becoming a solo artist, vocalist and ensemble singer, but you’ll also be able to walk into a musical theatre audition with confidence. There are chances to get into the recording studio and lay down tracks as well as learning more about the rules of song writing, understanding the artistry of your voice and developing as a vocal artist.
You will also learn the repertoire and vocal techniques of various cultural origins from around the globe. Contemporary and commercial styles, Jazz standards, African song, Hindustani, R&B, Hip Hop and a wide variety of Musical Theatre Song are all covered.
Students prepare for the professional industry through audition-technique, and you will have the opportunity to record appropriate material for your chosen path into work.
The Wac Arts Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre is a full time, degree equivalent qualification, fully accredited by the international exam board for the arts, Trinity College London. The course holds Level 6 Diploma status.
Graduates wishing to convert their Professional Performing Arts Diploma to a degree can now apply to Middlesex University to study for the BA (Hons) Professional Practice. This degree has been created especially for graduates with a Professional Performing Arts Diploma. The course gives participants the opportunity to extend their diploma to a BA (Hons) while carrying on their professional activities.
So what makes Wac Arts training extra special?
At Wac Arts we look after you, the individual…
The rigorous traditional training in drama, dance and singing is complemented with lessons in a range of practical, international and niche techniques (in 2015-16 this included African and Flamenco dance), giving students the opportunity to enrich the portfolio of skills that will be the tools of their future careers.
We understand how important it is our students to keep healthy, both physically and mentally. As part of the course we deliver Vocal Health classes, Nutritional advice and Pilates. An on-site free counselling service is available for any student in need of additional emotional support.
You will also receive high quality careers guidance from Year 1 from both core staff and visiting professionals and employers. Third years are mentored by an industry specialist from our advisory panel and professionals within the industry. Our programme is tailored so that you become the best artist you can be.
We also provide support to develop Literacy and Numeracy skills through the portfolio building curriculum. In 2015-16 we had 3 students who required GCSE English and Maths support, who received additional tuition as part of their 3 year programme, delivered by teachers in order to be entered for GSCEs in both subjects.