Welcome to the Urdang Academy
Urdang offers exceptional vocational training in a vibrant centre of excellence right in the heart of London. A modern outlook, dynamic atmosphere and inspiring backdrop make the college an energising and contemporary place to study.
Incredible exposure to leading industry professionals keeps Urdang at the forefront of the industry. Our graduates thrive and are in constant demand for West End and International destinations, many of which are lead roles.
A high level of expectation and discipline is teamed with relevant support and advice, ensuring our students reach their full potential.
Urdang is the ultimate choice for developing highly diverse and rounded performers.
Urdang take you for your talent, they don’t take you on a certain look like the other colleges do. They are interested in your unique strengths rather than a clone expectation. That is why their ethos ‘everyone individual’ is so perfect – it is exactly the way it should be.
Dean Lee – Leading Creative & Choreographer, Graduate 2007
Ethos and Values
Urdang Academy was founded on Leonie Urdang’s vision to encourage individuality and diversity within the performing arts industry. This was a revolutionary ethos at the time and did not discriminate against appearance or circumstance.
These core values continue within Urdang today. Now with Solange Urdang at the helm since 2001, the Academy continues to thrive and continues to appreciate and develop potential and personality.
Urdang may have heart at the centre of its vision, but it has excellence as its goal. It is not easy to get onto the courses. The energy may be high, the outlook modern, but the Principal of the school is still addressed as: ‘Miss Pope’. The Urdang Academy is a serious conservatoire!
Aware of the latest industry trends together with a mindful balance to address the current needs of its students Urdang constantly looks at how it can best support both. For example a unique track system has been specially developed to allow diploma students to specialise; choosing from a variety of vocational disciplines.
The course curriculum and teachers’ aim is to bring out what students could do, instead of what they can do.
Seeing the industry in action provides constant inspiration and an invaluable insight to our students.
As well as regular master classes and workshops with leading industry names students are also exposed to other professionals who use our Central London facilities. These include leading production companies who hire studios, when not being used for training, to hold professional castings and rehearsals.
Our Grade II Listed building is also popular for film and fashion shoots, TV productions and community events.