Is the Urdang Academy right for me?
No matter what background or experience you have, if you have a passion for performing, potential and raw talent, then there is a place for you at the Urdang Academy. Find out more about ‘Life @ Urdang’, our ethos or visit an Academy Open Day.
How can I find out what is going on right now at Urdang?
What courses/classes are offered?
The Urdang Academy has a number of full-time and short courses available. We deliver courses that include a Foundation programme for students to develop their skills and prepare for auditions into top vocational colleges, through to a three-year Degree course validated by Anglia Ruskin University.
What are the courses like?
Find out more about ‘Full-Time Courses’.
Our short courses support and encourage people of all ages and from all cultures and backgrounds to participate in performing arts. These courses are suitable for those of every level of ability.
Find out more about ‘Short Courses’.
What is studied on the Foundation Course?
The foundation course is a 28-week course aimed at raising the level of each student’s technique and performance ability. The curriculum covers dance, musical theatre and application support and provides students with the skills to audition for further vocational training, with the aim of being awarded a place on a full-time musical theatre or dance course.
Find out more about the ‘Foundation Course’.
What is studied on the Diploma Course?
The Urdang Performers’ Diploma course is a three-year course which looks to give each student an excellent grounding in singing, dancing and acting, alongside developing charisma, individuality and performance skill.
The Diploma curriculum allows students to specialise in one of four ‘tracks’. Track A, A Musical Theatre Course – for those considered to have equally balanced skills in acting, singing and dance. Track B, A Musical Theatre Course which prepares students for more contemporary-based Musical Theatre. Track C, A Musical Theatre Course which prepares students for more singing/acting-based Musical Theatre Track D, A Dance Course with more contemporary-based singing and acting embedded in their training.
Find out more about the ‘Diploma Course’.
What is studied on the Degree Course?
The BA (Hons) in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre is awarded by the Anglia Ruskin University. This three-year programme provides students with the opportunity to train to the highest standards for a professional career in Dance and Musical Theatre, whilst gaining solid academic skills that will enhance career prospects upon graduation.
Find out more about the ‘Degree Course’.
How are students assessed?
All students are individually assessed in core subjects. The assessment results are then used to evaluate the progress of each class and each individual student to identify any teaching/learning weaknesses. If students fall behind in any subject they will receive appropriate advice from the relevant subject tutor(s).
How much written work is expected of students?
Students are expected to complete some written work throughout all courses, including essays and written exams.
Final year, Degree course students will be expected to complete an undergraduate major project, either in the form of an independent, research and/or creative work focused on a topic relevant to Dance and Musical Theatre.
What is a life like for a student at the Urdang Academy?
Find out more about ‘Life @ Urdang’
What are students to wear to class?
Urdang operates a strict uniform for its various classes and students will receive the uniform list in the Student Handbook with details of the supplier codes. At time of publication Urdang has a discount scheme with BLOCH details of which will be given to student accepting a place on the course.
What performance opportunities are available?
During your training you will perform in-house presentations in both Musical Theatre and Dance throughout your course and starting in the very first week. As your training intensifies so does the performance opportunities culminating in third year public performances and agent showcases.
Find out more about our upcoming performances.
What are your yearly performance dates?
For upcoming performances check out ‘What’s On’
Where are students performing following graduation?
Students regularly secure jobs in West End productions, UK Tours, Commercial Dance, Films, TV Programmes, TV Commercials, Pantomimes, Cruises and many other productions. See our student ‘Destinations’.
How many students have gone on to work in the industry?
95% of graduates are working in the industry, many in lead West End roles. See our ‘Student Success’.
Can I visit the Academy?
Yes. We hold open days throughout the year. Find out more about our ‘Open Days’.
How do I apply?
We have an online application process; this allows you to apply and manage your application and auditions online. ‘Apply online’. All applicants will then be invited to attend an audition.
Do you have to have any specific exam results/grades to apply?
- Part-time courses: No specific grades are required.
- Foundation Course & Diploma Course: No specific grades are required.
- For Degree Course: Entry requirements are as follows:
– GCSE English Grade C of above
– 200 UCAS tariff points (or be predicted to attain)
– Overseas students are required to pass the academic IELTS at 6.0 or the TOEFL equivalent
When is the closing date for applications?
There isn’t a fixed deadline for applications. However, all students applying for the BA (Hons) in Professional Dance & Musical Theatre should be aware of the UCAS deadlines. See www.ucas.com for details.
Please note that the online application closes for maintenance during August so please check the website for details.
How old do you have to be to apply for a course?
We have Short Courses available for performers aged between 10-21 years. For the Foundation and Diploma courses students must be a minimum of 16 years old. For the Degree Course, students are usually at least 18 years old. Find out How to Apply.
What are your term dates?
Find 2016/17 term dates here.
What do I need to do at an audition?
For all courses Urdang looks for candidates with talent, ambition and personality who are committed and hardworking. Potential and personality are as equally valued as previous experience and attainment.
Find out more about our auditions here.
What should I wear to an audition?
Please ensure you adhere to the following uniform regulations for your audition:
Girls: Leotard, pink tights and pink ballet shoes. Hair should be neat, off the face and in a bun.
Boys: Tight fitting t-shirt, vest or leotard, tights and ballet shoes.
Girls: Leotard, tights or narrow legged jazz trousers and jazz shoes (trainers are not acceptable). Hair should be neat and off the face.
Boys: Tight fitting T-shirt, vest or leotard, tights or narrow legged jazz trousers and jazz shoes (trainers are not acceptable).
Singing & Acting
You can wear your own day clothes for singing and acting, shoes essential but no heels higher than 3 inches.
Find out more about Auditions here.
What are your audition dates?
For upcoming audition dates click here.
What types of funding can I receive?
There are a few funding options available to students:
- DaDA Scheme: As one of the leading training providers in the UK, the Urdang Academy is part of the Government’s DaDA scheme, administered by the EFA (Education Funding Agency).
- Urdang Fee Reduction Awards: Urdang operates an internal fee reduction scheme which takes into account both employability potential and financial circumstances.
- Pullman Scholarship – In partnership with Pullman London St Pancras – The Shaw Theatre, the Pullman Scholarship sponsors a student who demonstrates exemplary potential, with preference given to a student living in the London Borough of Camden.
- Andrew Lloyd Webber Performing Arts Scholarship – The Trustees of The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation fund 10 new Musical Theatre course scholarships each year at renowned musical theatre colleges throughout the UK and are awarded by the schools as part of the audition/selection process on the combined basis of merit and financial need. Scholarships are awarded for course fees only.
- Aaron Morgan Bursary Fund –This bursary is designed for current students in need of further financial assistance during their study at Urdang. Applications for this bursary are made directly to Urdang.
Read more about funding here.
Where can I apply for funding/scholarships?
All funding and awards are allocated by the Academy to the selected students, following successful auditions and recalls.
Read more about funding here.
I have specific learning needs. Can the Academy help me with this?
Students with specific learning needs will have access to additional learning support. Urdang Academy will ensure that teaching and support staff are made aware of the support available to students and alternative methods of assessment are available, should they be required.
I live outside the UK. Can I still apply to the academy?
We welcome students from all countries and backgrounds.
Non EEA Students will be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa for our BA (Hons) Degree and Diploma courses only.
For more details and to find out how to apply click here.
I don’t have much performing experience. Am I still able to apply?
If you have the passion and the potential then we want to meet you! Find out how to apply here.
Can I work at the same time as attending the Academy?
Yes, but you must be available to attend the Academy between the hours of 8.15am and 7.30pm Monday to Friday. During performance periods this may vary. Focusing on your training whilst studying at the Academy must be the priority.
How do I find out where I can live?
The Academy can provide a list of hostels. Find out more about ‘Living in London’.
What sort of pastoral care is available?
The Academy places great importance on the pastoral care of its students, conscious that for many, this will be their first time living away from home and many will be new to London. Find out more about our ‘Pastoral Care and Treatment’.
Do you have any short courses?
Where is the academy?
The Academy has two premises in central London within a 10 minute walk between each other and a short bus ride from the London’s West End.
For full addresses and directions visit ‘Contact’.
What facilities does the academy have?
The Academy is based between 2 venues; The Old Finsbury Town Hall and our newest building, Urdang 2. Both buildings are well-equipped facilities to ensure state-of-the-art training for students. Find out more about The Old Finsbury Town Hall and Urdang 2.
How do I get Agent representation?
During their training at Urdang, third year students have the opportunity to become part of the Academy’s agency, Link Talent. This will mean exclusive representation until the last day of the course.
In addition, all the top agents attend all third year productions and request to meet students they are interested in representing. Most students obtain agent representation before leaving Urdang and if it is taking a little longer you can stay on with Link Talent for a further six months after Graduation.
Further guidance and support with be given throughout the course. Find out more about Link Talent.