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UCEN Manchester

Performing Arts (Musical Theatre)

UCAS Code: 2M45

Higher National Certificate - HNC

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About this course


Course option

1.0year

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Musical theatre

The course offers high quality practical and intensive training to expand, unleash and develop musical theatre skills providing students with the core skills required to be successful within this exciting industry.

The course aims to give students of all ages, backgrounds and experience the tools to excel as musical theatre performers exploring a range of genres and practitioners. This exciting and career focused course will introduce you to all aspects of musical theatre in the performing arts industry.
You will refine your technique in a variety of dance such as ballet, jazz and tap, and you will develop the employability skills that are an essential part of being in this industry.

In acting there is a strong focus on naturalism and allowing the students to build their own tool box of skills and techniques to draw upon when they perform. This will include studying practitioners such as Stanislavski, Strasberg,and Uta Hagen. There is a strong focus on text analysis and how the actor creates a life by mining the text and drawing out the clues within to develop a role which is detailed.

In singing, you will focus on the Estill Method which is universally taught in Higher Education. Lessons will focus on audition preparation, ensemble work, building repertoire, acting through song and application of technique.

Additionally the course provides guidance on audition technique both industry based and preparation for Drama School. Students will learn how to market themselves as a performer and be given guidance on Equity, Spotlight etc from industry professionals.

Modules

The Performing Arts Industry
This unit develops students’ awareness of key areas of working in performing arts and allows for exploration and research in all matters related to surviving and thriving within the performing arts industry. Employability, self-maintenance, managing finances and the increasing importance of online and offline marketing are all areas that will be covered throughout this unit.

Professional Development
In this unit, you will explore the many potential avenues of employment that relate to your specialism, build an awareness of how to present yourself to the market place and embark on a journey of professional development.

Jazz Dance 1
This unit aims to enable you to develop your ability in the studio as a jazz dancer and broaden your contextual knowledge, which will, in turn, inform style and performance.

Tap 1
This unit has been designed to allow technical and artistic development in the dance studio alongside the acquisition of basic vocabulary in various combinations and to encourage the independent investigation of different tap practitioners and their influence on the genre as it is today

Singing 1
This unit is designed to produce independent vocal practitioners who have the knowledge and skills to fulfill their full potential as a singer and the versatility to meet the wide-ranging vocal demands of the musical theatre industry. Students will acquire a detailed physical understanding of the workings of the vocal mechanism and the technique and awareness required to achieve vocal performances of the highest possible standard. By the end of the unit students will learn how to produce a more confident and tonally secure sound by developing their musical ear.

Acting 1
The aim of the unit is to introduce students to accepted principles of acting technique. Students will explore and develop technical and interpretive skills required to perform in a range of performance contexts and as such provide a foundation for future development which, as their understanding of the acting process and themselves develops, they can shape to suit their own needs.

Vocal Repertoire
The aim of the unit is for students to understand and be able to perform the various forms and contrasting styles of songs required in today’s professional musical theatre, and to acquire a well-rounded portfolio of audition songs

Dance for Musical Theatre
It will allow you to explore various musical theatre styles and the associated techniques in class before developing those techniques and applying them in a performance

The Uni


Course location:

Shena Simon Campus

Department:

Performing Arts (CA)

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