Gap year/Foundation Courses 2019/20
Accredited gap - year and vocational prep performing arts training for actors and musical theatre performers aged 16-19.
Totally FREE* (funded) if you are aged 16-18.
Where and When?
The course runs alongside our full time college course (Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10am-6pm plus work experience and enrichment). The course lasts one full academic year. The course 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 21 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.
What will I learn?
Each term has a different focus and tutors - giving you the chance to stretch and improve your skills. It is intensive and requires a full commitment. The 2020 year ends in a big public show at the Wild Theatre in Bracknell (July 2020 is Disney's Beauty and the Beast)).
The college specialises in Musical Theatre, but the course is blended and also offers Acting, Singing, Screen Acting, Dance and technical aspects.
This course is accredited (you will get a L3 qualification if you complete it), and is for students who want to prepare for vocational drama/musical theatre university courses, or have a university place already but would like a years intensive vocational training first.
The course is taught at second year Level 3/professional prep. It is designed for young people with experience of performing who would like to re-apply to vocational higher education, but do not feel prepared or ready currently, or who have maybe chosen a different pathway at uno and would like one last full year doing what they love.
From our very first year of Foundation students - we already have offers from Russell Group universities, PPA, and recalls for Mountview, Guildford (including scholarships!).
You will qualify with an RSL - UCAS recognised qualification in Performing Arts. I addition, at least one graded qualification through Trinity or Trinity in Acting, and another through RSL Musical Theatre, plus a Gold Arts Award.
Who can apply?
To be government funded - any performer aged 18, or who will still be 18 on 31st August 2019. You must also meet ability (through workshop auditions) and academic criteria, including at least 5 GCSE's at grade 4 or above, and that must include Maths and English, and a Level 3 qualification at Diploma or above (such as A levels, Btec or UAL).