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IMG 9146

1 Year Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre & Acting

  • Triple Threat Training
  • Full-time for 1 Year
  • Min of 30 weeks per year
  • Min of 30 hours per week
  • Individual Timetable tailored to YOU
  • Private 1-to-1 Singing Lessons every week
  • Full Scale Musical
  • Full Scale Dramatic Play
  • Agency Representation Guaranteed
  • Experienced Industry Faculty
  • London's West End on our doorstep
  • Industry & Audition Technique Classes
  • Vocal Repertoire Preparation
  • Small Class and Year Group Sizes
  • Fully Operational Online Programme (Lockdown Only)

    This course is aimed at students who have either:

  • Studied Musical Theatre or Acting at a full time vocational college at university level for a minimum of two years and wish to train for a final year at Sharpe Academy
  • Obtained a Degree in Musical Theatre, Dance, Music or Acting and wish to improve performance and technical skills before auditioning for professional work.

The course is designed to bring performers up to professional auditioning standards. Individual attention will be given to make sure weaker disciplines are improved.

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Postgraduate Diploma Course Specifications

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You will develop skills in many different types of drama, with a large emphasis placed upon imagination and character creation.



You will study numerous plays throughout your study year, including classical texts such as Ancient Greek and Shakespeare through to more modern-day plays.



You will study the art of Acting for Television and Film, creating your own materials working with cameras. You will learn how to self-tape for auditions, which is slowly becoming standard practice for first-round auditions in the TV & Film industry.



You will learn a variety of acting techniques over your study year to help with thought process and character building. You will also study a variety of accents including UK Regional, American, International and RP. You will build a repertoire of monologues, both classical and contemporary.



You will study text in a song and will use your acting skills to really understand your character, analysing lyrics to portray feelings and emotions whilst singing.



You will study Classical Ballet, developing individual posture, technique, knowledge, performance and pas de deux skills. As part of this we also teach Progressing Ballet Technique.


  • JAZZ
You will work with a variety of choreographers and performers over your study year, both in weekly lessons and regular masterclasses.


  • TAP
Our Tap classes focus on Rhythm, Broadway and American street style tap dancing, such as Tap Dogs and Stomp.



You will take weekly classes in Body Conditioning and Flexibility. You will be encouraged to place a healthy and active lifestyle at the heart of your time with us.



Our aim is not in one year to teach technical tricks, but to build muscle, develop better posture, flexibility, balance and core­ strength. We will however take you as far as you can go.



All students receive private 1-to-1 coaching. You will develop individual vocal skills, working on technique, repertoire and performance. Regular showcases and open classes will give you the opportunity to perform in front of audiences to try out new materials and gain valuable feedback.


You will come to understand vocal anatomy, breathing and the science behind the voice. You will develop an understanding of several techniques including the ESTILL voice training method, whilst also looking into artistry and performance styles of singing.



You will have weekly classes working on a variety of materials in vocal groups – soprano, alto, tenor and bass. Regular concerts will be given which will allow you the opportunity to perform different materials.









Each week students have the opportunity to study different aspects of the industry. This includes types of performance work available to performers, expected professional behaviour and standards, industry insight into contracts, payments, insurance, representation and tax affairs. Students are encouraged to discover everything they can to make sure they are fully prepared for the career ahead of them.



Students have regular workshops with Masterclass teachers, choreographers, directors, casting directors and industry professionals.



We invite a variety of performers, directors, choreographers and casting directors into the Academy to offer regular masterclasses to help you perfect your audition technique and gain experience working with new creatives. Question and answer sessions take place, giving you a real insight into the professional world of musical theatre, acting and dance.


Students have the opportunity to meet and perform infront of agents to secure agency representation upon graduation. We do also have an in-house agency - Agent Sharpe and will guarantee a 12 month agency agreement should students wish to begin their career with us after training.


  • Musical Theatre Production

You will perform in one full-scale musical theatre production during the academic year.


  • Dramatic Play

You will perform one dramatic play during the academic year.


  • Backstage Experience Project

In 1st Year you will have the chance to discover additional aspects of theatre such as stage management, lighting, sound, choreography, direction, musical direction, costumes, props and set design. This is part of our Backstage project. This is undertaken alongside our part-time annual musical. In 2022 this will be THE WIZARD OF OZ.


  • Swing Project

In 2nd Year you will understand how to plan and present a swing folder. You will be expected to demonstrate a good understanding of several performance tracks, which we usually run alongside our college musical. In 2022 this will be LEGALLY BLONDE. 


  • Showreel

In 3rd Year you will plan and film your industry showreel. This will be sent along to agents and will form part of your online Spotlight CV. 


  • Concerts

You will perform several closed and open showcases during the academic year.









Students are assessed on a regular basis in the following ways:
  • Studio Teacher Evaluation
  • Closed House Presentations, Cabarets and Performances
  • Open Public Performances
  • Individual and Group Projects
  • Individual and Group Research
  • End of Year Principal Appraisal


1 Year Postgraduate in Professional Musical Theatre & Acting
£6,000.00 (Inc VAT)

The course fee includes your training, usually split into 30 hours per week, 10 weeks per term. There are 3 terms in an academic year commencing in September, January and April. Fees can be paid yearly, termly, or a monthly payment plan can be arranged for you.

Student Loans, bursaries and scholarships are not available for the 1 Year Postgraduate Diploma.

Additional Costs:

  • Uniform, Dancewear & Dance Shoes - Approx £500.00
  • Theatre Tickets - Approx £200.00
  • Vocational Examinations (Optional) - Approx £100 per examination
  • Living Costs
  • Travel & Food
  • Spotlight Membership - Approx £110.00
  • Professional Headshots - Approx £350.00


The Sharpe Academy Graduate Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre & Acting is aimed at students aged 18-25 and is a 1 Year course.


  • Minimum Age: 18.
  • Entry is by Audition only.
  • Students should be able to read and write to GCSE standard or above.
  • Students MUST have either studied for a mimimum of 2 years on a Professional Performance Diploma or Degree course at University level OR worked professionally in the industry as a performer.

Places will be offered to students who we feel can have a successful career as musical theatre performer. All students who wish to be considered for a place must attend an audition. To book a FREE audition please complete our online application form. Once we receive your application you will be invited to one of our audition days.


  • How do I apply?

Complete our online application form.


  • Do I need to have studied all areas of performance before (Singing, Acting and Dance) ?

No, as a postgraduate student our aim is to give you additional skills in order to have a better chance in the entertainment industry. All we ask is that you are advanced in either Singing or Dance. Whilst we give an equal amount of time to Acting to make sure students are fully prepared for a career, in order to be successful in Musical Theatre you will need either many years of dance training behind you or an excellent singing voice. If Acting is your main skill and you don't feel your Singing or Dance have professional potential then this course would not be the right one for you.


  • What qualification will I receive?

This is a one year Vocational course and all graduates are awarded the Sharpe Academy Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre & Acting. This course is recognised by SPOTLIGHT and will entitle you to Spotlight Graduate Membership. Please note this is an additional cost.


  • Can I apply for a bursary or scholarship?

We do not provide bursaries or scholarships to Postgraduate students.


  • What Accomodation is available?

Postgraduate students usually house share with other students or find their own living accomodation in the local area. Sharpe Academy can help advise you with this.


  • Where is Sharpe Academy?

Hatch End, North West London


  • What is the nearest train station?

Hatch End station is 2 minutes from college and has a direct train line into London Euston.

Sharpe Academy is based in HARROW ARTS CENTRE, 171 Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, Greater London, HA5 4EA

On-site Facilities include:

Professional Dance Studios Theory Rooms Rehearsal Spaces
Outdoor Recreational Spaces 500 Seat Professional Theatre Recording Studio & Editing Suite
Student Hub with fridges, Microwaves, TV Parking 2 Minutes walk from Hatch End Train Station (Direct line to London Euston)


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The day after colleges and universities closed due to COVID-19 in March 2020, Sharpe Academy began producing a full timetable of classes for all students. Leading the way with both Instagram LIVE and Zoom based workshops, Sharpe also started regular free classes for performers from around the world to enjoy. Additional online social evenings and guest workshops have also been organised.

Sharpe is now a confident provider of online tuition and should the need arise again, our lockdown timetable provides the very best training available. We understand some colleges feel students do not benefit from online training, we disagree. All our students have benefited from their continued training and we are incredibly grateful to have such an amazing faculty who will stop at nothing to push our students further whether in a studio or in their living room.


Guest Masterclasses during lockdown have included:

Vicki Manser
Six & Sunny Afternoon

Luke Bayer
Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Dan Cooke
High School Musical & We Will Rock You

Matt Wesley
Chicago & Priscilla

Nikita Johal
Weekly Body Conditioning

Pippa Holliday
Weekly Jazz

Bradley Shelver
Metropolitan Opera Ballet New York

Joel Cooper
Musical Theatre Jazz

Jess Parker
Avenue Q Puppetry

Jodon Fox
Kinky Boots

Graeme Pickering
Casting Associate Celebrity Cruises

Philip Comley
Weekly Ballet

Weekly Timetabled Classes have included:

  • Classical Ballet
  • Ballet - Repertoire
  • Ballet - Pointe
  • Tap
  • Jazz
  • Jazz Technique
  • Modern
  • Musical Theatre
  • Progressing Ballet Technique
  • Acrobatics
  • Body Conditioning
  • Contemporary
  • Choreography
  • Industry
  • Acting - Text
  • Acting - History
  • Acting - Improvisation & Devised
  • Solo Sinigng
  • Group Singing
  • Self-Tape Planning
  • Repertoire
  • Project Based Assessments



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