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 1 Year Industry Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre


Triple Threat Training in Singing, Acting, Dance & Acrobatics

Full-time – 1 Year

Minimum of 24 weeks (including 8 weeks in productions)

Minimum of 24 hours per week

Private 1-to-1 Singing Lessons during all timetabled weeks

Two Musical Theatre Productions (November & July)

One Dramatic Play (March)

Agency Representation (24 month contract from your first day of college to fully transition into the industry)

Experienced Industry Faculty
London’s West End on our doorstep (Direct train to London Euston across the road)

Regular Industry Workshops & Weekly Audition Technique Classes

State of the Art facilities including on-site 500 seat theatre & Studio Theatre

• Dance Studios with professional sprung floors, mirrors and barres

Student Recreation HUB for relaxation and Showreel Editing & Recording Studio

Small Class & Year Group Sizes

Vocational exams available with TRINITY, RAD, ISTD, APC, LAMDA & ACROBATIC ARTS

Full assistance with Spotlight Membership, Showreels, Photographs & Self-Employment

This course is aimed at students aged 18+ who have either:

  • Studied Musical Theatre at a full time pre-vocational college for a minimum of one year and are ready for a final years training.
  • Obtained a BA (Hons) Degree in Musical Theatre, Dance or Acting and wish to hone their skills.
  • Performed professionally in the industry and wish to enhance their skill set.
  • Are already advanced in Ballet, Tap, Modern and wish to have an intensive years training before heading directly into the industry.

Industry Diploma Course Specifications

  • FEES


  • Musical Theatre Production

You will perform in TWO full-scale musical theatre productions during the academic year.


  • Dramatic Play

You will perform ONE dramatic play during the academic year.


  • Showcase

You will perform ONE Graduation Showcase in your final term of study for invited industry guests.


  • Backstage Experience Project

You will participate in a backstage project. This will give you 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 undertaken alongside our part-time annual musical in our on-site professional theatre.


  • Swing Project

You will participate in a Swing project where you will swing dance routines and learn 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.


  • Showreel & Spotlight

You will plan and film your industry showreels and prepare your professional Spotlight CV ready for agent and job submissions.


  • Concerts

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










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.


  • 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 technique where use the ISTD syllabus and free classes to build skill.



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.



You will have regular classes to work on your dance pick up skills, vocal repertoire and audition technique in order to make you more confident in the audition room.


All our graduation students are represented by AGENT SHARPE. Agent Sharpe is a Spotlight Registered agency with clients currently working around the world. Please visit the Agency Page for more information.


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 INDUSTRY DIPLOMA in Professional Musical Theatre
£6,000.00 (Inc VAT)

The course fee includes your training, which is usually split into a minimum of 24 hours per week and 24 weeks over the year. There are 3 terms in an academic year commencing in September, January and April. Fees must be paid in full at the start of the course.

Student Loans, bursaries and scholarships are not available for the 1 Year Industry 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 Industry Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre is a 1 Year course.


  • Students must be aged Aged 18+
  • Students must pass an Audition
  • Students must meet ONE of the requirements below:

  • Studied Musical Theatre at a full time pre-vocational or vocational college for a minimum of one year and are ready for a final years training.
  • Obtained a BA (Hons) Degree in Musical Theatre, Dance or Acting and wish to hone their skills.
  • Performed professionally in the industry and wish to enhance their skill set.
  • Are already advanced in Ballet, Tap, Modern and wish to have an intensive years training before heading directly into the industry.

Entry Requirements - Audition


  • We have now completed our in-person auditions for September 2024. Applications are still open via virtual submissions, please see below.

VIRTUAL AUDITION SUBMISSION: During May-August students may submit self-tapes in order to audition. This will involve:

  • Self Tape Introduction (Up to 2 Minutes)
    This is a personal introduction telling us a little about yourself.

  • Musical Theatre Song (Up to 4 Minutes)

    This should be a Musical Theatre song which you feel best shows your vocal range and style.

  • Additional Skills Video (Up to 4 Minutes)

    This may include Dance Routines (Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Acrobatics), Technical dance sequences such as Pirouettes, Kicks, Leaps, Jumps, Acting (Monologues, Duologues) or Professional Showreels.

A second stage recall involves learning and filming material sent to you and a final stage is an interview with one of our team. The interview can either be in person to include a campus tour or on Zoom. Places will be offered to students who we feel can have a successful career as musical theatre performers. All students who wish to be considered for a place must attend audition. To book a FREE audition please complete our online application form. Once we receive your application you will be sent full details.

Sharpe Academy is based in SHARPE HQ, 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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Moving away from home can be both exciting and worrying at the same time. We want our students to feel safe, secure and have a real home to relax in when not at college. We have a student residence within walking distance of college which includes both single and double en-suite bedrooms. The house has a communal living area, garden and fully equipped Kitchen.

The Sharpe LOFT Residence is a registered HMO property and includes:

Fire Doors Integrated Fire Alarm Gas Safety Certificate
Tv Licence Internet - Wifi All bills included
Garden Shared Living Area 24/7 Support & Assistance

Individual Bedrooms all include:

- Double Bed
- En Suite Facilities
- Chest of Drawers
- Wardrobe
- Bedside Table with Lamp
- Mini Fridge
- Television


Weekly Cost (40 Week Contract)

Small Double with Ensuite (3 Rooms)
£205.00 per week
Double with Ensuite (3 Rooms)
£215.00 per week


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