Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama


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Midlands Academy of Dance & Drama (known affectionately as ‘MADD’) is located in Nottingham – a vibrant, cosmopolitan, diverse and friendly city steeped in history with a dynamic and ever-growing cultural offering, in the heart of the Midlands.

MADD Read More was founded in 1967 by the Principal, Frances Clayton, and in 1988 a Three Year Musical Theatre Diploma Course was developed and is now accredited by the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre (CDMT) and validated to deliver the Level 6 Professional Musical Theatre by Trinity College, London. This can be topped up to a BA Hons (PA) at any time during the college graduates’ performing career.

MADD also offers additional courses; a Three Year Professional Dance Diploma Course; a One Year Foundation Musical Theatre Diploma Course; a One Year Top-Up Intensive in Musical Theatre Course; and a two year fully-funded BTEC course, Extended Diploma in Screen Acting, in partnership with Confetti the Institute of Creative Technologies (part of Nottingham Trent University).

MADD is also extremely proud of its popular Part-Time courses: a Junior School, its pre-vocational school in Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre for 3 to 16 year olds; a Teacher Training in Dance at Level 4 with the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) qualifications, which are recognised by Ofqual; and annual Summer Schools for 7-11 (Junior School) and 12-18 (Senior School) year olds.

MADD’s headquarters is situated on the edge of the city in a leafy suburb. In addition to the 5000 sq ft headquarter facilities, the college has a 15,500 sq ft building opposite known as ‘The Factory’. This space also houses the 168-seat MADD Studio Theatre. The Factory is also home to the ‘Nottingham Community Wardrobe’ which houses one of the biggest collections of theatrical costumes in the East Midlands with over 30,000 to choose from.

MADD prides itself on being a ‘College of Excellence’ providing leading Musical Theatre Courses in the UK. In addition to over thirty members of staff, the college is proud to welcome guest practitioners on a regular basis from across the industry including directors, choreographers, playwrights, casting directors and agents.

Every spring, the Graduate Year heads to London to showcase their talents to an invited audience of the sector’s top agents, casting directors and choreographers, and every summer the college performs its much-loved annual ‘Gala Showcase’ at the Nottingham Playhouse. Read Less

Course & Program

Qualification Level: Diploma Level 6

Courses offering this diploma develop the artistic, creative, technical and professional skills that a actor needs in order to fully prepare for a varied, high level and sustainable career in musical theatre. Courses will provide tuition at an appropriate level in singing, acting and dance. These, as well as other supporting studies, will enable students to sustain a long-term career as an actor. Students will have the opportunity to perform and most colleges bring in a range of guest artists and directors to enhance the training offered by their own staff. Each validated course has its own identity and structure, offering the diploma within the provider’s own curriculum.

Students must already have successfully auditioned for a place at a Trinity validated course provider and through which the application will be made.

The Level 6 Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre is awarded by Trinity College London and regulated by Ofqual. It is Level 6 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework.

Course Duration: Three years

Course Fee: £ 10500.00 For Year

Qualification Level: Diploma

3 Year Professional Musical Theatre Diploma Course accredited by the CDMT and validated by Trinity College, London

The course commences on Monday 16th September 2019 with compulsory induction days on Wednesday 11th, Thursday 12th & Friday 13th September 2019.

Course Duration: Three years

Course Fee: £ 3500.00 Per Term

Qualification Level: Diploma

The Dance Diploma covers a thorough grounding in technique and performance in subjects, Ballet, Jazz various styles, Contemporary Lyrical, Tap, Latin, Ballroom, Partner work, Choreography, Notation, Fitness/conditioning, , Audition techniques, Professional development, Ensemble singing, Health and safety in training and Performing, Nutrition and other contextual studies to assist the development of skills and understanding needed by the performers of today.

There are opportunities to perform in both MADD in- house theatre and external theatres in Nottingham and London. High profile industry professionals, choreographers and directors teach at MADD, plus visiting personnel offering close links and direct access into the performing arts industry for MADD students in Theatre, West End, Tours in the UK and Worldwide, Cruise Ships, TV and Film.

The College is affiliated to the National Union of Students and MADD students can apply for a Student Card which entitles discounts from a large number of outlets.

MADD College has charity status therefore Students will also have the opportunity to receive an assisted place based on a means tested financial assessment of parental financial status.

Course Duration: Three years

Course Fee: £ 3500.00 Per Term

Qualification Level: Diploma

The One Year Foundation Musical Theatre Course is to give students technical training in Acting, Singing and Dance over three terms. It enables the student to develop strengths in both technique and performance as well as building stamina and confidence in preparation for gaining entry onto a Professional 3 Year Musical Theatre Diploma Course.

In the Dance Department students will study Classical Ballet, Jazz Technique, Contemporary Technique, Tap and Musical Theatre Styles. In the Acting Department students will study Improvisation, Character Development, Text-Based Work and Stage Craft. In the Music Department students will learn Technical Singing and Ensemble Singing in a variety of styles by various composers.

The course is a full-time, 3 day intensive course from Monday to Wednesday inclusive giving students the opportunity to take on a part-time job to assist with fees or digs if necessary.

Course Duration: One year

Course Fee: £ 4500.00 For Year

Qualification Level: Other

An intensive Musical Theatre training course delivered in 31 weeks over three terms of focused practice, rehearsal and study. Each week will consist of 35 hours of tuition by leading Industry practitioners, giving students the essential elements of Musical Theatre, i.e. acting, singing and dance together with contextual studies to develop their performance and preparing them for a career in Musical Theatre. To benefit from the course, class work must be backed up with rehearsal and practice in students’ own time.

Acting for both Theatre and Screen Acting, Acting through Song, Singing in Performance Classes and individual one to one Singing lessons, Stage Combat, Voice, Sight Reading, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Latin American, Ballroom and Pilates, together with musical theatre performance classes to demonstrate integration of disciplines to produce confident musical theatre performances.

Professional Development is also taught on a weekly basis over the 3 terms preparing students for entry into a competitive Industry. Essential guidance and information on “Obtaining Employment and Maintaining Employability”, Equity membership, Research relating to job opportunities, “Spotlight” presentation, Guest Workshops from Directors and Agents. Specific provision is also given for;

Tax, insurance and accountancy
Employment contracts
Funding and professional bodies
CV compilation and photo acquisition
Internet and ICT skills
Students will have the opportunity to showcase their performances in term 3.
Assessments take place at the end of each term and following each performance project, and these are central to the development and individual journey of each student.

Course Duration: One year

Course Fee: £ 9500.00 For Year

Awarding Bodies
Trinity College London