FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.
Q: How do I apply for the course?
A: Application is easy, simply click here and complete our online form and a member of our team will come back to you in 48 hours to discuss arranging you audition and relaxed interview.
Q: Do you have an open day?
A: Yes we hold open days regularly. Our next open day is on Sunday 1st February from 10am to 5pm. You will attend a full day of classes and have the opportunity to ask tutors and students as many questions as you want. The open days are open to students from 14 yrs old with an interest in exploring Performing Arts as a career.
Q: What do I need to prepare for my audition?
A: Each student is required to prepare a musical theatre song (please bring sheet music and backing track) a monologue and a dance a solo of 1:30 sec.
Q: What age do I need to be by the start of the course?
A: Each student needs to be 16 years of age when starting the course.
Q: Where is the course based?
A: All tuition takes place at our purpose built studio in Dunstable, Bedfordshire.
Q: Do I attend class every day?
A: Each student will have a full weeks timetable, with up to 30 contact hours. You will be required to attend all classes without exception. You tuition hours each day may vary.
Q: Do I need any qualifications to join the course?
A: You do not need any qualifications or experience to join the course, just a passion for performing arts and a willingness to learn. We do require each student to have an A-C grade in both GCSE Maths and English. If you do not have this at the start of the course will will make sure you achieve this by the end of the course with private tutoring and re-take of the GCSE required, which is fully funded.
Q: How long is the course?
A: This is a one or two year course depending on what you are looking to achieve.
Q: How much is the course?
A: The course is fully funded by the Government for all 16-19 year olds. Students who are 19 or above could still be funded but this would be looked at on a case by case basis. We also offered private placements which are paid for by the student/parents or local funding.
Q: Will I need dance wear and uniform?
A: Yes you will need dance wear for each style of dance you participate in. You will be provided with a full dance wear list. Your college uniform will be provided free of charge each year. Any replacements will need to be paid for.
Q: Where can I purchase my dance wear?
A: The PAD has great contacts with dance wear providers and can order these direct with you. The course manager will be able to provide this for you.
Q: What qualification will I gain?
A: Each student will gain an BTEC Level 3, Extended Diploma in Performing Arts over the full two year course. You will also gain vocational qualifications in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Singing and Acting building UCAS points which potentially will be the equivalent of 4 A levels.
Q: What experience do the teachers have?
A: Each member of our faculty have worked at the highest level from London's West End, National TV shows, European Tours and even having songs in the American Bill Board charts.
Credits include: Chicago, X Factor, Nutcracker, Billy Elliot, BRITs, Fame, MTV tour, Grease, Blood Brothers, We Will Rock You and more....
Q: Do I have to go into further education after the course?
A: We believe the next step after this two year course should be into vocational education. We understand that some students want to perform, some want to teach and some what to work behind the scenes. In all cases we feel that further education is a great next step but not a must. We will work with you to decided which step is best for you and how we can help you achieve this.
Q: Do I need to complete the full 2 years to gain the full qualification?
A: To achieve your full potential you do need to complete both years. That said each year is set to ensure you have achieved goals and gain qualifications at the end of each academic year.