Have a question about Renaissance Arts?

Below are a few of our frequently asked questions about the college and our courses. If there’s still a burning question, please email the college and we’d be happy to help with any enquiries. if you would  prefer to speak to someone in person just call us!

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R/A offer courses in both dance and/or Musical Theatre. The 1st year of the course is designed to identify student’s specific skill-sets during training.  Renaissance Arts Students are required to attend all types of classes in Musical Theatre in the first year.

Acting, Vocal technique, Voice & Speech, Musical Theatre Repertoire, Improvisation, Audition Technique, Script work, Classical Ballet, Technical Jazz, Musical Theatre Dance Workshops, Commercial, Contemporary, Pas de deux, Rhythm & Broadway Tap, Pointe-work, Contextual Studies, Music Theory & Choreography.

Additional Studies:

Personal Training, Fitness & Conditioning, Sports Science, Nutrition, Industry Preparation, Industry Workshops, Image & Skincare, Equity Workshops, Portfolio Advice & Guidance

Classical Ballet, Technical Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theatre Dance, Commercial, Pas de deux, Rhythm & Broadway Tap, Pointe-work, Acting through Dance, Improvisation, Audition Technique, Repertoire & Contextual Studies, Choreography, IDTA Associate Teaching Qualifications, Anatomy Diploma, Music Theory & Ensemble Vocal Technique.

Additional Studies:

Personal Training, Fitness & Conditioning, Sports Science, Nutrition, Industry Preparation, Industry Workshops, Image & Skincare, Equity Workshops, Portfolio Advice & Guidance

Should any attending student wish to complete a professional teaching qualification they can opt to take a level 4 ISTD teaching qualification.

During the 1st year students will be challenged in all the core subjects to receive the necessary basic foundations for a long and healthy career. Syllabus work is an option once students have the necessary skills to complete the ‘Free’ classes taught at R.A, which are of a much higher technical demand and standard than the set work provided by the dance & musical associations.

From September 2020 students have the option to earn a BTEC extended diploma and Level 4 ISTD Diploma in Dance Education.  Most importantly, students will graduate ready to work in the industry. A certification of graduation is recognised by most industry bodies.

Graduate work will be showcased at the end of the 3rd year for industry professionals, choreographers, agents and casting directors. First and second year students also get the opportunity to perform in the end of year production, a great opportunity for family and friends to show their support.

Additional public and in-house performance opportunities are spread across the academic year.

Throughout the teaching year, students work under industry professionals and often these contacts can be beneficial upon graduation.

Agents are invited along to the end of year showcase and students are welcome to invite potential representation.

Each course runs for 38 weeks a year. Our students train for 32 hours in advanced, fully practical classes over 4 days taken by the very best faculty of professionals in the UK.  We don’t have unnecessary long breaks between classes, avoid free-periods, don’t hold any meaningless lectures so therefore utilise time to the fullest.

Yes, trips to watch shows at nearby Theatres are arranged throughout the year, which sometimes include workshops or backstage tours. These come at an additional cost to course fees. Students are also encouraged to attend local arts events off their own accord, which are highlighted by the R/A staff team.

R/A is an independent conservatoire, therefore we are able to be more selective about our intake and don’t require taking large numbers of students to help cover costs. The feedback we receive states that this enables our students more focussed, one on one training and individual development.

This is a common misconception, with many battling it out for overly expensive places at southern arts educational facilities. Essentially, everyone has equal access on graduation to the same jobs and agents, no matter where you’ve studied. Jobs are given based on practical audition merit and performance skills so it’s most important you choose somewhere to study where you believe you will get the best opportunity to train and develop. Graduates have full access to equity and spotlight to help with the transition into the industry. 

Quite simply, to be successful in getting work performers have to be the very best person at an audition with the skills and abilities the panel are looking for. How you perform and behave during an audition or through the casting process will derive from how hard you have worked in your training. Qualifications are important and prove you have applied yourself in order to gain the skills, but are normally of no consequence when auditioning.

During the 3rd year of training students will be eligible to attend select auditions and castings for performance opportunities with ITV, BBC, Corporate trade/Fashion shows, Modelling Campaigns, Music Videos, no.1 UK Pantomimes.

As with any educational process, theory has a vital part to play in broadening understanding and aiding learning. Students take music theory, learn about anatomy, physiology and injury management, nutrition and personal finance management. Students are always encouraged to spend time researching, rehearsing and studying in their own time as part of the course.

All of the R.A faculty are currently active within the industry, either as a performer, choreographer or as a director. All of the faculty are experts within their chosen fields, providing detailed knowledge and hands on experience of real working practices vital into today’s fast paced and multi facetted performance arts industry.

Our fees are lower than most colleges for this reason. We don’t want talented performers to suffer because of financial circumstances alone so we help with financial coaching and assist where we can. Currently no other college in the U.K that offers the kind of professional training we provide for such reasonable fees.

Yes, if you’re 16-18 you may be eligible to a bursary towards your fees to complete the level 4 ISTD teaching qualification.   We are currently working toward funding for those wishing to complete a BTEC and shall make this information available in the near future.

There are limited scholarships available too. Renaissance Arts are currently pursuing further funding for students 18+ and will announce further details in the very near future. 

Currently, the full 3 year course fees are £7905 per annum. The most competitive fees within the UK. 

Absolutely! Students are selected to train at Renaissance Arts based on talent and application, and whilst this could be raw, untrained talent, that we feel can be developed, with the right attitude and willingness to hard work. 

An impressive 95% practical lessons with selected theory classes throughout the year. Students will be expected to study and research out of college hours. Studios are built to perform in after all!