Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)
The first year of study is split into two semesters each of 15 weeks' duration. The course explores the core techniques that you will need as an actor in a range of theatrical settings, from plays to musicals.
In vocal studies you will benefit from the high level of teaching for which GSA is internationally renowned. You will study small-group singing, where you will work on technique and the understanding of your voice, as well as ensemble singing, which brings together the group to develop skill and technique.
Alongside this, voice is taught, allowing the spoken voice to become free and responsive across a range of texts.
Context runs throughout the first year and here you will look at a range of different historical and academic approaches to theatre, embedding the skills that you will need in the third year as part of your research project.
Musicianship is a unique module to the Actor Musician course, in which you will work with musical directors and music lecturers to embed the skills of working and playing as an ensemble, arrangement and also specific study of your specialist area (for example woodwind, keyboard, brass, and so on).
Across the first year there are points given for extended tutorials for one-to-one teaching (generally six per semester) on your singing voice and your main instrument.
Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)
The second year of study carries on developing and widening core technique skills in vocal studies and musicianship, again with an emphasis on you working together, playing together and singing together as an ensemble to develop the skills and professional qualities needed to work as an actor musician.
Context carries on throughout the second year, with repertoire introduced to extend your range of vocal songs and instrumental pieces to play.
Acting becomes a workshop series of rehearsals, where in the first semester you will look at three or four different texts (one by Shakespeare), where the skills of the actor musician are integrated into the work and a piece of theatre begins to take shape that utilises the skills of the ensemble.
In the second semester music theatre becomes the focus of the workshop again with texts studied with the intention of creating a vehicle for an ensemble of actor musicians.
Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)
The third year of study is mainly about performance. Three performance projects will run to a public audience; the first a dramatic text, the second a piece of musical theatre and the third a piece of theatre created and devised by the cohort as their own work.
Throughout the year you will maintain skills with classes delivered by music lecturers, tutorials and dance workshops and the year culminates with a showcase at a West End venue.
You will also develop a research project, reflecting on and analysing the role of the actor musician and looking over your training as you enter the industry.
Throughout the programme the emphasis is on your development as a performer and as an actor. The ethos of the course is to create an ensemble that is capable of taking any piece and working together to find new ways of exploring, interpreting and performing a piece of theatre.
Your skills when you leave the course will enable you to work as both an actor and an actor musician across a range of texts and performance contexts.