CUA40513 Certificate IV in Musical Theatre
The CUA40513 Certificate IV in Musical Theatre is Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art's foundation course in musical theatre. Providing you with a comprehensive skill set in singing, dance and acting, this course presents you with a holistic approach to the three disciplines.
This course is both joyous and rigorous: you will develop your singing technique, build your strength as a dancer through ballet and jazz, while learning to integrate essential acting technique into movement, voice and song. Added to this is professional training in screen acting, should you wish to adapt your skills as a performer to a film and television context.
Students applying for this course are expected to have a background in singing, dance, or acting. You must attend an audition during which you will participate in an acting, dance and singing workshop, and have an interview with one of our staff. No preparation is necessary for this workshop - just register in advance and come along for the day. The application fee is $33.
Prior to course commencement you participate in a weekend in February - our "Musical Theatre Bootcamp" - where you will be introduced to a range of skills necessary to complete your training. During this time you will also complete a prerequisite unit, CUAWHS302 Apply work health and safety practices. Classes commence the following week.
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What you study
Units in this course are divided into singing, acting and dance
CUAACT402 Develop acting techniques for musical theatre
CUADAN412 Develop dance techniques for musical theatre
CUAPRF304 Develop audition techniques
CUAPRF408 Perform solo in a musical theatre context
CUAPRF409 Perform in a musical theatre ensemble
CUAVOS401 Develop singing techniques for musical theatre
CUAVOS403 Develop vocal techniques for musical theatre
CUAPPR404 Develop self as artist
CUAACT401 Use a range of acting techniques in performance
CUAPRF410 Develop on-camera performance skills
SASPRA401 Apply principles of professional practice
SASCON401 Acquire and integrate knowledge of performance contexts
CUADAN403 Develop expertise in jazz dance technique
CUADAN408 Develop expertise in ballet technique
CUAVOS402 Develop specialist singing techniques for musical theatre repertoire.
This course can also be combined with the 10197NAT Certificate IV in Acting for Stage and Screen, to create a dual award (CUA40513 Certificate IV in Musical Theatre/Certificate IV in Acting for Stage and Screen). More information about this is found in the information download.
Want to apply?
You need to apply online in advance and then attend on the day. The audition consists of some dance, singing and acting exercises, which allow us to judge your capacity to undertake the course. No preparation is needed for this audition. Wear clothes suitable for dance and movement.
Auditions have concluded for study in 2017. Please stay tuned for 2018! Auditions take place in the second half of the year. We will advertise auditions here a few months in advance.
But what you really want to know is: can I make a living as a musical theatre performer?
That depends. Can you sing? Check. Can you dance? A little. Can you act? Well – you’re willing to learn. These are the three essential skills of the musical theatre performer. To do well, you have to have them – and at a high level. And yet, the skills alone won’t get you there. You need to know how the industry works, what opportunities are personally open to you given your strengths and type, how much effort you yourself are willing to put in, and how to start making inroads into the industry. We can help you with this.
What can we give you? Once you’ve done your audition and been accepted into the course at CADA, we take what you’ve already got and refine and enhance it through rigorous training. Each unit you study addresses an important part of your overall skill set. You train in voice, movement/dance, acting, auditioning, industry studies, and history – and if you’re committed to learning, open to instruction and correction from others, and have a good foundation on which to build, we can set you on the right path towards a career in the field.
And at some point along that path, we get you to ask yourself the question, “What kind of artist do I want to be?” For some, it’s a full-time performer. For others, though, it’s to be involved in local amateur theatre. For others, it’s part-time work in another field and freelance work in this one. For still others, it’s all about making and touring your own work. You may find that your initial ideas around making a living as a musical theatre performer change through the course as you discover new interests you hadn’t tried before, or develop skills you hadn’t thought of.
People with qualifications like CUA40513 Certificate IV in Musical Theatre go into cabaret, work as vocalists, play roles in stage musicals, devise their own works, and crossover into screen acting and straight plays. You may find you want to take it further: complete this course and continue on to the CUA50213 Diploma of Musical Theatre, or study at another institution. Our teachers are fantastic mentors and have your best interests at heart. They will be able to guide you as you consider your future and where you’d like to end up.
Course info download