Arts1 Sixth Form courses are part funded by the European Social Fund
vocational performance training
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Arts1 provides full-time performing arts training for 16 – 18 year olds in Milton Keynes. Providing outstanding training in state-of-the-art facilities gives our students the best training ground to develop their skills and train their talents. Our teaching faculty has a reputation for training some of the UK’s leading talent and we are dedicated as a school to creating an international reputation for nurturing outstanding young performers and theatre professionals to the next step in their training.
Our full-time courses are the equivalent to 3 A Levels and are the most intensive funded courses in the region. Our school gives young people the ability to specialise in either Dance, Musical Theatre, Acting or Theatre Production – targeting each students training programme to the balance of skills they require to fulfil their potential in professional performance on or off the stage.
Laine Theatre Arts
Laine Theatre Arts provides an exceptional training for anyone who wants a long career in professional musical theatre.
Urdang offers exceptional vocational training in a vibrant centre of excellence right in the heart of London.
The Academy is committed to providing an environment in which its learners can be trained and educated to develop and broaden their skills to their individual highest possible standards.
Guildford School of Acting
As part of the University of Surrey’s School of Arts, GSA provides conservatoire-style training within a university environment.
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
Mountview is one of the UK’s leading drama schools, with a long-standing and international reputation.
Our Vision is to be recognised nationally and internationally as the UK’s most outstanding College.
Arts Educational School
ArtsEd has developed over the years and today our musical theatre training is recognised as the best in the UK.
Performers College offers a three year full time professional course leading to The Diploma in Professional Dance or The Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre.
Stella Mann founded the college that still bears her name in Hampstead in 1946, where it gained a reputation as one of the finest ballet schools in the country.
Originally founded in 1995, Masters offers intensive, practical training in all performance disciplines with particular focus on preparing all our students for a career in the arts.
The directors of Millennium have a combined 80 years of professional experience between them.
Royal Ballet School
The Royal Ballet School is one of the world’s greatest centres of classical ballet training which for generations has produced dancers and choreographers of international renown.
Our innovative programmes aim to inspire and enable you to fulfil your potential to become an outstanding artist and practitioner.
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
The three year BA Acting Programme at RCS is one of the best professional actor training programmes in the UK.
London Studio Centre
London Studio Centre offers a comprehensive Theatre Dance Course for students who are dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of the theatre.
Northern school of contemporary dance
At our home in Leeds, City of Dance, we provide an inspirational learning environment for aspiring contemporary dance artists to train in a place that values them as individuals.
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key sixth form information
Musical Theatre course
- Triple threat training
- Acting through song with an accompanist
- Ability Streamed Dance Classes
- Trips And Workshops
- World Class Estill Voice Training
- Ability Streamed Dance Classes
- Trips And Workshops
- Creative Classes And Workshops
- Acrobatic Arts – Tumbling And Gymnastics
- Vocal Training Programme For Dancers
Acting For Stage & Screen
- Prepare for an acting career
- Develop your acting technique
- Script, Voice and Improvisation
- Film and TV techniques
- Movement and physicality
Theatre & Production
- Prepare for a career in theatre production
- Develop key skills
- Work with industry experts
- Stage management, lighting and design
- Work on live productions
The Student Experience - Libby Hewett
Arts1 is a place where you can build and nurture your dramatic talent. It is somewhere where you can be yourself and a safe environment where you can see continuous progress in yourself and others. I’ve had so many great experiences along the way such as performing at MOVE IT, creating a piece for National Theatre Connections which included having the chance to perform at the Royal and Derngate Theatre in Northampton. I have had the chance to watch some amazing theatre and see productions at schools that I might want to move. Furthermore I have met some amazing people who are in the industry which has helped me to start building my professional network and giving me a better idea about the different paths I can take.
The Sixth Form at Arts1 has also given me a sense of reality, of what’s realistic for me. I have a thicker skin and know what routes are open and right for me. Although I’m achieving my dreams and continuing with my passion I am now realistic and open to what my options are. I can’t speak highly enough about the teachingteam at Arts1. They know what is right for each individual and somehow manage to support and improve every one of us. I don’t know of another place which has such amazing teachers who you can get along with and who can push you above and beyond the boundaries that you set for yourself. The staff give you the tough love you need to break down your own walls and achieve so much more.
I can’t wait to see what I can accomplish next and where this can now take me. Arts1 has helped me to become a better person and better performer whilst making me resilient, competent and a hard yet smart worker.
Libby is now studying at The Urdang Academy, London
Arts1 Sixth Form courses are funded in partnership with
Sixth Form Reviews
Although Arts1 is only in its first ever year of running a Sixth-Form, having studied A-Levels and a Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in musical theatre at another college for a year each, I can easily say that this is the best course for aspiring performers not just in the Milton Keynes area but in the whole of Buckinghamshire. I have never worked in such a supportive environment.
I’m loving my time at arts1 and things are only getting better. I can’t wait to see what I can accomplish next and where this can now take me. It’s helping me to become a better person and performer whilst making me resilient, competent and a hard yet smart worker.
I can’t speak highly enough about the teaching you get at the sixth form. They know what’s right for each individual person and somehow manage to help and improve each and every one of us. I don’t know of another place which has such amazing teachers who you can get along with and can push you above and beyond the own boundaries that you set for yourself. They give you the tough love you need to break down your own walls and achieve so much more.
Libby | 1st Year Student
The course assures no student is left behind and they are all treated equally and fairly. You learn things that you never would’ve thought you could, you think in new ways that open your eyes to different paths and ideas. The people that attend the course and fun, supportive and hard working and everyone pulls their own weight and they have to be up to the challenge for a very tough but extremely rewarding experience. It has so far been the best experience of my life.
Charlie Woolford | 1st year Student