Principal Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts


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Diploma in Creative & Performing Arts


Diploma in Creative & Performing Arts




RSL Ltd London United Kingdom


1 Year Full-time






This internationally recognised qualification, awarded by RSL (UK) and regulated by OFQUAL is widely recognised by industry and higher education. It has been designed to equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to gain entry into the creative and performing arts industry or progression to further study at a higher level. It offers practical structured learning with the flexibility to specialise in different disciplines relevant to employment within the performing arts industry.


The qualification consists of two types of unit: core (mandatory) and optional units. The core units have been selected to for their relevance to the overall qualification. The optional units can then be added to the core to make up the programme. This will provide you with the opportunity to focus on your area of specialisation, for example:

  • Jazz, Theatre, Ballet or Contemporary Dancer
  • Dance Teacher
  • Musical Theatre Performer
  • Actor


We aim to produce the most versatile dancers for the current industry. You have the opportunity to study a wide variety of dance genres that include contemporary, classical ballet, jazz, theatre dance, tap and commercial. in addition, musical theatre related studies in vocal and acting may be undertaken as supporting subjects. This pathway will fully prepare you for professional work by integrating the technical, theoretical and creative concepts in performance.


Musical theatre will develop strong technical skills in dance, acting and singing. It is most important to note that for those seeking a future in the musical theatre industry will require a high level of dance expertise to maintain a successful career. To achieve this, dance units are studied in modern theatre dance, classical ballet, tap and jazz with the main focus on technique, style and performance.  Vocal units cover accurate use of the voice, harmony work and confidence building both as a soloist and in ensemble. Acting focuses on improvisation, script work, sight reading, text analysis, accents, physicality and characterisation.


If you are pursuing a career as an actor for musical theatre, stage plays, film and television, this course explores a wide range of acting styles from modern drama and comedy to classical pieces. This combined with relevant genres expected in musical theatre productions enables students to enhance their creative skills as actors. The course explores a variety of acting methods including Stanislavski, Laban, Lee Strasburg and Stella Adler. Acting majors will study play production and performance, film and television, text analysis, improvisation, voice work, use of American and British accents, comedy and Shakespeare. Students studying this major will also be required to acquire solid technique in modern theatre dance along with confident vocal ability in singing for both ensemble and solo work.


  • 16+ Prior to course commencement
  • Successful Audition


  • Monday 9am to 5.00pm
  • Tuesday 9am to 5.00pm
  • Thursday 9am to 5.00pm

Units of Study


  • Live Performance
  • Planning for a Career in the Creative & Performing Arts


  • Acting for Camera
  • Approaches to Acting
  • Audition Techniques (acting)
  • Musical Theatre Performance
  • Vocal Techniques  (Acting)
  • Dance Technique & Performance 1
  • Dance Technique & Performance 2
  • Ensemble Dance Performance
  • Repertory Dance Performance
  • Vocal Techniques (Voice)
  • Vocal Ensemble


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Our faculty is highly qualified with extensive industry experience, taking the time to encourage and nurture each individual to ensure they truly meet their full potential.

Past Students

Principal Academy graduates have secured work from New York to London and all in between. Some have even gone on to feature in Netflix blockbusters!