Sunderland Performing Arts Program
Dance, act, leap, and sing through a summer of fun on the dynamic coast of Northeast England at Sunderland University. Through a combination of classroom learning and exciting fieldtrips, the Sunderland Performing Arts Summer Program offers students within any major the chance to hone their musical theatre skills.
Students learn essential skills and techniques such as vocal health and warm-up techniques; vocal projection work; vocal techniques such as speak-singing, belt and falsetto. As part of the program students will also spend five days in London exploring the capital city and researching their specialist subject. Students will produce work from a number of musicals for a public performance at the end of the course. Evening social activities and orientation tours are also included.
Sunderland, England, United Kingdom
Language of Instruction: English
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ISEP-Direct Summer for all ISEP member students
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be awarded 15 University of Sunderland credits (3-4 US credits, ultimately determined by the host institution). Assessment will be in the form of a practical project and presentation.
SPECIAL ACADEMIC CONDITIONS
Students must have completed at least one year of university-level study in any discipline.
I-to-I applicants who are not native English speakers must submit a minimum official TOEFL score of 550 (213 CBT) or a minimum IELTS score of 6.0. Note: The host institution ultimately determines proficiency level and course eligibility.
Additional options are available for semester programs. See the Membership Directory for details.
HOUSING AND MEALS
Students will be housed in single rooms in an on-campus residence hall. They will share kitchen and bathroom facilities with fellow students. Heating, electricity, bedding, and WiFi Internet access are included. Meals are not included, but fully equipped kitchens are available for students to use.
Students will receive an orientation session upon arrival to introduce them to the university and the city of Sunderland. This will include campus and city tours and an introduction to all of the services available at the university. Field trips may include a visit to Hadrian’s Wall to find out how the Romans lived, a trip to Alnwick Castle dating from the 11th Century—which is also featured as Hogwarts in Harry Potter—and a day out to a local art gallery. Social evening activities may include a trip to the cinema or theater, ten-pin bowling, and a welcome and farewell dinner—all included in the program cost.
The University of Sunderland is a dynamic, modern university with a growing reputation for teaching and research. The university has recently been named “The Best New University in England” for the quality, quantity, and range of its research. It has also been voted one of the top five campuses in the United Kingdom.
The workshops on this program will be delivered by experienced tutors in specialist performance spaces and studios, such as Sunderland’s large galleried dance studio with adjacent rehearsal rooms, a fully equipped 60 seat drama studio, and recording studios. Students’ work will be performed in CitySpace, Sunderland’s brand new £12m sports and social facility.
Sunderland is located in the Northeast of England, an area renowned for its history, culture, and beautiful countryside. It’s home to numerous abbeys, castles, stately homes, and a picture perfect coastline. With a rich and fascinating heritage, Sunderland has a superb array of places of historical interest to visit and explore. Sunderland is the location of Washington Old Hall, which is the ancestral home of the first President of the United States, George Washington. Sunderland is also known as the “City by the Sea” with a compact city center offering great shopping, entertainment, and nightlife.