WELCOME TO MILLENNIUM PERFORMING ARTS
We, the directors of Millennium Performing Arts, have a combined 80 years of professional experience between us. Sixty of these years have been shared with dedicated interest in educating future generations. Our professional knowledge covers all aspects of performing and management including musical theatre, ballet and contemporary dance companies, opera, TV, film, cabaret, artistic directorships and administration.
We shared a mutual belief that high-intensity training, in the manner of a conservatoire covering every aspect of performing thoroughly, would produce a complete artist. With three distinct disciplines: Singing; Acting; Dancing we created opportunities for young professionals to greatly enhance their skills in these subjects. We used our experience as teachers in the vocational training sector to refine programmes that would deliver training most effectively. Students would enhance their key discipline whilst undertaking training in the supporting skills too.
In September 1997, Millennium Performing Arts was born.
Millennium Performing Arts has always been a friendly but professionally focussed college. We run an ‘open door policy’ where students can knock on our door and, should we have the availability, have an interview immediately. We know all our students in our college personally and take a deep interest in their progression and development. We are immensely proud of the fact that our college is a positive open place where everybody just wants to get on with their task at hand.
Theatre is a tradition. We are committed to a doctrine to uphold and celebrate the best aspects of technique, ethics and etiquette while embracing the best in new developments and standards.
Our Motto: Theatre, as a profession, is a way of life.
MPA supports achievement, recognising professional levels of technical excellence and artistry whilst developing thinking as well as furthering creative achievement and personal professional growth
MPA cares about individuals through teaching advanced and complex performance activities, safely and effectively, encouraging use of the body expressively to communicate to an audience through the language of dance, music and the spoken word.
MPA embraces equality and diversity in all teaching and learning practices supporting inclusivity within the Performing Arts profession.
MPA expects our graduating artists to be committed to upholding the professional standards of the industry, including its etiquette. As articulate team players, dedicated to maintaining high-level practical skills, through the ability to fully develop, they will be foremost performers, relevant highly employable individuals, who will inspire and influence the future of the profession.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Success in Dance and Theatre begins with a creative, inspired and disciplined staff, in a progressive environment where everyone can realize their true potential. As a leading, award-winning Professional Performing Arts training provider, known for its high calibre of students and staff, we aim to offer students the opportunity to develop their talents in versatility, creativity and performance.
ETHOS: Our staff and management team nurture a creative, inspirational teaching and learning experience for every student.
ACCREDITATIONS, VALIDATIONS & PARTNERSHIPS
Millennium Performing Arts was accredited by the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre as a Provider of Post-16 Professional Training in Dance and Musical Theatre for a period of four years in September 2015. In their report the CDMT remarked on all aspects of the college’s work and below is an extract from the report for your information:
‘The design of the courses reflects the professional expectations of the industry, and the school is in continuous close contact with numerous professional practitioners to ensure that they remain so. There is a strong work ethic within the school, mutual respect and trust prevails between staff and students, and students develop as self-critical individual performers as well as rounded ensemble players. The school creates ample opportunities for students to realise their ambitions and succeed in their learning and training, as indeed the large majority do.
“The design of the courses reflects the professional expectations of the industry, and the school is in continuous close contact with numerous professional practitioners to ensure that they remain so. There is a strong work ethic within the school, mutual respect and trust prevails between staff and students, and students develop as self-critical individual performers as well as rounded ensemble players. The school creates ample opportunities for students to realise their ambitions and succeed in their learning and training, as indeed the large majority do.
Once accepted on the course, each student is highly valued as an emerging individual performer of considerable talent and potential, given every opportunity to thrive. Students are very strongly and effectively supported to overcome any barrier to effective progress and learning they may experience or present, whether it be mild learning difficulty, injury or physical impairment, language or literacy need or, changes to personal or financial circumstances which may affect them detrimentally” (CDMT, 2015).
In May of 2019 MPA was inspected by Ofsted and has been rated as ‘GOOD’.
The Inspectors noted that our:
“Teachers make effective use of their extensive experience and expertise in their performance disciplines to ensure that the training meets the expectations of employers”
This is at the centre of the commitment to training offered by our College. We are extremely proud of this accolade and were also pleased that our staff were commended on their “wide range of effective teaching techniques so that students develop the skills, knowledge and understanding they need”.
The report went on to highlight that:
‘Leaders and managers have established an ethos of developing individuals to excel in their chosen performance skills.’
‘Students work hard and are committed to achieving high standards in their practical skills. These attributes prepare them well for employment in the performing arts industry.’
‘Students receive effective careers guidance and have a comprehensive understanding of the demands of different types of employment.’
‘A high proportion of students, who complete their programmes, achieve relevant work within six months of leaving MPA. Jobs include performing in shows in the West End of London and touring musical theatre productions, on cruise ships and in other entertainment settings and other commercial work.’
It is rewarding for our Students to have been commended in the report for their hard work and commitment “to achieving high standards in their practical skills. These attributes prepare them well for employment in the performing arts industry” and more specifically, the recognition that our “Students are assured, self-confident and unfailingly courteous to peers, teachers and visitors”. We were particularly proud of this feature noted by the Inspection Team.
A full copy of the letter from Ofsted is now available through the Ofsted website:
Ofsted | Millennium Performing Arts Ltd.
• Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)
In Spring 2019 MPA College was visited by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) as part of their regular Monitoring Programme. The QAA review team concluded that MPA were making acceptable progress in implementing their on-going action plan, fulfilling the criteria to achieve the Higher Education Review (HER) Alterative provider (AP).
The QAA review team formed the following judgements about our higher education provision:
o The maintenance of the academic standards of awards offered on behalf of degree-awarding bodies meets UK
o The quality of student learning opportunities meets UK expectations
o The quality of the information about learning opportunities meets UK expectations
o The enhancement of student learning opportunities meets UK expectations.
The QAA review team identified the following features of good practice:
o the use of audition days to deepen applicants’ knowledge of the College and their own practice
o the integrated professional practice environment which ensures the currency of the provision and delivers a high-
quality learning experience
o the embedded and holistic approach to supporting students’ individual needs.
QAA report link:
• Trinity College London
Millennium Performing Arts’ level 6 courses in Professional Musical Theatre and in Professional Dance are validated by Trinity College London for six years from September 2014. Plans are in progress for TCL to re-validate the courses from 2020 onwards. These qualifications are approved by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations (Ofqual)
• University for the Creative Arts (UCA)
The BA (Hons.) in Musical Theatre at MPA is validated by the University for the Creative Arts. rRanked 59th in the University Tables and a Gold TEF recipient in 2019, MPA feels that our Degree provision is extremely well supported by UCA; an institution with much aligned practice, enabling them to understand the needs of a professional-style training. MPA undergo annual monitoring and regular periodic review events operated by the University Quality Dept.
Should you have any questions relating to review and accreditation at Millennium Performing Arts, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FACILITIES & VENUES
Millennium Performing Arts
29 Thomas Street
Royal Borough of Greenwich
London SE18 6HU
MPA is located within the Royal Borough of Greenwich. We occupy a large, airy and purpose converted space (see Studio Space photos below). The building is extremely spacious. There are four very large studios and one large studio, all with sprung flooring; two large singing rooms; two large acting studios; a very large open plan common room; fitness and weights room; Power Plate room; a treatment room; a lecture room; library plus an AV room; a staff room; changing rooms with showers and six offices.
We are 3 minutes from the train and DLR station Woolwich Arsenal, within the eastern part of the Royal Borough of Greenwich
This historic and picturesque borough is an exciting adventure for people interested in English heritage; particularly military history.
Read more about this wonderful borough of London:
HISTORIC WOOLWICH ARSENAL
The Royal Borough of Greenwich is located within southeast London. It is one of only four Royal Boroughs in England. The honour was received in 2012. It is one of the river crossing points of East London – the famous Woolwich Ferry is just around the corner. It is the original home of the Arsenal F.C. and it is where the Woolwich Building Society began. For many reasons this part is still an undiscovered gem, although, with vastly improving infra structures being implemented, this is changing rapidly.
Historians, people interested in Militaria and architectural buffs have a field day in this part of Greenwich. The first Duke of Wellington’s office remains on the lovely Arsenal site, the King’s Troop have taken up residence and their premises boasts the largest parade ground in Europe. The trooping of the Colour rehearsals takes place there before the final display at Whitehall.
Transport is excellent. The town is served by the over-ground railway and the DLR, which interlinks with the underground. London City Airport is extremely close, too and of course in 2018 the Cross -Rail Link will open and travel times to all parts of London will be reduced drastically.
POLICIES, TERMS & CONDITIONS
- Academic Appeals Policy (Format: PDF | Size: 285KB)
- Admissions Policy (Format: PDF | Size: 335KB)
- Complaints Policy (Format: PDF | Size: 135KB)
- Conduct & Discipline Policy (Format: PDF | Size: 383KB)
- Equality & Diversity Policy (Format: PDF | Size: 274KB)
- Health & Safety Policy (Format: PDF | Size: 278KB)
- Information, Communication & Marketing Policy (Format: PDF | Size: 269KB)
- Learner Safeguarding Policy – (Format: PDF | Size: 335KB)
- Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy (Format: PDF | Size: 276KB)
- UCA Student Complaints Policy (link)
- MPA Complain Flow Chart (Format: PDF | Size: 54KB)
- MPA Student Complaints Form (Format: doc | Size: 62KB)
- Access and Participation Statement (Format: PDF | Size: 532KB)
- MPA Quality Manual 2018-19 (Format: PDF | Size: 762KB)
- External Speaker Policies (Format: PDF | Size: 223KB)
Terms & Conditions
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