Programmes

Diploma

Performance

Take your performance to a higher practical and intellectual level.

Through the programme, you develop strategies and skills to interrogate the world and respond meaningfully with traditional, contemporary and experimental performance disciplines. Encompassing the significant rite of passage from apprentice to performer, this dynamic programme will train you to recognise events that have the potential to be explored and developed into performance.

Performance-making is both a practical and an intellectual activity. You will be engaged in hands-on experiential learning alongside academic studies to maximise your abilities to interrogate, analyse and create, with a particular focus on physical performance forms and dramatic texts from Singapore and the region.

With skills and knowledge in acting, movement, voice and stagecraft, you will be able to devise and create performance events that present your point of view. The programme develops your professional discipline, capacity to work as an ensemble and collaborate with others, and an understanding of industry expectations. You have opportunities to perform in studios and the theatre venues at the College, under the guidance of highly experienced educators and professionals.

While the wide range of skills covered will prepare you for professional careers in theatre, film, television and live events, it also prepares you for specialisation and further studies at LASALLE.

"As a trainee actor in the Performance programme, LASALLE provided me with the platform to experience many Asian artforms, like Dikir Barat, Bharatanatyam and Lion Dance. It has broadened my perspective of other cultures and is definitely something I could not have learnt outside of LASALLE."
Tan Rui Shan
Diploma in Performance, Class of 2013

Course Details

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Duration

3 years

Mode

Full Time

Modules
Level 1

You will share some common modules across the Diplomas in the School of Contemporary Music and the School of Dance & Theatre. These shared modules aim to provide you with a comprehensive basic knowledge and grounding in basic creative processes, as well as technical and academic skills essential for progressing to Levels 2 and 3. The modules also allow for diagnostic and formative teaching to ensure you have made the appropriate choice in the programme.

Performance Skills 1A (15 CU)
This module nurtures performers to possess the flexibility of response demanded by current trends in the performing arts. You will embrace a worldview through the study of a diversity of skills that will later integrate into a cohesive body of technique. This cluster of subjects articulates with and forms part of a wider collection taught across the other modules.

Acting Techniques 1A (15 CU)
This module develops versatile performers through a range of acting techniques. You will be introduced to Konstantin Stanislavksi’s approach to Acting, which cultivates a core of competencies around which other disciplines can articulate. This module makes space available for experimental work in Improvisation and Performance Lab, where Acting training is tried and tested as a tool for exploration and discovery.

Performance Studies 1A (15 CU)
This module provides a foundation for you to develop an awareness of the relationship between theory and practice, and establish the relevance of history and theory to contemporary performance and production practices.

Performance Projects 1A (15 CU)
This module is a systematic progression of Performance Projects and is designed to facilitate learning at each stage of the programme. Within the framework of creating and delivering performance, you will learn about various aspects of theatre and performance making. You will experience how technical competencies learned in the Acting Techniques and Performance Skills modules function in a production.

Performance Skills 1B (15 CU)
This module incorporates important personal rigour in your approach to your studies. These skills become recognisable as separate valuable elements in the development of a performer. At this stage, specialisms are self-contained and progress independently. While doing so, you constitute the necessary basis from which you will make significant connections and synthesise your expertise later on in the Programme.

Acting Techniques 1B (15 CU)
This module comprises intensives and performance projects that culminate in a series of small-scale rehearsal room presentations.

Performance Studies 1B (15 CU)
This module encompasses western performance from early Greek and Roman theatre, to Medieval European theatre, Restoration, Neoclassical, late 19th century developments and through to the birth of modern theatre. You will undertake essential investigation, collate research material and extend the understanding by working upon aspects of their study in the Performance and Textual Analysis component.

Performance Projects 1B (15 CU)
This modules focuses on physical expression and storytelling, and will be presented as small demonstrations of the coursework. Studio presentations will be performed to fellow students, staff and invited guests to develop constructive and insightful analysis of the performance process.

Level 2

You will develop your skills, knowledge, problem-solving, and in work methods. You will be placed in professionally structured projects and productions reflecting industry practice. Skills and knowledge are continually applied in projects and productions.

Performance Skills 2A (15 CU)
This module involves Voice, Music, and Movements competencies being tested out in rehearsals. Performance projects may place specific demands upon the student, such as responding to a particular acoustic environment or presenting character through gestural language. This module supplies the skills and knowledge that will enable you to work with informed flexibility.

Acting Techniques 2A (15 CU)
This module helps you to explore the tools and elements used in building the act of observation, applied research and the making of physical and vocal adjustments in pursuit of characterisation. You will also work on characterisation, where the focus is on the outward expression of emotion and character, and develop a way to explore the psychology of various characters and personas.

Performance Studies 2A (15 CU)
This module surveys Asian art, music and literature. Eastern philosophy and religion are also investigated in relation to the Performing Arts, with special consideration paid to the relationship between the western world and traditional Asian cultures. As you begin to develop your analytical competencies, you will apply these to a variety of dramatic texts and performances.

Performance Projects 2A (15 CU)
This module includes projects that will focus on comedy and a traditional Southeast Asian theatre form, and will be presented in studio. You will develop your understanding of comedy and involve the application of physical and vocal skills and techniques taught in other modules. You will rehearse comic scenes or short plays.

Performance Skills 2B (15 CU)
This module comprises classes that will provide you with opportunities to develop ongoing expertise, while exploring the applications of skills within the framework of imaginative exchange between performer and audience.

Acting Techniques 2B (15 CU)
This module emphasises Weight Observation and ‘Maturity’ as key to characterisation for young actors. Movement-based acting techniques will open up the dialogue between two distinct methodologies, fusing the actors’ personal experiences to create a character from the internal. Intensive performance workshops allow you to explore specific forms, periods and styles in-depth, with the objective of preparing you for entry into the theatre and entertainment industries.

Performance Studies 2B (15 CU)
This module studies the distinctive demands of major Asian performance forms: Noh, Kabuki, Chinese Opera, Kathakali, Wayang Kulit and Asian Theatre of Singapore. You will undertake essential investigation, collate research materials and extend your understanding of these performance forms.

Performance Projects 2B (15 CU)
This module comprises projects that focus on the physical and visual theatre involved in puppetry, and the application of acting technique and characterisation required to perform a contemporary piece of theatre. You will stage a production that draws upon the skills and knowledge that you have learned thus far. The production could range from a piece of devised theatre to a curated collection of contemporary scenes, with students within the cohort or involving collaboration with students from other disciplines.

Level 3

You will undertake modules that may include self-devised/directed studies or projects. In the Community Engagement module, you will learn from non-profit organisations or community-interest-led projects. You will identify community problems and issues of social concern, and use the skill sets and research methods you have learnt to creatively and effectively propose solutions.

Performance Skills 3A (15 CU)
This module explores how you convey genuine thoughts verbally and how this relationship differs when performers act. You continue to build on your range and vocal health. Flexibility of tone and use of various tonal colours develop your individual vocal potential and help you adapt to varying musical theatre and contemporary pop styles. Dance training in various contemporary dance genres and techniques continues to further your corporal discipline, perseverance and stamina necessary for a contemporary performer.

Acting Techniques 3A (15 CU)
This module addresses the substantial amount of work sought in television, film and internet-based dramas. In response, acting in this year shifts focus from live to recorded acting, which will necessitate a rethinking of performance energies and style. You will be encouraged to work with psychological realism. In addition, the introduction of Musical Theatre integrates the three disciplines of Singing, Dancing and Acting, which prepares students to broaden the range of work they can actively seek.

Performance Studies 3A (15 CU)
This module begins to surround the practical work with knowledge of the performing arts in Singapore and the region, feeding directly into career preparation and contextualising the local performing arts industry.

Performance Projects 3A (15 CU)
This module sets greater demands on you to perform with depth, confidence, skill and polish. You will test your acting skills, principles of ensemble, self-awareness and spatial relations. You will consolidate and integrate your learning by performing in theatrical productions that appeal to a younger audience, while experiencing the rigour of performing in a professional production.

Performance Skills 3B (15 CU)
This module encourages you to focus on honing your skills through independent vocal and physical exercises, with classes focused on preparing you to seek employment or higher study. The emphasis now shifts towards preparation for auditions and commercial voice opportunities.

Acting Techniques 3B (15 CU)
This module puts your acquired skills and techniques to test through the demands of acting for the camera. You will prepare for entry into the profession by developing your audition technique in ‘simulated’ theatre, television and film auditions. Classes in presenting for TV and live events will develop your interview techniques. These may include skills in presenting from a live location, as well as how to research and write material for broadcast. Musical Theatre classes introduce you to the vocal repertoire of musical theatre and explore key works and styles that form the foundation of this genre.

Performance Studies 3B (15 CU) 
This module investigates the performing arts scene in Singapore and engages in discussion with each other. There will be opportunities to network with professionals from the industry and community in preparation for the start of your career.

Performance Projects 3B (15 CU)
This module accustoms you to the practices and working conditions associated with a professional theatre company. You are expected to rise to the demands of a variety of performance spaces and settings, with greater demands made on you to perform with depth and confidence. You are also expected to create work that is skilful and polished.

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Learning methods

Attend lectures, seminars, practical presentations, class participation, rehearsals, journals and masterclasses. You will also engage in studio, theatre, as well as community and site-based work.

Assessment and course materials

Assessment is an integral part of the learning process and will be formative and diagnostic, as well as summative and evaluative. Feedback to students is provided, wherever appropriate.

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Programme completion criteria

Students need to accumulate 360 credits from Levels 1, 2 and 3.   

Career paths

Make an impact as:
Actor, Assistant to Director, Assistant to Dramaturge, Arts Administrator, Radio/TV Presenter or Host for Live Events.

Or make your mark in a related career:
Talent Manager, Voice-over artist or Singer.

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Academics

Tap into the illustrious minds of our faculty members who are movers and shakers in their own disciplines. They will impart, challenge and encourage, as they share their invaluable expertise and experiences with you.

Dean, Faculty of Performing Arts
Head, School of Dance & Theatre
Programme Leader, Diploma in Performance
Senior Lecturer
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Admission Information

Important Dates

  • Apply by: 15 February 2019
  • Application outcome will be announced by: 29 March 2019
  • Start of Semester: AY2019/2020
Entry Requirements

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

Singapore
  • Singapore
  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • China (PRC)
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • ROC, Taiwan
  • Russia
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • United Arab of Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Vietnam
Qualifications Remarks
Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level Aggregate score of 25 points or better in 4 GCE O-Level subjects, excluding English. A pass in English at Grade C6 or better
GCSE/IGCSE 5 subject passes, including English, at Grade A to C
Higher NITEC/NITEC Certificate -
Singapore Integrated Programme Completed IP Year 4

 


Alternative English Language Qualification

Entry Into IELTS TOEFL
Diploma 5.5 PBT IBT
525 71

ADMISSIONS TESTS/PORTFOLIO AND INTERVIEW REQUIREMENTS

You must submit two written assignments and present two performances, from either Option A or Option B.

Written Work
You must submit BOTH written assignments on the day of the audition appointment. All written work must be typed and printed

Assignment 1
Write a critique about a play, musical or film that you have seen recently. Describe elements that were successful and unsuccessful. Explain why and be specific. (350–400 words)

Assignment 2
Make a ‘Top Five’ list of all the things you hope to gain from your college experience. Which two or three would you place at the top of your list? Explain why these experiences are most important to you. (250–300 words)


Performance Audition
Please prepare two contrasting monologues to be acted in the audition. Memorise them both. You will perform them before your interview. 

You can choose from the lists available or choose from a published play that is not on the list. However, do not choose monologues from the internet and make sure that they are extracts from complete and properly published plays.

Download Male Monologues here  
Download Female Monologues here  

Option A
One monologue from the selection of Singaporean plays provided, and
One monologue from the selection of American plays provided.

Option B
One monologue from the selection of Singaporean plays provided, and 
One song from the prescribed list. 
Learn 32 bars only of any section, not the entire song. You can sing these unaccompanied, or you may wish to bring a ‘minus one’ to sing along to. 

At the audition, you will also engage in some group activities to see how you work within a group. Wear loose fitting clothing that you can move easily in, and you will be barefoot.

International Students 
If you are an international applicant, who cannot audition in person, you must submit a video recording of the above audition requirements on a DVD, together with all written work. A Skype interview will follow.

Fees
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Tuition Fees

DIPLOMA TUITION FEES FOR AUGUST 2019 INTAKE (PER ANNUM FEES)

Funded (Subsidised Fees) Non-Funded (Full Fees)
Singaporeans Singapore PR International Singaporeans Singapore PR International
S$5,280 S$6,930* S$9,780* S$19,000 S$21,150 S$23,800
Note for Diploma Fees:

* SPRs and International students who choose to take up the Tuition Grant (TG) will need to make an online application and then sign the TG Deed with the Government of Singapore. Under the terms of the Tuition Grant Deed, you will be required to work for a Singapore entity for a period of three years upon graduation. For more information, visit tgonline.moe.gov.sg.

  • Funded/Subsidised fees for Singaporeans and Singapore PR qualify for GST Subsidy from MOE, all other fees include 7% GST.
  • Fees are due on the first day of each semester.
  • Fees are subject to change.
  • Correct as at August 2018.
 

Application Fees

A non-refundable application fee (inclusive of 7% GST) is chargeable per application. Application is only complete upon receipt of your application fee and all necessary documents. Please ensure your application fee is paid and documents are submitted within seven working days from the submission date of your online application.  LASALLE reserves the right to withdraw the applicant if the application fee remains unpaid and documents are not received by the due date.

Singaporean / Singapore Permanent Resident Applicants International Applicants
S$60.00 S$120.00
 

Additional Costs

Basic materials for learning are provided by the College.

As a developing artist, you are required to have certain items that are personal to you and cannot be shared. Such items include books, dance shoes, rehearsal clothes, safety boots, portable musical instruments, paints, canvas, basic tools, design software, cameras, etc., that will support you through your three-year learning journey. The College does not encourage the purchase of extravagant or costly materials or equipment. Our lecturers can provide you with affordable suggestions.

You are also encouraged to have your own laptop for education. If you do not own one, computer labs are available on campus with requisite software for you to undertake your work.

There may be opportunities for you to undertake extra-curricular study trips to enhance your overall learning. Trips are not compulsory and may incur additional costs.

 

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Fee Protection Scheme (FPS)

Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) serves to protect students’ fees in the event a Private Education Institution (PEI) is unable to continue operations due to insolvency and/or regulatory closure. The FPS also protects students when the PEI fails to pay penalties or refund fees to the students arising from judgements made against it by the Singapore courts.

In seeking to be an EduTrust-certified PEI, LASALLE is required to adopt the FPS to ensure full protection to all fees paid by their students. Therefore, the FPS is compulsory for students who are taking BA(Hons), MA and Certificate programmes at LASALLE.

Diploma programmes offered by LASALLE are exempted from FPS under the EduTrust requirements of the Committee for Private Education (CPE).

More information on the Committee for Private Education

Medical Insurance Scheme (MIS)

All full-time students of LASALLE are required to be covered under the Medical Insurance Scheme (MIS). The annual coverage of S$20,000 includes school-related activities throughout the programme duration.

The current premium rate of S$18.20 is payable each semester. This premium rate is subject to change based on the prevailing premiums charged by the insurer.

Accepted Modes of Payment

All payment to LASALLE must be made in Singapore Dollars. 

Our accepted payment modes include:

  • DBS Online Banking and ATM Transfer
  • GIRO
  • Cheque/ Bank Draft/ Cashier's Order/ Demand Draft
  • NETS
  • Cash
  • Master/ Visa/ China UnionPay
  • Wired Transfer/ Telegraphic Transfer (Only for International students) 
Scholarships & Financial Support

SCHOLARSHIPS

In recognition of outstanding academic excellence, leadership potential, and a passion for creativity and innovation, LASALLE offers a variety of scholarships to new and current students. 

Applications for scholarships open from March to May for new students. Other externally sponsored scholarships are also available to students. Enquiries and applications may be directed to the respective organisations. 

Please note that miscellaneous fees are not covered by scholarships, bursaries or the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy (TTFS).

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FINANCIAL SUPPORT

We are committed to providing a quality education for all our students, and believe that no deserving student should be denied admission because of financial difficulty. 

A range of financial assistance schemes, grants and loans are made available to help meet a portion of the educational expenses of students.

Applications for financial assistance open from March to May for new students.

Please note that miscellaneous fees are not covered by scholarships, bursaries or the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy (TTFS).

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