Membership & Quality Assurance

Italia Conti, Greg Goodale

Supporting the performers, students and teachers of tomorrow, CDMT ensures that professional training and assessment remains always at the forefront of arts provision nationwide.

We have proudly served the sector since 1979, working closely with member schools, awarding organisations and industry bodies to ensure standards remain at a level that secures the supply of quality practitioners for the future. CDMT also lobbies authorities about issues of funding and policy on behalf of our membership.

Three classifications are offered, as follows.

  • Institutional members are quality assured and confirmed by CDMT as meeting the highest industry and institutional standards for the delivery of provision in dance, drama and musical theatre education, assessment and training
  • Affiliates are committed to working with CDMT to develop the highest standards of programme provision in performing arts education and training
  • Recognised Award holders promote the appropriate requirements for teachers and support students' progression in dance, drama and musical theatre education through participation in the scheme.
Institutional Members
Accredited Professional Schools
Validated Awarding Organisations
Affiliates
Affiliate  Programmes
Recognised Awards Scheme

Pre-vocational Schools

 

Teachers

The diagram above highlights how CDMT's previously described AMS and Corporate classifications  are amalgamated into a single status titled Affiliates. This status assures courses and programmes only. Full Institutional Membership continues to confirm organisational quality through Accredited Professional Schools and Validated Awarding Organisations.

CDMT's mission is to promote excellence in dance, drama and musical theatre education, training and assessment. We achieve this through being the quality assurance body of the sector. Many of CDMT's member institutions are amongst the most prestigious in the UK. Current members include professional training schools, awarding organisations, industry bodies and individuals with a range of expertise in dance, musical theatre, education, assessment and training. 


The overarching description of each classification, related categories and accompanying inspection or evaluation processes are as follows.

Classification

Description

Categories

Inspection process

Institutional Members

  • have undertaken full institutional inspection and programme scrutiny by CDMT
  • are quality assured and confirmed by CDMT as meeting the highest industry and institutional standards for the delivery of provision in dance, drama and musical theatre education, assessment and training.

This classification includes CDMT's presently Accredited and Validated Members, including:

  • Professional schools and colleges
  • Awarding organisations.

Institutional status typically involves submission of self-evaluation documentation by the applicant and a two day visit of the organisation by three industry consultants. Full Institutional Membership confirms organisational quality and industry support.

Affiliates

  • have undertaken programme scrutiny and inspection of relevant accompanying management by CDMT
  • are committed to working with CDMT to develop the highest standards of programme provision in performing arts education and training.

This classification includes the following  programmes:

Affiliate status typically involves submission of self-evaluation documentation by the applicant organisation and a one-day inspection of the relevant programme by one or two industry consultants, depending on category. If successful, the Affiliate will subsequently undergo an annual monitoring visit.

Recognised Awards' holders

  • have undertaken desk-based checks by CDMT
  • promote the appropriate requirements for teachers and support students' progression in dance, drama and musical theatre education

This is based on the Recognised Awards Scheme covering:

Holders of a Recognised Award undertake a 'self-certification' process with desk-based checks of submitted papers carried out by a member of CDMT office staff.



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