The course runs from September for one calendar year. Mountview sees the course as a developmental journey - from the point when the student demonstrates their personal potential at audition to the point when they are able to demonstrate a securely-grounded, professional level of practice and ability on completion.
The course is developed in three phases.
The first phase of the course is intended to:
- establish and confirm the sense of the self as the source of acting
- establish understanding of acquirable performance skills
- assist in developing the student as a member of a collaborative community in which collective and individual technical and creative progress are carefully nurtured
- develop awareness of personal physical resources as the instrument of communication and begin to develop physical skills
- develop the ability for informed critical assessment of personal work and the work of fellow students.
The second phase of the course is intended to:
- assist the exploration of personal expressiveness with regard to the stylistic demands in performance of a variety of dramatic material
- continue to develop physical skills in relation to a variety of dramatic/theatrical conventions, registers and styles
- develop observational and imaginative skills and foster the application of these skills to acting
- continue to develop interpretative powers in relation to a range of texts
- enable the informed selection of topics for the Dissertation Performance
The third phase of the course is intended to:
- draw together the physical, intellectual and emotional strands of the course in public performance events, including the Dissertation Performance
- replicate good professional practice in rehearsal and performance
- provide a sustained experience of playing before paying public audiences of varied backgrounds, expectations and tastes and of taking the responsibility for carrying a performance through an entire play
- continue to develop the ability to learn from and analyse in depth personal performance.
The course is structured into 'performance' and 'skills' modules. The MA contains the extra performance module of 'Reflection on Practice', making 6 modules plus the 'Performance Dissertation'.
Skills 1 & 2
Acting: Acting, Improvisation, Text, Radio Technique, Acting for Camera
Voice: Voice, Speech, Sight Reading, Alexander Technique
Dance and Movement: Actor's Movement, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Body Conditioning, Combat
Singing and Music: Singing, Acting Through Song
Performance 1 Song & Dance, Modern Text, Shakespeare
Performance 2 Book Musical, Television, Public Production, Showcase
Creative Project (MA only) Dissertation Seminar, Dissertation Tutorials, Dissertation Performance.
Also: Specialist Workshops, Masterclasses, Career & Professional Development