BA validated by the University of East Anglia | Diploma validated by Trinity College London
BA and Diploma accredited by Drama UK
Musical theatre continues to dominate the theatre industry both in the UK and internationally and skilled musical theatre performers are in demand like never before. Mountview’s renowned training in this field grounds students with the skills needed to succeed: acting, dancing and singing.
Training begins with dance warm-up and continues throughout the day with classes, rehearsals and performances. Acting is at the heart of training and informs all other areas of study: singing, dance, movement and voice. Over the first two years students receive regular classes in:
Acting | Acting for Camera | Acting through Song | Actor & Text | Ballet | Ensemble Performance | Improvisation | Jazz | Movement | Music Theory | Sight Reading | Singing | Tap | Voice
Students work with directors, choreographers and musical directors to present studio performances of plays and musicals, including works from the Golden Age of Broadway, modern British and American standards and contemporary musicals. Students also have the opportunity to devise and create original work.
Students receive feedback on their work throughout the course, with performance strengths and weaknesses examined and advice offered on areas of future development.
Public performance is the focus of the third year and students present a range of musicals and a professional showcase to agents, casting directors and other industry figures as well as the general public. Roles are cast to highlight individual talents with students given a range of different sized roles over the year.
Opportunities to engage in film work and a play are included in the final year’s repertoire to prepare students for a diverse performance career. Third year students create a showreel and work closely with Mountview’s industry liaison office to hone their CVs and prepare for agents’ interviews and auditions.
Qualification assessment is based on the year’s performances. Students will also be marked on a working notebook in which they reflect on and examine their practice.
Students who receive a Dance and Drama Award, funded by the Education Funding Agency, will follow and be awarded the Trinity College London Diploma in Professional Acting in addition to completing the BA (Hons) in Performance.