BA (Hons) PERFORMANCE - ACTING / Diploma in Professional Acting

Validated by University of East Anglia

BA (Hons) PERFORMANCE - ACTING / Diploma in Professional Acting
Validated by University of East Anglia

Three years (full-time)

Mountview’s vocational actor training thoroughly prepares students for a career in theatre, TV, radio and film.

The course develops technical skills through workshops and performances. Classes are designed to inspire imaginative engagement and develop practical experience. They are places where you can take risks, expand your range and develop your strengths.

There are only 34 places available each year. Taught in groups of up to 17, you’ll receive 36 hours of contact teaching time each week.

Study takes place over three 12-week terms per year.

The first half of each term is devoted to skills classes whilst in the second half you work on performance projects which are presented in house to fellow students and staff.

In your second year you also work closely with Mountview’s Industry Liaison to understand and prepare for life as a working actor.

The focus of the third year is film and public performance. You’ll work with professional directors to present a range of productions in venues across London and a West End showcase as well as creating a voice and film showreel. Audiences include agents, casting directors and other industry figures as well as the general public. If you have a USA work visa you also have the option of a New York showcase (flights and accommodation costs apply).

If you secure professional work in your final year you may, subject to approval, be assessed on this in place of one of the public productions and still receive a degree/Trinity Diploma.

You have the opportunity to undertake the Diploma in Profession Acting (validated by Trinity College London) whilst following the degree training.

Course Content

All modules are compulsory. You are required to write a ‘Reflection on Acting Practice’ during each year of the course which supports your ability to interrogate and reflect upon your learning. There are also supporting classes that are unassessed elements of the training including: Alexander Technique, audition technique and the third year professional showcase.

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Spring Term tbc
Summer Term tbc

Skills

• Acting
• Improvisation
• Actor & text
• Voice
• Speech
• Singing
• Movement & dance
• Sight reading
• Verse
• Acting for camera
• Reflection on acting practice

Performance

• Realism project
• Ensemble project
• Contemporary play

All modules are compulsory. You are required to write a ‘Reflection on Acting Practice’ during each year of the course which supports your ability to interrogate and reflect upon your learning. There are also supporting classes that are unassessed elements of the training including: Alexander Technique, audition techinique and the third year professional showcase.

Autumn Term tbc
Spring Term tbc
Summer Term tbc

Skills

• Acting
• Singing & musical theatre
• Actor & text
• Voice
• Sight reading
• Movement & dance
• Singing & music
• Radio
• Acting for camera
• Alexander technique
• Stage combat
• Career development
• Reflection on acting practice

Performance

• Shakespeare
• Comedy of Manners
• Late 19
th/Early 20th C European realism & naturalism
• Verbatim

All modules are compulsory. You are required to write a ‘Reflection on Acting Practice’ during each year of the course which supports your ability to interrogate and reflect upon your learning. There are also supporting classes that are unassessed elements of the training including: Alexander Technique, audition techinique and the third year professional showcase.

Autumn Term tbc
Spring Term tbc
Summer Term tbc

Skills

  • Reflection on acting practice

Performance

• Three public productions
• Showcase
• TV showreel
• Recorded voice

Fees

  • Audition Fee
  • £45.00
  • UK/EU Students
  • £12,900p.a.
  • International Students
  • £16,825p.a.
  • Trinity Diploma Registration Fee
  • £495
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Fees are subject to annual review and may increase in years 2 and 3 in line with inflation. One term’s notice will be given of any increases.

Additional costs include black active wear for workshops, dance shoes and practice skirts for female period roles – allow around £180. In year 3 there will be additional costs for headshots and Spotlight membership.

There are a number of student bursaries available for UK/EU students.

Irrespective of the outcome of Britain’s proposed withdrawal from the European Union, EU citizens commencing training at Mountview in September 2018 will continue to pay the same fee as UK citizens for the duration of their course.

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I had no idea how to pursue my dream of becoming an actor until Mountview opened that door for me, and enabled me to realise that it was, perhaps, possible. I will ever be grateful for that.

Leigh Lawson, Actor and Film Director

Entry requirements

Applicants must be aged 18 years or over at the start of the course. Entry is based on performance at audition – previous formal academic qualifications are not essential. 

However, one of the following is desirable:

  • Five GCSE passes, including two at A-Level
  • Four SCE Higher Grade passes
  • BTEC National or Higher National Certificate or Diploma with merit grades
  • Foundation course

Students who receive a Dance and Drama Award (DaDA) will work towards the Trinity College London Diploma in Professional Acting in addition to completing the BA (Hons) in Performance.

If an applicant’s first language is not English, and they have not been taught in English or studied to A Level standard in the UK, they will need to demonstrate an acceptable minimum level of competence through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Band 6.5).

Mountview welcomes applications from people with disabilities and is keen to support all applicants to achieve their best. If applicants have any special requirements or access needs, these should be discussed with the course leader/administrator.

Mountview is committed to a comprehensive policy of equal opportunities for students in which individuals are selected and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities. No applicant will receive less or more favourable treatment on grounds of sex, age, ethnic origin, disability, religion and marital/parental status or any comparable grounds.

Audition Information

Undergraduate Actors take movement and improvisation workshops, demonstrating their ability to think creatively, as well as performing their prepared monologues and spending time with current students getting the inside track on what life and study is like at Mountview.

We invite a limited number of candidates back for second round auditions. These include further workshops and panel auditions. Further details about recalls will be provided at your audition.

For detailed information on what you need to prepare for auditions and for audition dates visit:

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2018 Prospectus