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

Validated by University of East Anglia / Validated by Trinity College London

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

Three years (full-time)

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 two groups of 17, you’ll receive 30 hours of contact teaching time each week during t he first two years of training.

Applications for entry in September 2020 have now closed. Application for entry in September 2021 will open in the autumn.

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 a range of performance projects encompassing British, American and world writers.

In your second year you also work closely with Mountview’s Industry Liaison Manager 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 Mountview’s theatres 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.

Course Content

2019/20 Term Dates
Autumn term 2 September – 6 December 2019
Spring term 6 January – 3 April 2020
Summer term 20 April – 10 July 2020


  • Acting
  • Acting for camera
  • Improvisation
  • Actor & text
  • Voice
  • Singing
  • Movement & dance
  • Verse
  • Alexander Technique
  • Research
  • Reflection on acting practice


  • Realism project
  • Ensemble project
  • International Text

2019/20 Term Dates
Autumn term 2 September – 6 December 2019
Spring term 6 January – 3 April 2020
Summer term 20 April – 10 July 2020


  • Acting
  • Acting for camera
  • Singing & musical theatre
  • Actor & text
  • Voice
  • Movement & dance
  • Singing
  • Recorded voice
  • Stage combat
  • Career development
  • Reflection on acting practice
  • Audition technique


  • Shakespeare
  • Bespoke text
  • American text

2019/20 Term Dates
Autumn term 27 August – 14 December 2019
Spring term 6 January – 9 April 2020
Summer term 14 April – 22 May 2020


  • Audition technique
  • Reflection on acting practice


  • Three public productions (or two and a film wit h screening)
  • Industry showcase
  • TV showreel
  • Recorded voicereel


  • Audition Fee
  • £45/£35 (Early bird rate)
  • 2020/21 UK/EU Students Course Fee
  • £13,425 p.a.
  • 2020/21 International Students Course Fee
  • £17,510 p.a.
  • Trinity Diploma Registration Fee
  • £505

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 – allow £350.

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

EU citizens commencing training at Mountview in September 2020 will continue to pay the same fee as UK citizens for the duration of their course.

Find Out More

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 and two A-Levels or
• Four SCE Higher Grade passes
• BTEC National or Higher National Certificate or Diploma with merit grades
• Foundation course
• Access to Higher Education Diploma

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, gender, sexual orientation, 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

Auditions and Interviews
2020 Prospectus