BA (Hons) PERFORMANCE – ACTOR MUSICIAN / Diploma in Professional Acting
Validated by University of East Anglia
Three years (full-time)
There is an ever-increasing demand for performers who combine first- rate acting ability with a high level of musicianship.
Mountview’s Actor Musician course develops these dual skills to the highest level, creating graduates who combine skills in acting and music in their professional lives.
While a high level of prior musical experience is a pre-requisite, it is not necessary to have achieved formal music qualifications.
There is a maximum of 16 places available each year. Teaching mirrors Mountview’s actor training but with specialised music elements and you’ll receive 36 hours of contact teaching time each week including one-to-one singing and instrumental lessons.
The course develops technical skills through workshops and performance opportunities. Over the course you’ll produce a range of actor musician performance projects, working on Shakespeare, contemporary plays and musicals as well as devising original work for the theatre.
Study takes place over three 12-week terms a year.
The first half of each term is devoted to skills classes whilst in the second half of each term you will work on performance projects which are presented in house to fellow students and staff.
In their second year you’ll 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 and 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 will also have the option of a New York showcase (flights and accommodation costs apply).
All modules are compulsory. This is a practical, vocational course which is assessed both continuously and through specific assignments. You are require 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, musicality, audition technique and the third year professional showcase.
You have the opportunity to undertake the Diploma in Professional Acting (validated by Trinity College London) whilst following the degree training.
If you secure professional work in the 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.
Students who are advanced instrumental players have the opportunity to sit ABRSM or Trinity Grade 8 and Diploma through independent arrangement with their instrumental tutors (additional fees apply).