BA (Hons) PERFORMANCE – ACTOR MUSICIANSHIP

Diploma in Professional Acting

Three years (full-time)

BA (Hons) PERFORMANCE – ACTOR MUSICIANSHIP

Validated by University of East Anglia

Diploma in Professional Acting

Validated by Trinity College London

 

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.

Whilst a high level of prior musical experience is a pre-requisite, it is not necessary to have achieved formal music qualifications.

There are limited places available each year and students are taught in small groups. Teaching mirrors Mountview’s actor training but with specialised music elements and you’ll receive over 30 hours of direct teaching time each week including one-to-one singing and instrumental lessons.

The course develops technical skills through workshops and performance opportunities. During the course you’ll engage in a range of actor musician projects, working on Shakespeare, contemporary plays, and musicals as well as devising original work. Students engage with a range of classic and contemporary texts for example If You Don’t Let Us Dram, We Won’t Let You Sleep by Anders Lustgarten, Colder Than Here by Laura Wade, His Dark Materials adaptation by Nicholas Wright, Flora the Red Menace by George Abbott, Kander and Ebb, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris by Mort Shuman and Eric Blau.

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 the second year you apply your skills in collaboration classes which include peer integration and team teaching to enhance your creativity and help you to make connections between subjects. Additionally, there is time given to tailored ‘surgeries’ to focus on detail and help you to develop your independence and confidence in your practice.

You’ll 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, recorded voice, public performances and reflecting on acting practice. You’ll work with professional directors to present a range of productions and an industry showcase and create a voice and film showreel. Audiences include agents, casting directors and other industry figures as well as the general public.


2021/22 Term Dates
Autumn term
10 September – 17 December 2021
Spring term
10 January – 8 April 2022
Summer term
21 April – 15 July 2022

Skills

  • Acting
  • Improvisation
  • Actor & text
  • Voice
  • Singing
  • Solo & ensemble music
  • Context & musicianship
  • Movement & dance
  • Alexander Technique
  • Research
  • Reflection on acting practice

Performance

  • Realism project
  • Ensemble project
  • Music & text project

2021/22 Term Dates
Autumn term 20 September – 17 December 2021
Spring term 10 January – 8 April 2022
Summer term 21 April – 15 July 2022

 

Skills

  • Acting
  • Acting for camera
  • Actor & text
  • Voice
  • Movement & dance
  • Singing
  • Solo & ensemble music
  • Context & musicianship
  • Stage combat
  • Career development
  • Reflection on acting practice
  • Audition technique

Performance

  • Book musical 1
  • Shakespeare
  • Book musical 2

2021/22 Term Dates
Autumn term 6 September – 18 December 2021
Spring term 4 January – 14 April 2022
Summer term 21 April – 21 May 2022

Skills

  • Audition technique
  • Reflection on acting practice

Performance

  • Three public productions
  • Showcase
  • TV showreel
  • Recorded voicereel
 
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Audition Fee£25 first round, £20 second round
2022/23 UK/Republic of Ireland Students Course Fee£13,970 p.a.
2022/23 International Students Course Fee£18,215 p.a.
Trinity Diploma Registration Fee£515

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 grey palette active wear for workshops and dance shoes – allow around £180. In year 3 there will be additional costs for headshots, Spotlight membership and some travel – allow £350. Instruments must be insured and have a hard case.

The Arts Society Greater London Area have generously supported a scholarship for one Actor Musician student commencing their studies in 2021-22. This will be awarded on a balance of financial need and talent. Eligible students will be contacted with further information on how to apply.

In association with the Watermill Theatre, Britain’s powerhouse of music theatre, Mountview offers a student bursary for Actor Musicians, covering 50% of the course fees for three years. The bursary is awarded on talent and financial income.

There are a number of other student bursaries available.

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Students must be able to display a high level of proficiency on at least one instrument.  Formal music or academic qualifications are not essential.

Admission onto the course is by audition. Applicants must be aged 18 years or over at the start of the course.

Mountview recognises that talent cannot always be measured by conventional academic achievement and welcomes applications from people without standard entry qualifications. 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.

First round auditions will take place online. Candidates will need to submit a film of them performing their selected materials. For detailed information on what you need to prepare for auditions and for audition dates visit:

Auditions and Interviews

The combination of strong acting with strong music skills is, for me, absolute gold dust. Audiences love the dexterity, the ensemble and the virtuosity of actor musician companies. Actor musicians are true performing artists.

Peter Rowe - Artistic Director, New Wolsey Theatre

2022 Prospectus