BA (Hons) PERFORMANCE – ACTOR MUSICIANSHIP / Diploma in Professional Acting

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

BA (Hons) PERFORMANCE – ACTOR MUSICIANSHIP / Diploma in Professional Acting
Validated by University of East Anglia / Validated by Trinity College London

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.

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 contact 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, world theatre 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 public performance and you’ll work with professional directors to present a range of productions, 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.

Course Content

2020/21 Term Dates
Autumn term 15 October – 18 December 2020
Spring term 4 January – 26 March 2021
Summer term 6 April – 9 July 2021

NB There is no teaching on the Easter Weekend (2-5 April) or May Bank Holidays

2021/22 Term Dates
Autumn term TBC
Spring term TBC
Summer term TBC

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

2020/21 Term Dates
Autumn term 14 September – 18 December 2020
Spring term 4 January – 1 April 2021
Summer term 19 April – 9 July 2021

NB There is no teaching on the Easter Weekend (2-5 April) or May Bank Holidays

2021/22 Term Dates
Autumn term TBC
Spring term TBC
Summer term TBC

 

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

2020/21 Term Dates
Autumn term 7 September – 18 December 2020
Spring term 4 January – 1 April 2021
Summer term 6 April – 14 May 2021

NB There is no teaching on the Easter Weekend (2-5 April) or May Bank Holidays

2021/22 Term Dates
Autumn term TBC
Spring term TBC
Summer term TBC

Skills

  • Audition technique
  • Reflection on acting practice

Performance

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

Fees

  • Audition Fee
  • £20 first round, £25 second round
  • 2021/22 UK/Republic of Ireland Students Course Fee
  • £13,695 p.a.
  • 2021/22 International Students Course Fee
  • £17,860 p.a.
  • Trinity Diploma Registration Fee
  • £505*
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*Trinity Diploma Registration Fee – correct as of academic year 20/21. Fee TBC for academic year 21/22.

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.

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

There are a number of other student bursaries available.

Following Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, we are currently reviewing the fee status of EU citizens applying for training at Mountview in September 2021. We will update the information on the page as soon as possible.

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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

Entry requirements

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.

Audition Information

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
2021 Prospectus