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

Validated by University of East Anglia

BA (Hons) PERFORMANCE – ACTOR MUSICIANSHIP / 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 Musicianship course develops these dual skills to the highest level, creating graduates who combine skills in acting and music in their professional lives.

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

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 musicianship 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).

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
• Improvisation
• Actor & text
• Voice
• Speech
• Singing
• Music
• Music theory & repertoire
• Movement & dance
• Reflection on acting practice


• Realism project
• Ensemble project
• Music & text project

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


• Classic book musical
• Modern play
• Shakespeare
• Modern book musical
• Devised dance

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
• Showcase
• TV showreel
• Recorded voice


  • 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
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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 headshots, student membership to Spotlight, black active wear for workshops and rehearsals and practice skirts for period roles (women only) – allow around £180. In year 3 there will be additional costs for headshots and Spotlight membership.

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, with all auditionees considered.

There are a number of other 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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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 have a good level of skill in at least one musical instrument – equivalent to ABRSM Grade 5 standard – although 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, age, ethnic origin, disability, religion and marital/parental status or any comparable grounds.

Audition Information

Undergraduate Actor Musicianships 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. Actor Musicians must also prepare two instrumental performance pieces.

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