BA (Hons) Performance - Musical Theatre / Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre

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

BA (Hons) Performance - Musical Theatre / Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre
Validated by University of East Anglia / Validated by Trinity College London

Three years (full-time)

Over 25 years ago Mountview created the UK’s first specialist three-year musical theatre course and our alumni continue to dominate the industry.

There is a strictly limited number of places available each year and you’ll receive over 30 hours’ contact teaching time – including one-to-one singing lessons – each week.

The course develops technical skills through practical classes, workshops and performances and is split between the three essential musical theatre skills: acting, singing and dance.

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’ll work on in-house performance projects.

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. Students engage with a range of classic and contemporary plays and musicals from across the globe for example Orphans by Dennis Kelly, Rabbit by Nina Raine, Oklahoma! by Rodgers and Hammerstein, After Juliet by Sharman Macdonald, Fun Home by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori. You will also explore a range of dance styles such as Hip Hop, Latin American, Blues and Folk.

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 and public performance and you’ll present a range of productions in Mountview’s theatres and an industry showcase as well as create a singing voice reel 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
  • Musicianship
  • Jazz
  • Ballet
  • Movement
  • Alexander Technique
  • Research
  • Reflection on Acting Practice

Performance

  • Realism project
  • Ensemble project
  • Song & dance 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
  • Stage combat
  • Voice
  • Singing
  • Jazz
  • Ballet
  • Movement
  • Musicianship
  • Acting through song
  • Career development
  • Reflection on Acting Practice
  • Audition technique

Performance

  • Book musical 1
  • Bespoke text
  • 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

  • Jazz
  • Ballet
  • Singing
  • 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
  • £14,995 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, dance shoes and dancewear – allow around £250. In year 3 there will be additional costs for headshots and Spotlight membership – allow £350.

There are a number of 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.

Funding and Scholarships

Mountview is the drama school that gave me all. Today more than ever when young, scrappy and hungry artists from all backgrounds need their authentic voice heard this school's work means more to me than anything.

Giles Terera - Mountview Alumnus (2018 Olivier Award Winner, Hamilton)

Entry requirements

Applicants must be aged 18 years or over at the start of the course. Admission onto the course is by audition and previous 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 Musical Theatre 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
2020 Prospectus