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

Validated by University of East Anglia

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

Three years (full-time)

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

There are a maximum of 38 places available each year and you’ll receive 36 hours’ contact teaching time – including one-to-one singing classes – each week.

The course develops technical skills through practical classes, workshops and performances and is split equally 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’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 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. Students with a USA work visa also have the option of a New York showcase (flights and accommodation costs apply).

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.

All modules are compulsory. You are required 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, devising, audition technique and the third year professional showcase.

You have the opportunity to undertake the Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre (validated by Trinity College London) whilst following the degree training.

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 theory
• Jazz
• Ballet
• Tap
• Movement
• Reflection on acting practice


• Realism project
• Ensemble project
• Song & dance Project

2019/20 Term Dates
Autumn term 2 September 2019 – 14 December 2019
Spring term 6 January  – 3 April 2020
Summer term 20 April – 10 July 2020


• Acting
• Acting for camera
• Actor & text
• Alexander technique
• Stage combat
• Voice
• Sight reading
• Singing
• Jazz
• Ballet
• Tap
• Movement
• Singing
• Music theory
• Acting through song
• 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 2019 – 14 December 2019
Spring term 6 January 2020 – 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
  • £14,700 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 black active wear for workshops, dance shows and practice skirts for female period roles – 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 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.

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, age, ethnic origin, disability, religion and marital/parental status or any comparable grounds.

Audition Information

Musical Theatre candidates take part in a dance class, starting with a full-body warm up and corner exercises before learning and performing a short jazz/modern dance routine. They also perform one of their chosen songs and speeches. We always see all three disciplines – singing, acting and dance – as we think this is imperative in order to see your potential as a musical theatre actor.

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