Validated by University of East Anglia

2 or 3 year options

Mountview’s vocational, hands-on courses in sound have seen graduates go on to be production sound engineers and sound designers in the West End, across the UK and internationally.

What sets Mountview apart from other drama schools is that you get vast experience working on musicals, mixing sound for West End-size casts.

We offer three training levels: a two-year Foundation Degree (FdA) which provides a fast-track training and a three-year BA (Hons) with greater experience and the possibility of design roles. For students with previous experience who are looking to formalise their skills and develop industry contacts we also offers a one-year Diploma specialising in sound.

Our practical training runs over 30 hours per week, 36 weeks per year. You’ll begin with workshops covering core skills in all areas of production arts before moving quickly on to practical show roles.

Strong emphasis is placed on learning through practice. There is continuous assessment of coursework and practical show roles throughout. All modules are compulsory.

Students gain first-hand experience of working alongside industry professionals including sound designers, engineers, radio mic fitters and programmers.

Sound training covers:

  • Hands-on training with contemporary sound equipment
  • Studio skills including recording and editing technology and techniques
  • Understanding and designing sound systems
  • Rigging and balancing sound systems
  • Prepping, fitting and monitoring radio mic systems
  • Programming and mixing industry standard sound desks on plays and musicals
  • Networking, soldering and other skills needed by the modern production professional
  • Sound design for plays and musicals (BA only)

‘The Sound of Mountview’ – watch here.

‘What Does A Sound Student Do?’ – watch here.

Read an interview with one of our Sound students here.

BA (Hons)

2021/22 TERM DATES
Autumn term 10 September – 17 December 2021
Spring term
10 January – 9 April 2022
Summer term
21 April – 15 July 2022


  • Introduction to key practical & research skills
  • Production skills: lighting, sound, stage management & applied arts
  • Scenography & applied practice
  • Professional career development


  • Assistant level role/s on public productions

2021/22 TERM DATES
Autumn term 6 September – 18 December 2021
Spring term
4 January – 14 April 2022
Summer term
21 April – 16 July 2022


  • Masterclasses & advanced technical lessons further developing key sound production skills
  • Professional career development
  • Work based learning (FdA only)


  • Deputy level role/s on four to six public productions

2021/22 TERM DATES
Autumn term 6 September – 18 December 2021
Spring term
4 January – 14 April 2022
Summer term 21 April – 27 May 2022


  • Professional development, career planning, websites, CV writing, mock interviews & work placements
  • Specialist practical research project


  • Lead sound roles on public productions including sound design and mixing work if appropriate
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Application FeeFree
2022/23 UK/Republic of Ireland Students Course Fee£9,930 p.a.
2022/23 International Students Course Fee£18,215 p.a.

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: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (boots, hard hat, gloves, reflective bibs) and transport – allow around £250.

The Peter Coxhead Bursary supports two FdA and BA (Hons) students in Theatre Production Arts for their three years of study. This bursary is based on financial need.

Mountview works with all students to discuss funding options.

Funding and Scholarships

Applicants must be aged 18 years or over at the start of the course. Entry is based on an interview at which you will be invited to talk about previous experience, interests and inspiration. There are no formal academic entry requirements, 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

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.

For Theatre Production Arts candidates there is a short online interview at which they can talk about their interests, influences and production arts experience.

Auditions and Interviews

2022 Prospectus