MA PERFORMANCE – MUSICAL THEATRE

Validated by University of East Anglia

MA PERFORMANCE – MUSICAL THEATRE
Validated by University of East Anglia

One year (full-time)

Mountview is recognised as one of the best places in the world to train for a career in musical theatre.

There are only 32 places available each year. With over 36 hours of contact teaching time each week and taking place with a maximum of 16 students per class this postgraduate acting course delivers focused, hands-on training.

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

Over the first two terms you’l l take skills classes and receive one-to-one singing lessons. These are complemented by performance projects including work on a non-musical modern text and contemporary and classic book musicals. You will prepare for an MA creative project through a series of seminars.

In the final term, you’ll present a fully staged public production and professional showcase attended by agents, casting directors and other prominent industry professionals.

In the third term you will also work closely with Mountview’s Industry Liaison Manager to prepare for life as a working actor.

Assessment is based on work throughout the course.

Course Content

2020/21 Term Dates
Autumn term
4 September – 11 December 2020
Spring term 5 January – 1 April 2021
Summer term 19 April – 23 July 2021

Skills

  • Acting
  • Improvisation
  • Approaches to text
  • Voice
  • Dance & movement
  • Singing & music

Performance

  • Open space
  • Modern text
  • Book musical 1

MA Creative Project

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials

2020/21 Term Dates
Autumn term
4 September – 11 December 2020
Spring term 5 January – 1 April 2021
Summer term 19 April – 23 July 2021

Skills

  • Acting
  • Classical scene work
  • Acting for camera
  • Recorded voice
  • Voice
  • Dance & movement
  • Singing & music

Performance

  • Scene into song
  • Book musical 2

MA Creative Project

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials

2020/21 Term Dates
Autumn term
4 September – 11 December 2020
Spring term 5 January – 1 April 2021
Summer term 19 April – 23 July 2021

Skills

  • Audition technique
  • Career development

Performance

  • Devised musical workshop
  • Showcase
  • Public production

MA Creative Project

  • Creative project presentation & submission of project map

Fees

  • Audition Fee
  • £45/£35 (Early bird rate)
  • 2020/21 UK/EU Students Course Fee
  • £18,055
  • 2020/21 International Students Course Fee
  • £20,680
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Fees are subject to annual review. 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 £600.

Mountview works with all students to discuss funding options.

Funding and Scholarships

Entry requirements

Admission onto the course is by audition. Applicants must be aged 21 years or over at the start of the course. Students who do not hold an undergraduate degree will need to undertake an access assignment to establish suitability for undertaking the MA.

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

Musical Theatre candidates all have a morning of singing and dance auditions. Select candidates asked to stay for second-round auditions and an interview in the afternoon.

For detailed information on what you need to prepare for auditions and for audition dates visit: 

Auditions and Interviews
2020 Prospectus