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 30 hours of direct teaching time each week and taking place with a maximum of 16 students per class, this postgraduate acting course delivers focused, culturally engaged, practical performer training.

Over the first two terms, you will undertake rigorous skills training split equally between the three essential musical theatre skills: acting, singing and dance, including one-to-one singing lessons. In each term skills work is then put into practice in performance projects including a non-musical modern text, classic and contemporary book musicals and original devised work.

Lectures and seminars centre on devising, autobiographical and solo performance and theories and practice including: intersectional feminist, postdramatic, queer and critical race theories, socio/political theatre practices and the performance of knowledge. These sessions alongside one-to-one tutorials support the development of your Creative Project, an original piece focusing on an area of performance practice of your choosing, performed at the end of the second term.

In the third term, you’ll perform in a professional showcase for agents, casting directors and other prominent industry professionals, as well as a fully staged public production of a musical. In your third term you’ll also work closely with Mountview’s Industry Liaison Manager to prepare for life as a working actor.

Our miniseries ‘& Performance’ explores the Mountview MA Performance programme and how performance training can be complemented by critical engagement with theory – watch here.

This course will run subject to re-approval by the University of East Anglia (UEA). This means the course is currently going through UEA’s process to confirm the course will lead to a UEA award.  Course re-approval will take place in June 2022 and is expected to be confirmed by August 2022. All courses validated by UEA are revalidated every five years through this re-approval process.


2021/22 Term Dates
Autumn term
24 September – 17 December 2021
Spring term
10 January – 14 April 2022
Summer term
21 April – 23 July 2022
Writing up period (MA only) 23 July – 31 August 2022

NB There is no teaching on the Easter Weekend (15-20 April) or May Bank Holidays

Skills

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

Performance

  • Open space
  • Modern text
  • Book musical 1

MA Creative Project

  • Seminars
  • Lectures
  • One-to-one tutorials

2021/22 Term Dates
Autumn term
24 September – 17 December 2021
Spring term
10 January – 14 April 2022
Summer term
21 April – 23 July 2022
Writing up period (MA only) 23 July – 31 August 2022

NB There is no teaching on the Easter Weekend (15-20 April) or May Bank Holidays

Skills

  • Acting
  • Acting for camera
  • Recorded voice
  • Classical text
  • Improvisation
  • Voice
  • Acting through song
  • Dance & movement
  • Singing & music

Performance

  • Scene into song
  • Book musical 2

MA Creative Project

  • Seminars
  • Lectures
  • One-to-one tutorials
  • Creative project
  • Performance

2021/22 Term Dates
Autumn term
24 September – 17 December 2021
Spring term
10 January – 14 April 2022
Summer term
21 April – 23 July 2022
Writing up period (MA only) 23 July – 31 August 2022

NB There is no teaching on the Easter Weekend (15-20 April) or May Bank Holidays

Skills

  • Industry engagement
  • Career development

Performance

  • Showcase
  • Public production
  • Devised musical project

MA Creative Project

  • Written submission
 
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USEFUL INFO

Audition Fee£25 first round, £20 second round
2022/23 UK Students Course Fee£18,785
2022/23 International Students Course Fee£21,515

Fees are subject to annual review. 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. Headshots and Spotlight membership – allow around £350.

Mountview works with all students to discuss funding options.

Funding and Scholarships

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.

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

My year in Mountview was a big turning point in my life. The MA Musical Theatre course not only taught me the performance skills I needed to navigate through the industry but also provided me a diverse community of creatives who I still collaborate and work with until today.

Melisa Camba, Mountview Alumna

2022 Prospectus