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.

Our MA is aimed at students with a previous degree (in any subject) and some experience in musical performance. There are only 32 places available each year and students receive over 36 hours’ contact teaching time each week. There are a maximum of 16 students per class.

The MA develops technical skills through practical classes, workshops and performances and is split equally between the three essential musical theatre skills: singing, dancing and acting. All students receive one-to-one singing classes each week.

Over the first two terms you will take skills classes. These are complemented by performance projects including contemporary and classic book musicals.

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. American students have the option of a showcase in New York (flights and accommodation costs apply).

Across the year you will prepare for your MA on a performance-related subject of their choice through lectures and tutorials. This is presented as a creative project, backed up with a written project map.

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

Course Content

Assessment is based on work throughout the course. If you wish to complete the MA you’ll prepare for a creative project through a series of seminars. The MA module is not compulsory and if you don’t wish to take it you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma.

Autumn term tbc
Spring term tbc
Summer term tbc

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

Assessment is based on work throughout the course. If you wish to complete the MA you’ll prepare for a creative project through a series of seminars. The MA module is not compulsory and if you don’t wish to take it you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma.

Autumn term tbc
Spring term tbc
Summer term tbc

Skills

  • 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

Assessment is based on work throughout the course. If you wish to complete the MA you’ll prepare for a creative project through a series of seminars. The MA module is not compulsory and if you don’t wish to take it you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma.

Autumn term tbc
Spring term tbc
Summer term tbc

Skills

  • Audition technique
  • Career development

Performance

  • Devised musical workshop
  • Showcase
  • Public production

MA Creative Project

  • Creative project presentation and submission of project map

Fees

  • Audition Fee
  • £45.00
  • UK/EU Students
  • £17,350
  • International Students
  • £19,875
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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 £500

Mountview works with all students to discuss funding options.

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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, 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: 

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2018 Prospectus