Funding & Scholarships

Dance and Drama Awards

Dance and Drama Awards (DaDA) are scholarships funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency and are awarded to students who display the most potential to succeed in the profession. Only UK/Republic of Ireland students taking an approved Trinity College London qualification are eligible to apply for an award. Awards offer greatly reduced tuition fees and access to an income-assessed student support fund. For further information about the awards and eligibility, visit the DaDA website.

DaDAs are available in 2021/22 for new students starting courses as well as students who are continuing into their second or third year of study. Awards for new students will be income assessed for both school fees and maintenance on the basis of a national scale – with students from lower income families contributing less and those from higher income families contributing more. For more information please visit the DaDA website.

If you are awarded a DaDA, you will not be eligible to apply for a Government Loan i.e. a tuition fee loan or maintenance loan through Student Finance.

Student Loans

Undergraduate students studying at Mountview and who are not in receipt of a Dance and Drama Award may be eligible to apply to the Student Loan Company for support. If awarded a DaDA, then students are not eligible for any part of a student loan.

For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must be studying a qualifying course at an officially recognised Higher Education provider. All undergraduate courses at Mountview meet these criteria under our registration with the Office for Students and under specific course designation from the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW).

Student loans are not available to students who have previously had a loan for another course, or for international students. 

If eligible, you can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover your tuition fees and a maintenance loan to help with your living costs. Please note the student tuition fee loan is up to a maximum of £6,000 and does not cover the whole tuition fee. It is paid directly to Mountview. 

All full-time students can also apply for a maintenance loan to help with their living costs. The exact amount you can borrow will depend on:

  • your household income
  • where you live
  • when your start your course
  • what year of study you’re in
  • what help you get through the maintenance grant

Find out more about student finance

Postgraduate Loans

For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must be studying a qualifying course at an officially recognised Higher Education provider. All MA courses at Mountview meet these criteria under our registration with the Office for Students and under specific course designation from the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW).

Please note that Postgraduate Loans are only available to UK students from Student Finance England and Welsh students through Student Finance Wales. SAAS and Student Finance NI do not fund Postgraduate Loans.

Find out more about postgraduate loans.

SCHOLARSHIPS & BURSARIES

There are a number of bursaries and scholarships available to the most gifted students and those facing financial hardship.

KILN SCHOLARSHIP

The Kiln Scholarship is available to Black students and those from other underrepresented communities studying Theatre Production Arts or Scenic Art and Prop Making. It includes both a contribution to fees and a maintenance grant.

THE ELAINE PAIGE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE

This scholarship has been made possible by the generosity of Elaine Paige OBE and will be awarded to an undergraduate Musical Theatre student for their three years at Mountview. The Scholarship is awarded on a combined basis of merit and financial need.

THE LEVERHULME TRUST SCHOLARSHIP

Funds three full-time Musical Theatre Foundation students each year and includes a maintenance grant.

THE WATERMILL/MOUNTVIEW BURSARY

This bursary is available for Actor Musician students and covers up to 50% of the course fees for three years. It is awarded based on talent and financial need.

THE ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation funds musical theatre scholarships at renowned musical theatre colleges throughout the UK. The Scholarship is awarded on a combined basis of merit and financial need and funds one undergraduate Musical Theatre performer for their three years at Mountview. Auditionees will be informed if they are eligible to apply during the audition process. Eligible students are invited to audition.

THE PETER COXHEAD BURSARY

The Peter Coxhead Bursary is available to FdA and BA (Hons) students in Theatre Production Arts and Scenic Art and Prop Making. Awards are made to a number of students each year as support towards course fees. This bursary is based on financial need.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must have a total family income under £70,000 per annum. Application forms to apply for the scholarship are given to every student who has been offered a place on the course.

CONSTELLATIONS CREATIVES DRAMA STUDENT BURSARY

The Constellation Creatives Drama Student Bursary is awarded by Yellow Earth Theatre Company to encourage and promote greater participation and representation of east Asian actors on stage and screen. This award is given to a drama school student of east Asian origin who a judging panel thinks best demonstrates they have the talent, skills and commitment to succeed as a professional actor.

THE LAURENCE OLIVIER BURSARY

The Society of London Theatre offers these annual bursaries to help 2nd year acting students facing financial difficulty in their final year of training. Mountview is invited to nominate two candidates to audition for this bursary.

THE LIONEL BART FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

The Lionel Bart Foundation was established in 1999 following the death of the renowned writer and composer who is best known for writing the book, music and lyrics of the musical Oliver! The Foundation supports undergraduate students wishing to pursue a career in the theatre. The Lionel Bart Foundation aims to help second and third year students who are suffering financial hardship.

LILIAN BAYLIS AWARD

The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation offers this annual bursary to help 2nd year acting students facing financial difficulty in their final year of training. Mountview is invited to put forward one candidate.

LONSDALE SCHOLAR FOR VOCAL EXCELLENCE

This scholarship has been made possible by the generosity of Mr James Lonsdale. Candidates must show exceptional skill in voice at audition or through course assessments, and shortlisted students will be contacted to discuss the award.

THE SIR JOHN GIELGUD CHARITABLE TRUST

Mountview is invited by The Sir John Gielgud Charitable Trust to nominate one 2nd year acting student facing financial difficulty in their final year of training.

SPOTLIGHT PRIZE

As a member of Drama UK, Mountview nominates one 3rd year graduating student to audition for the Spotlight Prize.

WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF MUSICIANS AWARD

The Worshipful Company of Musicians’ award is given for full-time study on a musical direction course in the UK. It is an award of £5000 and adjudicated by a panel of leading musical directors involved in the industry. The selection is based on relevant skills including conducting, piano accompanying, working with singers, arranging/ orchestration, improvisation and interpersonal skills. In addition to the monetary prize, the recipient will become a Yeoman of the Musicians’ Company.

MAKE A GIFT TO SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS

Mountview is keen to increase the financial support available to our students. If you would like to find out more about the difference your support will make, we warmly invite you to explore our supporter pages or contact Clare McCulloch, Development Manager.