Foundation programmes

Foundation Musical Theatre

Applicants will be expected to prepare and take part in:

  • Dance workshop: You will need dance wear (jazz and ballet), please do not bring loose, poor fitting dance wear to these calls.
  • Singing audition: please prepare two contrasting songs, of not more than two minutes each. One song should be from the musical theatre repertoire written prior to 1965.
  • Some candidates may then be invited to stay for the acting audition and interview. In anticipation of this please prepare one contemporary speech from a play written since 1950 of not more than two minutes.

Foundation Acting

Applicants will be expected to prepare and take part in:

  • Four monologues of no more than two minutes each. Two contrasting modern (post 1950) and two classical. Speeches should be in your own accent and ideally close to your own playing age. For classical speeches at least one should be a Shakespeare and the other one pre 1800s. Please be ready to workshop your monologues.
  • Acting workshop (Please bring clothing which you can move in).

Successful candidates will have a recall interview on the same day and be notified via post or email regarding entry.

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BA Actor Musician

Applicants will be expected to prepare and take part in:

  • Acting Workshop: Candidates must prepare one classical speech, preferably by Shakespeare, which is no longer than two minutes.
  • Movement Workshop: You will need dance wear (jazz and ballet), please do not bring loose, poor fitting attire.
  • Singing / Instrumental Workshop: All candidates will be asked to sing and play a piece on their chosen instrument.
    • One song (of your own choice) of no more than two minutes. The song should be chosen to demonstrate vocal strength and effective character portrayal.
    • One solo instrumental piece of between two and three minutes. An accompanist will be available if required; please bring the necessary sheet music.
  • A short interview

The panel will be looking for musicianship, vocal versatility, agility and optimum vocal health. Please note that GSA does not provide instruments and you will need to bring your own. There will be a secure area on the day for you to store your instrument.

BA Musical Theatre

Auditions for the BA Musical Theatre take place in two parts.

If you are successful at your first audition you will be invited to GSA for a second audition.

Your first audition will be a group singing class, which will be led by GSA teaching staff and will include a warm-up section.

Please prepare:

  • One song. This can be any musical theatre song, which is published (i.e. you can get the sheet music for it), and should be no longer than three minutes.
  • The song should be chosen to demonstrate vocal strength and effective character portrayal.

You will be advised of the outcome of your audition either via e-mail or UCAS track within two weeks of your audition.

Further information about your second audition will be sent to you if you are successful at the first audition.

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MA Musical Theatre

The day begins with a dance workshop, then singing and acting auditions.

Please prepare:

  • Two contrasting songs demonstrating your vocal strengths and ability. One song must be from the musical theatre repertoire (not a juke-box show) and the other can be either from a musical or from the pop/rock repertoire.
  • One speech (from a play written after 1900, of not more than two minutes. This should be in your own accent.

BA Acting & MA Acting

Applicants for BA and MA Acting programmes should prepare:

  • One classical monologue of not more than two minutes (pre-1800)
  • One contemporary monologue of not more than two minutes (post-1950)

Speeches should be in your own accent and ideally close to your own playing age.

You may be asked to take part in workshop exercises including theatre games and improvisations, and to take part in other ensemble activities.

You may be asked to re-present your speeches in a different way, so be prepared for this.

You may not be required to perform all of the prepared speeches.

You may also only be required to perform an extract of an audition speech – please be prepared to be flexible in the work you are asked to present.

You may be required to attend a second round audition.

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BA Theatre Production

Candidates will be interviewed by the Programme Leader and/or a Senior Faculty Member. They will be interested to hear about any background you have in drama, your specialist interests and ambitions for the future. If you have a portfolio of work please bring it with you. You will be shown round, and may be able to take part in classes and projects, meet teaching staff and members of the current Theatre Production programme.

BA Theatre & Performance

Offers are usually made on the basis of grades, and take into account the candidate's application more broadly. Suitable candidates will be invited to interview with a core member of the academic team.

Interviews offer us a chance to meet and engage with you on a one-to-one basis, whilst offering you an opportunity to ask any questions that you might have about GSA and the programme.

Those attending in person will also have the opportunity to meet a number of different staff members and students over the course of the day, as part of an Applicant Day, and will be able to experience a sample seminar, a sample workshop, as well as a comprehensive introduction to the programme and GSA’s and the University's facilities

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BA Dance

Offers are normally made in terms of grades. Suitable candidates are invited for an open workshop and interview day during which they take part in Contemporary Dance practices and Choreography workshop.

The day starts with a programme talk by our BA Dance admissions tutor after which Programme Leader and Senior Faculty Members are available for an informal Q&A over lunch.

Interview questions discuss your background in dance, career aspirations and selected works by any one contemporary dance choreographer you are especially interested in.

As part of the day you will be shown around Ivy Arts, PATS, and GSA dance studios, the National Resource Centre for Dance (Main Library), and meet current students on BA Dance programme and Actual Size student-led dance company.