Qualification: Foundation
Course Length: 1 year full time

Foundation Programme in Musical Theatre

The Foundation programme in Musical Theatre aims to nurture and develop skills and techniques for those who aspire to training within either a conservatoire or higher education environment in pursuit of a career within the creative industries.

The programme is delivered over two semesters focussing upon the rudiments of the disciplines required of the contemporary musical theatre performer.

Throughout each semester, the programme focuses upon the delivery of a diverse and extensive range of subjects around the following core subject areas;

Classes are streamed with GSA BA and MA performance programmes based on ability and knowledge.

Guidance and preparation for the selection and delivery of contemporary and classical monologues and song repertoire choices required for auditions onto professional performance programmes. Audition technique is taught in group and one to one sessions.

Understanding and analysing narrative through conveying truth and circumstance within the context of music and lyrics. 

Students will develop approaches and techniques to acting and text analysis through the study and practice of contemporary and classical scenes.

A range of skills based classes are delivered within the programme. These will include:

  • Voice
  • Singing
  • One to one Singing Tutorials

Workshops and masterclasses will be delivered by West End professionals and by faculty members from fellow conservatoires and other training institutions on their courses to ensure students are fully informed about the further training options available to them.

Students are offered support and guidance for the submission of applications to conservatoires and higher education institutions.

In Semester two, the students will perform in a professionally supported Showcase of work within one of GSA’s performance venues.

2019 entry requirements

We do not require any further education qualifications and we can accept students aged 18 and over.

Please bear in mind that if you are planning to progress to drama school or university after the Foundation Course you may need to have the necessary qualifications to meet their entry requirements.

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent)

IELTS minimum overall: 6.5

IELTS minimum by component: 6.0

The Foundation course tuition fees are £9000 for the academic year which have to be paid in 3 instalments: £3000 upon acceptance of the offer, £3000 by 1st September and £3000 by 1st January.

Please note that government loans are not available for this course.

Auditions

Our auditions start in February 2019. Please apply for more details.

Acting students will be required to prepare:

Two monologues of no more than 2 to 3 minutes each. One contemporary/modern (post 1950) and one Shakespeare.

The speeches should be contrasting and in your own accent. Ideally the characters you choose should be close to your own playing age. 

Auditionees will be required to take part in both a movement and acting workshop, so please bring comfortable clothing and footwear which will enable you to move freely.

The audition process/session will last approximately 2 hours.     

Successful candidates will be notified via email.

Offers are made following success at audition and interview.

Students who have completed the programme application form will be sent a link to book their audition online. Please note there is an audition fee of £45.

The Foundation Musical Theatre programme is both an innovative and intensive course for the aspiring musical theatre performer led and taught by GSA’s highly skilled and trained tutors and industry professionals.

Graduates of the Foundation Musical Theatre programme have been awarded places at; Arts Ed, Mountview, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Bird College, GSA, London School of Musical Theatre, Tisch School of the Arts (NYU), Urdang Academy and Laine Theatre Arts.

Programme leader Gerry Tebbutt

This programme does not hold a TIER Sponsor licence