Qualification: Foundation
Course Length: 1 year full time
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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, delivered over three terms, focuses on the different disciplines required of the contemporary musical theatre performer and delivers a diverse and extensive range of subjects around the following core 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 term three, the students will perform in a professionally supported Showcase of work within one of GSA’s performance venues.

"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

2022/23 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 4+ or above (or equivalent)

IELTS minimum overall: 6.5

IELTS minimum by component: 6.0

The Foundation course tuition fees are £9,250 for the academic year which have to be paid in 3 instalments: £1,250 upon acceptance of the offer (to be paid within two weeks of offer being made), £4,000 by 1st September and £4,000 by 1st January.

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

GSA are offering up to 8 bursaries of £5,000 (fee reduction, not a cash award) to students who enrol upon the Foundation in Musical Theatre programme for the 2022-23 academic year.

These Bursaries are being offered to those who might not otherwise be able to participate in a programme of study at GSA, to support those from either economically disadvantaged or under-represented groups in Higher Education. 

When applying you will also be given an opportunity to include a personal statement (of up to 300 words) on why the bursary would be of benefit to you.

To apply:

  1. Applicants must first apply for the Foundation in Musical Theatre programme.
  2. Applicants to the programmes will be required to audition and demonstrate that they have the potential to benefit from the training that the Foundation in Musical Theatre programme offers. Information on this process will be sent directly to applicants.
  3. All applicants will be sent a link to apply for a bursary – you do not need to request this. 

Applications are currently open and will close on Monday 18th July 2022 at 9am.

Please note that the programme does not hold a TIER 4 Sponsor licence and hence we are unable to sponsor students who require TIER 4 visas


For 2022 Foundation Audition Requirements please click here

2022/23 applications are now open!

Applications close 09:00 on Monday 18 July 2022

First round auditions are £15

Once you have completed the programme application form, you will be sent a link to book your audition online.

Successful candidates will be notified via email.