Qualification: Foundation
Course Length: 1 year full time
2022/23 applications opening soon

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 £10,100 for the academic year which have to be paid in 3 instalments: £3,000 upon acceptance of the offer (to be paid within two weeks of offer being made), £3,550 by 1st September and £3,550 by 1st January.

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

GSA are offering up to 4 fully funded places (Bursaries) to the value of up to £10,100 each to students who enrol upon either the Foundation Acting or Foundation Musical Theatre programmes for 2021-22 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.  Eligibility criteria are set out below. 

Applicants will also need to audition and demonstrate that they have the potential to benefit from the training that the Foundation Acting or Foundation Musical Theatre programmes offer.

Applications are now closed.


Applicants must complete both steps 1 and 2 listed below.

  1. Applicants must have applied or will be required to apply for either the GSA Foundation Acting or GSA Foundation Musical Theatre programmes for the 2021-22 academic year via the link here: Foundation Programmes | GSA - Guildford School of Acting (gsauk.org)
  1. To apply for a Bursary (ie a fully funded place) please complete the form here: https://surrey.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/gsa-foundation-musical-theatre-foundation-acting-bursari

Applicants will be required to submit a self-tape as part of the application process. 


To be eligible to apply for a bursary, applicants must meet at least ONE of the criteria listed below:

  • From a Low Participation Neighbourhoods (defined as POLAR4 Quintiles 1 and 2 by OfS*)
  • From an area of high deprivation (Index of Multiple Deprivation, IMD Quintile 1 & 2**)
  • From a Black or Asian ethnic group
  • Care experienced students
  • Estranged students

*You can check whether you live a Low Participation Neighbourhood by using our online postcode look up toolTo be eligible your postcode must be Quintile 1 or 2 against POLAR 4 (see table on map).

** You can check your postcode's IMD score using this online look up toolTo be eligible your postcode needs a 1 - 4 in column F.

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 2021 Foundation Audition Requirements please click here

Applications are closed for entry 2021.

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.