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.

2020/21 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.

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


Auditions date for 2020 TBC.

Musical Theatre students will be required to prepare:

2 contrasting songs – one of which must be a pre 1965 legit and the other a contemporary song.

2 monologues – one classical but not necessarily Shakespeare and one modern.

Please ideally choose songs and monologues that reflect your own playing age.

There will be a dance class so please bring appropriate clothing and footwear.

Everyone auditioning will be interviewed by the panel.

This will be an all day audition process

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