BA (HONS)

MUSICAL THEATRE

Qualification | Degree

Course Leader | Dan Fulham

Validated by | University of East London (UEL)

Location | Currently Academy (Barbican) OR Arts Centre (Guildford) but subject to

                relocation in 2022, see details here.

Programme Length | 3 Years, Full-Time
Start Date | September 2021

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

BA (Hons) Musical Theatre at Italia Conti is a three-year, full time vocational course for anyone aged 18+ wishing to become a professional performer in Musical Theatre.

 

The programme is validated by University of East London (UEL). Full government funding is available through Student Finance England for Home students.

PROGRAMME SUMMARY

Training to be a professional performer in Musical Theatre requires many things:​

-  Dedication and determination​

-  Skills in Acting, Singing and Dancing

-  The ability to think, to research, to analyse and to critique your own work

-  Bravery: emotional and physical

That said, training to be a professional Musical Theatre performer is one of the most exciting and rewarding journeys that you will ever take and, if you want to take that journey, then we believe that there is nowhere better to take it, than here at Italia Conti. ​

 

There is a reason why Italia Conti is one of the most recognised names in performing arts training. For over a century we have helped students to fulfil their potential as performers and as people and to work at the very highest level in every aspect of the performing arts industry.​ We provide a programme of training that takes account of industry needs and current teaching and learning trends.

Italia Conti graduates can be seen on stage and screen in the UK and internationally. ​We have graduates working in the West End and on Broadway in musicals and in plays, in national and international tours, in cabarets and on cruise ships.​ We have graduates working in Film and in Television. We have produced some of the UK’s top recording artists - solo artists and band members.

Italia Conti has a proven track record of nurturing talent at the very highest level - which is why Ofsted has rated us ‘Outstanding’ for the quality our training.​ Italia Conti will help you to be the best version of you that you can be.

 

"I CANNOT CREDIT ITALIA CONTI ENOUGH FOR TAKING A

RISK ON ME BY GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRAIN IN THEIR ESTABLISHMENT, BUILDING ME INTO A SUCCESSFUL PERFORMER AND A BETTER MAN. THE LEVEL OF VERSATILITY I POSESS IS DOWN TO THE VARIETY OF TRAINING ITALIA CONTI PUT ON THEIR STUDENTS. NO WORDS CAN DESCRIBE MY GRATITUDE FOR EACH AND EVERY PERSON THAT HAD INVOLVEMENT IN

MY DEVELOPMENT."

Cecil Thomas

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The programme is organised into modules with various modes of assessment. 

At Level 4 these modules are concerned with the acquisition of core skills in Acting, Singing, Dance and Voice and provide the foundation for your training as a Musical Theatre Performer. These core skills are brought together in the Musical Theatre Performance Practice Module where you will learn to apply the skills you have learnt holistically in a musical theatre performance, with equal emphasis placed on all three.

At Level 5 these core skills become more advanced and more integrated. More project work is introduced, in which the three core disciplines become completely interdependent.

At Level 6 the emphasis becomes preparing you for a career as a professional Musical Theatre performer. You will perform in two fully staged musicals, a West End Showcase and the Italia Conti Summer Show. You will continue your training in Acting, Singing, Dance and Voice and, for your dissertation, will be required to create a practical piece of Musical Theatre performance.

 

At Level 6, audition technique will be honed in the three core disciplines, to ensure that, when you leave, you have all the skills necessary to embark upon a successful professional career.

BA (HONS) SPECIFICATION >

YEAR 1 (Level 4)

Foundation Acting Skills

-  Acting Technique

-  Scene Study

-  Improvisation

-  Commedia dell’ Arte

-  Practical Voice & Text

-  Speech & Accent

 

Foundation Singing Skills

-  Individual Singing Lessons

-  Technique

-  Repertoire

-  Ensemble Singing

-  Music Theory

 

Foundation Dance Skills

-  Jazz

-  Ballet

-  Contemporary

-  Commercial

-  Tap

Foundation Musical Theatre Performance Practice

-  Musical Theatre Project

   (Early Broadway, Standard Broadway,

   Contemporary Musicals)

-  Acting through Song

 

Contextual Studies

-  Skills of the performer

-  Study Skills

-  Contextualising Musical Theatre

-  Naturalism

 

Workshop

-  Industry workshop

YEAR 2 (Level 5)

Advanced Acting Skills

-  Scene Study

-  Stage Combat

-  Practical Voice & Text

-  Speech & Accent

Advanced Singing Skills

-  Individual Singing Lessons 

-  Technique

-  Repertoire

-  Ensemble Singing

-  Audition Technique

 

Advanced Dance Skills

-  Jazz

-  Ballet

-  Contemporary

-  Commercial

-  Tap

Advanced Musical Theatre Practice

-  Musical Theatre Project

  (Jukebox Musical, Sondheim, Fosse)

-  Swing Project

-  Acting through Song

Advanced Contextual Studies

-  Skills of the performer

-  Study Skills

-  Contextualising Musical Theatre

-  Shakespeare

-  Creating a musical​

 

Workshop

-  Industry workshop

YEAR 3 (Level 6)

Professional Preparation, Practice & Development in Acting

-  Showcase

-  Audition Prep

-  Acting

-  Practical Voice & Text

-  Speech & Accent

-  Screen Acting

 

Professional Preparation, Practice & Development in Singing

-  ​Individual Singing Lessons

-  Singing Technique & Repertoire

-  Ensemble Singing

-  Audition Prep

Professional Preparation, Practice & Development in Dance

-  Jazz

-  Ballet

-  Contemporary

-  Commercial

-  Tap

-  Audition Prep

 

Professional Musical Theatre Performance Practice

-  2 Fully Staged Musicals

-  Industry Showcase 

 

Dissertation

-  Study Skills

-  Practical Skills Performance

 

Workshop

-  Industry workshop

-  Industry Talks (Spotlight, Equity, Agents’

   Days etc)

 

FEES & FUNDING

UK Tuition Fees | £9250 per academic year, (paid in advanced termly instalments)

Audition Fee | £45 (non-refundable)

Deposit | £275 (refundable within 14 calendar days of the payment being received but                     not if you have already started the course)

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

For further information, please see our International Applications page.

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Terms and conditions apply upon acceptance to Italia Conti.

FUNDING

The BA (Hons) course offers the following funding options:

-  Student Finance

-  Private Funding

FURTHER FUNDING INFO >

"HAVING THE MOST SUPPORTIVE FACULTY (MANY OF WHICH ARE WORKING PROFESSIONALS), WHO ARE ALWAYS PUSHING YOU TO BE THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF HAS MADE MY TRANSITION INTO THE INDUSTRY A SEAMLESS ONE."

Awen Jones

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY TO BA (HONS) MUSICAL THEATRE REQUIRES THE FOLLOWING:

-  18+ by the 31st August in the year of entry​.

-  Level 2 English and Maths at GCSE Grade 4 or above or recognised equivalent

   qualifications. 

-  64 UCAS points or admission through recognition of non standard entry

   qualifications/experience:

  • A level: CC

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: MPP

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: MM

  • Access to HE Diploma: M = 15 credits, P = 30 credits

-  IELTS Level 6

-  Legal right to reside/study in the UK for the full period of the programme.

-  Successful audition through Italia Conti, details of which can be found below.

-  Evidence in hard copy of all the above must be provided.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

After completing the application process you will be invited to attend one of our audition days where you will be required to demonstrate a variety of skills. Information about auditions can be found below.​

 

APPLICATION

Application to the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre course is to be made through UCAS only. Please note that our listing on UCAS is shown as University of East London (UEL) - Musical Theatre.

UCAS Institution Code | E28    

UCAS Course Code | W312

 

Once applicants have applied for the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre programme through UCAS they will receive an email from UEL containing a link to Italia Conti's BA (Hons) application form. Applicants must complete this form and pay the audition fee (£45) in order to be considered for the course. Applicants cannot apply through UCAS alone for this programme.

Applicants should have completed Italia Conti's application form and paid the audition fee by the 19th January in the year of application in order to be considered for audition. 

Applicants who have applied through UCAS and who have not received an email containing a link to Italia Conti's application form should contact

auditions@italiaconti.co.uk before the 19th January in the year of application. 

Audition fees are non-refundable. These fees act as both an administration fee for processing your application as well as a non-refundable deposit for a place on an audition day.

In line with our admissions policy, Italia Conti reserves the right to alter or withdraw offers at any point. Places on our courses are limited; it is usual for drama schools to make more offers than there are places. Acceptances are dealt with on a first come first serve basis and so early acceptance is advised.

 

AUDITION CRITERIA

FIRST ROUND - ONLINE AUDITION

Due to the volume and standard of applications received this year, Italia Conti need to extend our turnaround time for us to inform candidates of their result. Any first round applicant will receive the result from their audition submission within to 3-4 weeks of receipt. We apologise for the delay but every submission deserves our full time and attention.

AUDITION OUTCOMES

Unsuccessful auditionees are entitled to feedback should they require it,  and should contact the Admissions team by email to musicaltheatre@italiaconti.co.uk.

ACTING AUDITION


Auditionees should prepare one speech, no longer than one and a half minutes long, from a Contemporary British Play written after 1990.

· Ensure your speech is from a published play; it should not be an extract from a poem, novel, film or television script

· Please choose a character close to your own age

· Please perform your speech in your native accent

· You may choose a speech from any gender

· Auditionees should wear comfortable fitted rehearsal wear that best represents you and/or helps with your characterisation

· In a minority of instances, the panel may require a further tape with the auditionee responding to direction




SINGING AUDITION


Auditionees should prepare a song, no longer than one minute in length, that they enjoy singing and can sing well.

· Please ensure that song is cut to one minute in length

· Please choose a song that shows you off and that is suitable for your casting and voice type

· You may choose a song from any gender

· Please avoid songs that require extreme character voices

· Please choose a song that demonstrates your skill in acting as well as your singing

· Auditionees should wear comfortable, fitted rehearsal wear that best represents you and/or helps with your characterisation

· In a minority of instances panel may require a further tape responding to direction from our Head of Music & Head of Singing


Please ensure that the recording is a true reflection of your acoustic singing voice. Do not edit the audio or add any effects to the recording in any way. Please record the audio using the video camera device so you capture an accurate and unaltered recording of how the voice sounds in a room.




DANCE AUDITION


Auditionees should prepare one dance piece in your preferred style, no longer than one minute. This should showcase your strengths and highlight any special skills.

Required dress:

Please wear tight fitting clothing to allow the panel to see your movement fully.





ONLINE RECALL AUDITION

ACTING AUDITION


Auditionees should prepare one speech, no longer than one and a half minutes as a self-tape:

  1. Contrasting Monologue to your first round audition from a Play

Either a modern speech (anything written after 1880) or a classical speech, from a play, which provides a contrast to your contemporary speech.

· Ensure speeches are from published plays; they should not be extracts from poems, novels, films or television scripts.

· Please choose characters close to your own age

· Please perform your speeches in your native accent

· You may choose a speech from any gender

· Auditionees should wear clothing that best represents you and/or helps with your characterisation.

· In a minority of instances panel may require a further tape responding to direction.




SINGING AUDITION


Auditionees should prepare and video-record two musical theatre songs, each cut to one minute in length, that they enjoy singing and can sing well as a self-tape:

  1. One Golden Age Lyrical song (c. pre-1965)

Suggested composers/lyricists can include: Rodgers and Hammerstein, Rodgers and Hart, Cole Porter, Learner and Leowe, Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Weill, Jerome Kern, Frank Loesser.

  1. One Traditional or Contemporary Musical Theatre song (c post-1965)

Suggested composers/lyricists can include; Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Alan Menken, Boubil and Schonberg, Jason Robert Brown, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Kander and Ebb, Jule Styne, Cy Coleman, Marvin Hamlisch, Tom Kitt, Laurence O’Keefe, Jerry Bock.

Please ensure that the recording is a true reflection of your acoustic singing voice. Do not edit the audio or add any effects to the recording in any way. Please record the audio using the video camera device so you capture an accurate and unaltered recording of how the voice sounds in a room.

· Please ensure that each song is cut to one minute in length

· Please choose a song that shows you off and that is suitable for your casting and voice type

· You may choose a song written for any gender

· Please avoid songs that require extreme character voices

· Please choose a song that demonstrates your skill in acting as well as your singing

· Auditionees should wear clothing that best represents you and/or helps with your characterisation.

· In a minority of instances panel may require a further tape responding to direction from our Head of Music & Head of Singing




DANCE AUDITION


Auditionees will be required to participate in one online class.

You will be required to perform two previously learnt exercises on which direction will be given.

You will also be required to learn and perform a short dance combination.

BALLET

Auditionees will be required to have previously learnt the Plie exercise below:

Please learn the Ballet exercise below from 8 minutes 22 seconds. Prior to this, the exercise is taught in full by our Head of Ballet.

TECHNICAL CENTRE PRACTICE AUDITION

Auditionees will be required to have previously learnt the Jazz sequence below:

Please learn the Jazz sequence below from 9 minutes 50 seconds. Prior to this, the sequence is taught in full by our Head of Dance.

FREE DANCE CLASS

This will be a routine based dance class to show personal style, pick up skills, dynamics and performance.

Required dress:

Jazz shoes or trainers that are suitable for dance (i.e. no Converse or similar fashion shoes that are not designed for dance). No loose clothing or jewellery is permitted.

NB. All auditionees must conduct their own full independent physical warm up before they arrive to the online dance element of the audition.




INTERVIEW


During the day you will be invited for a short online interview with a member of the Senior Leadership/Senior Management team.





 

CAREER PROSPECTS

INDUSTRY LINKS

Regular workshop sessions are held to give students the opportunity to work with directors, choreographers and industry professionals whilst training. Second and third year students also have to opportunity to join the Italia Conti Agency and undertake professional work should the opportunity arise. During the 3rd year students take part in their final Showcase whereby agents are invited, and Italia Conti has connections with many of these. 

ALUMNI & GRADUATE SUCCESS

With over 107 years of Italia Conti history, our graduates populate the performance industries and include many famous faces. Recent graduates can be seen working on prestigious productions in all areas of the industry.

ALUMNX SUCCESS >