CERT HE MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE

Qualification | Certificate in Higher Education

Course Leader | Nikki Laurence

Validated by | University of East London (UEL) 

Location | Woking

Course Length | 1 Year, Full-Time
Start Date | September 2022

COURSE OVERVIEW

Italia Conti’s new Cert HE in Musical Theatre Performance is designed to train you in the triple threat skills needed to embark on a full-time degree course in the performing arts.   

  

Our one-year full-time programme delivers an intensive skills training in the disciplines of Singing, Dance and Acting, alongside rigorous audition technique training in all three disciplines, designed to fully prepare you for drama school applications and auditions, and a range of Musical Theatre rehearsal and performance opportunities.   

  

You will be trained in improving performance and audition confidence, audition etiquette, how to prepare for online auditions (self-taping) and rehearsal and performance practice, ready to face the challenges of a variety of performing arts school auditions, and to embark upon your three-year training.  You will train with the same amazing faculty as our degree and diploma students, and benefit from the wealth of knowledge brought to you by a legendary performing arts school that has been training successful artists for 110 years. 

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“I FEEL AS IF I HAVE ALREADY MADE SO MUCH IMPROVEMENT IN A SHORT SPACE OF TIME. I LOVE HOW EQUALLY BALANCED THE COURSE IS, AS I KNOW WITH SOME MUSICAL THEATRE COURSES IT'S HARD TO FIND A BALANCE BETWEEN ALL THREE DISCIPLINES, BUT THIS COURSE REALLY DELIVERS.

Emma Greenman

 
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COURSE STRUCTURE

The programme is organised into modules concerned with the acquisition of core skills in Acting, Singing, Dance and Voice.  These provide the foundation for your training as a Musical Theatre performer, along with multiple classes to hone and perfect your audition technique and preparation, ready to audition for 3-year BA programmes. These core skills are brought together in the Musical Theatre Rehearsal and Performance module where you will learn to apply the skills you have learnt holistically in musical theatre performance, with equal emphasis placed on all three.

ACTING SKILLS

-  Acting Technique

-  Improvisation/Physical Approach to Character

-  Working with Text

-  Voice

 

SINGING SKILLS

-  Individual Singing Lessons

-  Singing Technique

-  Singing Repertoire

-  Ensemble Singing

-  Acting Through Song

DANCE SKILLS

-  Jazz

-  Ballet

-  Contemporary

-  Commercial

-  Tap

 

AUDITION TECHNIQUE

-  Singing

-  Dance

-  Acting

-  Lecture

MUSICAL THEATRE REHEARSAL & PERFORMANCE

-  Musical Theatre Project

   (Early Broadway, Standard Broadway,

   Contemporary Musicals)

-  Dedicated CertHE end of year show

-  Performance in the Conti Carol Concert

 

CONTEXTUAL STUDIES

-  Audition application preparation

-  Skills of critical reflection

-  Musical Theatre contextualisation and practice

 

FEES & FUNDING

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

Audition Fee | £45 (non-refundable)

Deposit | £275 (The deposit is refundable within 14 calendar days of the payment being

               received by Italia Conti but will not be refunded thereafter for non-enrolment. It

               will be held by the School and will be refundable on completion of the course,

               without interest, less any outstanding sums owed by the student to Italia Conti.)

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

For further information, please see our International Applications page.

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Terms and conditions apply upon acceptance to Italia Conti.

FUNDING

The Cert HE course offers the following funding options:

-  Student Finance

-  Private Funding

See Further Funding Info >

AUDITION FEE WAIVER

Italia Conti welcome application for audition fee waivers for those who are eligible.

 

See Audition Fee Wavier >

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ITALIA CONTI IS SUCH AN INCLUSIVE PLACE FOR EVERYONE. THE DIVERSITY ON THE FIRST INTAKE OF STUDENTS FOR THE CERT HE COURSE IS INCREDIBLE AND I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE HOW THIS COURSE BETTERS STUDENTS IN THE YEARS TO COME!”

Ilyzée Boyd-Cox

 
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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY TO CERT HE 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 Cert HE 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 | W313

 

Once applicants have applied for the Cert HE Musical Theatre programme through UCAS they will receive an email from UEL containing a link to Italia Conti's Cert HE 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 26th 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

admissions@italiaconti.co.uk before the 26th 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.





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RECALL AUDITION

ACTING AUDITION


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