Musical theatre

Cert HE Musical Theatre Performance

Qualification | Certificate of Higher Education

Course Leader | Erica Lawrence

Validated by | University of East London (UEL)

Location | Woking

Course Length | 1 Year, Full-Time

Start Date | September 2024

Course Overview

Italia Conti’s CertHE Musical Theatre Performance is designed to train students in the triple threat skills needed to embark on a full-time degree course in musical theatre and the performing arts.

Our one-year full-time course 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 students for drama school applications and auditions, and a range of Musical Theatre rehearsal and performance opportunities.

Students will be trained in improving performance and audition confidence, audition etiquette, how to prepare for online auditions (including self-taping) and rehearsal and performance practice, ready to face the challenges of a variety of performing arts school auditions, and to embark upon their three-year training. Students will train with the same core faculty that also teach on our degree and diploma courses, and benefit from the wealth of knowledge brought by a world-renowned performing arts school that has been training successful artists since 1911.

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Course Structure

The course is organised into modules concerned with the acquisition of core skills in Acting, Singing, Dance and Voice. These provide the foundation for students’ training as a Musical Theatre performer, along with multiple classes to hone and perfect their 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 students will learn to apply the skills they have learnt holistically in musical theatre performance, with equal emphasis placed on all three.

Fees & funding

Tuition Fees | £9250 per academic year, (paid in advanced termly instalments)
EU Student Fees | £11880 per academic year
International Student Fees | £15000 per academic year (approximately)
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 CertHE course offers the following funding options:

  • Student Finance
  • Private Funding

Audition Fee Waiver

Italia Conti welcomes applications for audition fee waivers for those who are eligible.

Deposit Fee Waiver

Italia Conti welcomes applications for deposit fee waivers for those who are eligible.

  • “The building and staff inside welcome you with open arms, guide you through your training and proudly push you, prepped with the best tools for the job.”

    - Amy Johnson – BA (Hons) Acting Graduate
  • “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 – CertHE in Musical Theatre Performance Graduate
  • “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 – CertHE in Musical Theatre Performance Graduate
  • “The influx of inspiring people flowing through the building creates an atmosphere for greatness and I am honoured to be a part of that.”

    - Posi Morakinyo – Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre Graduate

Entry requirements

Entry to certHe musical theatre performance 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 submit an audition tape where auditionees will be required to demonstrate a variety of skills. Successful applicants will be invited to a recall audition on site. Information about auditions can be found below.

APPLICATION

Application to the Cert HE course is to be made through UCAS only.

UCAS Institution Code | E28
UCAS Course Code | W313

Once applicants have applied for the Cert HE Musical Theatre Performance course 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 course.

Applicants should have completed Italia Conti’s application form and paid the audition fee by the 31st 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 31st 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. Acceptances are dealt with on a first come first serve basis and so early acceptance is advised.

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AUDITION CRITERIA

FIRST ROUND – ONLINE AUDITION

First round applicants will receive the result from their audition submission within 3-4 weeks of receipt. This is to ensure that every submission deserves our full time and attention.

ACTING AUDITION

Auditionees should prepare one speech, no longer than one and a half minutes in length, 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 panel may require a further tape or live-online audition responding to direction.

SINGING AUDITION

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

  • Please ensure that song is cut to one and a half minutes in length
  • Please choose a song that shows your vocal and performance ability and that is suitable for your casting and voice type
  • You may choose a song performed by a character of any gender
  • Please avoid songs that require extreme character voices
  • Please choose a song that demonstrates your skill in acting as well as 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 & 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

Please record yourself performing the following Kicks and Pirouette combination & Jump combination exercises as taught on the video.

SOLO 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.

 


RECALL AUDITION – LIVE

Recall auditions will take place at our Woking campus.

ACTING AUDITION

Auditionees should prepare an additional speech that is contrasting to their first audition piece. Both pieces will be seen at recall. This second speech could be contemporary (after 1990) or classical. Again, this speech should be no longer than one and a half minutes:

  • 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

SINGING AUDITION

Auditionees should prepare two musical theatre songs, each cut to one and a half minutes in length, that they enjoy singing and can sing well:

  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, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin.

  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 song is cut to one and a half minutes in length
  • Please choose a song that shows your vocal and performance ability and that is suitable for your casting and voice type
  • You may choose a song performed by a character of any gender
  • Please avoid songs that require extreme character voices
  • Please choose a song that demonstrates your skill in acting as well as singing
  • 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 ask to hear some additional vocal exercises/scales.

DANCE AUDITION

You will be required to participate in three dance classes at your recall; Ballet, Technical Centre Practice and a class where a set piece of Jazz choreography will be taught. Each class will last 30 minutes.

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.

Interview

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

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