TRINITY DIPLOMA

MUSICAL THEATRE

Qualification | Diploma

Course Leader | Andrew Waldron, BA (Hons), FHEA, QTLS

Validated by | Trinity College London OR Italia Conti

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

                relocation in 2022, see details here.

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

COURSE OVERVIEW

Level 6 Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre at Italia Conti, is a three-year, full time vocational course, for anyone aged 16+ wishing to become a professional Musical Theatre performer

 

The Level 6 Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre is awarded by Trinity College London and regulated by Ofqual. It is Level 6 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework.

COURSE 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 COULDN'T HAVE ASKED FOR A MORE UNDERSTANDING PLACE TO SPEND THESE CRUCIAL MOMENTS. THE DOOR IS ALWAYS OPEN FOR US TO COME BACK 'HOME' FOR ADVICE, OR EVEN FOR A CUP OF TEA!"

Susannah White

 

COURSE STRUCTURE

The course structure combines professional vocational training with contextual studies, with the emphasis on achieving multi-disciplinary excellence throughout. Students undertake an exciting variety of projects, workshops and performances during their courses. Media Arts are considered a vital part of today's training and students benefit greatly from using the Academy's audio/video/IT facilities. 

DIPLOMA 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

-  Aerial 

-  Tricks

-  Latin

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

-  Aerial

-  Tricks

-  Latin

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

-  Aerial

-  Tricks

-  Latin

-  Audition Prep

 

Professional Musical Theatre Performance Practice

-  2 Fully Staged Musicals

-  Industry Showcase 

 

Workshop

-  Industry workshop

-  Industry Talks (Spotlight, Equity, Agents’ Days

   etc)

 

FEES & FUNDING

Tuition Fees | £15990 per academic year, (paid in advanced

                      termly instalments) 

Trinity College Fee | £220 - £250 (paid per annum, set by Trinity College London)

Audition Fee | £45 (non-refundable)

Deposit | £275 (refundable)

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

For further information, please see our International Applications​ page.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Terms and conditions apply upon acceptance to Italia Conti.

FUNDING

The Diploma course offers the following funding options:

- Private Funding

- Dance and Drama Awards (DaDA)

- Italia Conti Scholarships (including The Boys Scholarship Award)

- Advanced Learner Loans

- Charitable Trusts and Foundations

FURTHER FUNDING INFO >

"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

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ENTRY TO DIPLOMA IN PROFESSIONAL MUSICAL THEATRE REQUIRES THE FOLLOWING:

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

-  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 Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre course can be made using our online application form.

Applicants must complete the form and pay the audition fee (£45) in order to be considered for the course. Upon receiving your application we will contact you with your audition date.

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, the Italia Conti reserves the right to alter or withdraw offers at any point.

 

AUDITION CRITERIA

FIRST ROUND - ONLINE 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.





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 Diplomaauditions@italiaconti.co.uk

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. 

PROGRESSION 

Middlesex University offers a work-based, part-time distance learning course, developed in association with Trinity College London, for graduates of this qualification leading to a BA (Hons) Professional Practice. Graduates may also apply directly for some MA courses.

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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 >