Foundation in Musical Theatre

Cert HE Musical Theatre

Course Overview

Our full time foundation course in Musical Theatre develops your skill and confidence in all three of the essential disciplines required for this demanding training. Delivered by tutors from our BA course and designed by Chris Hocking, the Principal of ArtsEd, this course is an excellent foundation for progression into a full-time training course.

Ensuring that you excel in all three disciplines our Full Time Foundation includes intensive one-to-one singing tuition, ensemble dance training in jazz and ballet and bespoke audition preparation. Throughout the course you will be working with our highly experienced ArtsEd tutors, who have a very thorough understanding of what drama schools are looking for in auditions.

Applications for 2021 entry are now open.

The first thing that you need to do is create an account.  Once you have done this, we will send you an audition pack containing everything you need to know to apply. Click any ‘Apply now’ button to start the process.

 

Duration 3 terms - 30 weeks (full-time)
Academic year September 2021 - May 2022
Application deadline 31 January 2021
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Course Leader: Heather Robbins
At a glance
  • A minimum of 35 contact hours a week
  • Teaching delivered over 3 terms (30 weeks)
Dance

An integral part of Musical Theatre, this course will cover:

  • Jazz
  • Ballet
  • Contemporary
  • Plus weekly fitness sessions in the gym with a personalised regime
Singing

Develop the correct singing techniques to excel in your audition through:

  • Weekly one-to-one singing lessons
  • Ensemble singing sessions
  • Song and dance classes that allow you to combine these skills
Acting

Build a confident stage presence to stand out from the crowd through:

  • Acting workshops that help build teamwork and confidence
  • Sessions focused on the skills and techniques required to create truthful characters.
  • Development of a well-supported and expressive voice with speech and voice techniques.
Audition Technique

Audition technique classes will prepare you for drama school auditions. These will include:

  • Advice from in-house staff, guest tutors and speakers from other colleges.
  • Song workshops to develop your acting though singing
  • Dance routine interpretation and performance practice
  • Help with choosing the right audition monologue and guidance around how best to perform it
Tutorials

At ArtsEd, we support our students in every way we can. In your weekly one-to-one tutorials and seminars, you can discus Drama school options and career guidance, health & nutrition, Injury prevention, Crime and safety

Fees

Audition Fee £15 (Round 1) / £30 (Round 2) Audition fee waivers are available
Course Fee 2021-22 £10,395
Acceptance Deposit £350 UK / EU Students
£2000 Overseas Students

The deposit will be held by the School and will be refunded on completion of the course, without interest, less any outstanding sums owed by the student to ArtsEd.

This course is validated by City, University of London and qualifies for student loans towards tuition fees and maintenance, subject to the normal Student finance eligibility requirements that you can find here. 

Once you have completed your Foundation course, the student loan company will make the following calculation about your eligibility for funding for subsequent courses e.g. 3-year training programmes such as those offered by HE providers in the Federation of Drama Schools and the Alliance of Musical Theatre Conservatoires:

  • Duration in years of your new course
  • plus one year
  • minus the number of years on any previous HE course

For example, if you were offered a 3-Year BA programme at ArtsEd or another provider, your calculation would look like this:-

3 + 1 – 1 = 3

This means that you would be entitled to funding for the full three years of your BA programme, once you had completed your Foundation year.

If for some reason you were not able to complete your CertHE or any subsequent programme, each year of student finance that you had already received would be deducted from any future application.

How to apply

Am I Eligible?  If you are over 18 with a good general standard of education you may apply for the Acting Foundation Course. Entry is by audition. You can find out everything you need to know about auditions here (including advice on making your self tape)

Accreditation: ArtsEd is a member of the Federation of Drama Schools, set up in June 2017 to provide information for prospective students about conservatoire drama training.

UCAS code: ArtsEd does not subscribe to UCAS.  All applications should be made online through our website.

What next?  Applications for 2021 entry are now open.

What else?  If you need to work whilst you study, then why not take a look at our Part-Time Foundation Acting Course as an alternative training option. With evening sessions spread over two terms, this course might be a good fit.

Course Guide

Click here to view the full Course Guide for Foundation in Musical Theatre

Destinations

ArtsEd

Mountview

Bird College

GSA

Urdang Academy

Central School of Speech & Drama

Italia Conti

Trinity Laban

PPA

London School of Musical Theatre

Emil Dale Academy

Royal Scottish Conservatoire

The Brighton Academy

London College of Music

FAQs

Will the ArtsEd Foundation course give me an automatic place on the ArtsEd BA course?

No, you will still have to go through the regular audition process for the BA course – a place is not guaranteed. However, the ArtsEd Foundation course will teach you the skills that the tutors on the BA course are seeking, so it is excellent preparation for the audition.

How well does the ArtsEd Foundation course prepare students for getting onto BA courses?

In 2019, 80% of our foundation students went on to do BA courses in a variety of top drama schools including Mountview, GSA, Urdang and of course, ArtsEd.

You can find more general FAQs here.