Foundation in 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 will open October 2020.

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

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

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

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

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 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

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


Audition Fee £45
Course Fee 2021-22 £10,190 (2022-23 fee rates will be confirmed in April 2020)
Acceptance Deposit £350 UK / EU 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.

There is no UK government funding available for this course. You will need to pay for your living expenses in addition to your course fees.

ArtsEd’s Part-Time Foundation Musical Theatre Course is an alternative training option. With evening sessions spread over two terms, this course is a good fit for people that need to work whilst they study.

How to apply

Am I Eligible to Apply?

If you are over 18 with a good general standard of education you may apply for the Musical Theatre Foundation Course. You will be assessed at an audition. You can find out everything you need to know about auditions here

What next?

Applications for 2021 will open October 2020.







London School of Musical Theatre

Emil Dale Academy

The Brighton Academy


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.