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If you wish to apply for both the MT Foundation course and the BA (Hons), please apply once through the BA (Hons) pages. All three-year course applicants will also be considered for the full-time Foundation Course on the same audition day.

Am I Eligible to Apply?

If you are over eighteen with a good general standard of education you may apply for the Musical Theatre Foundation course.

How Do I Apply?

Applications for 2020 course entry will open at the end of September 2019.

Audition Process

There are two stages to the audition, as follows:

Stage One - The first stage consists of a jazz workshop, followed by a short singing audition. Candidates should prepare two musical theatre songs in full. One should be a ballad written no later than 1965 (e.g. ‘If I Loved You’ from Carousel), and the other should provide a contrast and be something you enjoy singing. For stage one you should prepare a section from each of the two songs, each lasting no longer than one minute. The audition panel will choose to hear one or both of these sections. Sheet music in the right key must be brought for both songs. Please avoid character songs, such as ‘Adelaide’s Lament’ (Guys and Dolls) or ‘My Girlfriend Who Lives in Canada’ (Avenue Q). We need to hear YOUR voice – if you are invited to continue to Stage Two you may be asked to perform the same two songs in full and your chosen monologue.

Stage Two - Some candidates may be required to dance again. All candidates will have their songs as previously prepared for the first stage of the audition.

You should also prepare and learn two monologues (one Shakespeare and one contemporary), both of which you will present for the Acting Department. Neither should be longer than three minutes. Your Shakespeare speech must be chosen from the lists supplied. Your choice of contemporary speech is up to you. It must, however, be from a British playwright and have been written after 1990. You will be expected to have read the play fully and to perform the monologue within the context of the piece. You should use your own accent regardless of where the play is set. Please choose material you can relate to personally and which you find exciting. The speeches will be preceded by a short group workshop involving all the candidates who have progressed to Stage Two. The workshop will reflect the kind of work taking place each day at ArtsEd, so be ready to listen, focus and be playful. The workshop may include movement and gameplay. Please choose your clothing accordingly, so that you are comfortable and able to take part effectively.

Each candidate selected for Stage Two will also have an interview with senior tutors and a physical check, for which top and shorts should be worn. Stage Two will finish late in the afternoon – we hope to finish by 5.30pm but please be prepared to stay later if necessary.

Students from Outside the UK

The School welcomes applications from eligible candidates across the globe. The working language of the training is English, so you must be able to show evidence at the audition of an excellent command of spoken and written English.


Although our building is fully accessible for public performances, at present many of the teaching areas are not easily accessible for disabled users. We are working to improve this and intend to have a fully accessible building in the near future. If you are a disabled applicant and are successful at audition, we will do our best to meet your access requirements and before offering you a place we will discuss how we might best support you during training. If after discussion the college regretfully feels it cannot provide adequate support and, therefore, is unable to offer a place, we will explain why, and advise you on alternative opportunities.