​ A three-term Musical Theatre training program, designed for students determined to succeed in the performing arts.

Success in the competitive world of Musical Theatre requires focus and determination, as well as refined work across several disciplines. The Foundation program at CSVPA offers students the wonderful opportunity to specialise before starting university; to begin the process of undergraduate skill development while preparing their drama school and university auditions.

  • The Foundation programme is modelled on a 1st year Conservatoire-style training programme.
  • You will enjoy up to 25 hours a week contact time with teaching staff.
  • Every week you will receive one-to-one sessions with acting and singing tutors, to develop your knowledge of repertoire, style, and audition pieces.
  • Weekly group classes will further challenge you in subjects like Acting, Movement, Dance, Physical Theatre, Text, Voice, and Scene Study.
  • Class groups are small, allowing for intensive work that can be adapted to meet your needs and allow for personalised feedback and guidance.
  • Our teaching staff are highly trained with experience in professional theatre.
  • The teaching team is dedicated to helping you discover your full creative potential as unique performers.
  • We are a community of developing artists who support each other, encouraging all to take risks, push boundaries, and grow as performers.
  • Performing Arts programs offer opportunities for performance throughout the academic year.

What to Expect

The Musical Theatre program at CSVPA provides students the opportunity to grow and thrive within a genre which itself was crafted and shaped in the hands of some of the most creative minds and gifted performers the stage has ever known. Musical Theatre is the opportunity to find a connection between words and music and movement; to discover all the ways a story can be told and combine them into one performance. The process of discovery for a Musical Theatre performer is that of knowing that the performance is one idea expressed through different medium. The song, voice, body, mind all contributing to the communication of one character within one context. The opportunity to transport an audience into a different world for the brief time a story is told.

At CSVPA we offer our Musical Theatre students classes in Dance, Singing, and Acting, all the while encouraging them to understand that dramatic context within any monologue, song, or dance will be the most important element. Technique within all three disciplines is addressed across group classes and one-to-one tutorials. It is a challenging program that expects students to demand the absolute best of themselves


This programme offers weekly dance classes in the following styles:

  • Jazz
  • Ballet
  • Tap
  • Commercial Dance
  • Contemporary Dance


At the end of the year upon successful completion, you will be awarded the UAL Level 4 Professional Diploma in Performance.

There are no UK government grants or funding for this course. Students will need to be privately financed.

Entry Criteria

17 years +

Educational Level for International Students
Successful completion of Secondary Education (Grade 11 or Grade 12 depending on native country) or 1 x A level or an equivalent Level 3 qualification and 3 x GCSEs at grade 4 or grade C or equivalent, preferably in a relevant creative subject.

Students who do not meet these entry requirements will still be considered on their own individual potential to succeed. Please refer to the Audition Process tab for more information.

English Level
IELTS 5.5+ (no element under 4.0)

Please refer to the Audition Process tab for more information

Awarding Body


Course Length
3 terms

Contact Time
Up to 25 hours per week

English Language
Up to 5 hours per week if required

Drama School or University

How to Apply

Students can attend an audition in person by contacting the college to arrange an audition with the Head of Musical Theatre. If an in-person audition is not possible, please submit a video audition in which the full length of your body is visible.


Students should deliver:

  • 1 x monologue (classical or contemporary), lasting two minutes, delivered in English and from memory. Examples of appropriate playwrights include William Shakespeare, John Webster, Lope de Vega, Anton Chekhov, Tennessee Williams, Caryl Churchill, David Hare, David Mamet, Martin Crimp, Sue Arnold, Clare Mcintyre.
  • 2 x songs taken from the musical theatre repertoire (one traditional and one contemporary piece). Examples of traditional composers include George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein. Examples of contemporary composers include Stephen Schwartz, Jason Robert Brown, Tom Kitt, Stephen Sondheim, Lin Manuel Miranda.

Candidates should deliver monologues appropriate to their age and should deliver them in their own accent. Candidate should be sure to wear loose and comfortable clothing.

If you attend an audition at CSVPA, an accompanist will be provided for your audition. Please bring sheet music for your songs in the keys in which you perform them. If you are submitting your audition by DVD songs must be accompanied by piano or a backing track.

For more information about how to prepare for your audition download our useful guide

What we look for in an audition

For more information about the course download the programme specification

Level 4 programme specification

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