A three-term intensive Musical Theatre & Dance training programme designed for students intent on pursuing a career in the performing arts.

At CSVPA we run two specialist pathways:

We strongly believe that if you specialise early in the training process, it gives you the chance to focus on refining key performance skills so you are confident when entering the increasingly competitive audition process for a place at a drama school, and you are ready to take on the challenges that come with a three year training programme.

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

.....The Foundation programme is modelled on a 1st year Conservatoire-style actor training programme.

.....You will enjoy up to 30 hours a week contact time with teaching staff plus additional time around showtime.

.....Every week you will be timetabled one-on-one tuition with acting, voice, movement and singing teachers to address your individual needs or help develop your audition pieces.

.....Class groups are small, allowing for intensive work that can be adapted to meet your needs and also allowing for personalised feedback and guidance.

.....Our teaching staff are highly trained and are,or have recently been, active as theatre professionals.

.....The close-knit teaching team are dedicated to helping you discover your full creative potential as unique performers.

.....We pride ourselves on the family atmosphere that has evolved, providing you with a challenging, yet safe and supportive environment you need to take risks, push boundaries and grow.

.....Our course offers many opportunities to perform both in-house and to public audiences.

What to Expect

Working from the same overall ethos as the Classical & Contemporary Acting course, our Musical Theatre stream is designed to cultivate the strong singing and dancing skills that define the genre, and also to help you grow and develop as sensitive, imaginative, expressive, emotionally-connected actors who are well grounded in good technique. This actor-driven ethos infuses every element of the performance-related aspects of the course; the teaching team work closely together to ensure that authenticity in character development and storytelling are at the heart of the work. At the same time, you are provided with regular technique classes to expand your repertoire of performance skills, to refine and advance the skills you already have, and to encourage proficiency in the theoretical elements that underpin the art form.

The Musical Theatre Foundation is a dynamic, challenging and multi-faceted course that demands versatility, energy, self-motivation, and the ability to integrate several distinct performance skills into one unified whole. Developing these abilities requires commitment and self-discipline; however, at CSVPA, you are supported by a team of highly experienced and dedicated teachers every step of the way.


This programme offers dance classes every day, in addition to ballet classes.  Dance styles include:

  • Jazz
  • Lyrical
  • Tap
  • Commercial Dance

We also offer the ability to learn to “sell” choreographic compositions with precision, energy and flair and how to incorporate singing and dancing together.

The Award

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

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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
Trinity College London


Course Length
3 terms

Contact Time
Up to 30 hours per week

English Language
Up to 5 hours per week if required

Drama School or University

How to Apply: Audition Days

Admission to this course is by attending an audition.  We will be holding an Audition Day on the following date:

2nd June 2018

Attending an audition day will give you an opportunity to see how we intend to work with you and gives us the occasion to audition you holistically by observing your group work skills, in addition to your individual audition.  To sign up for an audition please contact our Student Advice team on: or call us on +44 (0) 1223 447792.

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How to Apply: International Students

International students who cannot attend an audition in person can audition via DVD/Video/YouTube. This must be submitted with your application form. Following this you may also be asked to attend a Skype interview as well.

Audition Requirements

Students should deliver:

  • 1 x monologue (classical or contemporary), lasting two minutes, delivered in English and from memory. Examples of
    classical playwrites include: William Shakespeare, John Webster, Lope de Vega, Anton Chekhov, Tennessee Williams. Examples of contemporary playwrites include: 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.

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

Register for your audition

For more information about the course download the programme specification

Level 4 programme specification

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