Qualification Degree

Programme Director | Richard Mulholland, MA, PGCLTHE, FHEA

Validated by | University of East London (UEL)

Location Arts Centre, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 2RE

Programme Length 3 Years, Full-Time
Start Date | 16th September 2019


If you have any questions, talk to a member of our team.


Training to be a professional performer in Musical Theatre is not easy. It requires many things:

- It requires dedication and determination.​

- It requires skills in Acting, Singing and Dancing.​

- It requires the ability to think, to research, to analyse and to critique your own


- It requires bravery: emotional and physical.

That said, however, training to be a professional Musical Theatre performer is one of the most exciting, vibrant and rewarding journeys that you will ever take and, if you want to take that journey, then we believe that there is nowhere better to take it, than here at Italia Conti. ​There is a reason why Italia Conti is one of the most recognised names in performing arts training. For over a century we have helped students to fulfil their potential as performers and as people and to work at the very highest level in every aspect of the performing arts industry.​ We provide a programme of training that takes account of industry needs and current teaching and learning trends.

Italia Conti graduates can be seen on stage and screen in the UK and internationally. ​We have graduates working in the West End and on Broadway in musicals and in plays, in national and international tours, in cabarets and on cruise ships.​ We have graduates working in Film and in Television. We have produced some of the UK’s top recording artists- solo artists and band members.

Italia Conti has a proven track record of nurturing talent at the very highest level - which is why Ofsted has rated us ‘Outstanding’ for the quality our training.​ Italia Conti will help you to be the best version of you that you can be.



The programme is organised into modules with various modes of assessment. 

At Level 4 these modules are concerned with the acquisition of core skills in Acting, Singing, Dance and Voice and provide the foundation for your training as a Musical Theatre Performer. These core skills are brought together in the Musical Theatre Performance Practice Module where you will learn to apply the skills you have learnt holistically in a musical theatre performance, with equal emphasis placed on all three.

At Level 5 these core skills become more advanced and more integrated. More project work is introduced, in which the three core disciplines become completely interdependent.

At Level 6 the emphasis becomes preparing you for a career as a professional Musical Theatre performer. You will perform in two fully staged musicals, a West End Showcase and the Italia Conti Summer Show. You will continue your training in Acting, Singing, Dance and Voice and, for your dissertation, will be required to create a practical piece of Musical Theatre performance.


At Level 6, audition technique will be honed in the three core disciplines, to ensure that, when you leave, you have all the skills necessary to embark upon a successful professional career.

YEAR 1 (Level 4)

Foundation Acting Skills

- Acting Technique

- Scene Study

- Improvisation

- Commedia dell’Arte

- Practical Voice and Text

- Speech and Accent


Foundation Singing Skills

- Technique and Repertoire

- Ensemble Singing

- Music Theory


Foundation Dance Skills

- Jazz

- Ballet

- Contemporary

- Commercial

- Tap

Foundation Musical Theatre Performance Practice

- Musical Theatre Project (Early Broadway,

  Standard Broadway, Contemporary Musicals)

- Acting through Song


Contextual Studies

- Skills of the performer

- Study Skills

- Contextualising Musical Theatre

- Naturalism



- Industry workshop

YEAR 2 (Level 5)

Advanced Acting Skills

- Scene Study

- Screen Acting

- Stage Combat

- Practical Voice and Text

- Speech and Accent

Advanced Singing Skills

- Technique and Repertoire

- Ensemble Singing

- Audition Technique

- Microphone Technique

- Individual Singing Lessons


Advanced Dance Skills

- Jazz

- Ballet

- Contemporary

- Commercial

- Tap

Advanced Musical Theatre Practice

- Musical Theatre Project (Jukebox Musical,

  Sondheim, Fosse)

- Swing Project

- Acting through Song

Advanced Contextual Studies

- Songwriting

- Shakespeare


- Industry workshop

YEAR 3 (Level 6)

Professional Preparation, Practice and Development in Acting

- Showcase

- Audition Prep

- Acting

- Practical Voice & Text

- Speech and Accent


Professional Preparation, Practice and Development in Singing

​- Singing Technique and Repertoire

- Ensemble Singing

- Individual Singing Lessons

- Audition Prep

Professional Preparation, Practice and Development in Dance

- Jazz

- Ballet

- Contemporary

- Commercial

- Tap

- Audition Prep


Professional Musical Theatre Performance Practice

- Acting 

- Singing 

- Dancing

- Audition Prep

- Practical Voice and Text

- Speech and Accent



- Song writing

- Study Skills



- Industry workshop


Tuition Fees | £9250 per academic year, plus VAT

                           (paid in advanced termly instalments)

EU Student Fees | £11880 per academic year

Audition Fee | £45 (non-refundable)

Deposit | £250 (non-refundable before commencement, but                            returned in the 2nd/3rd year of the course)


We are unable to accept applications from international students on the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre due to new Office for Students regulations.



Terms and conditions apply upon acceptance to the College and can be found on our Policies page.


The BA (Hons) course offers the following funding options:

- Private Funding

- Student Finance




- 18+ by the 31st August in the year of entry​.

- Level 2 English and Maths at GCSE Grade 4 or above or recognised equivalent qualifications. 

- 64 UCAS points or admission through recognition of non standard entry qualifications/experience:

  • A level: CC

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: MPP

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: MM

  • Access to HE Diploma: M = 15 credits, P = 30 credits

- IELTS Level 6

- Legal right to reside/study in the UK for the full period of the programme.

- Successful audition through Italia Conti, details of which can be found below.

- Evidence in hard copy of all the above must be provided.


After completing the application process you will be invited to attend one of our audition days where you will be required to demonstrate a variety of skills. Information about auditions can be found below.



Application to the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre course is to be made through UCAS only. Please note that our listing on UCAS is shown as University of East London (UEL) - Musical Theatre.

UCAS Institution Code | E28    

UCAS Course Code | W312


Once applicants have applied for the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre programme through UCAS they will receive an email from UEL containing a link to Italia Conti's BA (Hons) application form. Applicants must complete this form and pay the audition fee (£45) in order to be considered for the course. Applicants cannot apply through UCAS alone for this programme.

Applicants should have completed Italia Conti's application form and paid the audition fee by the 19th January in the year of application in order to be considered for audition. 

Applicants who have applied through UCAS and who have not received an email containing a link to Italia Conti's application form should contact before the 19th January in the year of application. 

Audition fees are non-refundable. These fees act as both an administration fee for processing your application as well as a non-refundable deposit for a place on an audition day.

In line with our admissions policy, the academy reserves the right to alter or withdraw offers at any point. 



The entrance audition comprises of four components - Dance, Acting, Singing and Interview. The audition process is designed to ensure that prospective students meet the criteria for a performing arts training including a demonstration of prior knowledge and a good understanding of the commitment full time performing arts training requires. 

All four audition components will take place on the same day, and candidates should be prepared to spend at least half a day at the audition. You may wish to bring lunch or a snack to the audition, as breaks between sections will not be long enough to leave the audition site. Also, please note that family and friends will not be permitted to observe the audition and depending on the set-up of the audition site may not be able to have contact with the applicant until their audition is finished.



Regular workshop sessions are held to give students the opportunity to work with directors, choreographers and industry professionals whilst training. Second and third year students also have to opportunity to join the Italia Conti Agency and undertake professional work should the opportunity arise. During the 3rd year students take part in their final Showcase whereby agents are invited, and Italia Conti has connections with many of these.


With over 107 years of Italia Conti history, our graduates populate the performance industries and include many famous faces.


Recent graduates can be seen working on prestigious productions in all areas of the industry.



"Conti have taught me everything from how to dance, sing and act, have confidence, be mature, have fight

and determination, love and passion, and most of all show me why I can't do anything else but perform!"


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