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Why should I choose Italia Conti?
Musical Theatre is Italia Conti’s internationally acclaimed programme, providing practical training and instruction in all aspects of the entertainment industry. Our training directly addresses the competitive demands of todays industry and prepares professionals with a broad, in-depth background. Students actively participate in a supportive, professional environment, taught by leading experts and artists currently working in todays theatre business.
What will I learn on one of your courses?
Our courses are designed to help you extend your understanding and knowledge of the Performing Arts and Musical Theatre, develop your performing skills and learn new ones! They combine practical assignments and the study of a variety of performing arts disciplines. During a typical week, students follow a packed timetable. Course content prepares the student for professional work by integrating the technical, theoretical and artistic concepts in performance. Whilst maintaining attendance in technical classes, students are expected to acquire and develop depth and style, and are given the
opportunity to showcase this at various venues. Guest choreographers and directors support the college faculty in opening the performers’ eyes and minds to all the possibilities that lie ahead.
What subjects will I study within your courses?
Students are coached in various genres within each discipline. Singing includes vocal technique, building of a repertoire, understanding of how the voice works, breathing, working as a group to develop harmony, microphone technique and the study and practise of many different genres including musical theatre, classical and rock pop singing. Within Acting students explore acting technique, play production, scriptwork, acting for camera, improvisation, voice work, accent coaching, practitioner theories, drama, comedy and classical work, including Shakespeare. Dance training covers many different styles including Classical Ballet, Tap, Modern Theatre, Jazz, Contemporary, Commercial, Street, Hip-Hop and Partner Work. Emphasis is placed on technique, strength, flexibility, dynamic, style, artistry and performance. All skills are combined in Musical Theatre and strong focus is also placed on audition preparation. In addition, the college is also the first performing arts course to get a very respected following for their special skill classes in Gymnastics, Physical Conditioning and Fitness, Pole, Hand Loop, Silks and Aerial.
What if possess predominantly just one performance skill?
Italia Conti is renowned for producing all round 'triple threat' performers and we will aim to balance all skills to an equally high level during training:
- The actor acquires physical agility through dance, as well as vocal versatility through singing and voice.
- The singer learns movement and acting skills to expand their range of roles and their ability to command the stage.
- The dancer develops acting and vocal skills to add and expand their range of roles and their ability to command the stage.
What performance opportunities do you offer?
Students are given the opportunity to perform throughout the course, from regular in-house performances, to our annual summer show on a West End stage.
Do you offer vocational examinations?
Throughout the course students who achieve the necessary skill levels are encouraged to take external examinations in varying theatre disciplines with recognised outside boards. These include 'major' dance qualifications (Intermediate, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2 level) taken with the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) in Classical Ballet, Tap and Modern Dance. Voice and Prose and Acting examinations may also be taken at major level (Grade 6, 7 and 8) through LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts).
How do you prepare students for the professional industry?
Our courses offer intensive physical, practical and theoretical training which is professional and highly technically challenging with a strong focus on each individual’s needs and specific audition preparation. Through daily technique classes, the course will establish excellent technical grounding and push you to reach your potential. Students will receive assistance with their audition preparation through classes in performance, audition technique and the application procedure. We aim to create a safe and supportive environment guiding students through this complex and often stressful process. We aim to give our students the best start to their career by preparing themfully in their chosen area.
Do you accept applications from students overseas?
While most of our students come from the UK, we also welcome applications from overseas students. Before applying please ensure that you have or will have the 'right to study' on an HE programme in the UK. Proof of this may be required at any and all stages of the application, audition and acceptance process. You may audition by submitting a video audition, something which you can request after your initial application. The audition panel will then watch your submission and a decision will be made. Italia Conti cannot be held responsible for offers that may be rescinded on the basis of not having 'right to study' on any of our programmes.
Do you hold Open Days?
We regularly hold open days during the Autumn term. Our open days allow prospective students to come and look around the college at our facilities, meet the staff and students, discover more about the courses, watch a short performance, see the classes in action and participate themselves! Our on-site accommodation is also available for viewing for those who may be interested. Open days are very popular and therefore we recommend that you book your place in advance. Visit the Open Day page to view upcoming dates.
Can I have a prospectus sent to me?
For environmental reasons, we do not print prospectuses, but you should find all the information you need on this website. Please contact us if you have any further questions.
What happens after I've submitted my application from?
Applicants are advised that places are limited and application forms should be completed as soon as possible. Upon receiving your application we will then contact you with your audition date and further details. If you are applying for the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre course through UCAS you will be sent an email with a link to fill out an additional form after your initial application.
Can I apply for one course and be considered for the other courses at the same time?
During your audition we will assess which course we think you would be best suited to with regards to your ability and aspirations. We may offer you a place on a different course from the one you initially applied for. The application form allows you to list your course choices with order of preference.
Why do I have to apply through UCAS for the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre course?
The degree course is validated by the University of East London (UEL) and like all university courses, this must be applied via UCAS using the points gained from previous study. This ensures us you have the correct entry requirements and prior qualifications to undertake the degree level.
Why do I have to pay an audition fee?
Auditions are part of our application process and ensure we accept students who have the talent and ability to undertake the intense level of training required for Musical Theatre and Performing Arts.
What do you look for during the application and audition process?
Admission to the Arts Centre is very selective and students are required to audition for all full-time courses and our part-time Professional Course with the Guildford Associates. The Arts Centre seeks talented students for their individuality and those who will be successful in the college's rigorous program. The application process includes participation in performance classes, an individual entrance audition demonstrating dance, acting and singing and an interview with the director.
How will I know whether I have got a place after my audition?
Generally, no decisions are made on the day. Auditionees can expect to hear the outcome via email??? within one week??? of your audition. Unfortunately we are unable to offer feedback after auditions.
How do you mark the auditions?
Possible outcomes of auditions are as follows:
- R (Rejection)
- C (Conditional offer)
- U (Unconditional offer)
- O (Offer to another course)
Do you offer scholarships or funded places?
The college awards a limited number of scholarships for full time training and are given at the discretion of the directors. The scholarships vary in value, ranging from a percentage of the fees up to the full cost. Scholarships may differ from student to student and are awarded based on their performance during the audition process. Scholarships are always for tuition fees only. Application for a scholarship can be made when completing the application form.