Designed to provide an entry into musical theatre training, this programme offers the opportunity to develop and build on your performance skills, discover more about musical theatre, and explore possibilities for your personal, artistic and professional development.
Please note, this course was previously called Independent Study Programme Foundation Musical Theatre Performance.
The Foundation Year: Musical Theatre programme is designed for aspiring musical theatre artists who wish to develop their skills and techniques through a dedicated programme of practical and contextual study. It is an opportunity for students to access high-quality conservatoire training and may provide an entry route to further specialist/vocational training (e.g. undergraduate degree programmes within the conservatoire or wider higher education sectors, particularly within the UK) or a platform for a dedicated period of personal study.
For international students it may additionally provide a route to develop their English Language skills alongside intensive instrumental / vocal / composition training. Students may also wish to use the programme as a platform for access to London’s vibrant cultural life.
On successful completion of this programme, participating students receive a transcript including a full listing of all learning undertaken.
Skills and Techniques
Creative Collaborator (incorporating CoLab)
Learning takes place through a blend of formal tuition, experiential learning and personal study.
Singing, dancing and acting tuition is the central element of the provision, with the Skills & Techniques module consisting of a range of individual one-to-one lessons, intensive group tuition in singing, dancing and acting, and performance workshops. You will develop and contextualize your individual learning within rehearsal and performance settings within the Creative Performer module, and engage with cross-disciplinary working through the Creative Collaborator module which includes participation in Trinity Laban’s renowned annual CoLab festival.
Throughout the programme your learning will be consolidated through extensive self-study and access to the college’s many learning resources.
The programme aims to enable you to begin developing independent learning strategies for lifelong learning. Your tutors will regularly encourage you to reflect on your learning and to formulate personal programmes of study and targets for learning.
Certain modules/components in the programme will involve you studying with other student(s) in a collaborative way (e.g. creating work with other musicians, dancers &/or other artists). This may involve you working alongside students from other programmes at a variety of levels. Collaboration is considered to be at the heart of professional artistic life and opportunities such as these represent valuable learning experiences.
This programme was known as the Independent Study Programme (ISP) Foundation until the 2017/2018 intake year. On the ISP Foundation programme as a whole, 82% of students who apply for further study at a UK conservatoire receive an offer. Around 53% of all completing students are offered places for further study at Trinity Laban; 63% of all students are offered places for further study at a UK conservatoire, and 83% of students are offered places in UK higher education (figures from 2012 –16).
To view some of the impressive organisations that our BA (Hons) musical theatre alumni have worked with, visit Alumni Destinations.
For more information on the successes of musical theatre graduates and what they have to say about the course, visit Alumni Profiles.
In the Skills & Techniques module, you will be assessed in class on the development of your singing, dancing and acting skills and submit a Skills & Techniques portfolio. Your portfolio submission will be designed to support your learning by engage you with preparatory and research activities including the development of audition repertoire.
The ATCL will be assessed by an external examiner. The assessment is divided into two parts: the performance programme (70 marks) and the viva voce (30 marks).
Within the Creative Performance module both rehearsal and performance elements are formally assessed. Gradings are agreed between the Creative Team using formal assessment criteria. The rehearsal assessment reflects your own and directed preparation, punctuality/time-keeping, the quality of your participation and contribution to ensemble, your adaptability and responsiveness to direction (from any of Creative Team). The performance assessment considers your performance within allocated role(s) within a performance project, taking account of style and genre.
The Creative Collaborator module is assessed through the creation of a Working Journal and self-critical analysis of your process in relation to your allocated CoLab project.
You will receive regular formative feedback in class from teachers, and written feedback (including an indicative grading) following each formal assessment point.
The programme is designed for less experienced students and those who wish to develop their skills before pursuing additional vocational training. Many different candidates may find this pre-degree level programme to be suitable, for example: gap-year students preparing for entry to a conservatoire or university music faculty; those seeking to further develop their musical theatre skills before auditions; those wishing to consolidate their interest in musical theatre prior to university interviews; those seeking to develop their artistic identity whilst enjoying London's vibrant cultural scene; or those seeking to establish a more secure technique or sound before making decisions about further study.
Trinity Laban places greater emphasis on its own audition and tests than on formal qualifications. As a guide, please note that the course is aimed at students considering entry to undergraduate study at conservatoire or university, and places are offered to candidates who demonstrate the potential to reach that level within the year.
Audition requirements currently map entirely to those for the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre Performance degree – for further details please see Musical Theatre Applications.
For students whose first language is not English an English language assessment will be undertaken on application/audition, on the basis of which a recommendation for further study may be made. The normal minimum standard for entry to the programmes is IELTS 4.0 in all four areas. This is also the minimum requirement for Tier 4 student visas. Alternative English Language accreditation will be considered.
International students benefit from all the facilities and performance opportunities available at the Conservatoire and enjoy the unique experience of living and studying within our vibrant international community. Applicants will normally qualify for a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa. To meet visa requirements, international students will be required to sit a TCL diploma.
Fees and Finance
For the academic year 2018-2019, the tuition fees are:
|Musical Theatre students||£9,900|
It is not possible to confirm fees for future academic years, as fee changes are linked to inflation and changes in government policy.
Accommodation and Living Costs
This information can be found on our Costs of Living page.
Read about financial awards and external funding opportunities in the Fees and Finance section.
Please note: this programme is not eligible for support through the Student Loans Company.
|Location||Laurie Grove / Laban Building / King Charles Court|
|Duration||1 year (Full-time)|
|Start Date||September 2018|
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