The Foundation Programme in Musical Theatre 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
- Individual singing lessons and group classes in acting, dance (ballet, tap and jazz), singing, voice and acting through song.
- Regular performance workshops and auditions preparation training, including the opportunity to have mock auditions.
- There will also be the chance to work with Music and Dance students during CoLab, our two-week festival of creativity and innovation.
After completing the programme, many students successfully move on to undergraduate study.
Please note, this course was previously called Independent Study Programme Foundation: Musical Theatre Pathway.
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
- those seeking to establish a more secure technique or sound before making decisions about further 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.
Skills and Techniques
Preparing to Audition
Preparing to Perform
For further details see our Programme Specification
Teaching and Learning
This programme assumes 1200 learning and teaching hours with approximately 270 hours average contact time – of course this will vary depending on the selected modules, so you will need to examine each module’s specification to determine the precise number of hours.
How will I learn?
Learning takes place through a blend of formal tuition, experiential learning and personal study.
- Individual one-to-one lessons, intensive group tuition and performance workshops.
- Develop and contextualise individual learning within rehearsal and performance settings during the Preparing to Perform module.
- Refine audition technique during the Preparing to Audition module.
- Cross-disciplinary working through participation in Trinity Laban’s renowned annual CoLab festival.
- Self-study and access to the college’s many learning resources.
- Development of independent learning strategies including formulating personal programmes of study and targets for learning.
- Collaborative learning with students from other programmes at a variety of levels. (e.g. creating work with other musicians, dancers &/or other artists).
How will I be assessed?
- Practical tasks
- Assessed classes
- Rehearsal and Performance
- Skills & Techniques portfolio
- Working Journals
- Research activities
- Development of audition repertoire
- Self-critical analysis
- Level 4 ATCL Qualification (Trinity College London examination)
You will receive regular formative feedback in class from teachers, and written feedback (including an indicative grading) following each formal assessment point.
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.
English Language Requirements
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.
- 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
It is not possible to confirm fees for future academic years, as fee changes are linked to inflation and changes in government policy. Please note that tuition fees may increase by up to 5% each year.
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 2020|
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