Guildhall School of Music & Drama


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Guildhall School is a vibrant, international community of young musicians, actors and production artists in the heart of the City of London.

Ranked as one of the top ten performing arts institutions in the world (QS World University Rankings 2019), Read More and recently awarded top conservatoire in the Complete University Guide Music League Table 2020, the School is a global leader of creative and professional practice which promotes innovation, experiment and research, with over 1,000 students in higher education, drawn from over 70 countries around the world.

The School is also the UK’s leading provider of specialist music training at the under-18 level with nearly 2,500 students in Junior Guildhall and the Centre for Young Musicians. Read Less

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Qualification Level: BA (Hons) Degree

Years 1 and 2
The first two years are training years. During this period you will concentrate on acquiring the skills you need as professional actors. The time is divided between classwork and rehearsal projects. During the first two terms you will spend most of your time in classes, with more time on projects as the course progresses. Both classwork and rehearsal projects focus on developing and integrating four main areas of study: acting, voice, movement and play texts.

The training is based on working both individually and as an ensemble. For much of the work, the year group is divided into half or quarter groups, allowing each student the maximum individual attention. There are also some individual tutorials and many opportunities for one-to-one consultation and feedback. The groups are rearranged, usually each term, so that by the end of the second year you have worked closely with every student in your year group. From time to time, elements of the curriculum change as the teaching staff continuously assess the content of the course to judge whether it remains appropriate to those who are training.

Year 3
By the third year, you will be technically proficient vocally and physically. You will have developed your own working processes. Most of your time will be spent rehearsing and performing to the public and to potential employers. You will work on around five productions, playing a wide variety of roles in plays of varying styles, working with several different directors. You will also be offered the opportunity to write and perform a Solo Performance.

There are also sessions to prepare you for the acting profession, as well as audition showcases regularly attended by agents, theatre and casting directors.

Course Duration: 3 years full-time

Course Fee: £ 9250.00 For Year

Qualification Level: MA (Masters) Degree

This is a three-year full-time programme designed for students who hold a university degree and wish to have a full professional training in acting. The MA students work in the same classes, rehearsals and performances as the students on the three-year BA in Acting with additional tutorials in support of achieving the Masters level outcomes.

Entrance is by audition. At the point of audition, no distinction is made between applicants to the BA and the MA.

MA students have the same practical training as the BA students. If you study on this programme, you will take additional modules to develop your critical and reflective skills. You will also be required to achieve more demanding learning outcomes and a higher standard overall.

Course Duration: 3 years full-time

Course Fee: £ 9820.00 For Year

Qualification Level: BMus (Hons) degree

The BMus programme is centred around world-leading one-to-one tuition for performers, composers and electronic musicians. Its principal aim is to develop your ability as a practical musician.

At least two-thirds of the programme is focused on students’ Principal Study areas promoting personal and artistic development by providing at least 30 individual lessons a year with our renowned professorial staff. The programme also offers over 100 hours of additional lessons, including practical classes, chamber coaching, workshops and projects with high-profile conductors and artists, and opportunities to perform in some of the country’s finest venues.

From the start of the programme, you will be treated like a professional musician. Our students are given all the support and encouragement they need to prepare for life in the industry. They also get the chance to establish contacts and gain exposure via our partnerships with organisations such as the Barbican, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Academy of Ancient Music.

As you learn to work effectively and creatively with others, you will also be given plenty of time for individual study and reflection.

See our website for further information on instrument-specific tuition and performance opportunities. A Joint Principal Study pathway is available if you want to combine two areas of Principal Study.

Course Duration: 4 years, full-time

Qualification Level: MA (Masters) Degree

About the MA in Music Therapy
The Masters in Music Therapy aims to develop students' musicianship and personal potential, and equip them with the knowledge and skills to work as a registered music therapist.

On this programme, students gain experience working with adults and children alongside qualified music therapists on placements in a variety of settings including special and mainstream schools, and with people who experience:

• Mental health problems
• Dementia
• Learning disabilities
• School exclusion
• Communication delay
• Autism
• Acquired brain injury or stroke
• Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties

Course Duration: Two years (Full-time)

Qualification Level: BA (Hons) Degree

The syllabus has been designed to involve you completely in the complex art of theatre; bringing together writers, designers, actors, musicians, composers, choreographers, technicians and administrators to create plays, operas and events with fully professional production values. Your training will provide you with a firm practical knowledge of theatre crafts and managerial skills and prepare you for a professional life in the theatre. This programme has delivered an excellent record of graduate success in theatre, film, television and related industries.

4 pathways: Stage Management, Costume, Theatre Technology, Design Realisation

Course Duration: 3 years full-time

Course Fee: £ 9250.00 For Year

Qualification Level: Three Year Professional Diploma

About the programme
The BA Video Design for Live Performance programme adapts to the developments in industry and technology. It uses state-of-the-art equipment and facilities in line with the latest industry developments.

The teaching is practical and project-based, and you will work on a range of projects with professional designers, programmers and animators, such as gallery installations, architectural mapping displays, collaborative theatre projects, projection work for Guildhall productions and VJing at festivals and club nights.

This programme will engage the creative and technical skills of designers, technicians, operators and programmers in the creation and delivery of video in live performance contexts, and aims to:

Provide the opportunity for students to develop their own artistic vision and creative workflow
Develop appropriate technical skills in relation to video as part of a live performance
Provide students with experiences and opportunities that provide insight into the working practices of modern, high-profile partners
Develop students’ confidence, independence and self-reliance necessary for a career in a rapidly evolving digital industry
You will also be taught a range of technical skills, including:

Software such as Adobe creative cloud, D3, Resolume, Notch, Mapping Matter, Cinema 4D, Touch Designer, Q Lab
Technical management eg. equipment (projectors, media servers, rigging, cabling, IT etc.)

Course Duration: Two years (Full-time)

Course Fee: £ 9250.00 For Year