Level 4 Diploma in Musical Theatre Foundation Course


Preparing you for full-time musical theatre training

Course Overview

Are you ready to take your love of musical theatre to the next level? Our Level 4 Diploma in Musical Theatre Foundation Course is awarded by Trinity College London and is the perfect way to get your foot in the door of a career in the performing arts.

The course is designed to provide intensive practical training, which will help you improve your skills and develop confidence as a performer in a positive, encouraging environment.

This qualification encourages you to be a multi-skilled, reflective performer in musical theatre, preparing and performing a programme of work that shows professional potential.

You will achieve performance standards comparable with other qualifications available in the UK at Level 4 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework or the first year of degree-level study.

Key Details

Level 4 Diploma
Awarding Institution
Trinity College London
Monday to Friday
Start date
ICMT Graduate, Max Rizzo as Rusty in Starlight Express
ICMT Graduate, Sophia Caselli as Princess Fiona in Shrek
Ashley Murray
ICMT Student
Ashley Murray

"I cannot recommend the ICMT enough. I have learned so much from my time here.

I love that I am learning from current performers who are actively working in the industry. What also makes the ICMT stand out is that they treat all their students as individuals, everyone gets so much individual attention!

This is the place to be if you are passionate and want a strong foundation in all musical theatre disciplines."

Course information

To be accepted on our musical theatre courses, students must audition first. If you need any further information, please don't hesitate to contact us at info@theicmt.com.


You will need to prepare 2 contrasting songs of your choice (1 ideally musical theatre). You should bring sheet music with you to the audition, and each song should last no longer than 2 minutes.
The panel will take into consideration: acting-through-song, range, tone, interpretation, technique and musicality.


You will need to prepare a monologue of your choice that is no longer than 3 minutes.
The panel will take into consideration: truth, text connection and understanding, characterisation, vocal clarity, projection, and presentation.


You will take part in a group jazz class led by a member of our faculty. You will learn a routine and work through techniques to demonstrate technique, musicality, spatial awareness, timing, style, and presentation.

If you are auditioning via video, you will be given a link to a dance routine to learn. There is a routine for beginner/intermediate levels and another routine for advanced levels.


Applicants will undergo a short interview with a senior member of the ICMT team. This is an opportunity for us to get to know each other and for you to tell us why you would make a great ICMT student.

Acceptance is by audition only and the first round is by video. Our team from London and Hamburg will review each video to find suitable candidates for the course.

Audition Requirements
- An introduction of yourself (in English).
- 2 contrasting songs (roughly 32 bar cuts).
- A monologue of your own choice (one minute or less).
- A short dance routine (can be of a performance but clearly identified)

Recalls will be held at Stage Entertainment Studios in Hamburg. All participants must attend in person and undergo an interview in English. In exceptional cases, some auditionees may be offered a place after the video round.  

The candidate’s work will involve the following:

  • Preparation of an integrated programme of contrasting musical theatre performances.
  • Evaluation and interpretation of published and/or original musical theatre works.
  • Integration of the skills of acting, singing and choreographed movement/dance in dramatic communication.
  • Rehearsal methodologies.
  • Discussion of works, principles and practice of musical theatre.

To achieve this qualification the candidate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the fundamental concepts of musical theatre
  • Use different approaches to solve problems
  • Communicate accurately with clear intent
  • Appreciate the main principles of the discipline, and the limits of their current capabilities and knowledge
    in relation to it
  • Undertake small-scale investigative or development activities, using appropriate methods and techniques
  • Operate in moderately critical situations where success depends on choosing appropriate responses

The candidate should:

  • Show a creative response to the performance environment and audience, using creative skills as required
    for realisation of practice-based work
  • Apply stagecraft as appropriate to content and context, and deliver a focused physical and vocal performance
  • Have knowledge of the key components of performance, and the techniques by which it is created
    and realised


1. Performance
The candidate will demonstrate professional potential in two of the three major musical theatre disciplines, and a good level of competency in the third.

2. Viva Voce
Work with the examiner on a previously unseen piece of dramatic text, to deliver the lyrics of a song as a dramatic monologue.

Tuition Fees 2023/2024

£10,350 per year.

  • All training costs.
  • Weekly private singing lessons.
  • Examination fees.

Additional Costs

  • Dancewear (a list will be provided).
  • Books and stationery.

What you will study


Weekly Voice Lessons
Each week you will receive a 30-minute private singing lesson with a professional vocal coach.
Practical Training
Acting, singing, and dancing, all day, every day.
We will teach you the foundation skills necessary to progress onto further vocational training.
At the end of the course, you will perform in a public cabaret bringing together all the skills learnt throughout your training.
Train in london
You will work with current industry professionals who will assess your talent and help get you to where you want to go.
Individual Attention
We limit the number of students we accept onto our courses to ensure you receive the attention you deserve.

Frequently asked questions

What does the audition involve?

You can find all the information about auditioning on our audition information page.

How many contact hours can I expect to receive on this course?

You can expect to receive on average 26 hours contact hours per week.

How is the training split between singing, dancing and acting?

You will spend equal amounts of time training across singing, dancing and acting.

You can find more general frequently asked questions here >