FAQs

What qualification do you get at the end of your training?

Successful students will be awarded with The MTA Diploma in Musical Theatre, now recognised by all leading casting directors (screen and stage) as a hallmark of excellence in training.

Is The MTA Diploma recognised by Equity and Spotlight?

Yes. Due to the fact that we are 100% vocational our graduates go straight onto the main Spotlight register

Why does The MTA think that 2 years is enough, when all the other colleges insist on 3 year programmes?

Accelerated courses have become more mainstream in recent years (medical training has gone from 7 years to 5 years in some schools, for example). We believe that the more intense nature of the course actually prepares you better for the demands of the industry. On traditional 3 year courses you spend the summer months sitting at home missing your college friends, paying for classes to keep up your stamina, getting extra singing lessons etc. At The MTA the absence of long holidays ensure that you really do make every moment of your training count.

Do you do any other courses?

Unlike many other colleges The MTA will only ever run the 2 year Musical Theatre course. By concentrating on the one course with no desire to expand and take over the world of training, The MTA can assure every student that the current needs of a professional performer are being met, without diversifying into smaller courses.

Is there a 1 year option?

At The MTA we are confident that we can turn your weaknesses into strengths after 2 years of intensive study. We believe that it takes a minimum of 2 years to train a contemporary Musical Theatre professional. Training to be a performer is an arduous journey and we would only want to send you out into the real world when we were confident that you were equip to deal with all eventualities.

Why do you only take 22 students?

The MTA does not want to be a large conglomerate college – its inception was to provide first class training for a maximum of 44 students (22 students per year) ensuring that no student gets lost in the crowd. We are confident that we can give 22 students per year top class professional training without losing the personal touch.

Why don’t you send out prospectuses?

The MTA is doing its part to aid the worldwide quest to save the planet. As much as possible we are attempting to be paper free. With most people having access to the internet we can cut down are carbon footprint considerably by doing most of our paperwork online. With more and more online casting agencies, we predict that it won’t be too much longer before all submissions are done online so you’d better start getting used to it now!

Do you have Open Days?

The MTA does not run Open Days as we consider them contrived days designed to give an appearance of a normal college day. We’re confident that every day at The MTA is special therefore if any prospective students would like to spend the day with us to have a true representation of a typical day at The MTA, then please phone the office between December & April to arrange a convenient day for you to attend. We offer this opportunity between January – June

Can I defer my place?

We would only defer an offered place if a sibling or close relative was already studying at the college, meaning that you would be in training together. Other than that we will not hold places over until the following year.

Can I work whilst studying at The MTA?

During normal term times you will always be finished by 5.30pm at the latest, and unless you have volunteered for additional workshops you will never be asked to come into college during the weekends. The only time that you are not permitted to work is show week, when all students will be needed 10am – 10pm every day.

What other costs will the course incur?

In the revue term you will be required to pay for your Equity membership and for a subsidised headshot. You will be required to sign up for Spotlight as soon as you have gained agent representation, or at the latest by the June musical. That’s it. No hidden costs.

Do you provide accommodation?

We do not provide accommodation, however on acceptance we will connect you to other students in order to share information of available rooms etc.

I am an overseas student, can I audition online?

Since 2020 we have offered half day interactive zoom auditions alongside our in person whole day audition. You also have the option of sending in an #auditionfromhome tape first as an informal first round (or more specifically before investing any real time on your application to us).

I am an overseas student, can you sponsor me for a Visa to study in the UK?

As a 100% vocational college working independently outside of all of the HE framework The MTA is sadly unable to sponsor a Student Visa in order to study in the UK. Please note that as of January 2021 this now annoyingly includes all EU countries (including Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein)

Tier 5 YMS Visa

We actively encourage students that are able to apply for a Tier 5 YMS visa to consider us as one of their training options, as we truly believe that overseas students enrich our student community. Please note that we charge ALL students the same fees regardless of where they’re from.

You can apply for a Tier 5 Visa (Youth Mobility Scheme) if you’re aged between 18 and 30 and you’re from:

Australia
Canada
Japan
Monaco
New Zealand
Hong Kong
Republic of Korea
Taiwan

Please be aware that upon graduation you will be able to live and work in the UK up to the expiration of your tier 5 visa, however you are very unlikely to get an extension.