Musical Theatre BA (Hons)

Overview

If you want to expand your knowledge and skill in performance, theatre, and musicals, this BA (Hons) Musical Theatre degree course is the perfect choice if you want a successful career in many sectors.

On the course, you'll indulge your enthusiasm for voice, music, movement, acting and production. You'll get to create your own theatre company, mount a full-scale musical in just 2 weeks and have dedicated one-to-one singing lessons. You'll also learn a sought after set of vocational skills that will help you break into the business side of industry.

As a member of the national Musical Theatre Network, you’ll be able to make use of our industry connections when you start your career after the course. You'll be set for a career as a performer and in roles in the wider theatre industry.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Use our drama studios in the White Swan Building, which is connected to Portsmouth's New Theatre Royal
  • Practise what you learn in our professional-grade rehearsal areas, including a dance space, a sound recording booth, video editing suites, and music rooms equipped with pianos
  • Work alongside your peers and new writers to create shows, gaining invaluable experience in creative collaboration
  • Have the chance to perform in front of agents, producers and casting directors as part of our annual London Showcase
  • Study at the home of the UK's only international academic journal dedicated to musical theatre (Studies in Musical Theatre)
  • Have the opportunity to attend guest lectures from the biggest names in theatre and arts – past speakers have included Sheila Hancock, Edward Bond, Mark Ravenhill, David Edgar, Howard Brenton, Michelene Wandor, Pete Wyer and Yvon Bonenfant, and professionals from The Fecund Theatre Company, The Solent People's Theatre and The Big Brum Theatre

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your professional experience.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Devised Project
  • Making Theatre
  • Movement for Performance
  • Performance - Criticism and Analysis
  • Performance and Society
  • Voice and the Actor

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Advanced Scene Study
  • Critical Contexts
  • Musical Theatre Laboratory
  • Musical Theatre Skills
  • Performance Histories     

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • A Voice and So Much More
  • Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Musical Theatre and All That Jazz
  • Professional Experience
  • Puppetry and Object Theatre
  • Space, Time and Performance
  • Student Enterprise
  • Theatre Audiences

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year currently include:

  • Alternative Theatres
  • Applied Theatre For Young Audiences
  • Forming a Company
  • Major Academic Project

Optional modules currently include:

  • Applied Theatre: Workshop Skills
  • Musical Theatre: Special Topic

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • workshops
  • seminars
  • lectures
  • one-to-one tutorials
  • work placement

As well as learning the academic side of musical theatre, there's a strong focus on the practical side of performance. You'll have many opportunities to perform or put on shows both at and outside the University.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • practical performance
  • dramatic writing
  • essays
  • video productions
  • group presentations
  • examinations
  • dissertation/project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 8% by written exams, 48% by practical exams and 44% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 57% by practical exams and 43% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 37% by practical exams and 63% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, you'll be set for a career as a performer and for roles in the wider theatre industry.

What can you do with a Musical Theatre degree?

Past graduates have gone on to careers in:

  • theatre, arts and events management
  • broadcasting
  • the media industry
  • teaching
  • business
  • project and team management

What jobs can you do with a Musical Theatre degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • actor
  • producer
  • playwright
  • theatre manager
  • arts administrator

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. After you the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

BA (Hons), BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. Applicants will be invited to a workshop.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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