Musical Theatre BA(Hons)

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Musical Theatre - 2023

Combining training in acting, singing and dance, this practice-led degree will empower you for a career in musical theatre. You’ll develop performance skills in all three areas while engaging with traditional, current and future forms, including digital technologies.

Key details
Location Penryn Campus
Course Duration 3 years
Attendance Full-time
UCAS code W312

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Course overview

Combining training in acting, singing and dance, this practice-led degree will empower you for a career in musical theatre. You’ll develop performance skills in all three areas while engaging with traditional, current and future forms, including digital technologies.

You will:

  • Study within AMATA’s creative and dynamic performing arts community, where actors, musicians, dancers and technicians work and play in a dedicated facility, which is also a professional performance venue
  • Access state-of-the-art facilities, including extensive sprung-floor dance studios, practice rooms, recording studios and technical and music resources
  • Benefit from AMATA’s year- round performance programme, which attracts top artists and performers
  • Work with highly skilled and experienced staff with expert knowledge of the performing arts industry

What our students do

What our graduates do

As a graduate, you could become:

  • A stage performer in musical theatre
  • An actor
  • A musician
  • An educator
  • A creative practitioner

Course details

As part of this vibrant musical theatre course, you’ll learn acting skills, develop your voice and singing range, and advance your dance techniques in ballet, jazz and tap. Growing your knowledge and understanding of the genre, you’ll engage with and reflect critically on all aspects of it, together with an awareness of emerging forms. 

You’ll extend your personal repertoire in singing and dancelearn to perform confidently in live theatre and explore digital technologies. Professional development workshops will enable you to focus on strategies for future employability, developing your personal profile and potential. 

You’ll build core skills in all physical disciplines – focusing on body, voice and acting – while learning the histories and contexts of performance and the development of musical theatre. We’ll then concentrate on specific techniques and skills for voice, singing and dance, alongside character development and text analysis.

Modules

Preparation for Performance: Body, Voice & Wellbeing

In this practice-based module, you’ll develop an understanding of how to challenge and develop your vocal and physical capabilities. You’ll participate in regular vocal and movement/dance classes to build the foundational skills that are essential to the musical theatre performer. 


Contexts and Histories of Musical Theatre

In this module, you’ll develop a foundational knowledge and understanding of musical theatre history. Through a series of lectures and seminars, you’ll be introduced to a range of seminal works and genres that are significant to the contextual and cultural development of musical theatre. 


Acting 1: Storytelling, Character and Improvisation

Through studio workshop sessions, you’ll explore a range of storytelling modes and practices, enabling you to employ the tools of the body, voice, imagination and live presence to communicate with an audience. Through a series of practical experiential workshops, you’ll create and develop stories and characters from a wide range of sources and examine how storytelling principles establish the actor-audience relationship. You’ll then develop narratives through via a process of research, improvisation, rehearsal and peer and tutor feedback. 


Dance & Movement 1: Core Skills

In this module, you’ll explore a range of dance and movement techniques that are essential to the musical theatre performer. Through classes including Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Body Conditioning, you’ll gain a fundamental understanding of posture, placement and strength and an awareness of musicality, style and performance techniques. You’ll also establish a critical understanding of key musical theatre contexts and practitioners.  


Voice & Singing 1: Core Skills

You’ll begin to develop a fundamental singing technique – based on the ‘Estill’ method – for the varied singing styles required in musical theatre. Through spoken voice workshops, you’ll continue to develop your technical skills as well as your understanding of language, structure, rhythm and poetic devices.  

This module builds upon the skills learned in Preparation for Performance and is delivered through a series of ensemble classes and individual tutorials. 


Acting 2: Naturalism in Rehearsal and Performance

Drawing on the rehearsal techniques of Stanislavski and his contemporary interpreters, this module will introduce you to a methodological rehearsal process appropriate to naturalistic texts. You’ll increase your understanding of how to collaborate and communicate effectively with others and how to develop a contextually appropriate, organised and personally effective approach to rehearsal and performance. 

Developing your vocal practice, you’ll study techniques for both the spoken and sung voice. You’ll also learn ballet, tap, jazz and core dance skills, before integrating them into your first musical theatre project. Finally, you’ll engage in professional preparation and repertoire in dance and singing and learn to act for recorded media and digital technologies in musical theatre.

Modules

Dance & Movement 2: Developing Techniques

In this module, you’ll deepen your knowledge and experience of core dance styles in musical theatre. During your practical sessions you’ll explore choreography, develop your knowledge of seminal practitioners and learn to communicate character, emotion and narrative through a confident and fluid use of your developing technique. 


Voice & Singing 2: Developing Techniques

You’ll develop your understanding of spoken voice, technical singing and musicianship through individual tutorials and group classes. Practical work will increase your confidence in sight-singing and aural training and focus on the demonstration of technique, expression and communication within performance. You’ll be introduced to accents and will continue to enhance your practical responses to acting methodologies. 


Integrated Skills 1: Musical Theatre Project

Working as an ensemble cast, you’ll study, rehearse, perform and evaluate pieces from a varied repertoire of contrasting musical theatre content. This project will draw together all the skills you’ve developed in singing, dance and acting and will work towards a performance presentation. You’ll expand your understanding of the range of demands placed upon the performer, while integrating these skills in rehearsal towards a unified and collaborative approach to performance. 


Dance & the Actor: Professional Preparation & Repertoire 

In this module, you’ll explore musical theatre repertoire through dance, as well as integrating scene and song. You’ll be introduced to partner work and relevant social and historical dance, developing your ability to express style, character and emotion in performance. You’ll also learn about ‘Swinging’ within musical theatre and how to develop a comprehensive ‘Swing Bible’ and notation. 


Voice & the Actor: Professional Preparation & Repertoire 

Through an exploration of repertoire, you’ll explore the emotional, physical and vocal responses to both music and text. This will result in an expanding personal portfolio of songs and repertoire, together with an enhanced awareness of your personal potential and employability. In voice and text classes you’ll focus on different styles of sung and spoken text and explore the intersections between speaking and singing technique. 


Professional Development: Contemporary Industry Practice

In this module, you’ll expand your knowledge of industry requirements and processes as you prepare to become a professional performer. Seminars, lectures and workshops will include theatre audition technique, visiting industry professionals and guest artist talks. You’ll also learn about contract law, personal taxation and the importance of personal profile, self-promotion and professionalism. 

Focusing on examples of industry practice, you’ll work on pieces from established shows and gather audition material. You’ll undertake a portfolio or dissertation engaging with emerging practice in musical theatre and learn from a series of guest industry practitioners. Towards the end of the year you’ll put on a final musical theatre production and have the chance to create a digital showcase.

Modules

Professional Development 2: Advanced Practice 

Here, you’ll advance your skills and the application of your existing techniques through classes, masterclasses and workshops guided by staff, guest artists and industry professionals. Building on knowledge gained in Professional Development 1, you’ll work on voice reel and showreel material that can be added to your personal promotional website. You’ll also learn the technique of self-taping and its importance as an auditioning tool within the industry. 


Professional Development 3: Musical Theatre Futures 

In this module, you’ll expand your creative potential both as performer and maker. You’ll be encouraged to explore and develop existing, new and original work to consider and create new professional employment opportunities. You’ll use your skills to contribute to the creation of new musical theatre work, either by developing your own ideas and material and/or by working collaboratively to select and adapt resources already in existence from page to stage. 


Integrated Skills 2: Musical Theatre Performance 

In collaboration with a director, choreographer, musical director and production team, you’ll work towards a fully supported public performance. You'll work in an intensive rehearsal environment as part of a theatre company and fully integrate all your performance skills in the areas of dance, singing and acting. This production is the culmination of all the skills gained and developed during your degree. 

The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

From module information to course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details

How you'll learn

You’ll continually develop your skills through technique classes, integration exercises, scene work, and project rehearsals of classic and contemporary musicals. Classes in dance and voice will be highly prioritised alongside acting classes and projects, but you’ll also learn through group seminars, workshops, small group tutorials, lectures and guest speakers. 

At Falmouth, we use a 'digitally enhanced learning & teaching' approach. Your experience will always be predominantly in-person, including seminars, tutorials and studio teaching, with some, more targeted elements, being online either live (synchronous) or pre-recorded (asynchronous). You can read more here.

How you’ll spend your time

Year

Timetabled

teaching and

learning

activity

Guided

independent

study

1

70%

30%

2

65%

35%

3

50%

50%

 

How you’ll be assessed

Year    

Written exams

Practical exams

Coursework

1

0%

0%

100%

2

0%

0%

100%

3

0%

0%

100%

*These percentages are indicative and may vary

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through a combination of written coursework, practical coursework and practical performance assessments. Alongside this, you’ll get constant formative feedback from tutors in class, together with formal verbal and some written feedback after assessments. 

Staff

Your tutors will provide industry-based experience and expertise in areas like ballet, jazz and tap dancing, acting for stage, film and television, and industry-specific singing tuition. There’ll also be opportunities to learn from specialist associate lecturers and guest industry lecturers.

Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.

Professor Paul Springer

Director

Paul Springer is Director of the School of Communication and a lead for Multigenerational Living + L...

Professor Paul Springer

Dr Trevor Rawlins

Head of Theatre Arts

I trained as an actor at East 15 Acting School. Before coming to Falmouth, I was Head of Acting at G...

Dr Trevor Rawlins

Lewis Butler

Acting Course Leader, Musical Theatre BA(Hons)

Lewis trained at the Elmhurst Ballet School for 8 years, followed by a Diploma from The London Schoo...

Lewis Butler

Gemma Wright

Lecturer in Voice

Gemma joined Falmouth University in 2017. Previous to working at Falmouth, Gemma taught voice and ac...

Gemma Wright

Amanda Collins

Lecturer

Amanda is a theatre director and actor trainer. She trained as a director at Rose Bruford College an...

Amanda Collins

Ciaran Clarke

Lecturer

Ciaran began as a Lecturer at Falmouth whilst studying his for his PhD in 2018, teaching across Acti...

Ciaran Clarke

Grace Sellwood

Associate Lecturer in Dance

I'm a dance performer, dance teacher, aerial performer, matwork and aerial pilates instructor,&...

Grace Sellwood

Terrie Fender

Associate Lecturer

Terrie trained as an actress at the Drama Centre, London, and spent ten years working in the theatre...

Terrie Fender

Kuldip Singh-Barmi

Senior Lecturer, BA(Hons) Dance & Choreography

Kuldip's fascination with the body and its capability for expression and physical exploration throug...

Kuldip Singh-Barmi

Amely Instance

Associate Lecturer, Ballet Technique

After graduating in 1993 from the Royal Academy of Dance, I joined Angela Praed's contemporary dance...

Amely Instance

Naomi Schulke

Associate Lecturer of Singing

Naomi is a Singing Teacher, Writer and Interview Coach. She began life as a classical singer, before...

Naomi Schulke

Caroline Childe

Associate Lecturer, Musical Theatre BA(Hons)

Caroline studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama both as an undergraduate and on their po...

Caroline Childe

Facilities

  • 11 performance and rehearsal spaces
  • 13 Practice rooms
  • 1,150sqm sprung dance floors
  • State-of-the art digital and analogue recording studio with 4 control rooms and a live room
  • Technical theatre and production facilities
  • Professional theatre venue

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Applying as an international student? 

International students can apply for a course through UCAS, via an agent or directly with the university. For more information about how to apply as an international student, visit our International applications page.

International applications

Course routeUCAS code
Musical Theatre BA(Hons) three year degreeW312

We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.  

Course routeEntry requirements
BA(Hons) three year degree104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff points will primarily be from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, T Levels, a BTEC/UAL Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma. 

For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent. 

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard, which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.   

If you need a student visa to study in the UK, you'll need to take a recognised language test that is approved and vouched for by the University. You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.

UK applications: 26 January 2022 (for equal consideration)

Applications after the 26 January will be considered on a first-come, first-served as long as there are places available. Apply for this course now.

International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.

Fees, costs & funding

Tuition fees

Annual tuition feeStudent
£9,250 per yearFull-time UK
£17,460 per yearFull-time EU/international

Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible. 

Typical course costs

  • Public Programme season tickets (student rate) costs found: amata.org.uk/livepass
  • Students must come prepared with suitable loose warm (layers) clothing appropriate for all practical classes (voice, movement/dance, acting, rehearsals). Approx £70/year
  • General study materials such as scripts, song scores and key textbooks. Approx £70 - £100/year

If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs

Funding

For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page.

 

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