Musical Theatre - BA Hons (Lancaster University)
Qualification Obtained: BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre
Our BA (Hons) Musical Theatre provides a clear understanding of the Performing Arts, enabling you to pursue a lifelong career in the Arts industry.
Much of the time you will be developing practical performance skills through structured classes, performance and experimentation. However, you will also be required to develop your analytical skills, which will help improve your understanding of the related roles within the Creative Industries. The training we offer draws on the professional experience of our academic team, with contributions from working performers and directors making this a truly inspiring course.
Course Entry Requirements
A minimum of 200 UCAS points (excluding functional skills) or above in an appropriate discipline along with GCSEs in English Language & Maths at grade C or above (or equivalent).
We also welcome applications from those with relevant experience in lieu of the minimum entry requirements.
All applicants will be given the opportunity to attend one of our workshops / send work electronically. For further information see: http://www.blackpool.ac.uk/sca/auditions
2017 Entry Requirements
A new UCAS Tariff will be used for courses starting from September 2017, the new entry requirements are as follows;
A minimum of 80 UCAS points (previously 200) from an appropriate discipline excluding functional skills and GCSEs in English Language and Maths at grade C or above (or equivalent). Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis. All applicants are invited to a workshop. Alternatively, will view your work online. For further details, please see www.blackpool.ac.uk/sca/auditions
Career Options and Progression
Typical graduate destinations are in performance or theatre related employment as performers or practitoners with a number of graduates going on to further study. In 2012 80% of graduates signed by Agents within 6 months of graduation.
Modules and Assessment
Year 1 Level 4 - 120 credits
All Mandatory units
MT01 Acting for Music Theatre - 20 credits
MT103 Dance Technique - 20 credits
MT104 Performance Preparation - 20 credits
MT105 Performance Practice - 20 credits
CS401 Thinking into Making - 20 credits
AMT112 Singing Technique - 20 credits
During the first year, you’ll be introduced to the fundamental principles that form the basis of performance training in a programme of acting, singing, dancing, voice, music theory and contextual studies. Much of the focus in this year is centred upon the core techniques required to perform within the musical theatre industry. Through comprehensive classes and rehearsal projects, you will develop an understanding of the core elements of musical theatre and with it, the ability to become an expressive, flexible and analytical performer. Assessment projects will further develop and test performance skills within the principle discipline of musical theatre (Acting, singing, dancing) as individual practices as well as exploring the synergies of these skills.
Year 2 - Level 5 - 120 credits
MT203 Advanced Dance Technique - 20 credits
MT205 Performance Realisation - 20 credits
CS501 Research into Practice - 20 credits
AMT212 Advanced Singing Technique - 20 credits
AMT214 Ensemble Performance and Collaboration - 20 credits
MT206 Commercial Dance (OPTIONAL) - 20 credits
MT207 Commerical Singing (OPTIONAL) - 20 credits
AMT213 Communication, Media & Acting for Camera (OPTIONAL) - 20 credits
The second year will provide further opportunities for you to develop the skills acquired in Year One. Dance classes will begin to involve choreographic responsibilities to further extend your range as a practitioner. Singing classes will continue to explore and develop core skills studied in Level 4/Year 1 whilst also exploring the singing styles of rock and pop to further broaden your range as a performer. You’ll also develop your ability to work on a variety of scripted projects, exploring a range of non-naturalistic genres from Epic, Absurd and Avant-garde which will familiarise you with new modes of acting. This is the year when you’ll also undertake a number of major productions, to be performed in our own theatre as well as in external venues.
Year 3 - Level 6 - 120 credits
MT303 Engaging with Industry - 20 credits
AMT311 Professional Performance Realisation - 40 credits
CS601 Independent Research Project - 20 credits
AMT314 Group Innovations & Artistic Development - 20 credits
MT306 Choreography For Performance (OPTIONAL) - 20 credits
AMT313 Advanced Media Techniques (OPTIONAL) - 20 credits
AMT315 Singing For Industry (OPTIONAL) - 20 credits
During the final year you will be preparing for a lifelong career in the Creative Industries. The focus is on full-scale productions which are performed in major national venues for both public and industry professionals. The culmination of your training will end in a showcase in London for Agents and Casting Directors. By this stage in the programme you will have built up a body of work that demonstrates the risks you’ve taken and the creative and analytical journey you have travelled. To some extent you can choose the direction of this journey based on how you see your future as a professional performer. Musical Theatre is a highly competitive area but by the end of the year, you will have reached the level of professionalism needed to launch your career.
All Modules delivered at the University Centre. 630 contact hours per year (21 hours per week) plus additional 9 hours a week minimum self directed study time.
Assessments for all performance modules are practical while written assessments cover one academic module per level. 90 credits practical / 30 credits written - per level. Assessment is continuous and measured against learning outcomes. It is monitored through class work, scene studies, workshops, performances and formal essays and journals.
Feedback is provided in both formal and informal sessions and this forms an integral part of the learning process. A formal Progress Review takes place at the end of each term which monitors and tracks your assessment and achievement.
Breakdown of methods of assessment, by year for this course:
Year 1: 3% written exams, 28% coursework, 69% practical exams
Year 2: 3% written exams, 25% coursework, 72% practical exams
Year 3: 0% written exams, 28% coursework, 72% practical exams
Year 1 - Level 4
MT01 Acting for Music Theatre - 50% Coursework, 30% Practical, 20% Examination
MT103 Dance Technique - 50% Coursework, 30% Practical, 20% Examination
MT104 Performance Preparation - 50% Coursework, 30% Practical, 20% Examination
MT105 Performance Practice - 50% Coursework, 30% Practical, 20% Examination
CS401 Thinking into Making - 100% Coursework
AMT112 Singing Technique - 40% Coursework, 20% Practical, 40% Examination
Year 2 - Level 5
MT203 Advanced Dance Technique - 40% Coursework, 40% Practical, 20% Examination
MT205 Performance Realisation - 40% Coursework, 40% Practical, 20% Examination
CS501 Research into Practice - 100% Coursework
AMT212 Advanced Singing Technique - 40% Coursework, 40% Practical, 20% Examination
AMT214 Ensemble Performance and Collaboration - 40% Coursework, 40% Practical, 20% Examination
MT206 Commercial Dance (OPTIONAL) - 40% Coursework, 40% Practical, 20% Examination
MT207 Commerical Singing (OPTIONAL) - 40% Coursework, 40% Practical, 20% Examination
AMT213 Communication, Media & Acting for Camera (OPTIONAL) - 40% Coursework, 40% Practical, 20% Examination
Year 3 - Level 6
MT303 Engaging with Industry - 30% Coursework, 50% Practical, 20% Examination
AMT311 Professional Performance Realisation - 30% Coursework, 50% Practical, 20% Examination
CS601 Independent Research Project - 100% Coursework
AMT314 Group Innovations & Artistic Development - 30% Coursework, 50% Practical, 20% Examination
MT306 Choreography For Performance (OPTIONAL) - 30% Coursework, 50% Practical, 20% Examination
AMT313 Advanced Media Techniques (OPTIONAL) - 30% Coursework, 50% Practical, 20% Examination
AMT315 Singing For Industry (OPTIONAL) - 50% Coursework, 50% Practical
Teaching and Learning Methods
Teaching centres around technique classes, rehearsal sessions, formal lectures, group seminars and 1:1 advice & guidance. Hours will be demanding and will increase during production weeks.
Support is available through our dedicated HE support team.
The training we offer draws on the professional experience of our academic team with contributions from working performers and directors making this a truly inspiring course.
Percentage of time spent in different learning activities, by year for this course:
Year 1: 55% time in lectures and seminars, 45% time in independent study
Year 2: 50% time in lectures and seminars, 50% time in independent study
Year 3: 41% time in lectures and seminars, 59% time in independent study
Work Placement and Field Trips
There is no work placement required as part of the course.
All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
Read our tuition fees guide.
You will be required to purchase a basic supply of 'blacks' dance wear. These are available from any supplier therefore costs may vary. An estimated cost for this is approximately £75 per year.You should also be aware that there may be additional costs to consider such as optional educational visits and photocopying/printing
You will need a basic supply of black studio dancewear. These can be purchased from any supplier.
Regulation and Accreditation
This programme is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
Terms and Conditions
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