Musical Theatre - BA Hons Degree
Course Code: VP1HE56
UCAS Code: WW34
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The BA (Hons) Musical Theatre degree provides an in-depth approach to an exciting discipline and industry, combining academic study with rigorous practical exploration to fully prepare students to enter a thriving and ever-evolving industry.
In addition to the core Musical Theatre disciplines of acting, singing, dancing, performance and critical thinking, the degree also offers a choice of two pathways (Commercial Dance or Theatre Making) that will allow you, in your first year to tailor your training to your personal and professional aspirations.
The degree is located in the centre of Blackpool and is surrounded a host of stunning entertainment venues steeped in history and heritage.
Every year, we have the privilege of working alongside a number of local and regional professional theatre organisations that regularly feed into the programme.
In your final year, you will have the opportunity to perform at an external venue selected from one of the many incredible local theatres on our doorstep. In addition to the main programme, the degree offers regular industry opportunities that range from guest talks, practical workshops, industry projects and full scale productions.
A unique feature of the programme is its ability to offer students a highly intensive, practical and vocationally focused programme in all disciplines of Musical Theatre.
The programme has been developed by staff with professional experience and credited theatre training behind them, who aim to deliver a range of learning opportunities that will challenge and motivate you.
The team fully believe in the importance of this type of training and the opportunities that this will bring; a programme which is engaging for its students and one that provides you with the experience and opportunity to work in the industry as creative professionals.
In order to gain entry onto the programme, you will need a minimum of 96 UCAS points in an appropriate discipline (excluding functional skills) and GCSE English Language at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).
Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis.
Applicants will also be invited to an audition day to assess suitability for the programme. The day consists of a series workshops in acting, singing and dancing.
All workshops will be delivered in groups; and you will have the opportunity to work with current students to get a real hands-on experience of what studying on the programme would be like.
The second part of the process will give you the opportunity to present your own work, which fully demonstrates your talent and expertise. Applicants will be required to select one option from the following:
A song from the musical theatre cannon and a monologue from a published play. (Both pieces should not exceed three minutes).
A song from the musical theatre cannon and a dance piece located within musical theatre. (Both pieces should not exceed three minutes).
Selection will be based on a scoring matrix, which considers your overall performance alongside your ability to demonstrate technical skills at Level 3.
Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.
Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.
Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.
|Assessment Method||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6|
Level 4 Modules
|Engaging the Archive||VP4MD059||20||Mandatory|
|Vocal Techniques for Musical Theatre||VP4MD060||20||Mandatory|
|Modern Performance Techiniquss 1890 Onwards||VP4MD061||20||Mandatory|
|Musical Theatre Dance Styles Ballet and Jazz||VP4MD062||20||Mandatory|
|The Integrated Musical||VP4MD063||20||Mandatory|
|Commercial Dance Styles Comm Contemp Tap||VP4MD064||20||Optional (most common)|
|Collaborative Theatre Maker||VP4MD065||20||Optional|
Level 5 Modules
|Vocal Practices of the Musical Theatre Performer||VP5MD045||20||Mandatory|
|Musical Theatre Dance Styles Adv Performer||VP5MD046||20||Mandatory|
|Choral Performance Techniques Community||VP5MD047||20||Mandatory|
|The Concept Musical||VP5MD048||20||Mandatory|
|Ballet Reimagined||VP5MD049||20||Optional (most common)|
|Theatre Making for Performance||VP5MD050||20||Optional|
Level 6 Modules
|Major Research Project||VP6MD048||40||Mandatory|
|The Engaging Entrepreneur Art Theatre Perform||VP6MD049||20||Mandatory|
|Choreography for Performance||VP6MD052||20||Optional (most common)|
|Creative Developments and Innovations||VP6MD053||20||Optional|
Teaching and Learning Methods
Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.
Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.
Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.
|Learning Method||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6|
Industry Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
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 technical and industrial experience and professional practice.
Read our tuition fees guide.