BA (Hons) Musical Theatre One-Year Top Up

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This innovative, one-year programme has been designed to enable committed performers to extend their understanding of musical theatre production. The course offers students and practitioners the opportunity to explore aspects of musical theatre not usually addressed in vocational training and provides access to further HE study and enhanced employment opportunity when considering career progression.

The course programme is flexible and adaptable and has been designed to accommodate professional working patterns. Following a two-day Induction at LTA’s Performing Arts Centre, students meet with tutors on one Sunday a month at a Campus Study Day (CSD) for a day of workshops, seminars, lectures and one-to-one tutorials. A comprehensive, online tutorial system ensures students receive full support and guidance from Personal tutors as they work on written research projects in the periods between CSDs.

Running from September to May each year, the course comprises three units: Research and Development in Musical Theatre Practice; Critical Analysis of Musical Theatre in Production and Production in Musical Theatre Practice.



Research and Development in Musical Theatre Practice

In this unit students explore the relationship between historical and current Musical Theatre traditions and create a present day ‘virtual’ production based upon resources, practitioners and creatives drawn from any era. Assessment is by written assignment and verbal presentation.

Critical Analysis of Musical Theatre in Production

In this unit students visit the same professional, musical theatre production on three occasions and carry out a full critical analysis based on the experience of seeing the production from three different time and vantage points. Assessment is by written assignment.

Production and Production in Musical Theatre Practice

In unit three students draw upon their experience of units one and two to stage a short piece of musical theatre. Students may choose to be assessed in performance, choreography or direction, each of which is accompanied by an analytical production notebook and viva.



Application Process and Further Information

Applicants to the course must be over eighteen years of age on entry and hold the Trinity College London Professional Diploma in Musical Theatre, Dance or Acting at Level five or its equivalent. Candidates who can demonstrate at least five years’ consistent employment in the professional performing arts will also be considered.

Course fees are £9,250.00. A payment instalment scheme is available.

Additional expenditure will include the cost of three visits to a professional, musical theatre production as required in unit two.

There are no auditions for the course but all candidates are required to take part in a thirty minute online or face-to-face interview with a course tutor. The interview will focus on the candidate’s academic and professional experience to date and offer an opportunity to discuss the course in more detail. Interviews normally take place in February and March of the year of entry.

Those applying for the course should Download an APPLICATION FORM HERE PDF DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION FORM HERE (WORD DOC) 

Candidates will be notified of the outcome of an application within two weeks of interview.



“This course has proved to be an ideal platform to develop my individual artistry. The freedom of exploration allows me to tailor my learning to suit my professional needs whilst providing exposure to various career options within the industry.”   

Andrew Hudson (2016 graduate)

"This course ignited my desire to explore other avenues within the performing arts. I joined the course as a performer and I graduated as a performer, choreographer, creative and entrepreneur. The course was both challenging and equally rewarding and I am most grateful for how the three units were tailored in such a way that I could continue perusing my professional performing career, whilst I studied."

Claire Seymour (2018 graduate)

"This course has allowed me to broaden my opportunities within the performing arts industry. The alternative ways of thinking encouraged throughout have prompted me to become more intuitive and confident about my own skills. I am able to apply academic learning and performance skills interchangeably. This has lead to the creation of my own, unique, business venture, alongside auditioning and performing. I am more open minded about the future and can see the range of career opportunities related to performing arts that I did not realise were available to me before." 

Lily Cooper, (2019 graduate)

"This course not only provided me with the skills and confidence to develop as a performer, but also supported me in my progression as an independent critical thinker which is so important in understanding my craft and the opportunities available to me in the industry as I move forward in my career."

Darcy Aspinall (2019 graduate)


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