BA (Hons) Dance and Musical Theatre

Course details

UCAS Course code WW53

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Turn your passion for musical theatre into a career by taking our specialised course! We explore a fantastic range of contemporary and popular dance techniques, choreography and physical theatre. You'll develop your practical skills through taking part in productions and participating in workshops led by professional practitioners. We'll help you develop your song and dance talents to a professional level, building up new opportunities for working in musical theatre.

We fully understand the desire to move into a career after graduation, which is why employability is a major part of our course. You'll learn valuable skills and experience to help you stand out at auditions, with much of what you learn useful for any number of roles outside the theatre as well. You'll develop the confidence in yourself and your abilities to put on a first class performance every time, so get started on the path to stardom by joining our fully supportive course!

Your first year will introduce you to practical dance skills in contemporary, jazz and ballet. These are accompanied by four internal showings and two supporting essays.

You will work as a dancer in your second year, making and performing two dance pieces, including one choreographed by an external professional designed specifically for an off-campus site. In the past these have included Ascendance Rep Dance Company, Ballet Lorent and Northern Ballet. You'll also gain work experience through placement with a professional studio, including Motionhouse Dance, Ludos Dance, Playstation Penrith, Camp America and Razzmatazz

Your final year will continue your dance work in a major final performance led by an external choreographer, and by creating an original dance piece for the main theatre. You'll research and write an extended essay on a subject of your choice within the area of dance.

Programme specification

For detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.

Download the programme specification (PDF)

2017 entry

112-128 UCAS tariff points.

The UCAS tariff has changed for 2017, you can find out more about the new tariff and qualification options from the new UCAS tariff table

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

2018 entry

112-128 UCAS tariff points.

Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

Full-time courses

Apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), between September and January; they will send your application on to us. Applications submitted after this date will be considered late and the course you have applied for might be full by this time; however, we will consider you for alternative suitable courses.

Their website provides all the information you need about universities, courses, locations, entry requirements and financial support. You are allowed to select up to five course choices. You need to use the correct UCAS campus and course codes as not all courses are offered at every campus. You will be asked for the following information when you apply online:

Institution code name: UoC

Institution code: C99

Campus location:

  • A Ambleside
  • B Brampton Road, Carlisle
  • E University of Cumbria at Energus, Workington
  • F Fusehill Street, Carlisle
  • L Lancaster
  • T University of Cumbria in London
  • Y University of Cumbria at Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness

Part-time courses

Applications should be made online directly to the university; visit our website or contact for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.

What makes a good application?

We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential-evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.

Make sure you include:

  • Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
  • A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
  • A good personal statement.
  • Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.

What next?

When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.

And if I accept?

The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.

Deferred entry

We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.

International students

Applications for full-time undergraduate study are made through UCAS. Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.

From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.

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You'll be fully qualified to work as a performer in a range of sectors, whether you join a professional theatre or start your own touring company. The skills you learn will help you in any work requiring quality communication skills, such as in the media, public relations or teaching.

You can also use this qualification to progress to MA or PGCE study.

We have exceptional facilities to help improve your performance. You'll tread the boards on our main theatre with capacity for 180 people, and our in-house studio theatre which seats 80. Our purpose-built dance studio comes complete with mirrors, barre, sprung floor and air conditioning, providing an excellent location for building up your techniques.

Productions are facilitated by set-construction workshops, sound recording studios and multimedia production edit suites. Our rehearsal rooms include three drama studios, two singing rooms and conventional teaching spaces. Just take a look at our learning resources for Performing Arts to find out more.

Just singing and dancing in The Lanes

Half term shoppers in The Lanes, Carlisle were happy to put their shopping on hold for a few minutes today to be entertained by students from the University of Cumbria.

Third year BA (Hons) Joint Honours Dance and Musical Theatre Performance students, Ash Goosey and Faye Etherington (pictured), have had a piece of their original choreography selected for performance at the prestigious Dance Cuts Weekend in Lancaster. Their piece, titled Inversely Proportional, is described as 'a purely experimental piece collaborating dance and science, exploring the relationship between light and time and how they behave together.'