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BA (Hons) Musical Theatre


Course code W312

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Course code W312

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Location Carlisle - Brampton Road
Duration Full-time, 3 Years
Start date September 2020
Entry Requirements Programme specification (PDF)
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Combine acting, singing and dance while working with high-profile directors and choreographers to become a graduate who can confidently step into this competitive industry.

We have designed our BA (Hons) Musical Theatre course so you explore musical theatre performance history and cultural contexts but with ample opportunities to devise, script and compose your own projects - so the professional artist in you will be given every chance to flourish.

Why choose University of Cumbria

With 75% practical studio classes taught by staff with years of professional musical theatre and academic experience, you'll gain a solid basis to excel and express yourself freely with detailed technique and complete confidence, and you’ll do it alongside our expert staff and visiting industry professionals. Work with top and up-coming musical directors and choreographers.

Taught by academic tutors with practical and professional performing backgrounds, who will bring their invaluable first-hand experience to their teaching.

  • Our entrepreneurial focus provides you with excellent employment prospects
  • Develop your acting and singing talents to a high standard through exploring different vocal and acting styles.
  • Small class sizes mean we can concentrate on individuals; our aim is to help you flourish Develop confident audition techniques - boosting your chances of a securing a role after graduation
  • Stage your performances in our campus-based Stanwix Main House or Studio Theatres - fantastic, creative spaces which host more than 200 performances per year
  • Gain sound business knowledge so you can succeed as a self-employed artist or set up your own creative company
  • Utilise the breadth of academic, practical and entrepreneurial skills to successfully work in a variety of professional work environments
  • Opportunity to work on musicals, cabarets and solo projects and also in the graduate showcases in Carlisle and London's West End
  • Access to great student spaces and facilities, including a library specialising in resources for the arts and includes a large collection of journals
  • Live and learn on our vibrant Institute of the Arts campus in the historic and bustling city of Carlisle.

Within 20 minutes you'll be in Scotland and, in the other direction, in the stunning Lake District National Park – now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Add to that close to the spectacular North West coastline and you’ll never be stuck for something to do.

Performance of Under Milk Wood Institute of Arts University of Cumbria, student performance with female pointing and looking at male, with 2 females in the background

Leave here with an audition-ready portfolio of work, confidence, and the skills to pursue further study if desired. Our students have recently had the chance to work with Stuart Pedlar, renowned Sondheim Specialist Musical Director, Shelby Williams, Associate Director on Bend it like Beckham and Made in Dagenham, and Michele Thorne, West End Choreographer, Agent and previously the choreographer for Saturday Night Live.

We offer all of this so that our graduates leave with high levels of professional knowledge and skills. And, thanks to the industry links made on the course, many have been successful in securing a job in musical theatre and related professional industries.

So, join them by studying our BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre on a dedicated and creative arts campus where your passion for performance and discovery will be empowered.

Course Study Options

This course is also available with an integrated foundation year.

Foundation Degree

Your Career After Your Degree

Our graduates leave with high levels of professional knowledge and skills. Many have been successful in securing a job in musical theatre, securing an agent, gaining places on Conservatoire MA Performance Programmes, Postgraduate Teacher Training Programmes and Arts Management Masters programmes. So, join them by studying this course on a dedicated and creative arts campus where your passion for performance will be empowered. 

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