We were ranked 5th in London for Music courses by the Guardian University Guide 2019.
This course encourages an intellectual and practice-based interrogation of musical theatre, as well as giving the actor/singer a respect for the various demands of written text and musical score.
Why choose this course?
This course is intended for those students who have a practical expertise in performance, and wish to develop these skills in actor-singer training further to enable entry to the professional world of performance. The individual exploration of 'sense over sound' is a notable and distinctive feature of this course.
The important work of Feldenkrais supports both the physical and vocal (sung and spoken) development of our actor-singers. In addition to the acquisition of a strong performance discipline, the course seeks to develop each student as an inspired self-thinking practitioner with the ability to devise and perform original musical theatre works - much of this pioneering work will be completed in conjunction with Mercury Musicals.
All the department's teaching staff are actively involved with their own professional disciplines. You can find out more about this in the staff biographies, but our teaching staff's research involvement with the industry includes:
- directing new work in association with composers and writers, and Mercury Musicals, and other associated activities funded by Arts Council and other initiatives
- actor movement
- the methods of study within a performance career
- textual studies
- the relationship between the sung and spoken voice
- current publications in progress associated with the art of the actor-singer, processes within musical theatre and such practitioners as Feldenkrais and Stanislavsky in the work undertaken by the students on this course.
Career and study progression
As a graduate, you may have a career in:
- Acting or Musical Theatre
- Community Theatre
- Theatre in Education
- Applied Theatre and Therapy (following successful completion of a postgraduate qualification in this area)
- Teaching (following the successful completion of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education programme)
As a successful graduate, you can go on to study a postgraduate course in a relevant field. The University offers a range of specialist courses at this level.
We have established our own creative agency affiliated to the course and have relevant links with the industry to promote the work of our students.
Uniquely, this course is placed within the music conservatoire sector, and provides individual singing tuition at all levels of the work, while engaging in the disciplines of acting, actor movement, voice, stage combat and dance.
The exciting and enriched environment of this study includes composers, performers, jazz musicians, music technology students, media, photographers and fashion designers.
Year One (Level 4)
- Acting 1 – Improvisation
- Acting 2
- Movement Studies 1
- Voice Studies
- Acting Through Song 1
- Textual Studies 1.
Year Two (Level 5)
- Acting 3
- Scene Analysis
- Movement Studies 2
- Voice Studies 2
- Acting Through Song 2.
Year Three (Level 6)
- Advanced Movement and Voice
- Advanced Theatre Production
- Professional Practice
- Public Production 1
- Research Project
- Devised Theatre Project
- Work-based Learning
- Music Education Workshop
- Theatre in Production.
120-128 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications which would normally include Music or a related subject.
These can include:
- A Levels at grade B, B and B, or above
- BTEC Extended Diploma with Distinction, Distinction, Merit
- Access to HE Diploma
You also need GCSE English and Maths (grade 9 – 4 / A* - C) or Level 2 equivalents.
Mature applicants (aged 21+): If you do not hold the above qualifications but possess relevant work experience, you are invited to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis.
Level 5 entry
If you wish to enter directly at level 5 of this course you will be required to follow procedures in accordance with the university regulations. The demonstration of appropriate knowledge, competencies and relevant industrial experience is required and will be considered by the relevant university board. You are an ideal candidate for entry at this level if you have a 120 undergraduate credits at level 4 or a CertHE in a related subject area.
Level 6 entry
If you wish to enter directly at level 6 of this course you will be required to follow procedures in accordance with the university regulations. The demonstration of appropriate knowledge, competencies and relevant industrial experience is required and will be considered by the relevant university board. You are an ideal candidate for entry at this level if you have a 240 undergraduate credits (at level 4 and 5), a DipHE, Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject area.
International entry criteria
International students need to meet our English language requirement at IELTS 6.0 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).