BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre Anglia Ruskin University
Develop as a triple-threat performer who excels at singing, acting and dancing, with our BA (Hons) Musical Theatre degree course in Cambridge.
As a Musical Theatre student at ARU, you’ll train with industry professionals, take part in showcases and productions from Year 1, and gain real-world experience.
On our BA (Hons) Musical Theatre degree you will gain skills unique to musical theatre training, specifically actor-musicianship, physical theatre, dance and choreography.
Your tutors will include established musical directors, artistic directors and choreographers – and you’ll learn in professional performing arts facilities including our Mumford Theatre.
With a buzzing creative scene, and opportunities to perform in renowned local venues, Cambridge is the perfect place to study Musical Theatre. You can even choose to study abroad for a semester, with funding on offer to help cover the cost.
In your first year as a Musical Theatre student, we’ll work on a small-scale musical, before tackling a full-scale book musical as your second year begins.
Next comes an Industry Project on an intense four- to five-week schedule, led by a professional director and our resident Musical Director. This gives you a real-world, authentic experience of industry practice in musical theatre production. We’ll also support you to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements. You can even take an optional placement year.
Our Musical Theatre degree features four productions and two skills showcases. You’ll learn advanced audition techniques and produce your own showreel. Alongside this, you’ll gain confidence, emotional resilience, and the ability to work as part of a team.
Graduate ready for careers in musical theatre and a wide range of professions in the creative industries, the arts, and education.
As an ARU student, you can also get involved with the University of Cambridge's Footlights comedy events as a writer, performer or member of the production team.
The impact of our Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, and Film & Screen Studies research achieved 'world-leading' in the Research Excellence Framework 2021.
- Technical Skills 1 and Showcase
- Technical Skills 2
- The Small-Scale Musical
- The Book Musical
- Ruskin Module (15 credits)
- Theatre Theory and Specialist Skills
- Industry Project
- Undergraduate Major Project
- Professional Preparation
- Professional Practice
- Stage Choreography
- Acting Through Song
- Vocal Reel
- Dance Collaboration
- Workshop Facilitation
Program Tuition Fee
Our BA (Hons) Musical Theatre degree prepares you for a variety of roles in the performing arts, and the wider creative industries. Our wide choice of optional modules means that you'll be able to specialise in a particular area if you choose to.
You can work as a musical theatre performer, director, choreographer, or stage manager or you could choose to focus on technical theatre. You could also create your own company, produce new work and tour it globally.
You can access jobs within arts organisations and management, act as a theatre producer or event organiser, or join theatre and companies' marketing teams. You may develop as an arts journalist or critic or you could work in arts fundraising.
As a graduate you’ll have access to numerous job opportunities in education, pursuing a career as a primary or secondary school teacher, or as a workshop facilitator for a variety of communities. You can work as a musical theatre assistant, supporting the school and students' productions; you might also have a role touring schools to use musical theatre to educate student groups.
A growing number of roles in the health sector look at the role of drama in well-being. If this area interests you, you might want to train as a drama therapist with our MA in Dramatherapy. Please use our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
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