BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

Note: This course is found under the Undergraduate option when making a UCAS application NOT the Conservatoire option.

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Study BA (Hons) Musical Theatre at Leeds Conservatoire

Our Musical Theatre degree is designed to prepare performers for a sustainable career in the fast-paced Musical Theatre industry.

Through studio practice and professional training you will develop as an authentic, multi-faceted performing artist, undertaking high level acting, dance and singing training within the unique environment of a leading European music conservatoire.

 

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 3 Years
  • UCAS Course Code(s): W311
  • UCAS Institution Code: L30
  • Apply Via: UCAS Undergraduate Application (note: this course cannot be found under the 'Conservatoire' application option)
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Validated By: University of Hull

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Course Overview

Professional Training

Taught in small groups for your practical work and training, you will hone your skills as an actor within Musical Theatre through tuition in singing, acting, movement/mime/physical theatre and voice. Dance training will involve classes in ballet, tap and jazz, inclusive of the varying jazz styles (street, commercial, lyrical and contemporary) found in the modern industry. In your third year, you will work towards full scale Musical Theatre public performances, including an industry showcase where casting agents and industry insiders will be invited to watch you perform.

Career Focus

As a Leeds Conservatoire graduate, you will be fully prepared for a sustainable career in the Musical Theatre industry and beyond, with the skills and potential to work across various forms of theatre and screen work.

Working with practitioners from Leeds Playhouse and conservatoire staff, you will study alongside active professionals and expert Musical Theatre educators who will train you to the highest, industry standard.

Our course is professionally accredited, which will allow graduates to gain full Equity and Spotlight membership upon graduation.

Collaboration

Leeds Conservatoire’s creative environment, encompassing musicians, composers and performers, combined with our teaching and learning approach, will shape your talent and inspire your passion in preparation for the diverse world of Musical Theatre.

Purpose-built specialist facilities

Musical Theatre is taught in a bespoke building with state-of-the-art specialist facilities. With a panoramic view over the city landscape, this £60m development houses bespoke performing arts facilities for our students.

Developed by industry leaders The Studio People, state-of-the-art dance and drama studio spaces sit alongside a 180-seat purpose-built theatre. Three additional music ensemble rooms complete this exciting addition to the conservatoire’s award-winning facilities.

Career destinations

Graduates from Leeds Conservatoire have gone on to a wide variety of careers including Opera Singers, Musical Directors and more. Find out further information in our Alumni section.

“The training here is absolutely fantastic and I’ve seen so much improvement in myself since coming to study here. The tutors are amazing – they are all active in the industry and they know what we need to be successful in this world – being able to learn from their expertise has helped me progress my skills so much.”
– Alex Terry, Musical Theatre student

What you will study 

Acting is central to this BA (Hons) Musical Theatre course and informs your training in both singing and dance, developing you in to a fully rounded professional musical theatre performer.  Alongside this, a professional studies strand will develop your core business skills, including showreel creation, audition technique and more. See our module specifications page for detailed module specification documents.

Acting 1: Fundamentals of Dramatic Techniques

This module looks to equip you with the core fundamentals of Actor training. Themes developed in this strand will run central to your training in Voice, Dance and Performance modules. Specific Actor-Movement classes will allow you to discover the neutral body, and develop your ability to communicate effectively within the space as an ensemble member, whilst you will develop fundamental skills in Acting Through Song classes. In particular you will explore the full breadth of who you are as an artist, as well as developing techniques to work with others through spontaneity, play and improvisation. In the second semester dramatic texts will be introduced to further explore these skills.

Dance 1: Fundamentals of Dance

You will receive core training in Ballet, Tap and Jazz dance styles, inclusive of Contemporary, Lyrical and Commercial as well as Broadway, in which you will develop your dance and movement skills. The emphasis will be on developing secure, fundamental dance techniques that are stylistically required for musical theatre.

You will also be introduced to the fundamentals of dance specific aspects of health and well-being, including such forms as Body/Mind Centring as well as weekly fitness classes to develop your overall strength and stamina.

Voice 1: Fundamentals of Voice

Voice fundamentals incorporates the technical training of both spoken and sung voice. You will develop your vocal performance towards stylistically accurate performance of a range of repertoire. A specialist tutor will oversee and direct your technical and musical development in weekly private singing lessons. Weekly Voice class will allow you develop freedom, colour and resonance within your spoken voice whilst regular Ensemble Singing classes will develop your musicianship, including your knowledge of music-theory and ability to sight read from a score.

Performance Project 1

You will prepare, rehearse and present an in-programme performance that demonstrates the acquisition of your Acting and Performance skills. In this context you will practice and demonstrate what you have learned through engagement with external directors and contributors. You will explore the integration of your performance skills and collaborate whilst contributing creatively and personally to this artistic performance endeavour.

Professional Studies 1: Working in the Arts

This module will introduce you to the various roles involved in the theatre with a series of short masterclass lectures delivered by people working in these various roles across the industry. These classes will act as inspiration as you begin your study if you are looking for wider application of the practical skills you develop as part of the programme.

Throughout the module you will be encouraged to identify your personal strengths and weaknesses in regards to your training and develop online portfolios of your progress throughout the year, including recordings and written accounts. These portfolios are intended to form the basis of your public online profiles in Year 2 and beyond.

Contextual Studies 1: Theatre Practice and Practitioners

This module is designed to help you to develop research strategies and methodologies by looking at a range of influential practitioners across theatre and the development of theatre and performance training.

These sessions are designed to reflect the scheme of work for Acting 1 – Fundamentals of Dramatic Techniques. You will also further interrogate these theories through practical complementary sessions where you will explore practical exercises relating to the themes and content of the weekly lectures.

Acting 2: Intermediate Dramatic Techniques

This module is designed to further develop your capacity with regard to your knowledge and understanding of acting following on from your first year of training. This module focuses specifically on the development of character and applying your skills to contemporary texts, as well as further exploring your personal methodology and approach to acting in ‘self-to-other’ performance. The module is also designed to continue to embed professionally important aspects of self-reliance and self-discipline, as well as significant skills in the collaborative behaviours that are crucial in the context of co-creation, rehearsal and performance.

Dance 2: Intermediate Techniques in Dance

This module is designed to build upon and deepen secure and consistent technique in dance and specialised physical skills. The module includes compulsory classes in Jazz, Ballet and Tap, whilst choreographic influences stretch to more individual practitioners, for example Jerome Robbins and Bob Fosse. Choreography covered in Dance 2 should serve to best prepare you for Performance Project 2.

Voice 2: Intermediate Techniques in Voice

At Level 5 Voice progresses from the exploration of your own physical and vocal potential to using the body and voice in the transformation process to character. Your training in semester one will stretch your abilities in terms of vocal quality, character and energy. You will continue to develop your technique and repertoire through class and private tuition.

Semester 1 is concerned with general skills acquisition, whereas semester 2 focuses on coaching in specific skills for the end of year project, bringing your training together in performance.

Performance Project 2

In this module you will prepare, rehearse and present a medium scale in-house performance work that demonstrates performance skills acquired on the programme for an audience that is made up of students from other levels and programmes across the institution. In this context you will practice and demonstrate what you have learned through engagement with directors and other contributors. You will integrate your performance and collaborative skills whilst contributing creatively and personally to this artistic performance endeavour.

Professional Studies 2: Creating Your Own Work

This module builds on skills developed as part of Professional Studies 1 – Working in the Arts. You will be given opportunities to learn skills relating to developing your personal profile, as well as mounting your own work. As part of both, you will explore creative problem-solving techniques, as well as the formal aspects of pitch writing, budgeting, copyright, legal services, health and safety, risk assessment etc.

As part of this module potential employers or funders for new work will be identified, giving you examples of companies you may wish to contact at Level 6 and beyond.

Contextual Studies 2: History and Context of Theatre

This module is designed to introduce you to the context of contemporary and classical dramatic writing, acting, movement and dance and addresses core academic skills. You will also further interrogate these theories through practical complementary sessions where students, in cohort groups, will explore practical exercises relating to the themes and content of the weekly lectures.

Advanced Techniques

This module gives you the opportunity to develop vocal, dance and performance skills in relation to your programme productions – linked to your Industry Showcases and Group Public Performance.

You will receive weekly classes in Dance, Acting and Voice. You will also receive individual 1:1 tuition at appropriate times throughout the year to receive tailored practical sessions on particular performance techniques in support of the voice strand and accompanying assessments.

Specialist Skills

This module is designed to allow you to develop additional skills to support your professional career. Through working in classes not wholly focussed on musical theatre, you have the opportunity to broaden your versatility and employability.

Within this module, all students will focus on utilising skills acquired through Acting Levels 4 and 5 through working in an Acting for Camera class.

In addition you will study another area to specialise in (in agreement with the programme team). One option from a choice of three will be selected at the end of level 5.

Example options*:

  • Musicianship – Students on this option will develop as Actor-Musicians through working on a staged piece
  • Advanced Dance – Students on this option will gain extra dance skills in specialist areas
  • Stage Combat – Students on this option will learn the skills required for recognised stage combat qualifications
  • Gymnastics and Tumbling – Students on this option will take weekly lessons in acrobatic skills
  • Shakespeare - Students on this option will delve further in to the work of William Shakespeare

*Note: The options offered are purely illustrative and may include some or none of the above - these are purely illustrative and the range of options to choose from will directly relate with current industry trends.

Professional Ensembles

This module is designed to build upon and deepen secure and consistent technique in dance and performance whilst also developing skills and experience in the life and experiences of Musical Theatre artists in their early career.

Audition Technique classes are imperative in giving students the experience to handle the pressures and demands of industry auditions, this includes learning audition material at speed and delivering credible results in pressured situations/auditions. These classes will look at dance, vocal and acting auditions, including self-tapes

Swing Project will develop the tools and skills needed for Musical Theatre ensemble members to learn multiple ‘Tracks’ meaning multiple variations of staging, choreography and vocal lines. A swing needs to be able to jump in to a role/ensemble with a moment’s notice, therefore preparation, practice and diligence are required.

Group Public Performance

In this module students prepare, rehearse and present a full-scale production that demonstrates performance skills acquired on the programme for an audience that is made up of students from other levels and programmes across the institution as well as a public audience.  In this context students practice and demonstrate what they have learned through engagement with directors and other contributors. Students integrate their performance and collaborative skills whilst contributing creatively and personally to this artistic performance endeavour.

It is intended that you, and the conservatoire, will facilitate exposure to the industry and to the media to ensure that the work is prominently presented to the public alongside the Industry Showcase module at Level 6.

Industry Showcases

Students will take part in two events designed to allow them to demonstrate their skills to industry figures. A Panel Day and a Showcase.

The Panel Day invites agents and casting directors to the conservatoire to view a group number followed by individual appointments with selected students. This allows students to work on a one-to-one basis with the agent and demonstrate their skills and also professionalism in a solo, audition environment.

In the showcase, working with a professional theatre director, the performance will be devised and rehearsed. Performances take place at an appropriate external professional venue in front of an invited audience of agents and casting directors.

Preparation for the Profession

Students will have the opportunity to develop showreel content in acting, voice and dance which will be showcased to future employers, agents and casting directors in the pursuit of professional work.

Students will receive a tailored timetable in the key skill areas they wish to improve and develop in order to graduate from the programme with the required and desired level of skill. Within this seminars will cover important aspects of self-employment and life skills such as tax returns, contracts and professionalism.

These module specifications are for applicants choosing to start their course in the 2020/21 academic year. In compliance with University of Hull regulations, the conservatoire retains the right to make minor amendments and improvements to course, programme and module content year on year. This may result in minor changes to these specifications by September 2020.

“The facilities at the conservatoire are just outstanding – the rehearsal spaces are fantastic plus the access to drama online and scripts is really improving my education.”
– Zoe Martin, Musical Theatre student
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Playhouse Square

Bespoke Specialist Facilities: Playhouse Square

Our Performing Arts training takes place at the conservatoire’s industry-leading performance facilities in Playhouse Square. Located just a few minutes walk away from our main building on Quarry Hill, it adds a further 1,200 sq m of specialist teaching and practice space.

With a panoramic view over the city landscape, the top floor of this £60m campus houses bespoke performing arts facilities for our theatre and performing arts courses.

Developed by industry leaders The Studio People, state-of-the-art dance and drama studio spaces sit alongside a 180-seat purpose-built theatre. Three additional music ensemble rooms, a break-out learning zone for students and a green room complete this exciting addition to the conservatoire’s award-winning facilities.

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“Leeds is the only city outside of London to have its own internationally-renowned Ballet and Opera companies. Leeds Conservatoire is surrounded by an incredible array of leading culture and arts institutions providing an inspirational environment in which to study musical theatre.”
– Professor Joe Wilson, Vice Principal and Director of Curriculum, Leeds Conservatoire

Entry requirements, fees & applying

Course Facts

Course Type: Undergraduate, Single Honours
Duration: 3 years
Study Mode: Full Time
Start date: September 2022
Validated by: University of Hull*

*Note for applicants for 2022/23 entry onwards:

Leeds Conservatoire plans to apply to the Office for Students for Degree Awarding Powers. If we are granted Degree Awarding Powers, your degree may be awarded by Leeds Conservatoire rather than validated by the University of Hull.

Course Key Information Document 2020/21

Entry Requirements

96 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 studies or equivalent, which normally include an A Level or BTEC Extended Diploma in a Music / Dance / Acting-related subject.

A minimum of three GCSEs including English Language at Grade C / Grade 4 or above or equivalent international qualification, eg IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in each component).

Read full entry requirements

Audition Information

Find more information and course-specific  audition guides for UK applicants and International Applicants.

How To Apply

Apply via: UCAS Undergraduate (not Conservatoires)
UCAS Code: W311
UCAS Institution Code: L30

Read our step-by-step application guide

Tuition Fees
International Applicants

If you are an international applicant, visit our dedicated International section of the website for information on:

  • How To Apply
  • Auditions
  • International Entry Requirements
  • Fees & Funding
“The tutors here are phenomenal – they’re all working in the industry which keeps everything really current. They are passionate about what they do and they value us all as individuals and see our strengths.”
– Niamh Hendron, Musical Theatre student

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