BA (Hons) Music Theatre is a much sought-after course with a highly regarded reputation from former students and professionals within the industry. It's the perfect course for creative students and will give the opportunity to participate in all aspects of music theatre performance. It's practice-based and offers you the chance to engage in music theatre practice through a combination of skills development, performing and devising work and investigation and research.
You’ll be able to work on projects with the community as part of your course work and also put on performances in public venues. You could also get the opportunity to perform overseas - previous students have performed in France and Shanghai.
Voice and acting are two significant areas within the course which considers these performance activities as inextricably linked. The voice modules concentrate on singing and the spoken word through focusing on the use of text in performance. The acting modules focus on physical awareness applied to the performance space as well as acting techniques. Other modules offer opportunities in music composition and contextual study. Although the course is made up of separate modules there is an integrated and holistic approach to their delivery.
The course provides you with the opportunity to perform in the production of existing works and as well as the creation and realisation of new work. You will participate in one major production in each year with an opportunity to create a major devised piece in both the second and third year.
“I graduated from UCLan in 2012 and can honestly say it was one of the best experiences of my life. The training you receive is of such a high standard and it really opens your eyes to different types of theatre that you maybe haven't explored before. Since graduating I have been in pantomimes, aboard cruise ships and in 5* resorts abroad as a lead vocalist and this was all made possible from the training I received at UCLan.”
Abbie Stock BA (Hons) Music Theatre 2012
“I graduated from UCLan in 2009. The experience was unbelievable and I learnt so much in my three years on the course, from vocal techniques right through to life skills. After graduating I went into the world of cruise ships where I still work today. I really am grateful for the support of the tutors on the course as I honestly feel that they pushed me right up to my true potential, not only as a performer but as a person too.”
Jay Collins BA (Hons) Music Theatre 2009
“The Music Theatre course taught me invaluable performance skills. It opened my eyes to new areas of theatre and allowed me to explore and develop as not only a performer but a creator and choreographer. I got to work with amazing directors and tutors who still constantly support me in my career. The course led me to discover my passion for devised theatre and without it I wouldn't have achieved what I have since graduating. I've just finished spending a year doing a postgraduate course in Physical Theatre with Jasmin Vardimon Company and am now setting up as a professional Dance Artist"
Stacey Pepworth BA (Hons) Music Theatre 2013
“The Music Theatre course at UCLan gave me so much strength, confidence and knowledge as a performer. With so many things on offer, I was spoilt for choice and was able to progress in music, acting and dance and even became assistant technician for a year. The support from the tutors was incredible and they could, and still can, be counted on. I am currently teaching drama at one of the country's leading boarding schools and next year will be going on to study for my PGCE and Masters in Education.”
Jennifer Rackham BA (Hons) Music Theatre 2015
“The Music Theatre course at UCLan advanced my skill set to a professional level. By the time I left I felt ready for the industry and the next level of study. The course was flexible for my individual needs as a composer, musician and actor. The staff are exceptionally supportive of their students, even after graduating. They also helped facilitate my independent projects enabling me to produce four of my musicals during my time at UCLan. Since graduating I studied my MA in Musical Theatre Creation at Guildford School of Acting and have had my work produced at the Stable theatre, Ivy Arts Centre, the Union Theatre, Waterloo East, The Mill, and the Electric Theatre. I have recently been commissioned to write a musical at the Tristan Bates Theatre. I am also currently in talks with producers in London and Germany about further development of three of my musicals. I would highly recommend this course to any student wanting to take a similar career path.”
Ashley Walsh BA (Hons) Music Theatre 2014
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Each year the course takes a Graduate Showcase to an invited audience of industry professionals at a London venue. Venues have included the Soho Theatre and the Jermyn Street Theatre.
The University Chamber Choir is made up of Music Theatre students. The choir has a successful record of winning national competitions, including the Adult Category of Choir of the Year. The choir has an annual concert tour in France, and has also visited Shanghai.
Graduates from this course move into a variety of performance-related jobs including: musical theatre (West End, touring, regional and overseas), television, film, children’s theatre and TV, cruise ship entertainment, teaching, theatre in education, theatre representation and management, high profile singing engagements, voice-over work and many others.
Each year several graduates secure places on MA Musical Theatre and MA Acting courses. Recent graduates have gone to courses at all the major drama schools and conservatoires in the UK. Many of our graduates have secured prestigious bursaries and scholarships to support their post-graduate training, including the Ian Fleming Musical Theatre Award, The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarship, BBC Performing Arts Award, John Thaw Foundation Trust Award, Leverhulme Trust Bursary as well as some institution’s own bursaries.
Other graduates have gone to prestigious post-graduate courses in Music, Music Theatre Composition, Physical Theatre, Community Theatre, as well as PGCE teacher training. There are also opportunities for graduates to remain at UCLan to continue their studies at masters and doctoral level.