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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Learn from a friendly and supportive teaching team who have been engaged in musical theatre, acting, singing and dance in professional contexts

  • Rehearse and perform in our excellent Performing Arts Studios which provide six bespoke spaces and the latest technology for your productions 

  • Musical Theatre at Winchester achieved 95% overall satisfaction as rated by final-year undergraduate students in the 2020 National Student Survey

  • Work on exciting collaborations with industry partners who make sure you are tuned in to the latest training for the contemporary performing arts 

  • Produce and perform a final full-scale production with fellow students in a large public venue 

Musical theatre dazzles, inspires and entertains us. But it’s not all about singalongs and dancing in the aisles, there is business behind the show. Musicals exist as cultural artifacts that have been used to divert us from the pressures of the world and to confront social issues head-on using humour, passion, and pathos.

If you share the same passion for storytelling through song and movement in the most dynamic way possible, and enjoy collaborating creatively with others then our Musical Theatre degree is just the ticket for you. It combines drama, dance, voice and performing arts in a rewarding and vibrant programme that engages with historical and contemporary musical theatre.

Our aim is to put you through your paces, enabling you to become a well-rounded and versatile performer. To achieve this we offer a rich learning experience which brings together technical training in singing, acting and dance, with industry and contextual studies culminating in a number of practical projects. Teaching takes place in a unique interdisciplinary environment drawing on the combined strengths of the musical theatre team and staff from the drama and acting programmes, with contributions by industry professionals. 

Your first year provides a foundation of skills training in acting, singing and dance, underpinned by contextual and industry studies. You will be given the opportunity to engage in projects exploring creative devising and extended scene studies from the musical theatre stage.

Year 2 continues to develop your technical skills in acting, singing and dance, supported by further industry studies and theoretical approaches to understanding musical theatre. If you are seeking alternative careers to performing, you may consider taking an optional module exploring the role of the director and the dramaturge in making musical theatre works, rather than studying dance. You will also have the opportunity to experience workshopping a piece of musical theatre in its early stages of development and staging another piece in its later stages of development in the New Musical Theatre projects. There are also opportunities to study abroad in America, to further enhance life and cultural experiences.

Year 3 is your chance to fly. You will continue to explore advanced technique and repertoire through the final year with the aim of building a showcase. Alongside this training you will also engage in a theatre company project, making threads from your study together with the intention to make your own work beyond the degree. The degree culminates in a fully staged musical theatre production. Students who may be wanting to pursue alternate careers to performing may opt to undertake an independent research project.

You graduate with practical performance skills, industry knowledge, and an impressive work portfolio under your belt - basically you are ready to pursue a variety of careers within the musical theatre industry, with the confidence to pursue your dream job.

Musical theatre is a diverse and dynamic industry and this is reflected in the careers open to graduates who go on to find roles as musical theatre professionals creating, performing, researching or writing. Others work for theatrical houses that either receive shows or produce their own, or work with young people in education and community contexts.

Careers

Students pursue careers as musical theatre professionals creating, performing, researching or writing; working with young people as a teacher or in community contexts; or working for producing/receiving houses.

94% of our 2016/17 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course. (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey)

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for Applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work Placements

Students have the opportunity to undertake external internships.

Study Abroad

Our BA (Hons) Musical Theatre course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America (USA).

For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and Teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market.

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 480 hours
  • Independent learning: 720 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 516 hours
  • Independent learning: 684 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 312 hours
  • Independent learning: 888 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Key features of the student experience are the performance modules and assessment; opportunities to undertake professional internships; opportunities to participate in workshops with international professional artists; and the chance to work with staff on their own performance projects and research activities.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.

Teaching hours

All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.

Assessment

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:


Year 1 (Level 4)*:

• 14% coursework
• 0% written exams
• 86% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

• 12% coursework
• 0% written exams
• 88% practical exams


Year 3 (Level 6)*:

• 26% coursework
• 0% written exams
• 74% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

 

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2021 Entry: 96-112 points

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

International Baccalaureate: 96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 Higher level IB certificates at grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all four components.

Applicants to this course are expected to attend an interview at the University. Our Admissions Team will be in contact with further information about the format of the interview on receipt of your application.

Applicants from outside the UK can be interviewed via Skype if preferred.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International Students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Introduction to Musical Theatre 15

The module will be presented as a series of lecture/seminars introducing key practitioners, concepts, and contexts, exploring how the history of musical theatre performance informed – and was informed by – social and cultural developments across cultures, societies, and art forms.

It will encourage students to understand performance in relation to historical, cultural, social, and political contexts to inform their practical work on other modules. The module will contextualise musical theatre from a variety of broader perspectives, say gender or national identity, and will require students to consider their practical work in relation to the context(s) in which said work was written and first performed.

Acting Foundations 15

This performance ‘training’ module will introduce students to a variety of foundational techniques and skills that will be assessed here, while also implemented in other modules/projects. The module will explore several different acting techniques, be it ‘mining the text’ or ‘viewpoints’, and engage with the work of key practitioners, i.e. Stanislavski. Students will work on both individual and group material to develop as both an individual actor, but also as a group – or ensemble – member.

This module will provide a foundation for students by introducing, and exploring through practice, several key texts, textual approaches, practitioners, and broader approaches to acting in musical theatre.

Voice in Action 15

This module is an introduction to basic principles of vocal sound production technique from a holistic, release-based perspective. Fundamentals include: application of abdominal, thoracic, vertebral breathing patterns to sound production; techniques for the use of resonators and the cultivation of resonance; work with sustained tones; articulation of sound in the English language and alinguistic sounds.

Musical Theatre Dance 1 15

The module focuses on the development of the performer by building skills, knowledge and understanding through safe dance practice. Ballet and Jazz techniques, practices and approaches will underpin the classes on the module, supported by viewing live and video dance performance. Students will explore a range of movement styles and approaches with an aim of building their physical and expressive capacity. Focus will be on strength, flexibility, alignment and coordination to enable the exploration of different dance techniques and performance styles. Students will be encouraged to integrate these approaches to develop an individual embodiment for application in choreographic contexts dancing alone and as part of an ensemble/chorus.

Musical Theatre Industry 1 20

This module will look at the ways in which performers get work in Musical Theatre, with a particular focus on the audition process. Students will learn the importance of a wide repertoire, how to present themselves in the most professional manner possible, and what is expected of them.

Creative Devising Project 20

This performance ‘project’ enables students to engage critically and creatively with a multitude of ‘texts’ to, ultimately, craft a devised group performance. The module employs skills developed in other modules to empower students as both individual and ensemble performers. The module introduces students to several key improvisation/devising techniques and practices, require students to devise a variety of solo or small performance pieces, before constructing (with the guidance of the tutor) a group performance for assessment. The group performance is likely to be contained, or influenced, by a broader theme, topic, or text(s) determined by the tutor.

Extended Scene Study 20

This performance ‘project’ enables students to engage critically and creatively with a variety of musical theatre texts, styles, and genres. The module employs skills developed in other modules to empower students as both individual and ensemble performers. The module introduces students to several key musical theatre composers, librettists, directors, choreographers, and more, while also a variety of works from across different genres, contexts, and time periods (i.e. American ‘Golden Age’ musicals). The module culminates in the performance of a excerpts from several existing musicals, many of which will be contrasting in terms of style, genre, tone, compositional practice, time period, context, and so on.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Understanding Musical Theatre 15

This theoretical module will focus on understanding the way musical theatre performance responds to and is received in the context of history, genre, form, and socio-cultural identity politics. It will introduce key theoretical concepts, including globalisation, interculturalism, adaptation, and postmodernism, plus key political developments such as identity politics (i.e. feminism or intersectionality) and theories of the body to challenge the idea that musical theatre is simply ‘entertainment’.

It will be taught through lectures, seminars, and classroom discussions and tasks. The work of this module will inform the practical exploration in other modules and projects.

Advanced Acting Practices 15

This advanced performance ‘training’ module will develop student’s existing knowledge and understanding of key acting techniques and skills for level 5 study. The module will both expand and introduce several different acting techniques, be it ‘actioning’ or ‘states of tension’, and engage with the work of key practitioners, i.e. Meisner. Students will work on both individual and group material to develop as both an individual actor, but also as a group – or ensemble – member.

This module will enable students to engage with, and exploring through practice, several key texts, textual approaches, practitioners, and broader approaches to acting in musical theatre.

Developing the Voice 15

This module allows students to focus on the development of their own voices in relation to singing a range of musical theatre repertoire. Drawing on the knowledge and exploration undertaken at level 4 this module will facilitate the further development of individual student vocal potential across a range of genres and contexts, with the aim of developing the student voice capable of operating confidently across musical theatre styles. Focus will be placed on the development of technical confidence, competence and understanding in order to facilitate engagement with a range of texts and repertoires across the spectrum of vocal use.  Emphasis will be placed on the development of critical thinking and analysis and the development of reflective practice.

Musical Theatre Industry 2 20

This employability-focussed module will give students the opportunity to learn first-hand from visiting industry professionals – casting directors, directors, company managers and agents, about their jobs and how they function in the industry. This will often take the form of masterclasses, and will vary from session to session. This will culminate in a mock audition in front of an industry panel including a professional casting director and an audition pianist whom the students have not previously met who will then provide feedback. This model will help to equip students for careers that are sustainable and diverse.

New Musical Theatre Showing 20

New musical theatre works are constantly being created for professional performance, community contexts, and for other environments. In this module you will have the opportunity to perform a short musical theatre work that is new to you or that you have made a contribution to creating. This process of working on newer material will help you to understand the ways in which musical theatre functions differently for audiences than for performers, to learn about the processes of translating a work from page to stage, and to begin to understand the dramaturgies of musical theatre.

This first semester module is focused on pieces of new musical theatre that in their very early stages of development, and will provide a workshop space for writers, directors, dramaturgs, and performers to collaborate on the development of the piece resulting in a workshop showing.

New Musical Theatre Production 20

New musical theatre works are constantly being created for professional performance, community contexts, and for other environments. In this module you will have the opportunity to perform a short musical theatre work that is new to you or that you have made a contribution to creating. This process of working on newer material will help you to understand the ways in which musical theatre functions differently for audiences than for performers, to learn about the processes of translating a work from page to stage, and to begin to understand the dramaturgies of musical theatre.

This second semester module focuses on the rehearsal and small scale inhouse production of new musical theatre pieces that are at a later stage of development and the writers are ready to see how their musical plays in its entirety in front of small audiences. This module may require additional rehearsal time to effectively mount the whole show.

Optional Modules
  • Musical Theatre Dance 2 - 15 Credits
  • Directing and Dramaturgy - 15 Credits

 

Optional Credits

Understanding Musical Theatre 15

This theoretical module will focus on understanding the way musical theatre performance responds to and is received in the context of history, genre, form, and socio-cultural identity politics. It will introduce key theoretical concepts, including globalisation, interculturalism, adaptation, and postmodernism, plus key political developments such as identity politics (i.e. feminism or intersectionality) and theories of the body to challenge the idea that musical theatre is simply ‘entertainment’.

It will be taught through lectures, seminars, and classroom discussions and tasks. The work of this module will inform the practical exploration in other modules and projects.

Advanced Acting Practices 15

This advanced performance ‘training’ module will develop student’s existing knowledge and understanding of key acting techniques and skills for level 5 study. The module will both expand and introduce several different acting techniques, be it ‘actioning’ or ‘states of tension’, and engage with the work of key practitioners, i.e. Meisner. Students will work on both individual and group material to develop as both an individual actor, but also as a group – or ensemble – member.

This module will enable students to engage with, and exploring through practice, several key texts, textual approaches, practitioners, and broader approaches to acting in musical theatre.

Developing the Voice 15

This module allows students to focus on the development of their own voices in relation to singing a range of musical theatre repertoire. Drawing on the knowledge and exploration undertaken at level 4 this module will facilitate the further development of individual student vocal potential across a range of genres and contexts, with the aim of developing the student voice capable of operating confidently across musical theatre styles. Focus will be placed on the development of technical confidence, competence and understanding in order to facilitate engagement with a range of texts and repertoires across the spectrum of vocal use.  Emphasis will be placed on the development of critical thinking and analysis and the development of reflective practice.

Musical Theatre Industry 2 20

This employability-focussed module will give students the opportunity to learn first-hand from visiting industry professionals – casting directors, directors, company managers and agents, about their jobs and how they function in the industry. This will often take the form of masterclasses, and will vary from session to session. This will culminate in a mock audition in front of an industry panel including a professional casting director and an audition pianist whom the students have not previously met who will then provide feedback. This model will help to equip students for careers that are sustainable and diverse.

New Musical Theatre Showing 20

New musical theatre works are constantly being created for professional performance, community contexts, and for other environments. In this module you will have the opportunity to perform a short musical theatre work that is new to you or that you have made a contribution to creating. This process of working on newer material will help you to understand the ways in which musical theatre functions differently for audiences than for performers, to learn about the processes of translating a work from page to stage, and to begin to understand the dramaturgies of musical theatre.

This first semester module is focused on pieces of new musical theatre that in their very early stages of development, and will provide a workshop space for writers, directors, dramaturgs, and performers to collaborate on the development of the piece resulting in a workshop showing.

New Musical Theatre Production 20

New musical theatre works are constantly being created for professional performance, community contexts, and for other environments. In this module you will have the opportunity to perform a short musical theatre work that is new to you or that you have made a contribution to creating. This process of working on newer material will help you to understand the ways in which musical theatre functions differently for audiences than for performers, to learn about the processes of translating a work from page to stage, and to begin to understand the dramaturgies of musical theatre.

This second semester module focuses on the rehearsal and small scale inhouse production of new musical theatre pieces that are at a later stage of development and the writers are ready to see how their musical plays in its entirety in front of small audiences. This module may require additional rehearsal time to effectively mount the whole show.

Optional Modules
  • Musical Theatre Dance 2 - 15 Credits
  • Directing and Dramaturgy - 15 Credits

 

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Theatre Company Project 30

This module is designed to combine elements of learning from across the degree together, including creative devising, directing and dramaturgy, the implementation of dance skills to create choreography, acting, singing, as well as the industry module. Students will form small companies to engage in a process of experiential guided learning to gain experience in forming a company and making work. The aim is to give students the confidence to create similar work beyond the degree as a means of creating meaningful employment.

Musical Theatre Production 60

This production module offers the opportunity for students to be involved in a large, directed musical theatre performance. Students will be required to conduct background research about the musical, the context, and their role, to attend rehearsals and to develop their roles using techniques learned elsewhere on the programme. The module will culminate in the performance of the musical.

Optional Modules
  • Technique and Repertoire - 30 Credits
  • Dissertation - 30 Credits

Optional Credits

Theatre Company Project 30

This module is designed to combine elements of learning from across the degree together, including creative devising, directing and dramaturgy, the implementation of dance skills to create choreography, acting, singing, as well as the industry module. Students will form small companies to engage in a process of experiential guided learning to gain experience in forming a company and making work. The aim is to give students the confidence to create similar work beyond the degree as a means of creating meaningful employment.

Musical Theatre Production 60

This production module offers the opportunity for students to be involved in a large, directed musical theatre performance. Students will be required to conduct background research about the musical, the context, and their role, to attend rehearsals and to develop their roles using techniques learned elsewhere on the programme. The module will culminate in the performance of the musical.

Optional Modules
  • Technique and Repertoire - 30 Credits
  • Dissertation - 30 Credits

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2021 Course Tuition Fees

 UK / Channel Islands /
Isle of Man / Republic of Ireland 

International*

Year 1 £9,250 £13,800
Year 2 £9,250 £13,800
Year 3 £9,250 £13,800
Total £27,750 £41,400
Optional Sandwich Year** £1,385 £1,385
Total with Sandwich Year £29,135 £42,785

If you are a UK student starting your degree in September 2021, the first year will cost you £9,250***. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK students.

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

UK Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,935.

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £115 and a 15 credit module is £1,725.

*Please note, the tuition fees for students from the EU (excluding UK and Republic of Ireland) are yet to be confirmed by the University.

** Please note that not all courses offer an optional sandwich year. To find out whether this course offers a sandwich year, please contact the programme leader for further information.

***The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

Mandatory costs

Printing and Binding

The University is pleased to offer our students a free printing allowance of £20 each academic year. This will print around 500 A4 mono pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing. Our Reprographics team also offer printing and binding services, including dissertation binding which may be required by your course with an indicative cost of £1.50-£3.

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
W312
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
96-112 points
Location
On campus, Winchester