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BA (Hons) Musical Theatre and Acting for Film

The degree offers you a focus on developing your practical skills in either vocal performance, a range of dance performance styles, or on acting skills of a musical theatre practitioner. Combining these skills with screen acting development offers an opportunity to position yourself with a very strong offer for future performance work. As well as practical screen acting you’ll acquire a broader knowledge of other aspects of film and screen acting and its history, and develop a parallel understanding of musical theatre and how this contributes to and reflects culture.  You’ll acquire a toolkit of vocational knowledge in work based modules designed to help you to work in a variety of roles, and to develop real understanding of the challenges of work in a professional environment.

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Eloise Beeching
Musical Theatre
I love the close community, friendly faces, opportunities and of course the Beach!

Course content

Delivered by highly experienced practitioners in musical theatre and in film and television acting, this course offers access from first year onwards to training in musical theatre dance, singing and stage acting and students will select a focus which reflects their strengths in these different areas.

Complementing this is the specialist development of practical skills in television and screen acting – a unique programme in the UK.

Second and third year students can opt to audition for musical theatre performance projects at the Alexandra Theatre and other regional theatres and in our own campus performance spaces and these range from large scale musical theatre with full pit orchestra set and costume to straight plays, smaller ensemble projects and dance revues.

You can also develop skills in technical theatre and arts management roles in supporting performance projects.

Second year students also have an opportunity to create their own screen performance material, filmed on a commercial sound stage (this year at Pinewood Studios) and final year students have a dedicated agents and industry showcase in an external venue (this year the Electric Theatre, Guildford) with additional careers workshops and advice from leading industry professionals available to them after graduation.

Our facilities

Our facilities content

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best-ever facilities available for your degree.

We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students which is as much about the quality of the tutors as it is about the spaces we work in.

This programme is mainly taught at our Chichester campus and is located in one of the largest music departments in the UK, with enviable teaching, performance and practice resources.

These currently include:

  • On campus and off campus theatre performing spaces, including box office and other facilities
  • Studio performance space
  • Dedicated dance studios with Harlequin flooring
  • Lighting and sound equipment
  • a suite of 30 practice rooms
  • dedicated pit band and orchestral rehearsal rooms
  • new high quality kits, amps, PA, mics and other equipment
  • Steadicam and Green Screen facilities
  • Dedicated acting rehearsal rooms
  • new concert pianos supplied by Steinway & Sons
  • new practice grand pianos supplied by Steinway & Sons

The on campus Assembly Theatre has been redeveloped into a multi-purpose rehearsal and theatre studio space, seating up to 80 audience.

Students will also use the 350-seater Alexandra Theatre in Bognor Regis, commercial film studios and other regional theatre venues.

The Bognor Regis campus is seven miles from the Bishop Otter campus and is connected by frequent buses. Our students therefore have access to both an historic cathedral city and an iconic south-coast seaside resort.

The Learning Resource at both campuses is the hub of the learning environment. 

It has two upper floors of library resources, with a comprehensive musical theatre and film collection, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished.

On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Hub, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

Where this can take you

Students will have the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills to enhance employability in a range of areas beyond University.

Course progression within the department has been very high, with a number of students going on to further study at masters level in some of the most prestigious conservatoires in the country and in PGCE teacher training.

As performers, alumni have gone into:

  • West End productions
  • major touring productions throughout Europe
  • major cruise ships including Disney
  • UK and International small-scale touring theatre
  • ​Film and TV in both the UK and US
  • Edinburgh Festival
  • Cabaret
  • stage managers, arts managers and producers picking up contracts in the UK and around the world

Work placements

We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market. 

Our commitment is to make sure that students from all disciplines complete the necessary preparation to be able to apply for internships.

Our alumni are now working within some of the principal producing houses.

Indicative modules

Screen Acting

This programme of study is focused each year towards preparation, developing the different disciplines and practices needed for film-acting skills, as well as developing a good sense of performance context. Student film-actors will be challenged creatively, physically and intellectually under the direction of specialist acting teachers, preparing them towards professional careers.

Introduction to Industry

This course is one of several vocational industry based options which will help students to gain a practical understanding of different professional roles within the film and musical theatre industries, exposing them to a variety of local, regional and national working models. You’ll learn organizational and discriminatory skills and the personal qualities required in working with people in the film acting business and on stage

Events Management

This module is designed as an introduction to theatre, festival and events management, from the business administration skills involved in coordinating people, sites and facilities to the legal, budgetary and insurance requirements for professional event planning.

Self-Employment, Marketing and Promotion

To provide tuition and advice designed to help graduates market themselves as trained professionals and to provide tuition on peripheral issues such as tax returns and self employment.

Musical Theatre Skills

This core study is intended to develop performance and communication skills in the individual student’s choice of the musical theatre disciplines of acting and dance, and to introduce a more developed sense of performance context.  Students develop their current repertoire, their exploration of new work under the direction of specialist acting and dance teachers, and their skill in preparing for audition or performance.

Performance Development

The vocal study option is intended to put in place the basic performance and communication skills on which subsequent achievement and technical and expressive development will depend. Students develop their current repertoire, and explore new work under the direction of one of our 29 individual vocal specialist teachers.

An extensive range of contextual study module options includes:

  • British Musical Theatre
  • American Musical Theatre
  • Musical Theatre Critique
  • The Movie Musical
  • Icons to Industry
  • Through the Lens
  • Asian Musical Theatre and Performance Practices
  • Musical Theatre in the Community
  • Introduction to Fundraising in the Arts

Throughout their study all students can access our Professional Resilience modules which explore a range of different strategies designed to offer support to the emerging arts practitioner and introduce students to a number of different models of successful self development.

Course elements will vary, but may include:

  • Get out of your mind for free, how to handle unwanted Private Events (thoughts, feelings, physical sensations);
  • Love your Ears - Raising Awareness about Dangers of Hearing Loss;
  • Mood and Food, explore the Relationship of what you eat and how you feel;
  • Making Achievable Goals;
  • Spirituality and Wellbeing;
  • An Introduction to Colour Analysis and Style;
  • Employability and Careers;
  • Mindfulness and Creative Practice, offering techniques to help ‘quiet your mind’ and relax in the present moment;
  • Active Listening;
  • The Performing Body, using Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais Method;
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  •  

Teaching and assessment

The mission is to provide the student with skills that will enable them to navigate the complexities of the musical theatre and film and television industries through the offer of a professional standard of training within a well-structured and ambitious timetable with considerable contact time with tutors.

We pride ourselves on the quality of the teaching given to our students. Innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation in this field.

The tutors are professional practitioners, demonstrating leadership in the industry offering peer support to colleagues and are generous with their knowledge and expertise.  

You will be taught by a core team of experienced and highly-qualified tutors together with a wide-ranging team of acting, dance and vocal  coaches drawn from a core of more than 200 specialist staff.

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays/portfolios, examinations, performances and practical work, project work, presentations and seminar discussions.

Additional Costs

Additional Costs

Places still available

Codes

UCAS code: 
WW4P
College Code: 
C58

Course length

3 Years
Full Time