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BA (Hons) Musical Theatre Performance

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Institution C58

UCAS W43W

3 Years Full Time

Top 30
UK University
100%
student satisfaction
5 stars
for teaching quality
1. The Guardian University Guide 2021 | 2. National Student Survey 2021 | 3. QS Stars University Rating 2019

Entry Requirements and Fees

2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points: 104 - 120

A Levels: BBC

BTEC: DDD - DMM

International Baccalaureate: 26 points

Interview: Candidates will be required to demonstrate their ability in dance, acting and singing in a performance audition. Applicants with high levels of performance skills may be considered for a lower academic offer. For more information on this process see below - Audition Details and FAQs.

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

 

Student view

Bruno Soares
The MTP course is something truly special. It feels like a real family, the tutors are always going above and beyond for students and the support received is immense and makes all the difference. This course has allowed me to shape my performing career and tailor it to my needs and strengths, I would highly recommend it!
Lucy Counsell

I’ve just graduated from Musical Theatre Performance and I can honestly say it was the best decision I ever made auditioning for this brand new course. This course provides a multitude of opportunities that are primarily performance based which is ideal for people seeking performance-related routes. The teachers on this course I found were not only extremely knowledgeable of their chosen subject, but of the industry in its entirety plus they are caring of each individual and certainly gave up huge amounts of their time to help people in whatever way they could. The course leader, Andrew Wright, leads by example. I am most grateful for his guidance because there could have been many times whereby I could have crumbled from the pressure of being in our final year but Andrew often knew how to help us get over these hurdles and give us an indication on how to continue on a path that was in the right direction for us. I could not have completed my time at University in a better light, being on such a close-knit, driven and passionate course made me always aim to be the best version of myself.

Evie Evans-Wright

The practical classes offered to us on the MTP course taught us to be industry ready, filtering our song repertoire to be ready for any audition situation, teaching us how to behave and dress appropriately in an audition room and understand the industry. The swing project is so much more than just a module, it is a lifelong lesson in our careers, which taught a state of readiness, awareness and preparation which is essential to have as a cast member in a production. MTP training offers so much more than just training. It offers a family, and teaches students to be honest, kind, humble, supportive and compassionate. The course provides a network of support and advice. The head of the programme dedicates so much time, effort, energy and passion into making the course the best it can possibly be. I cannot recommend this course highly enough!

Emma Southworth

During my time at the University of Chichester on the Musical Theatre Performance course, I received some excellent training that has prepared me for a career in the industry. The programme is structured to include a large number of practical sessions and lots of contact time. In our final year, we had mock audition classes across all three disciplines which was the final push in our training to really get us ready for the industry. This meant that our timetables were always so busy, which is exactly what I was looking for when coming to university!

The production and performance opportunities are incredible and are so well organised with us students being placed at the front of the experience. The audition processes for these shows are run as close to how a professional audition would, with industry professionals on the panel. This was such a good way to prepare us for the harsh reality that sometimes you aren’t always what the panel are looking for.

The thing that I loved most about my three years at the University of Chichester was being in a room with people who shared the same passion that I did. Having teachers and lecturers who drive you and inspire you to keep going, even when you hit a low point, they are always there to pick you up and get you back on track. I do not think I would have been given the same experience anywhere else and cannot thank the course leader, Andrew Wright, and the rest of the department for their commitment to delivering such an amazing programme.

Course content

Taught in the Conservatoire on our Chichester campus this incredibly popular programme offers you a rigorous practical training in all three key areas of Musical Theatre with a heavy focus on performance work, leading toward a final year of study that is 95% practical.

You will have access to full scale production work with professional creative teams, masterclasses with visiting practitioners and industry focused practical modules, including devising skills, ensemble work and a swing project. Combining these skills creates an opportunity to position yourself with a very strong offer for future performance work.

You’ll develop a broader knowledge of Musical Theatre and its history and develop an understanding of how this contributes to and reflects contemporary culture. You’ll also acquire a toolkit of vocational knowledge in work-based modules designed to help you to work in a variety of roles, and to develop a real understanding of the challenges of work in a professional environment.

 

 

Our facilities

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

This programme is 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 spaces, including box office and other facilities
  • Studio performance space
  • Dedicated dance studios with Harlequin flooring
  • Lighting and sound equipment
  • Suite of 30 practice rooms
  • Dedicated pit band and orchestral rehearsal rooms
  • High quality kits, amps, PA, mics and other equipment
  • Dedicated acting rehearsal rooms
  • Concert pianos supplied by Steinway & Sons
  • Practice grand pianos supplied by Steinway & Sons

Students will also use the 350-seater Alexandra Theatre in Bognor Regis, and a range of external theatre venues in the UK and overseas.

The Assembly Theatre, on our Bognor Regis Campus, has been redeveloped into a multi-purpose rehearsal and theatre studio space, seating up to 80 people. 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.

Our Learning Resource Centre has a comprehensive musical theatre and film collection, as well as areas for quiet and silent study. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Hub, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

Where this can take you

You will have the opportunity of developing a broad range of skills to enhance employability in a range of areas beyond university.

Course progression in 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

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include: 

Work placements

Final year students have a dedicated agents and industry showcase in an external venue with additional careers workshops and advice from leading industry professionals available to them after graduation. 

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

 

Course accreditations

The programme is an accredited Spotlight UK course, meaning students can apply for graduate membership with the largest casting directory in the UK. The three-year training programme culminates with a graduate showcase, performed in London.

People you'll meet

Andrew Wright - Programme Leader for Musical Theatre Performance/Senior Lecturer in Musical Theatre

Andrew trained professionally at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom, Surrey, graduating as head boy with a professional diploma in Musical Theatre, Dance and Drama. Since graduating Andrew has worked for Disney as a lead male and appeared in various professional pantomimes for QDOS. He has also appeared in films and on TV, his last professional performance was in the UK tour of Chicago as ensemble & 1st cover to Amos Hart & Mary Sunshine.

Since leaving the stage Andrew has moved into teaching, direction and choreography. He is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for Musical Theatre Performance at The University of Chichester, Principal and Co-Director of The Academy of Musical Theatre in Portsmouth and has held an artistic residency at The Salisbury Playhouse. Andrew was also appointed as Course Leader and Director of the Mayflower Musical Youth Theatre and between September 2013 and July 2014, he initiated and developed the programme for its inaugural year.

Indicative modules

Year 1

Acting, Vocal and Dance Development 1

This year-long programme of study is intended to develop performance and communication skills in the individual musical theatre disciplines of acting, vocal and dance, and to introduce a more developed sense of performance context and quality.  This module offer a broad range of genres and disciplines including; Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary dance, 1-2-1 Technical vocal tuition, Repertoire classes, Vocal ensembles sessions, Voice classes, Acting technique and Studio performances of straight plays.

Students will be assessed in all three areas and must select which of the three disciplines will be allocated as their principal, second and third study by the end of semester one:

  • Principal study (50%)
  • Second study (30%)
  • Third study (20%)

British Musical Theatre

The module will introduce students to key skills in examining repertoire drawn from succeeding periods of British Musical Theatre history, supporting an examination of musical structure with a parallel focus on developments in dance and drama within the genre. Awareness of historic performance practice will be emphasized, and connections between music for the stage and film will be explored. 

Musical Grammar

Designed to enable each student to work at their own pace, whilst moving towards a common level of achievement, the module will introduce, reintroduce and familiarise students with a range of aspects of musical structure and its notation.

American Musical Theatre

The module will introduce students to key skills in examining repertoire drawn from succeeding periods of American Musical Theatre history, supporting an examination of musical structure with a parallel focus on developments in dance and drama within the genre.

 

Year 2

Acting, Vocal and Dance Development 2 

The importance of communicative performance and of an actively engaging relationship with the viewer will continue to be emphasised in group lessons and in formative performance assessment and a more self-critical approach to standards of presentation will be encouraged in preparing students for the assessment task. Regular practical group lessons and workshops will be supplemented by individual tutorial support and 1:1 teaching sessions. 

Students will be assessed in all three areas and must select which of the three disciplines will be allocated as their principal, second and third study by the end of semester one:

  • Principal study (50%)
  • Second study (30%)
  • Third study (20%)

The Musical Theatre Business

Student will explore examples of different types of musical theatre performance and the function of a range of professional roles in commercial and publicly funded contexts. 

Jazz and the Origins of the Modern Musical

This course will explore early 20th century examples of musical theatre, with a particular focus on performance style, the role of the pit band/orchestra, use of popular dance forms in supporting the development of narrative, and expressive parallels that exist with mainstream Jazz material.

Contemporary Musical Theatre

This module builds upon the level 4 Introduction to Musical Theatre by relating an historical overview of the development of the genre to an examination of current trends and practices in musical theatre both here and in the USA. 

The Movie Musical

The module will introduce students to key skills in examining repertoire drawn from succeeding periods of movie musical history, supporting an examination of musical structure with a parallel focus on developments in dance and drama within the genre. 

 

Year 3

Acting, Vocal and Dance Development 3

The importance of communicative performance and of an actively engaging relationship with the viewer will continue to be emphasised in group lessons and in formative performance assessment and a more self-critical approach to standards of presentation will be encouraged in preparing students for the assessment task. 

Students will be assessed in all three areas and must select which of the three disciplines will be allocated as their principal, second and third study by the end of semester one:

  • Principal study (50%)
  • Second study (30%)
  • Third study (20%)

Swing Project (Personal Study)

This third year module is intended to give students an insight to the role of a ‘swing’ within a musical theatre performance context. It will encourage students to develop an exploration of performance styles in practical work and to encourage a willingness to approach new and more ambitious material. A more professional approach to rehearsal will be encouraged and students will be required to keep a ‘swing bible’ (written log) of all information needed to effectively take part in the performance, in any given role.

Musical Theatre in the Community

This course will explore contemporary and recent examples of musical theatre, with a particular focus on transferring that knowledge into a practical community based project, culminating in the students working both on and off campus with children from local schools. 

Devising for Musical Theatre

This module will examine some current examples of the genre, mostly in video format but with the possibility of visits to live performance as appropriate. The relationship between music and drama will be studied and analysed, in order to inform students' own practical explorations. Tasks in group improvisation will be set throughout the first part of the module.

Devising for Theatre

This module will examine some current examples of the genre, with a focus on how devising processes have been utilised within the field. The historical context of devising will be studied and analysed, in order to inform students’ own practical explorations. 

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We pride ourselves on the quality of the teaching given to our students. 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.

Assessment

Musical Theatre Performance students are assessed in separate dance, acting and vocal examinations. Students can select a first, second and third study out of the three disciplines (first study is weighted at 50%, second study is weighted at 30%, third study is weighted at 20%). 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

Include Additional Costs: 

Debut: Graduate Showcase

 

 

Debut: A Graduate Showcase and Industry Development Day

Debut is an opportunity for graduates from the University of Chichester's Musical Theatre Performance Company to introduce themselves to the industry, in this unique, one-off performance, in front of a supportive audience of family, tutors, agents and casting directors. Following the resounding success of our inaugural event in 2016, the initiative, which is brought to you by Resident Producer Andrew Wright, has now become a regular fixture on the calendar for Musical Theatre at University of Chichester.

Debut offers the chance to showcase the talents of the graduating students in an evening performance, which is preceded by an industry panel seminar and Q&A session with leading industry professionals. Previous panel members include:

  • Sasha Regan – Founder of The Union Theatre
  • Mark Shenton – Associate Editor of The Stage
  • Katy Lipson – Leading Off-West End Producer
  • Brenda Edwards – Actress and Singer
  • Blane George – Artistic Director at Theatre Royal Haymarket
  • Belinda Wollaston – Actress and Singer
  • Seiriol Davies – Actor, Writer and Director
  • Carolyn Maitland – Actress, Dancer and Singer

The showcase is live streamed via periscope on the productions twitter feed. For regular updates, please follow us on twitter

 

Audition details and FAQs

For more information on the audition process download the Musical Theatre Performance audition booklet here.

MTP audition booklet

AUDITION FAQs

I can’t log in to ChiView. What do I do?

If you have never logged in to ChiView before you need to create your account. Go to chiview.chi.ac.uk and then click ‘New User/ Forgotten Password’. You will need to input your applicant number (be careful, this is not your enquirer number or UCAS number), your surname, and your birth date in the format DD/MM/YYYY including the slashes. ChiView will then send you a temporary password. Please check your junk folder as this email often gets filtered into there.

Will there soon be more dates available on ChiView?

Typically auditions and interviews run from December – March, although each subject can vary. Usually only two or three dates will be available to book on ChiView at a time, but as the first batch of dates close the page will refresh with new options. If you cannot see a date which suits you, the best course of action is usually to wait until the page refreshes. Dates are released two to three weeks in advance.

When/ how will I find out if I have been invited to attend?

You will receive an email either way. If you have been invited to attend an interview or audition your email will guide you to log on to your ChiView portal, find ‘My application’, and then click ‘Respond to interview invitation’. Here you will find the first batch of dates to choose from.

Where do I find documents relating to the interview/audition?

Once you have booked an audition or interview you will only then have access to the relevant documents. On your ChiView portal find ‘Events schedule’ and then click ‘View details’. Here you will be able to view, download, or print the documents which will tell you how to prepare and what to expect on the day.

I can't see the 'View details' button next to my interview/ audition details on ChiView, so can't access the relevant documents.

Sometimes if you are viewing your ChiView portal on a phone, the dimensions might not allow you to see all elements. Please try again on another devise.

You may need to clear your browser history. Advice about how to do this can be found here: help.chi.ac.uk/clearing-your-browser-data-including-cache

If you are still unable to see the ‘View details’ button, please check that you have successfully booked your audition/interview by clicking ‘respond to interview invitation’.

If all else fails, you are welcome to email admissions@chi.ac.uk. Please have your applicant number ready. The Admissions team will be able to check whether your audition/ interview is booked and email you relevant documents.

How do I change my interview/audition date?

If you have booked an interview or audition and now you are unable to attend please visit your ChiView portal, find ‘Event schedule’, and then click ‘Cancel attendance’. You will need to inform the admissions team via admissions@chi.ac.uk so that we can issue you a new invitation.

Can I park on-site, and are there disabled parking available on both campuses?

Yes, you can park on-site if you buy a pay-and-display ticket. It is worth noting that demand for car park spaces exceeds the spaces available, particularly during term time. For this reason, parking controls and restrictions are implemented to ensure the efficient and effective operation of the University, equity of access and fairness.

There are clearly marked disabled parking bays available at both the Bognor and Chichester campuses. More information about travel can be found here: chi.ac.uk/about-us/how-find-us

 

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