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BA (Hons) Musical Theatre (Professional Performance) (Associated Studios)

Gain highly practical musical theatre training with Associated Studios

Gain highly practical musical theatre training with Associated Studios

2 years full-time
  • Train at Associated Studios in London
  • Learn from some of the top industry practitioners in London
  • Complete an intensive and practical musical theatre training in just two years
  • Feel prepared for your future career in the performing arts industry
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Train on a exciting, challenging, and intensive musical theatre course

This accelerated BA (Hons) Musical Theatre (Professional Performance) course allows you to complete your studies in only two years of training, rather than the traditional three, as you develop the professional-level skills required to become an outstanding Musical Theatre performer.

Train at Associated Studios in London

This course is delivered at Associated Studios, a leading British Drama school in Kensington, London dedicated to providing top level training in Musical Theatre for aspiring performers who have the potential and ability to pursue a professional career.

Associated Studios take pride in developing performers of the highest calibre, with graduates going on to perform in shows in the West End, national tours, regional theatre, film and TV, cruise ships, and more.

Learn from top industry practitioners

Teaching staff at Associated Studios hold prominent positions in the world of Musical Theatre with award-winning producers, directors, vocal coaches, musical directors, agents and choreographers working to prepare you for today’s diverse and challenging performing arts industry.

Put your skills into context

Alongside your intensive training in acting, dancing, and singing, you will also be involved in projects that provide you with skills and experience in working within wider parts of the industry, including:

  • Performing in a play
  • Performing in a cabaret
  • Monologue slam night
  • Acting for the screen
  • Swing project
  • Writing and producing your own production
  • Taking part in a full scale musical production in a London theatre

In addition, you will take part in both our digital showcase and industry panel week with an audience of agents and casting directors.

The Course

Develop your skills in all key disciplines of modern musical theatre artists

You will have a minimum of 33 hours contact time per week, and thirty teaching weeks per year, delivered by some of the top professionals in the musical theatre industry.

This list is indicative and subject to future change.


  • Improvisation
  • Text classes
  • Working on monologues, scenes and whole plays
  • Technique classes
  • Voice classes
  • Scene study
  • Audition sight-reading
  • Actor’s movement.

Dance and Movement

  • Dance Technique
  • Jazz,
  • Ballet
  • Tap
  • Mock audition routine with a West End choreographer/ dance captain
  • Body conditioning
  • Yoga
  • Pilates.

Singing and Music

  • Vocal technique

  • One-to-one singing lessons

  • Repertoire

  • Music theory

  • Large ensemble

  • Acting through song

  • Audition technique

  • Performance confidence

  • Industry audition

  • Mock musical theatre audition.

Swing Project

You will take part in a Swing project, where all students play ensemble and cover a lead role.

As part of this, you will take part in a song and dance project with a Director/Choreographer and a Musical Director, who will also teach you how to create a ‘Swing Map’, and how to multi-role as required in the profession.

Teaching and Assessment

Feel the support of expert and experienced tutors and practitioners

Smaller class sizes for better learning and support

Associated Studios is a prestigious, boutique school, committed to taking on a small cohort, treating students as individuals and artists in a ‘family’ atmosphere.

Our smaller class sizes ensure that we can get to know each one of our students, so every student receives personal attention and rigorous training.

All our classes are geared towards creating environments that nurture the individual artist, as well as providing the expert tuition needed to get into the highest levels of the industry.

See a list of Associated Studios tutors.

Build your wider skills as a performer

You will sing and perform solo several times a week, as you build a repertoire of songs and monologues suitable for auditions.

Outside scheduled classes, you have a responsibility to build on your skills, and practice implementing the feedback from tutors. You will be required to complete reflective journals for a number of the modules and projects.


Study in the heart of Kensington and Chelsea

Associated Studios is based in London, Kensington W10, a stone’s throw from vibrant Notting Hill.

Situated between Notting Hill, Portobello Road and Westfield’s Shopping Centre in Shepherd’s Bush, students will work within our home venue which includes 3 beautiful studio spaces, the dance studio space in the Westway Sports Centre, the Harrow Club, and the Playground Theatre, which includes a 100 seat venue for public performances.


Prepare for a rewarding career within the performance industry

Associated Studios has a proven track record of producing graduates who have continued on to have successful careers within the industry.

The intensive nature and level of attention spent on each discipline also means that graduates have wider career aspirations including going on to screen work, teaching, producing, writing, cabaret artistry, and much more.

Graduates have continued to perform in

  • West End shows
  • National tours
  • Regional theatre
  • Film and TV
  • Cruise ships

See an in-depth list of alumni and their achievements on the Associated Studios alumni page.

Postgraduate progression

If you are looking to continue your training for a further 3rd year, you can apply to the 1-year MA Musical Theatre Performance (Associated Studios) programme at the end of your studies.

Course Costs

Course fees 2023/24

UK fee
per year.

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

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

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have relevant performance experience and skill. All applicants will audition, and places will be given upon merit of skills.

Please contact Associated Studios via info@associatedstudios.co.uk if you would like more information. Alternatively, you can call them on 020 7385 2038 if you have any further questions.

Currently, only students eligible to study in the UK (UK resident, Pre-settled or Settled EU status) are able to apply for this course.

Interviews and Auditions

Auditions for our BA course are run by Associated Studios throughout the year, and have 3 components:

  1. First round is a self-tape containing 2 contrasting songs and 1 monologue.
  2. Second round is an online interview with the senior management team at Associated Studios.
  3. Last round is an in-person audition at Associated Studios in London. This day will include the opportunity to sing songs from your repertoire to the audition panel, take part in a dance/movement audition, take part in an acting workshop, and get to tour the school and observe classes, whilst being able to speak with senior management and students about the course.

Associated Studios believe that auditions are a learning opportunity, and will seek to give you as much feedback as possible throughout the process.

Associated Studios want to hear from people from all walks of life, with all different backgrounds, and believe diversity leads to better stories being told.

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