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BA (Hons) Musical Theatre and Arts Development

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Institution C58

UCAS WN49

3 Years (1 Year-Top-up) Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

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

 

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels (or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical): 104 - 120 tariff points

BTEC: DDD - DMM

International Baccalaureate: 26 points

Interview: Candidates will be required to demonstrate, in a performance audition, ability in an instrument or voice and display musical awareness and skill. Applicants with high levels of performance skills may be considered for a lower academic offer.

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

 

 

Student view

Alice Morris
What separates the degree at Chichester from other courses is how practical and ‘hands on’ it is. I’m always working on creative projects and developing skills. I’m taught by people who already work in the industry and that helps me think professionally about my work and my future.

Course content

Delivered by highly experienced practitioners in musical theatre and in fundraising, 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 finding the resources which can make things happen – a unique programme in the UK.

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

Arts Development students will also develop their own dedicated charity performance project. 

Our facilities

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 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
  • dedicated chamber music building
  • new high quality kits, amps, PA, mics and other equipment
  • 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, and a range of external venues within the region.

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 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
  • pit band and musical direction regionally and in the West End
  • 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

Musical Theatre Skills

The importance of communicative performance and of an actively engaging relationship with the viewer will be emphasised in group lessons and in formative performance assessment, and a good standard of presentation will be encouraged in preparing students for the assessment task. Students will discuss aspects of performance practice relevant to their individual choice of or combination of discipline development, and develop their skills in the forming of critical judgements of performance.

Regular practical group lessons and workshops will be supplemented by individual tutorial support and 1:1 teaching sessions. Peer assessment will take place both in workshop sessions and in ‘shadow marking’ of formative assessment.

Performance Development

This module introduces various approaches to performance that can serve to assist the student when communicating music to the listener. A variety of skills particular to their individual vocal or instrumental style will be explored with teachers. The construction of balanced or otherwise effective programmes is discussed and students will explore different approaches to performance. The adoption of a year long mode of learning, with assessment taking place in semester 2 allows learners to develop and consolidate whilst adapting to what are often new teaching strategies. Learning Strategy: Individual lessons will be supplemented by formative assessment workshops, participation in relevant tutor led ensemble work and by individual tutorial support. Students will be involved in the process of formative assessment, using the Subject criteria, and will also be required to evaluate their own learning on the course.

Introduction to Industry

Students will develop their knowledge of a variety of professional roles both in the commercial industry and in public funded arts organisations. They will be encouraged to consider the qualities that are looked for in post holders, with a range of examples being explored.

Introduction to Grantmakers

A history of role and function of grant giving trusts , and other non-government funding organisations, including lottery bodies, livery companies, service organisations and professional associations will be covered. The income sources for these bodies will be considered, including regional variations and factors that affect future trends in giving. It will introduce the legal forms and legislative framework in which they operate . The module will analyse the macro and micro factors that influence grant giving policies, including the role of government policies, research and governing documents. The psychology of giving, role of the trustees, secretary and other decision makers will also be explored. Research methods and resources for grant giving trusts will be explored and evaluated. Consideration will be given to the importance of matching donor objectives with organisation objectives, and approaches to identify this match, as well as the role of relationships in evaluating likelihood to give. Techniques to categorize and prioritize prospects will be explored. Students will understand the tools and knowledge that support engagement and on-going cultivation of donors, including qualitative and quantitative date and theories of psychology and behaviour. Methodologies for developing a cultivation and retention strategy, supporter journey, for a portfolio of grantmakers will be explored. This module will introduce simple data storage for recruitment, cultivation, management and care beyond funding. The module will introduce theories relating to written communication, with a focus on proposals and application forms. Consideration will be given to the role and impact of communications, both within the fundraising department and wider organisation. Attention will be given to understanding explicit and implicit donor assessment criteria. An introduction to approaches to analysis of fundraising performance, in the context of both the macro-environment and within the organisations, will provide simple insight into identify organisational approaches to fundraising from grant giving trusts and basic planning tools, including SMART objectives. Approaches to identifying and resolving ethical issues, the sector guidance, bodies and regulation that enable that enable best practice and use of these resources will be taught . SCOPE: The module will consider the differences and similarities between trusts in the UK and at least one other country. It will consider the differences and similarities between fundraising in the arts, social welfare and at least one other sector.

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

This module will explore the local and national marketplace and will introduce students to a number of different models of successful positioning within it. A successful career as a film or music professional needs to be informed, alongside musical and communication skills, by an understanding of the nature of self employment in business. This module will seek to develop this, and to encourage a confident approach to the world beyond university, enabling a tailored financial and business planning which encourages an awareness of local markets and circumstances.

An extensive range of contextual study module options includes:

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. Students will also be exposed to the influences of key practitioners within the genre.

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. Awareness of historic performance practice will be emphasized, and connections between music for the stage and film will be explored. Students will also be exposed to the influences of key practitioners within the genre.

Musical Theatre Critique

(Module information to come)

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. Awareness of historic performance practice will be emphasized, and connections between music for the stage and film will be explored in detail.

Asian Musical Theatre and Performance Practices

(Module information to come)

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. Students will perform and work with school children to enhance their understanding of both musical theatre content and material as well as workshop techniques and issues when working in a community setting.

Individual Giving

The module will review the ever increasing range of fundraising practices used to attract and retain individual donors to fundraising programmes that seek multiple low-level donations, from collection tins to legacies. It will consider the history of multiple low-level gift fundraising and the impact of technology on current practice. The module will develop an understanding the role of branding, communications and the charity’s objects in attracting individual donors. It will explore the value and challenges of working with celebrities and patrons. The psychology of and motivations for individual giving, across a range of demographics will be introduced . Methods of data collection and their relevance to different fundraising practices will be considered. The key concept of the supporter journey will be presented at an introductory level. SCOPE: The module will consider the differences and similarities between individual donors in the UK and at least one other country. It will consider the differences and similarities between fundraising in the arts, social welfare and at least one other sector.

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

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

The mission is to provide the student with skills that will enable them to navigate the complexities of the musical theatre industry and the third sector  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.

 

 

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