Deepen your knowledge of the world of musical theatre.
Three A-levels at grades CCC or above.
Or BTEC triple grades MMM or above.
Or Access 23-45 D/M with min 6D
And GCSE English Language at grade 4 or grade C or above.
UCAS points 96
UCAS code MST1
Duration 3 years full-time
Successful musicals can run for decades and a lot of people are needed to keep all that jazz on the road. As well as performers, musical theatre requires writers, composers, choreographers and directors to make it a success.
The Musical Theatre degree is designed for students with a passion for acting, music, and dance. You’ll gain an understanding of musical theatre forms such as revue, book, juke box and rock through practical exploration. You’ll do weekly intensive skills training in singing, dance and movement with industry professionals. There are multiple opportunities for public performances in our versatile 300 seat theatre and you’ll perform in a full-length musical directed and designed by industry professionals in the final year.
You'll be a member of The Actor's Wheel theatre company, learning about every aspect of theatre from audition through to performance including marketing, production and financial management.
Become a triple threat, develop your music and singing skills, dance techniques and acting under the guidance of industry professionals and directors.
Expand your musical theatre network through workshops with a wide range of musical industry contacts.
Ongoing singing training.
Perform in our 300-seat theatre and black box studio theatre.
Acting, singing and dancing taught by industry professionals.
Graduate with a piece of original musical theatre ready to perform, a business plan and marketing materials including headshots, show and voice reels, a CV full of experience and a strong alumni network of working professionals.
“ During your first year you will explore approaches to acting on stage and learn how music interacts with performance in a practical environment. In the second year you will gain an understanding of the history behind musical theatre and further explore the theory behind music and singing in popular culture. You’ll bring these skills together in various performances across the year. Your third year focusses on preparing you for entering the industry with modules on building your portfolio, insider tips on getting job opportunities and a dissertation.”
How do I become a triple threat?
How do I make a career out of musical theatre?
What is acting through song?
How do I develop my brand as a musical theatre performer?
Jazz hands - love 'em or hate 'em?
How do you get an agent?
Students graduating from this course will have a range of skills which could be used in careers around performance and theatre. They will also have broad transferable skills around research, communication and confidence in order to move into other roles across the creative arts industry.
Every lecturer is a practicing professional in their field ensuring they are up to date with current industry practice, we also draw on an extensive network of visiting industry professionals and directors.
Students are taught through reflective praxis, which is a process of learning through doing and reflecting. This includes practical classes developing you as triple threat in singing, acting and dance, preparing you for all aspects of the production process from auditioning through rehearsal and performance.
Students are taught through weekly classes alternated with blocks of intense daily rehearsals for productions.
Students are assessed through practical work. This is supported by research and reflection which is assessed by presentations, written work including essays and blogs as well as discussion. There are no written exams.
Ellie is a theatre practitioner and researcher with international experience. As a resident artist at the Watershed Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol with her company Sleight of Hand, Ellie directs and produces experimental theatre practice using immersive technologies and community-engaged approaches. She has previously worked for the University of Bristol, the University of Warwick, and Shanghai Theatre Academy. In addition to teaching at Marjon, Ellie continues to work for a variety of companies and venues as a freelance theatre director in London, the South West, and further afield.View full profile
Fees UK students: £9250 per annum
Fees for International students: £12,000 per annum
Kate is an experienced Performing Arts teacher. She is passionate about social justice and the use of drama and theatre for social and political purposes, and as a platform for individual or social change. She is currently researching the use of theatre in mental health contexts.
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Katy is a professional actor and has performed in many musicals on UK national tours, including at the Victoria Palace, London and the Theatre Royal, Plymouth. She teaches Performing Arts in Education and Musical Theatre.
Judy, who has studied both drama and dance, has an extensive range of performance experience including experimental and musical theatre work. She has directed a number of works including at the National Festival of Reminiscence, Niki McCrettons’ award-winning solo performance of Wormhole and Su Squire’s highly acclaimed devised pieces, One Voice and Choked. She brings experience from community drama and as a Head of Drama and Theatre Studies in schools.