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FdA & BA Hons (Level 4-6)

Musical Theatre

Validated and awarded by UAL - University of Arts London
Validated and awarded by UAL - University of Arts London
Validated and awarded by UAL - University of Arts London
Full-Time Fee (Per Year)
Validated and awarded by the University of Gloucestershire
Validated and awarded by the University of Gloucestershire

Course Overview

The Musical Theatre programme is taught by a team of professional practitioners with industry experience and is designed to inspire you through the three disciplines of musical theatre. This performance-orientated course combines intensive practical training in singing, acting and dance with academic study of history, styles and genre. The combination of technique classes and lectures, highly experienced staff and guest workshop facilitators will ensure that you become multi-skilled and a confident triple-threat performer. The programme also focuses on industry preparation and will equip you with the skills needed to enter the profession or other careers such as teaching and the wider leisure industry.

We provide the opportunity to perform and experience musical theatre in a variety of venues. Previous tours have included New York, Holland, London and Bristol. 

The Musical Theatre programme is a three-year BA Honours degree, comprising a two-year FdA (Levels 4 and 5), followed by a BA (Hons) Top-Up (Level 6). This structure allows for maximum flexibility, enabling you to achieve a qualification after two years, to continue for the full Honours degree or to join us from another institute for your final (top-up) year only.

Course Structure

FdA Musical Theatre Year 1


Ensemble and 1:1 singing lessons run throughout the first year of the course to develop both artistry and technical skill whilst building a vital knowledge of the anatomy of voice and musical theatre repertoire.


You will take part in a wide variety of technique classes that support the development of musical theatre dance including jazz, ballet, tap and choreography. The classes are streamed according to level, so you will be placed in a class that reflects your ability. 


Lessons during the first year will cover vocal technique, characterisation and physical theatre. You will study scripts and scores to develop an understanding and experience of performing in a wide variety of acting and musical styles. 


Public performance opportunities will be present throughout the first year of the course and you will participate in major musical theatre productions in our 250 seat Olympus Theatre and 90 seat Studio 22 venue. 

FdA Musical Theatre Year 2

In the second year of the course you will continue to build on and implement the technical skills acquired in the first year and develop solo and role based performance artistry. Regular technique classes, including ensemble and 1:1 singing, dance and acting will continue to strengthen and develop your performance mastery and will be accompanied by guest lecturers and specialists within the industry. 

You will work in a variety of performance contexts including small scale children's theatre tours, international touring and large scale musical theatre productions in our 250 seat Olympus Theatre.

BA (Hons) Musical Theatre Top Up (Year 3)

Year 3 consists of strategic performance opportunities where you will be expected to meet professional standards of performance to create an industry ready musical theatre performer and practitioner. 

Showcases and other public performance projects will highlight your professional profile and be supported by classes and workshops that will ensure you are equipped with vital skills and material to begin your journey as a musical theatre performer.  

The third year of the course is developed with your future at the forefront, collaborative and solo performance work will be accompanied by production and project management tasks to develop a sustainable creative graduate.




Corey Jones
FdA/BA (Hons) Musical Theatre Lecturer
Faith Bradley
Lecturer in Dance Technique & Performance
Holly Smith
Lecturer in Dance Technique & Performance
Jack Maurice
Programme Lead - FdA/BA (Hons) Musical Theatre
Joe Blench
Lecturer In Vocal Technique & Performance
Penny Caffrey
Lecturer in Dance for FdA/BA (Hons) Musical Theatre
Stephen Titchmarsh
Head of Bristol Institute of Performing Arts