The course is designed to develop you are a well rounded musical theatre practitioner, combining practical skills development with an ongoing academic exploration of all aspects of the genre and the broader creative industries.
Through this course you will develop your knowledge and understanding of contemporary musical theatre practice and learn about the fundamental principles of working in the performing arts sector. You will be encouraged to reflect on how this learning supports the development of a sound base of skills and professional practice. The course is designed to enable you to appreciate the scope and complexity of musical theatre in a range of performing arts industry contexts and the professional demands associated with this. You will learn to adopt a mature and informed approach to personal and career development, and to question, discuss and debate professional practice, theoretical premise and areas of social and cultural interest
In the first year you undertake a range of practical modules which are designed to consolidate and build your practical skills in singing, dance and performance for musical theatre. Other modules also start to introduce you to the skills, techniques and approaches to academic study within the performing arts. There are also a range of performance opportunities throughout the year.
In the second year you continue to enhance and develop your practical skills working across a variety of approaches and techniques in musical theatre. You explore the genre of musical theatre further by examining the history and context of a range of performance approaches. You also participate in two major assessed performance pieces, drawing on traditional and contemporary musical theatre genres.
In the final year you have the opportunity to showcase your skills both individually and as part of a company. You take part in both individual performances and also feature within a major final production. You are required to reflect on your own development as a performer and explore your own future career plans. You also explore how you can promote yourselves to the wider industry. You develop your own promotional materials - including show reels, industry CV's etc - which demonstrate the range of skills and approaches you have developed, which you can then use to promote to the external industry.