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BA Musical Theatre

BA Musical Theatre is a unique two-year intensive programme which offers practical training that will equip participants in the ‘triple-threat’ disciplines of acting, singing and dancing.

This is the only Musical Theatre undergraduate programme in Wales. All of our teaching staff are theatre professionals who work in higher education as well as the industry.

By working with industry professionals, the BA Musical Theatre will offer young performers an excellent, industry-relevant, focused course of study. The course teachers are committed to developing creative, independent, thinking artists; artists relevant to the industry.

UWTSD Cardiff wishes to see this course provide talented and focused professional graduates for stages across Wales and beyond. The course’s structure is ambitious and the experiences gained by the students will be rich, timely and varied, which will ensure they are prepared thoroughly for a Musical Theatre Career.

PATHWAY OPTIONS & HOW TO APPLY

Pathway Options

BA Musical Theatre
UCAS Code: MTH2
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Course Length:
2 years, full-time

Why choose this course?

  • Triple-threat Musical Theatre degree
  • Small classroom sizes
  • Taught by industry professionals
  • Final showcase
  • Full productions with professional directors and technical support

What you will learn

Course Overview

Beginning with the concept and application of the building blocks that a musical theatre performer needs across a range of disciplines (acting, singing, and dance), level 4 focuses upon building fundamental principles which will continue to be applicable for the rest of the degree and beyond.

The year will establish the theme that theory and practice are interlinked and that critical thinking is as much a part of practice as practice is a part of theory.

Level 5 continues to develop and advance these skills and begins to apply and contextualise them in rounded performance.

Level 6 enhances the skills and experiences gained at levels 5 and 6 in a range of 30-credit, practically oriented performance and professional practice modules, including two major production modules and a Final Showcase, thus preparing graduates of the programme for potential careers in Musical Theatre or cognate fields. 

Modules

Modules at Level 4:

  • Singing skills for Musical Theatre 1
  • Acting for Musical Theatre 1
  • Jazz Dance for Musical Theatre 1
  • Dance Training for Musical Theatre
  • Voice for Musical Theatre 1
  • Applied Performance Skills for Musical Theatre 1 

Modules at Level 5:

  • Singing Skills for Musical Theatre 2
  • Acting for Musical Theatre 2
  • Jazz Dance for Musical Theatre 2
  • Voice for Musical Theatre 2
  • Applied Performance Skills for Musical Theatre 2

Modules at Level 6:

  • Production 1
  • Production 2
  • Final Showcase
  • Professional Producing Practice
Assessment

Performances/events
Students regularly have the opportunity to take part in performances/events throughout their degree, in which we can see growth and application of skills and knowledge. 

Regular tutorials
We hold formal and informal tutorials throughout the degree in which each student discusses their work with the module tutor or Programme Director. We look at practical development, conceptual growth and future intentions.

Presentations
Presentations normally take place at the end of a module, exhibition or performance, in order to measure a student’s performance against assessment criteria.

Process workbooks
Students will document their process and practical work in a workbook which demonstrates their learning and individual pathway.

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Key Information

Staff
Course Tutor(s):

Professional artists from the creative industries, who are experts in their field, teach on our degree. They can offer not only detailed and thorough information, but also personal experience, and insight into the performance industry as it stands today.

Programme Director and Senior Lecturer: Eilir Owen Griffiths
Theatre Lecturer: Elen Bowman
Dance Lecturer: Tori Johns
Tutor and Administrator: Mr David Edmund Taylor

Visiting Artists:

  • Angharad Lee (Director)
  • Tom O’brien (Director)
  • Luke Hereford (Director)
  • Sara Lloyd (Director)
  • Ian Nicholas (Voice)
  • John Quirk (Music Director)
  • David Laugharne (Singing)
  • Michael Moorwood (Singing)
  • Robbie Bowman (Acting)
  • Steve Cassey (Shakespeare)
  • Jen Angharad (Contemporary Dance)
  • Jackie Bristow (Jazz Dance)
  • Nia Lynn (Voice)
  • Ceri Murphy (Acting)
  • Stifyn Parri (The Industry)
Entry Criteria

90-120 UCAS Points.

The university may consider applicants without formal qualifications if they are able to demonstrate an exceptional level of ability and practical experience.

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Student Quotes

Erin Summerhayes

“BA Musical Theatre at UWTSD has been everything I hoped for and more. The professionalism and friendliness of everyone involved is outstanding; I feel so welcomed.

"I am thoroughly enjoying the triple threat training provided and cannot wait to continue my journey with them, getting me one step closer to achieving my dream.”

Lloyd Macey

“I’m very proud to have studied at UWTSD Cardiff – it gave me the opportunity to grow and develop as a performer and to find my own voice. I don’t think I would ever have gone for the X Factor if I hadn’t done this course. I’d always sung and I’d had experience of singing before but it gave me the confidence and it taught me so much about myself. It taught me how to channel my nerves... to think I can sing in front of millions of people every weekend… two years ago, I would never have been able to do it. So no way, I would never have done the X Factor if it hadn’t been for all the hard work and effort that the lectures put into this course."

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