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Vocal Performance (BMus)

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Our Vocal Performance degree is a specialist industry-focused programme specifically for singers. With pathways in both classical and popular voice, the Wales Academy of Voice & Dramatic Arts provides a rich and diverse environment for creative practice.

Based in Cardiff, the programme is delivered by expert academics and practitioners of national and international repute within a specialist facility. All students on the BMus programme receive 1-to-1 tuition with a voice tutor developing vocal technique, and support in developing an understanding of the broad discipline of vocal performance and all that it entails.

Vocal performance is a complex discipline that brings together a host of skills from across the performing arts; this programme embraces that and aims to equip students to be versatile and adaptable performers.

Key aspects of learning on the BMus Vocal Performance course includes vocal technique and the study of repertoire, stagecraft, music theory, recording, vocal health, the creative industries and numerous performance opportunities. Each year students will be involved in a larger-scale intensive performance project working with industry experts to deliver a public performance.


UCAS code: VPE1
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All applications to study for a full-time undergraduate degree programme are made through UCAS under the institution code T80

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Tuition Fees 2022/23:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

5 reasons to study this course

  1. Specialist industry-focussed programme
  2. Delivered by expert academics and practitioners
  3. Extensive 1-to-1 vocal tuition
  4. Masterclasses and coaching sessions from world-renowned visiting artists
  5. Based within a specialist facility in Cardiff

What you will learn

Course Overview

Building on the continued success of our postgraduate vocal programmes, the newly devised BMus (Hons) Vocal Performance is a specialist industry-focussed programme for singers.

The programme is delivered by expert academics and practitioners of national and international repute within a specialist facility in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales.

Modules on the programme examine areas such as vocal technique, performance studies, movement, music theory, technologies of performance and performance projects designed to develop a wholistic approach to vocal performance. A specific feature of this programme is extensive 1-to-1 vocal tuition and a series of world-renowned visiting artists that work with students at the academy throughout the academic year.

Module Topics

Year One – Level 4 (Cert HE, Dip HE & BMus)

  • General Musicianship and Studio Techniques (20 credits; compulsory).
  • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Performance Class (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Performance Project 1 (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Repertoire and Style 1 (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Vocal Technique 1 (20 credits; compulsory)

Year Two – Level 5 (Dip HE & BMus)

  • Changemakers: Building your Personal Brand for Sustainable Employment (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Ensemble Performance (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Performance Project 2 (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Presenting Performance (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Repertoire and Style 2 (20 credits; optional)
  • Vocal Arrangement (20 credits; optional)
  • Vocal Technique 2 (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Three – Level 6 (BMus)

  • Creative Industries (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Final Performance (Vocal Technique 3) (30 credits; compulsory)
  • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Professional Practice for Performance (30 credits; compulsory).

Assessment on this programme is by a range of methods offering opportunities to present learning in a variety of different ways throughout the course. A number of the methods include performances, portfolios, technical assessments, recording, electronic testing, arranging, mock auditions, podcasting, essay writing and presentations.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

Key Information

  • David Bebbington
  • Camilla Roberts
  • Louise Ryan
  • Philip Lloyd Evans
  • Gareth Jones
  • Iwan Teifion Davies
  • Conal Bembridge-Sayers
  • Catherine Roe Williams
  • Ben Davis
  • Sarah Crisp
  • Angharad Lee
  • Tony Jones
  • Richard Ellis
  • Jacqueline Pischorn
  • Pierre-Maurice Barlier
  • Jolanda Pupillo
  • Ester Borin Bonillo
  • Jennifer Mackerras
  • Lorriane Mahoney
  • Amy Guppy
  • Tori Johns
  • Simon Rees
  • Eilir Owen Griffiths
Entry Criteria

120 UCAS points and an audition/interview.

Career Opportunities

It is anticipated that graduates of the Vocal Performance programme will commence careers as performers, creators, teachers, recording artists and within various other related disciplines. The BMus (Hons) Vocal Performance may also lead to further postgraduate study.

Additional Costs

Additional costs of sourcing musical scores, recordings or academic texts could be in the region of £600-£800 over the duration of the programme.