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Musical Theatre

FdA

Foundation degree

Key facts

Award
FdA Musical Theatre
School
College of Liberal Arts
Campus or location
University Centre Weston
Taught by
University Centre Weston
Course length
Two years full-time
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: WW34
Campus Code: C,WESTON

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our foundation programmes. See ‘Interested in applying’ for more information.

 

Become an intelligent performer, with skills in acting, singing and dance.

  • Taught by highly-qualified staff who continue to work as practitioners in the industry.
  • Opportunities to work with international performers, producers and directors.
  • Combines technical skills, contextual understanding and business knowledge.

This performance-oriented course combines technique, context and analysis with business skills, so you can generate work for yourself in the musical theatre industry.

You’ll work with our highly-qualified and experienced staff, along with visiting industry professionals, gaining a high level of support to enable your personal and professional development. A wide range of extracurricular activities are offered to prepare you for the full-on schedule of a professional performer, including additional skills classes and corporate performance opportunities.

“I cannot thank the dedicated and talented staff, who supported me through my degree, enough. My time at Weston College gave me the confidence to pursue my dream. I learnt a lot there and would recommend any aspiring actor to attend.”

– Corrine, Musical Theatre (Foundation Degree) graduate – Stephen Sondheim Student

What you'll learn

Overview

This course combines practical skills and industry knowledge, while teaching you musical theatre context.

You’ll develop performance skills through weekly classes in acting, singing and dance (ballet, tap and jazz). You’ll contribute to the creation and production of performance, making use of appropriate performance vocabularies, techniques, structures and working methods.

Alongside this, you’ll gain awareness of the artistic process, and an understanding of the American and European Musical Theatre repertoire in its historical and cultural contexts.

You’ll undertake independent research, investigating past and present musical theatre performances, which will help you create original new performances.

Course structure

Year 1
We introduce you to the basic building blocks of the subject, including skills workshops, performance, contextual studies and professional studies. You’ll begin to develop as a reflective practitioner and theatre-maker.
Year 2
We continue to train your core technique, with increasingly sophisticated practical work and focus on your chosen field(s) of specialisation. You’ll work as an active member of a theatre company to create your own performance project, and also undertake a practical research project through a professional work placement.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed through performances, written and practical portfolios, and essays.

How will I be taught?

This course is taught through lectures, workshops, seminars, technical classes, tutorials and rehearsals.

Opportunities

Work placements, industry links and internships

Our students have worked with clients such as the David Stinson Agency, the Alan Jones Academy of Music (Portland), and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

This course is taught at University Centre Weston. There's a dedicated area of the campus which includes rehearsal and performance spaces, state-of-the-art dance studios, music studios, contextual studies classrooms and a common room. We also work closely with the Blakehay Theatre, a working theatre in the town, to provide additional rehearsal and performance space.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £7,950
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Offers are usually made on the basis of a minimum of MMP/CDD or equivalent, preferably in a related area such as the BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts or A Level Drama or Theatre Studies. Applications from those studying only two A-levels or alternative qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. An audition is required for this course.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

If your application meets our basic entry requirements, you’ll be invited to an audition day. These usually last from 10am - 5pm, and we invite a number of applicants along so we can see how you work in groups. The audition days are structured around workshops in the three areas of repertoire: acting, singing and dancing. You may also be asked to complete a short piece of written work. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask any questions you have. You should wear comfortable clothing, suitable for movement.

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