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Musical Theatre

Entry requirements


A minimum of 2 A Levels required if studying only A Levels, but can be used in conjunction with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

M:45,P:15

60 Credits with 45 M Level Credits and 15 P Level Credits

HNC (BTEC)

P-D

HND (BTEC)

P-M

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28-31

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

In combination with other qualifications

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MMM

In combination with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)

DD

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

MMM

In combination with other qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

In combination with other qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM

In combination with other qualifications

In combination with other qualifications

UCAS Tariff

96-112

From a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent qualifications such as BTEC Extended Diploma or OCR Extended Diploma. For detailed information on accepted qualifications, please view our Course Entry Statement (https://www.solent.ac.uk/how-to-apply/documents/course-entry-requirement-statement.pdf) Solent University is a proud champion of widening participation. For further information about our contextual offer, please visit our website (https://www.solent.ac.uk/how-to-apply/what-next/contextual-offers). Do you have a strong audition portfolio but may not have the full academic entry requirements? If so, we would encourage you to apply and submit a portfolio for consideration.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Musical theatre

If you dream of being in the cast of a West End or Broadway musical, Solent’s dynamic BA (Hons) Musical Theatre degree will help you build your practical performance skills in singing, dancing and acting alongside the academic study of musical theatre performance and production, helping you gain the knowledge to kick-start a fantastic career.

With a key focus on future employability, you will be trained in up-to-date acting techniques, and receive vocal coaching based on the highly regarded Estill Voicecraft model. You will also have the opportunity to develop your skills in related areas – such as directing, theatre in education and theatre and well-being, as well as engaging in extended dance, vocal or instrumental training.

In the final year, you have the opportunity to participate in a performance showcase, providing the perfect opportunity to present yourself to the industry and develop professional networks that will help launch your career in the performing arts.

The supportive academic team have a broad range of international and national industry experience and maintain excellent links with industry, enabling you to benefit from connections with local theatres including The Nuffield Theatre, The Point Theatre and Soloman Theatre. Recent guest speakers have also included Earl Carpenter (Les Mis, Phantom of the Opera), Kathryn Barnes (West End performer and choreographer), Mark Wheeler (Playwright and director), and representatives from Equity and Spotlight.

Studying musical theatre at Solent combines practical performance skills with academic study to help you become a well-rounded musical theatre performer. It also enables potential career directions in other areas of the creative industries. Whatever direction you choose to follow, musical theatre at Solent offers an exciting, collaborative and professionally-focussed starting point.

Our annual showcase is an opportunity for you to present yourself to the industry and develop networks that will support your career development.

**What does this course lead to?**
This course offers excellent preparation for a career as a musical theatre performer or actor, and also roles in broader areas such as screen acting, radio presenting, directing and teaching.

**Who is this course for?**
Solent’s musical theatre degree is ideally suited to students who want to develop a career in the performing arts, as a musical theatre performer or actor/singer. Applicants will ideally have some previous experience and/or qualifications in drama and will be required to present an audition.

Modules

YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES
The Broadway Musical
Body and Voice
Acting in Musicals
The West End Musical
Directed Musical Theatre Production
Musical Theatre Styles

YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES
Musical Theatre and Identity
Musical Theatre - Live Brief
Performance Techniques
Musical Theatre Inside and Out
The Show
Scene into Song

YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES
Final Major Project - Musical Theatre
Research Project
Audition Prep
Musical Theatre Portfolio

YEAR 3 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each year)
Performing Arts in Education
Directing
Music Theatre
Stage Combat

Assessment methods

The course is assessed via individual and group performances (live and recorded), presentations, portfolios, workshops, quizzes, devising and written assignments.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,800
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Solent University offers a number of bursaries, grants and scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.solent.ac.uk/finance/grants-bursaries-scholarships/bursaries

The Uni


Course location:

Solent University (Southampton)

Department:

Faculty of Creative Industries, Architecture and Engineering

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

62%
low
Musical theatre

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
70%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

71%
Library resources
67%
IT resources
65%
Course specific equipment and facilities
56%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
19%
Male students
81%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
0%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,238
med
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
71%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
11%
Other elementary services occupations
11%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Performing arts

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£20k

£20k

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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