Musical Theatre at Newcastle College University Centre - UCAS

Course summary

The FdA Musical Theatre programme is an exciting 2-year practical training course designed to introduce you to a career in Musical Theatre and develop the skills and a unique opportunity to undertake a course which synthesis technical training, staging musicals and performance opportunities, academic skills and industry confidence. In addition to continuous training in the three disciplines required of a Musical Theatre performer; singing, acting and dance, you’ll be encouraged to explore a range of rehearsal and staging techniques to enhance your director /choreographer skills. The FdA Musical Theatre programme is delivered within the Performance Academy, one of the most comprehensive training environments in the UK with state-of-the-art facilities including nine full size rehearsal studios, the 250 seat Peter Sarah Theatre, a studio theatre, radio station, editing suite, recording studios and a music venue. As part of the FdA work ready guarantee we have strong links established with regional venues such as the Live Theatre, as well as with a range of industry professionals. You will experience a range of inhouse, and industry-based projects led by our teaching staff and current Musical Theatre practitioners. Recent workshops / projects have been led by cast members from: Les Miserables, Hairspray, Aladdin, Mary Poppins, Dirty Dancing, Cats, West Side Story, Wicked and Matilda. The FdA in Musical Theatre is ideally suited to anyone wishing to follow an intensive practical training regime in Musical Theatre and is committed to the development of themselves as creators, performers and/or teachers of Musical Theatre. The course is ideal for those who have an enthusiasm for the industry and hope to build upon their theoretical and practical understanding. So, if you have a passion for Musical Theatre and are prepared sing, dance and act then this is the course for you. Successful completion of the Foundation Degree in Musical Theatre will provide a solid foundation that can lead to either employment within the Musical Theatre industry or further advanced studies. Past students have gone on to continue their studies via our BA (Hons) Musical Theatre top-up programme, whilst others have gained employment in the industry, teaching or performing as freelance artists.


Year One: Signing Techniques, Dance Techniques, Acting Techniques, Work-Based Learning, Personal Development, Academic Skills, The Golden Age, Staging Musical Theatre. Year Two: Singing Techniques, Dance Techniques, Acting Techniques, Work-Based Learning, Professional Development, Contemporary Musicals, Solo Singing, Advanced Dance.

Assessment method

The FdA Musical Theatre programme operates through a varied and challenging timetable inclusive of practical technique classes, performance workshops, industry observations, seminars, formal lectures, classroom activities and self-directed training, rehearsal and study. Assessment methods include set practical technique exercises, songs and excerpts from plays; the performance of MT repertoire, collaborative practical tasks, academic essays and reports, and professional portfolios. A range of enrichment workshops and master classes led by visiting Musical Theatre practitioners allows you to gain knowledge of current techniques and repertoire not directly assessed within modules.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

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Once we have reviewed your application you will be invited to attend an audition at the University Centre. You will participate in Acting Improvisation/Ensemble Singing and a Jazz Routine. Please prepare two contrasting Musical Theatre songs and one Acting monologue (can be either classical or contemporary) which you will perform to the panel. Songs and monologue should be no longer than 2 minutes in length each.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Musical Theatre at Newcastle College University Centre - UCAS