University of Portsmouth

Musical Theatre University of Portsmouth Degree level: Undergraduate

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Overview
If you want to expand your knowledge and skill in performance, theatre, and musicals, this BA (Hons) Musical Theatre degree course is the perfect choice if you want a successful career in many sectors.

On the course, you'll indulge your enthusiasm for voice, music, movement, acting and production. You'll get to create your own theatre company, mount a full-scale musical in just 2 weeks and have dedicated one-to-one singing lessons. You'll also learn a sought after set of vocational skills that will help you break into the business side of industry.

As a member of the national Musical Theatre Network, you’ll be able to make use of our industry connections when you start your career after the course. You'll be set for a career as a performer and in roles in the wider theatre industry.

What you'll experience
On this course you'll:

  • Use our drama studios in the White Swan Building, which is connected to Portsmouth's New Theatre Royal

  • Practise what you learn in our professional-grade rehearsal areas, including a dance space, a sound recording booth, video editing suites, and music rooms equipped with pianos

  • Work alongside your peers and new writers to create shows, gaining invaluable experience in creative collaboration

  • Have the chance to perform in front of agents, producers and casting directors as part of our annual London Showcase

  • Study at the home of the UK's only international academic journal dedicated to musical theatre (Studies in Musical Theatre)

  • Have the opportunity to attend guest lectures from the biggest names in theatre and arts – past speakers have included Sheila Hancock, Edward Bond, Mark Ravenhill, David Edgar, Howard Brenton, Michelene Wandor, Pete Wyer and Yvon Bonenfant, and professionals from The Fecund Theatre Company, The Solent People's Theatre and The Big Brum Theatre

Careers and opportunities
When you finish the course, you'll be set for a career as a performer and for roles in the wider theatre industry.

Past graduates have gone on to careers in:

  • theatre, arts and events management

  • broadcasting

  • the media industry

  • teaching

  • business

  • project and team management

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • actor

  • producer

  • playwright

  • theatre manager

  • arts administrator

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. After you the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

Course details

Modules

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

YEAR ONE
(Core)

  • Milestones
  • Text and Practice
  • Studying Performance
  • Intensive Drama Workshop
  • Devised Project
  • Practical Skills

There are no optional modules in this year.

YEAR TWO
(Core)

  • Musical Theatre in Context
  • Musical Theatre Skills
  • Musical Theatre Laboratory
  • Music: Practice, Performance and Research

(Optional)

  • Professional Experience
  • Student Enterprise
  • British Musical Theatre: Unsung Legacies

PLACEMENT YEAR
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

YEAR THREE
(Core)

  • Applied Theatre
  • Musical Theatre Dissertation
  • Forming a Company
  • Alternative Theatres

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through:

  • practical performance
  • dramatic writing
  • essays
  • video productions
  • group presentations
  • examinations
  • dissertation/project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 8% by written exams, 48% by practical exams and 44% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 57% by practical exams and 43% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 37% by practical exams and 63% by coursework

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code 2B69
Institution code P80
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 - 112 points 104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. Applicants will be invited to a workshop.
A level 104-112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma 106 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Cambridge Pre-U score of 44.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 25 points 25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H4, H4
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Scottish Advanced Higher 104-112 Tariff points.

CLEARING INFORMATION – Our entry requirements may be different during Clearing, so please contact us on 023 9284 8000 to discuss your options.

Additional entry requirements

Interview

UK applicants will be invited to an Interactive Workshop. All EU/International applicants will be asked to upload a short video task. Details will be given to applicants on invitation to interview


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English Proficiency Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic 54.0 An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT) 79.0 79 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Trinity ISE Pass Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,900 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU/Islands Year in placement/industry £925 Year abroad of a language course £925. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £2,400 Year abroad of a language course £2,400. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/international-students/funding **Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.**

Provider information

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University of Portsmouth
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Portsmouth
PO1 2UP


Clearing contact details

University Admissions Centre - Clearing

023 9284 8000

Course Clearing information

Additional information

​​Clearing Hotline opening hours: Thursday 15th August - 07:00 - 20:00, Friday 16th August - 08:00 - 19:00, Saturday 17th August - 09:00 - 15:00, Sunday 18th August - Closed, Monday 19th August onwards - 08:30 - 17:15,


Course contact details

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