City Campus Manchester
(Full Time - 1 year)
The course offers high quality practical and intensive training to expand, unleash and develop musical theatre skills providing students with the core skills required to be successful within this exciting industry.
The course aims to give students of all ages, backgrounds and experience the tools to excel as musical theatre performers exploring a range of genres and practitioners. This exciting and career focused course will introduce you to all aspects of musical theatre in the performing arts industry.
You will refine your technique in a variety of dance such as ballet, jazz and tap, and you will develop the employability skills that are an essential part of being in this industry.
In acting there is a strong focus on naturalism and allowing the students to build their own tool box of skills and techniques to draw upon when they perform. This will include studying practitioners such as Stanislavski, Strasberg,and Uta Hagen. There is a strong focus on text analysis and how the actor creates a life by mining the text and drawing out the clues within to develop a role which is detailed.
In singing, you will focus on the Estill Method which is universally taught in Higher Education. Lessons will focus on audition preparation, ensemble work, building repertoire, acting through song and application of technique.
Additionally the course provides guidance on audition technique both industry based and preparation for Drama School. Students will learn how to market themselves as a performer and be given guidance on Equity, Spotlight etc from industry professionals.
• You will need to audition for the course preparing one song from a musical theatre repertoire and one speech. You should also be prepared to participate in a dance workshop and an interview.
• Minimum of 48 UCAS points.
• Ideally you will have a Level 3 Extended Diploma at grade Pass, Merit, Merit in a performing arts-related area
• GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above or equivalent
• Intermediate level in ballet, jazz or tap (desirable)
• Prior practical experience essential
• Written communication skills essential
Assessment will take place through a variety of scenario-based assignments where you will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. Assessments will comprise of both theoretical (written / coursework) and practical skills based assignments / performances.
Our students have successfully gone on to professional work within the Dance & Musical Theatre industry including Commercial, West End & Regional Theatre, Cruise Ships and Disney. Other potential career paths include teaching and running your own Stage School.
• BA Honours Degree Musical Theatre - The Arden School of Theatre
• University or Drama School
• HND Performing Arts Top up – external providers
• Into the world of work
There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:
Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.
You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.Fees, finance and funding page
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If you were born to perform – as an actor, a dancer or a musical theatre performer – or even if you want to work behind the scenes, you’ll absolutely love the passion, enthusiasm and creative atmosphere that infects everyone in our Performing Arts department, here at The Manchester College.