BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

BA (Hons) / Level 6 Diploma


ArtsEd offers rigorous, exceptional triple-threat training. An exciting and extensive curriculum prepares you to become a world-leading performer across all disciplines and in all genres.

Our tutors are all inspiring and experienced industry professionals, committed to working with you to develop your full potential in singing, dancing and acting.

Dynamic and diverse with a focus on excellence, this vocational three-year BA (Hons) Musical Theatre course will develop your technical skills through practical classes, 1:1 singing tuition and performances.

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Duration 3 years (full-time)
Academic year September 2022 - July 2023
Application deadline 7 March 2022
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Course Leader: Jonathan O'Boyle, Director of the School of Musical Theatre
At a glance
  • Only 50 students are accepted each year
  • A minimum of 35 contact hours per week
  • Teaching delivered over three terms (35 weeks)
  • One-to-one sessions with singing tutors every week
Year 1
  • Dance, Acting and Singing Projects
  • Performance Class
  • Song and Dance
  • Song Workshop
Year 2
  • Dance, Acting and Singing Projects
  • Performance Class/Audition Technique
  • Song and Dance
  • Song Workshop
  • CV and Photograph Workshops
Year 3
  • Two Public Productions and a Showcase
  • Industry Professional sessions and workshops


Audition Fee (including round 2) £25 Audition fee waivers are available
Course Fee 2022-23: First Year Students £15,995 p.a.
£21,020 p.a. Overseas Students*
Course Fee 2022-23: Second Year Students £15,665 p.a.
Course Fee 2022-23: Third Year Students £15,665 p.a.
BA (Hons) Validation fee £595 City, University of London. Fee reviewed annually
Acceptance Deposit £350 UK / EU Students
£2,000 Overseas Students

Additional Costs

  • Accommodation and living costs – ArtsEd does not offer on-campus accommodation.
  • Dance wear (a full kit list will be provided)
  • Books and stationery
  • Professional headshot (2nd Year)
  • Spotlight entry (3rd Year)
  • Cost of hiring Graduation attire or photographic/videographic services.

The deposit will be held by the School and will be refunded on completion of the course, without interest, less any outstanding sums owed by the student to ArtsEd.

Fees are subject to annual review and may increase in years two and three in line with inflation. One term’s notice will be given of any increases.

Find out about the various funding options available to you on the Funding & Scholarships page.

*Overseas students are those without indefinite leave to remain, or the right to settle in the UK under the Common Travel Area between the UK and Ireland.

How to apply

Am I Eligible for the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre course?

Applicants must be aged 18 or due to have turned 18 by the time the course commences.

In addition, the following qualifications are normally required:

  • Passes in two subjects at A-level or a BTEC ND
  • Passes in three subjects at GCSE or equivalent
  • Candidates whose first language is not English must provide proof of their proficiency by having either an ELTS overall score of 7 or a TOEFL score of 100 or IELTS score of 6 or equivalent

If an applicant fulfils the audition criteria, but comes from an unconventional academic background, the academic requirements may be waived, although good spoken English is a requirement for all our courses.

At ArtsEd we are committed and are active in maintaining equal opportunities, all who apply will receive comparable treatment and no applicant will receive less or more favourable treatment on the grounds of sex, ethnic origin, disability, age or religion or any other equivalent factors. All successful applicants will be selected solely on the basis of their abilities.

You can find out everything you need to know about auditions here

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Course Guide

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Les Misérables

Les Miserables is the longest running show in the West End and has always been populated with ArtsEd MT Alumni. Including: Amara Okereke (Cosette), Toby Miles (Marius), Charlie Burns (Cosette), Dean Chisnall (Jean Valjean), Josefina Garbrielle (Madame Thénardier) and Jordan Shaw (Enjorlas).

Miriam-Teak Lee

Miriam graduated from ArtsEd in 2017 and went on to play the lead in On The Town at Regents Park Open Air Theatre. She then went into the original West End cast of Hamilton. Miriam is currently playing Juliet in '&Juliet' for which she won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical.


Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical, Hamilton has become a West End staple, and a number of alumni have been part of the production, including: Tarinn Callender as Hercules Mulligan and James Madison, Miriam-Teak Lee, Courtney-Mae Briggs and Waylon Jacobs.

Dom Simpson

MT/2016 Dom immediately flew over to Broadway to become the standby Elder Price in the Book of Mormon. Since then, he has come back to the West End to become the first British Elder Price to play the lead.


Celebrating 10 years in the West End, Wicked continues to showcase ArtsEd alumni, including: Matt Parsons, Aimee Fisher, Danny Michaels, Grace Chapman, Scott Sutcliffe and Russell Walker.

Danny Mac

Danny graduated from ArtsEd BA MT in 2009 and has gone on to grace the stage and screen in such things as: Hollyoaks, White Christmas, Amelie and Midsomer Murders.


The musical sensation, Six, has featured many ArtsEd graduates including: Izuka Hoyle, Genesis Lynea, Chrisina Modestou, Courtney Stapleton and Roxanne Couch.

Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! has been a constant hit in the West End and you will always find our graduates in the cast. Including: Gabrielle Williams (Sophie), Danny Nattrass (Pepper), Taylor Bradshaw (Eddie), Philip Ryan (Sky), Zoe Humphryes and Luke Hall.

Jac Yarrow

Jac recently graduated from ArtsEd in 2019 and has shot to stardom after playing the title role of Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, for which he won The Stage Debut Award for Best Actor in a Musical and was nominated for an Olivier Award. He set to perform in Pantoland at the London Palladium this Christmas.


Disney's brand new West End production of Frozen recently opened and its original cast features many ArtsEd graduates: Matt Gillett, Emily Lane, Emily Mae, Leisha Mollyneaux, Joshua St. Clair, Jak Skelly, Jake Small and Isabel Snaas.


Our Musical Theatre alumni have gone on to appear in various shows for the BBC including Eastenders. Alumni include: Nigel Harman, Bonnie Langford, Danny Boy Hatchard, Max Parker, Tony Clay and Toby Alexander Smith.

Alex Thomas-Smith

Alex graduated from ArtsEd in 2016 & has gone on to appear in Sweet Charity, Motown & has recently been cast in the original cast of the Broadway transfer of Dear Evan Hansen. He is currently appearing in the West End Production of &Juliet.

The Book of Mormon

Winner of 9 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the Book of Mormon in the West End stars alumnus, Dom Simpson, who is joined by alumni Alex Lodge, Bree Smith and Sackie Osakonor.

Courtney Stapleton

Courtney graduated ArtsEd in 2014. She is currently appearing as Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Her previous credits include: Dear Evan Hansen, Six, Bat out of Hell, Les Miserables and Mamma Mia!


Many ArtsEd graduates feature in the original cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production of Cinderella, including 2021 Graduate Georgina Onuorah (Alternate Cinderella). Also on show are: Vinny Coyle, Tobias Charles, Dominic Adam Griffin and Jessica Kirton.

Carly Mercedes Dyer

Carly graduated from ArtsEd in 2008. She is currently playing Erma in Anything Goes at the Barbican. Her other credits include: Shug Avery in The Color Purple, Anita in West Side Story, Hadestown, Dreamgirls, Sweet Charity and Memphis.


The West End musical of Roald Dahl's Matilda has seen a variety of ArtsEd alumni, including: Karina Hind, Marianne Benedict, Richard Astbury, Connor Lewis, Rob Compton, Holly Dale Spencer, Glen Facey and Roger Dipper.

Marc Antolin

Marc Graduated ArtsEd in 2008. He is currently appearing in the RSC's production of The Magician's Elephant. His previous credits include: Seymour in The Little Shop of Horrors, Twelfth Night at The Globe, Peter Pan at the National Theatre, Matilda, Singing in the Rain and Into the Woods.

Back to the Future

Based on the 1985 cult cinema hit, the musical adaptation of Back to the Future has recently opened in the West End to rave reviews. It stars ArtsEd gradutates Olly Dobson as Marty McFly and Courtney-Mae Briggs as Jennifer Parker. Also appearing are: Joshua Clemetson, Bessy Eqa, Nic Myers, Shane O'Riordan and Katharine Pearson.

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC)

The RSC is a major British theatre company. With shows such as Matilda, The Boy in the Dress and The Magician's Elephant - our Alumni are playing their parts in these amazing productions. Alumni include: Luke Latchman, Charlotte Jaconelli, Clancy Ryan, Alexander Moneypenny and Ahmed Hamad.

Omari Douglas

Omari Graduated from ArtsEd in 2015. He has recently been seen in Chanel 4's award-winning It's a Sin and the West End production of Constellations. Omari is currently rehearsing to play the role of Cliff Bradshaw in the West End production of Cabaret


When do you hold auditions and can we choose when we want to audition?

Auditions are generally held on Tuesdays from October to April during term time. If we offer you a date please do your best to attend. We can only reschedule under extreme circumstances such as illness or an exam commitment.

What does a typical timetable look like and how is the day structured?

Very full! You have classes or rehearsals all day, five days a week from 8.30am (or sometimes earlier) to 6pm and sometimes beyond. You could be going from an acting class straight into ensemble singing, straight into jazz followed by Speech & Voice and 1-2-1 singing! You will then have work to prepare for the following day.

How strict is it going to be?

Musical Theatre training is rigorous – you are learning three skills. We train people to be professional, focused, hardworking performers. This takes dedication and passion. Is it strict? That’s up to you and your work ethic!

How is the timetable split between dancing, acting and singing?

This is a ‘triple threat’ course, so the weighting is completely equal between acting, singing and dance. Singing tuition includes two one-to-one singing lessons a week.

You can find more general FAQs here.