Musical Theatre

BA (Hons) / Level 6 Diploma

Course Overview

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.

Duration 3 years (full-time)
Academic year September 2020 - July 2021
Application deadline March 2020
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Course Leader: Chris Hocking, Principal and Director of the School of Music
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

Fees

Audition Fee £45 Audition fee waivers are available
Course Fee 2019-20 £15,360 p.a. 2020-21 fee rates will be confirmed in April 2020
BA (Hons) Validation fee £548 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 Funding & Scholarships here

How to apply

Am I Eligible?

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.

What next?

Applications for September 2020 entry are now open. Deadline for applications: April 2020.
Entry is by audition.

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

Course Guide

Click here to view the full Course Guide for Musical Theatre

Careers

Dom Simpson

MT/2016 Dom immediately flew over to Broadway to become the standy 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.

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, UK Tour), Dean Chisnall (Jean Valjean), Shane O'Riordan, Vinny Coyle

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, Midsomer Murders.

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 in brand new musical '&Juliet' where she is playing the lead role of Juliet.

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, 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 his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. He is also set to play the Prince in Cinderella at Cadagon Hall.

Eastenders

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, 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.

Hamilton

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, Waylon Jacobs

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

Wicked

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

Fame UK Tour

2019's UK Tour of Fame includes Stephanie Rojas playing Carmen and Simon Anthony

Matilda

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

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC)

The RSC is a major British theatre company and ArtsEd grads are a vital part of this. With shows such as Matilda, The Boy in the Dress and the Twelfth Night - our Alumni are playing their parts in these amazing productions. Alumni include: Luke Latchman, Charlotte Jaconelli, Clancy Ryan, Alexander Moneypenny, Ahmed Hamad.

FAQs

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.