Key Information

Full-time

3 years

Typical Offer

BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 3 A levels)

Campus

Brayford Pool

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Key Information

Full-time

3 years

Typical Offer

BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 3 A levels)

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

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BA (Hons) Musical Theatre BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

This course provides opportunities to participate in a variety of performances and productions.

Key Information

Full-time

3 years

Typical Offer

BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 3 A levels)

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

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Key Information

Full-time

3 years

Typical Offer

BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 3 A levels)

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

Professor Dominic Symonds  - Programme Leader

Professor Dominic Symonds - Programme Leader

Dominic Symonds is a Professor of Musical Theatre and Director of Research for the School of Fine and Performing Arts. His research interests focus on musical theatre, collaboration, migration, and the relationship between place and performance. Dominic plays a prominent role in musical theatre scholarship internationally, editing "Studies in Musical Theatre", and overseeing the conference series "Song, Stage and Screen". He is a member of the Harvard-Princeton Musical Theatre Forum and the British Musical Theatre Research Institute.

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Welcome to BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

From London’s West End to more experimental Fringe performances, musical theatre spans the arts, inspiring and entertaining audiences around the world.

Lincoln’s BA (Hons) Musical Theatre enables students to reflect critically on performance practices, while developing core practical production skills.

Students can learn from expert staff who are practitioners and scholars trained in music, theatre, and dance. Workshops and masterclasses are delivered by visiting tutors and professionals, offering further opportunities to learn about the practical elements of musical theatre.

Welcome to BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

From London’s West End to more experimental Fringe performances, musical theatre spans the arts, inspiring and entertaining audiences around the world.

Lincoln’s BA (Hons) Musical Theatre enables students to reflect critically on performance practices, while developing core practical production skills.

Students can learn from expert staff who are practitioners and scholars trained in music, theatre, and dance. Workshops and masterclasses are delivered by visiting tutors and professionals, offering further opportunities to learn about the practical elements of musical theatre.

How You Study

Throughout the course, students can immerse themselves in the theatre process by auditioning, rehearsing, and staging a musical in an intensive manner that mirrors the practice of industry professionals.

They are able to hone their skills during performances of well-known hit shows alongside lesser-known productions, while reflecting on the actual productions to gain a rounded contextual understanding of musical theatre.

As the course progresses, students can learn about the history of musicals and their significance in contemporary society, while undertaking more independent, industry-focused tasks, emphasising employability and preparing them to enter into a variety of associated careers.

One-to-one singing lessons are available at no extra cost, and students can participate in regular dance sessions, learn audition skills, and develop the techniques of ‘acting a song’. Guidance on how to form a musical theatre company, devise a show, and tour the production around the country is also available.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.

Find out More

How You Study

Throughout the course, students can immerse themselves in the theatre process by auditioning, rehearsing, and staging a musical in an intensive manner that mirrors the practice of industry professionals.

They are able to hone their skills during performances of well-known hit shows alongside lesser-known productions, while reflecting on the actual productions to gain a rounded contextual understanding of musical theatre.

As the course progresses, students can learn about the history of musicals and their significance in contemporary society, while undertaking more independent, industry-focused tasks, emphasising employability and preparing them to enter into a variety of associated careers.

One-to-one singing lessons are available at no extra cost, and students can participate in regular dance sessions, learn audition skills, and develop the techniques of ‘acting a song’. Guidance on how to form a musical theatre company, devise a show, and tour the production around the country is also available.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.

Find out More

An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

This module explores the landscape of musical theatre in non-English speaking countries, beyond Broadway and the West End. Although it is these production centres that are most familiar, there is a remarkable amount of activity taking place around the world. In this module, students can discover what musical theatre is like from the Philippines to Mexico, and from Israel to Japan.

Module Overview

This module introduces some of the fundamental ways of studying musical theatre, including study of the musical as an object (as a 'play', as music, and as performance), study of the development of the musical throughout the 20th century, and learning about the musical through singing, acting, and dancing.

Module Overview

Under the tuition of our staff, students will have the opportunity to develop their singing and dancing skills in weekly sessions throughout the year.

Module Overview

This module reflects on the practical experiences of putting on a show. It aims to develop students' understanding of musicals, their historical context, and their performance, through looking back on that experience as a case study.

Module Overview

This module is designed help students to develop a detailed understanding of how musicals are constructed, how they can understand them critically, and how they can develop their own performance skills.

Module Overview

This module offers students the opportunity to put on a show, directed by the course tutors. Working as a company, students will have the chance to rehearse and stage a musical through an intensive four-week period, culminating in a performance to fellow students and staff. This will give students their first taster of how the development and rehearsal process of a professional show takes place.

Module Overview

This module builds on the experience of Staging a Musical 1 in the first term. Working as a company, students can rehearse and stage a musical through an intensive four-week period, culminating in a performance to fellow students and staff. Consolidating their experience of a professional working process, students are encouraged to focus on developing independent skills, and taking responsibility for various aspects of the production.

Module Overview

This is a practical module which explores the techniques of singing and acting a song. Students can work on vocal technique, character development, and acting approach to prepare solo numbers for performance. The module aims to equip students with the skills to begin to put together a portfolio of song material appropriate for their voice. This may be of particular value for those anticipating applying for drama schools, especially for musical theatre courses. Assessment will be part practical, and part based on an annotated rehearsal log put together throughout the process.

Module Overview

This module aims to develop students' wider knowledge, critical perspectives, and contextual awareness of practice. This module introduces students to a range of critical ways of thinking about musical theatre, focusing in particular on notions of identity. It will consider how we might be able to understand the musical in terms of gender, race, class, national identity, and sexuality.

Module Overview

In this module students have the opportunity to create their very own original show under staff supervision. Students can create, rehearse, and then perform a short musical of their own, in an intensive process using the skills they have built up during the course. Students can establish a theme, build a structure, develop musical motifs into songs, and write the book and lyrics.

Module Overview

Under the tuition of our staff, students can continue to develop their singing and dancing skills in weekly sessions throughout the year.

Module Overview

This placement module encourages students to engage with the creative industries beyond the University through a placement with a business or organisation of their choosing.

Through direct workplace experience, students may develop new skills, strengthen existing ones, establish valuable professional networks, and target future employment opportunities. Following the placement students are assessed via presentations where they reflect upon their professional development and the impact of their work.

Module Overview

This module reflects on the practical experiences of putting on a show to develop a sophisticated understanding of how musicals are constructed, how students can understand them critically, and how they can develop their own performance skills. Throughout the module we will refer to the show staged in Devising a Musical as a case study.

Module Overview

This module builds on the experiences of Staging a Musical 1 and 2 in the first year. Working with a professional team of director, music director, and choreographer, students rehearse and stage a musical through an intensive four-week period, culminating in a performance to an invited audience. Students can map their experience onto a professional working process, promoting their work, building their profile, and identifying approaches to building networks and showcasing their performance work.

Module Overview

This module introduces students to the various strategies required when teaching theatre in schools and other educational settings. The module will introduce approaches to teaching in their area, planning a lesson, and offers the opportunity to deliver it to a class of school children. The module focuses on Drama as a curriculum subject, but will enable students to complement the area with their own expertise in music and dance.

Module Overview

Walking into an audition can be one of the most daunting prospects for any performer. This module is designed to help prepare for that scenario, by developing a repertoire of song material for performance, and then testing students in a mock-audition.

Module Overview

The Dissertation module provides the opportunity for a student to investigate and pursue a theatre and performance arts topic of his or her own choosing over an extended piece of academic writing.

Each student is allocated a supervisor to help them to select and refine a topic appropriate for extended study, evaluate progress and read and offer feedback on draft work. Students will be expected to work on their own initiative to undertake research and synthesise it into a logical and original argument in the form of a 4,500 piece of scholarly writing.

Module Overview

This module is the final showcase module for students on the Musical Theatre degree. It involves an intensive block of rehearsal leading to the public production of a musical. The production will be directed by a professional team (Director, Musical Director, Choreographer), and is designed to showcase students' talents and celebrate the culmination of their studies.

Module Overview

This module sets the challenge of launching a small-scale musical theatre company and taking a production to a venue (or venues) outside the University. This is likely to be students' first independent venture into staging a production, which could be performed in a small-scale venue, in a school context, in a site-specific space, or on tour.

Module Overview

This module offers an introduction to the creative arts industry in the UK, and will guide students through the process of initiating and developing projects within that industry.

Students will be introduced to a wide range of case studies and as part of a small group students can plan and pitch a potential project for hypothetical Arts Council Funding (or similar). The aim of this module is to equip students with tools for creating their own projects and ideas in the future.

Module Overview

This module considers the current moment in musical theatre, and anticipates where new innovation might be heading. It will focus particularly on musical theatre in the British and digital contexts, identifying new dynamics, new emergences, and new opportunities within the musical theatre industry.

Module Overview

Under the tuition of our staff, students can continue to develop their singing and dancing skills in weekly sessions throughout the year.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

This module explores the landscape of musical theatre in non-English speaking countries, beyond Broadway and the West End. Although it is these production centres that are most familiar, there is a remarkable amount of activity taking place around the world. In this module, students can discover what musical theatre is like from the Philippines to Mexico, and from Israel to Japan.

Module Overview

This module introduces some of the fundamental ways of studying musical theatre, including study of the musical as an object (as a 'play', as music, and as performance), study of the development of the musical throughout the 20th century, and learning about the musical through singing, acting, and dancing.

Module Overview

Under the tuition of our staff, students will have the opportunity to develop their singing and dancing skills in weekly sessions throughout the year.

Module Overview

This module reflects on the practical experiences of putting on a show. It aims to develop students' understanding of musicals, their historical context, and their performance, through looking back on that experience as a case study.

Module Overview

This module is designed help students to develop a detailed understanding of how musicals are constructed, how they can understand them critically, and how they can develop their own performance skills.

Module Overview

This module offers students the opportunity to put on a show, directed by the course tutors. Working as a company, students will have the chance to rehearse and stage a musical through an intensive four-week period, culminating in a performance to fellow students and staff. This will give students their first taster of how the development and rehearsal process of a professional show takes place.

Module Overview

This module builds on the experience of Staging a Musical 1 in the first term. Working as a company, students can rehearse and stage a musical through an intensive four-week period, culminating in a performance to fellow students and staff. Consolidating their experience of a professional working process, students are encouraged to focus on developing independent skills, and taking responsibility for various aspects of the production.

Module Overview

This is a practical module which explores the techniques of singing and acting a song. Students can work on vocal technique, character development, and acting approach to prepare solo numbers for performance. The module aims to equip students with the skills to begin to put together a portfolio of song material appropriate for their voice. This may be of particular value for those anticipating applying for drama schools, especially for musical theatre courses. Assessment will be part practical, and part based on an annotated rehearsal log put together throughout the process.

Module Overview

This module aims to develop students' wider knowledge, critical perspectives, and contextual awareness of practice. This module introduces students to a range of critical ways of thinking about musical theatre, focusing in particular on notions of identity. It will consider how we might be able to understand the musical in terms of gender, race, class, national identity, and sexuality.

Module Overview

In this module students have the opportunity to create their very own original show under staff supervision. Students can create, rehearse, and then perform a short musical of their own, in an intensive process using the skills they have built up during the course. Students can establish a theme, build a structure, develop musical motifs into songs, and write the book and lyrics.

Module Overview

Under the tuition of our staff, students can continue to develop their singing and dancing skills in weekly sessions throughout the year.

Module Overview

This placement module encourages students to engage with the creative industries beyond the University through a placement with a business or organisation of their choosing.

Through direct workplace experience, students may develop new skills, strengthen existing ones, establish valuable professional networks, and target future employment opportunities. Following the placement students are assessed via presentations where they reflect upon their professional development and the impact of their work.

Module Overview

This module reflects on the practical experiences of putting on a show to develop a sophisticated understanding of how musicals are constructed, how students can understand them critically, and how they can develop their own performance skills. Throughout the module we will refer to the show staged in Devising a Musical as a case study.

Module Overview

This module builds on the experiences of Staging a Musical 1 and 2 in the first year. Working with a professional team of director, music director, and choreographer, students rehearse and stage a musical through an intensive four-week period, culminating in a performance to an invited audience. Students can map their experience onto a professional working process, promoting their work, building their profile, and identifying approaches to building networks and showcasing their performance work.

Module Overview

This module introduces students to the various strategies required when teaching theatre in schools and other educational settings. The module will introduce approaches to teaching in their area, planning a lesson, and offers the opportunity to deliver it to a class of school children. The module focuses on Drama as a curriculum subject, but will enable students to complement the area with their own expertise in music and dance.

Module Overview

Walking into an audition can be one of the most daunting prospects for any performer. This module is designed to help prepare for that scenario, by developing a repertoire of song material for performance, and then testing students in a mock-audition.

Module Overview

The Dissertation module provides the opportunity for a student to investigate and pursue a theatre and performance arts topic of his or her own choosing over an extended piece of academic writing.

Each student is allocated a supervisor that will help them to select and refine a topic appropriate for extended study, evaluate progress and read and offer feedback on draft work. Students will be expected to work on their own initiative to undertake research and synthesise it into a logical and original argument in the form of a 4,500 piece of scholarly writing.

Module Overview

This module is the final showcase module for students on the Musical Theatre degree. It involves an intensive block of rehearsal leading to the public production of a musical. The production will be directed by a professional team (Director, Musical Director, Choreographer), and is designed to showcase students' talents and celebrate the culmination of their studies.

Module Overview

This module sets the challenge of launching a small-scale musical theatre company and taking a production to a venue (or venues) outside the University. This is likely to be students' first independent venture into staging a production, which could be performed in a small-scale venue, in a school context, in a site-specific space, or on tour.

Module Overview

This module offers an introduction to the creative arts industry in the UK, and will guide students through the process of initiating and developing projects within that industry.

Students will be introduced to a wide range of case studies and as part of a small group students can plan and pitch a potential project for hypothetical Arts Council Funding (or similar). The aim of this module is to equip students with tools for creating their own projects and ideas in the future.

Module Overview

This module considers the current moment in musical theatre, and anticipates where new innovation might be heading. It will focus particularly on musical theatre in the British and digital contexts, identifying new dynamics, new emergences, and new opportunities within the musical theatre industry.

Module Overview

Under the tuition of our staff, students can continue to develop their singing and dancing skills in weekly sessions throughout the year.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

How you are assessed

The programme has been developed to assess students in a variety of ways, designed to preparing them with the skills needed to enter into the industry.

Assessment methods may include: practical assessments in performance; annotated performances; individual and group presentations; critical performance reviews; personal reflection tasks; personal development plans; project proposals; project treatments; cv preparation; placement/teaching assessment; and portfolios.

As the course progresses, student assessment will focus on independent, industry-focused tasks, which emphasise employability.

Feedback will be both formative (through ongoing feedback during class/rehearsal sessions) and summative (through written feedback following specific assessment points).

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Methods of Assessment

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

The programme has been developed to assess students in a variety of ways, designed to preparing them with the skills needed to enter into the industry.

Assessment methods may include: practical assessments in performance; annotated performances; individual and group presentations; critical performance reviews; personal reflection tasks; personal development plans; project proposals; project treatments; cv preparation; placement/teaching assessment; and portfolios.

As the course progresses, student assessment will focus on independent, industry-focused tasks, which emphasise employability.

Feedback will be both formative (through ongoing feedback during class/rehearsal sessions) and summative (through written feedback following specific assessment points).

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Methods of Assessment

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Additional Costs

Students will be encouraged to see regular performances at the theatre, and may be asked to do this at their own cost. All students will be eligible for student-priced tickets.

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Additional Costs

Students will be encouraged to see regular performances at the theatre, and may be asked to do this at their own cost. All students will be eligible for student-priced tickets.

Entry Requirements 2020-21

United Kingdom

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.

International

Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/


EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page.

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk

Entry Requirements 2021-22

United Kingdom

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.

International

Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/


EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page.

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk

Facilities

Students can work and perform in the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, a £6 million, 450-seat theatre on campus. The Centre hosts a year-round programme of performances from students and national touring companies. Facilities include industry-standard studio and rehearsal spaces.

Each student will receive event/performance credits which can be used against ticketed performances at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.

View of the audience seating area from the stage of the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

Placements

There is the choice of undertaking a ‘placement’ or ‘teaching’ module in the second year, which gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in industry or a school setting.

Students are expected to source their own placement, but tutors can provide support during the process if required. Those who choose these options are expected to cover their travel, accommodation, and general living costs.

Interviews

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview-audition, providing an opportunity to see our facilities and meet the course team.

Career Opportunities

The BA (Hons) Musical Theatre degree aims to equip students with the confidence, knowledge, and industry skills to pursue a freelance career in the theatre or to form small-scale touring companies. Those completing the course are well-placed for roles across the wider cultural industries.

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