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BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre at Lincoln allow students to immerse themselves in the theatre process by auditioning, rehearsing, and staging musicals in a manner that mirrors the practice of industry professionals.

The Course

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.

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.

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

Critical approaches to the musical: Who tells your story? (Core)
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Critical approaches to the musical: Who tells your story? (Core)

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.

Introduction to Musical Theatre: Starting Here, Starting Now (Core)
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Introduction to Musical Theatre: Starting Here, Starting Now (Core)

This module will introduce 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.

Personal development 1 (Core)
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Personal development 1 (Core)

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

Reflection 1: Reviewing the Situation (Musical Theatre) (Core)
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Reflection 1: Reviewing the Situation (Musical Theatre) (Core)

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.

Reflection 2: Consider Yourself (Musical Theatre) (Core)
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Reflection 2: Consider Yourself (Musical Theatre) (Core)

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.

Staging a musical 1: Song and Dance (Core)
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Staging a musical 1: Song and Dance (Core)

This module will provide students' first 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.

Staging a Musical 2: Another Opening. Another Show (Core)
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Staging a Musical 2: Another Opening. Another Show (Core)

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 will focus on developing independent skills, and taking responsibility for various aspects of the production.

Acting the Song 1 (Core)
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Acting the Song 1 (Core)

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.

Devising a Musical (Core)
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Devising a Musical (Core)

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.

International Musical Theatre (Core)
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International Musical Theatre (Core)

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.

Personal development 2 (Core)
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Personal development 2 (Core)

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

Placement (Musical Theatre) (Core)
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Placement (Musical Theatre) (Core)

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.

Reflection 3: Putting it Together (Musical Theatre) (Core)
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Reflection 3: Putting it Together (Musical Theatre) (Core)

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.

Staging the Musical 3: The Show Must Go On (Core)
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Staging the Musical 3: The Show Must Go On (Core)

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.

Teaching (Musical Theatre) (Core)
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Teaching (Musical Theatre) (Core)

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 will focus on Drama as a curriculum subject, but will enable students to complement the area with their own expertise in music and dance.

Acting the Song 2 (Core)
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Acting the Song 2 (Core)

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.

Final showcase: The Greatest Show (Musical Theatre) (Core)
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Final showcase: The Greatest Show (Musical Theatre) (Core)

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 will showcase students' talents and celebrate the culmination of their studies.

Forming a company (Musical Theatre) (Core)
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Forming a company (Musical Theatre) (Core)

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 will 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.

Making it happen: Projects and Budgets (Core)
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Making it happen: Projects and Budgets (Core)

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.

Musical Theatre Futures (Core)
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Musical Theatre Futures (Core)

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.

Personal Development 3 (Core)
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Personal Development 3 (Core)

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.

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.

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

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

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.

Tuition Fees

2020/21UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level* £15,900 per level**
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2019/20UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,900 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt


†Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

* UK/EU: The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

** International: The fees quoted are for one year of study. For continuing students fees are subject to an increase of 2% each year and rounded to the nearest £100.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

- In exceptional circumstances, students who are required to re-take modules can do so on an 'assessment only' basis. This means that students do not attend timetabled teaching events but are required to take the assessments/examinations associated with the module(s). The 'assessment only' fee is half of the £ per credit point fee for each module.

Exceptionally, tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/undergraduatecourses/feesandfunding/] [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/feesandfunding/]

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost.

Other 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.

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.

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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.
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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
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Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

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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.


Your Future Career

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.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/.


Facilities

Students can work and perform in the University’s on-campus Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, a £6 million, 450-seat professional theatre with industry-standard studio spaces. The Centre, part of a busy arts community, hosts professional performances alongside student productions.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

Students can make the most of The University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which is home to more than 250,000 journals and 400,000 print and electronic books, as well as databases and specialist collections.


The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.