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Musical Theatre (Top-up)

Musical Theatre (Top-up) BA (Hons)

Have you got an HND, foundation degree or equivalent qualification in a musical theatre, performing arts or events production subject? Have you thought about topping it up to a full degree?


Course overview

With an extra year of study, you can gain a BA (Hons) qualification and develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of contexts in which musical theatre, performance and production have developed and are practised. Today’s musical theatre production industries demand highly trained, professional practitioners who can demonstrate a clear understanding of contemporary creative performance and production techniques. If you want a career in musical theatre, performing arts and the wider industry, this is the course for you. This is an award of Teesside University delivered at Stockton Riverside College (campus code 3, call 01642 865400).

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Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Community Outreach

You collaborate with your cohort on a series of musical theatre workshops to people within the community who wish to develop performance/production skills. You create and deliver a two hour musical theatre workshop is open to people of all ages and abilities.

Developing Media Performance

You take part in the creation of a short film as either a performer, or behind the scenes as a camera operator, director, runner, writer or working on the production elements. You can either devise a new piece of film or work from an existing script, and consider the audience and appropriateness of the content, and the genre. You learn about acting for camera, develop on set skills, work collaboratively with technical staff/students and focus on media production skills, a skill that is enormously important for musical theatre performers.

Developing Technique for Performing and Production Arts

You focus on performance/production techniques for acting, singing, dance, voice, lighting, sound, stage management, costume, set design, directing, producing and writing. The module content is delivered through workshops and sessions which feature external musical theatre industry professionals.

Industry Portfolio

You create a website portfolio for the musical theatre industry. This includes a CV, headshots, images of your work, videos of performances, self-tapes and links to professional accounts (Spotlight/LinkedIn for example). You are supported in the creation of your portfolio to future proof the content and your experiences to ensure it is authentic and contemporary.

Repertory Performance

You take part in two musical theatre performances across the year through internal shows and performances which are decided by the programme team. The performance styles, include musicals, dance pieces, cabaret shows, plays, new writing, classical texts, and you could take on a variety of roles, depending on your area of specialism, including actor, singer, dancer or performer. Throughout the rehearsal and performance process you enhance your performance skills and industry professionalism by working with others, being part of a strong ensemble and ensuring you actively contribute creatively to the process.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

We adopt various teaching methods in order to challenge and stimulate. These include lectures on critical theory, learner-developed seminars, practical classes for putting theory into practice, project-based work including final major performance projects, tutorials, masterclasses from visiting professionals and independent research activities.

How you are assessed

Assessment activities include a combination of assignments, presentations, practical workshops and the completion of a personal development portfolio. You also take part in a number of public performances, designed to assess both your rehearsal process and live performance.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Typically a Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma in a performance or technical production-related subject area. Equivalent alternative qualifications are also considered.

You are required to attend a one-to-one interview with a member of the course team. If for any reason you are unable to attend in person, you can opt for an online interview using Skype or Microsoft Teams.

International students requiring a student visa are not eligible to apply for this course.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

Employers recognise the benefits of an arts-production training background and when you leave the course you bring to the workplace a wide range of highly valued skills. The ability to communicate effectively and with confidence, work independently to meet deadlines, and shape and use industry-standard materials and equipment creatively and with imagination are just a few of the qualities you can offer prospective employers.



Entry to 2023/24 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£9,250 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 1 year
  • UCAS code: W309 BA/MuT
  • Start date: September
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: Successful completion of a HND (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject

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