• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
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Overview

On the course, you'll indulge your enthusiasm for voice, music, movement, acting and production. You'll get to create your own theatre company, mount a full-scale musical in just 2 weeks and have dedicated one-to-one singing lessons. You'll also learn a sought after set of vocational skills that will help you break into the business side of industry.

As a member of the national Musical Theatre Network, you’ll be able to make use of our industry connections when you start your career after the course. You'll be set for a career as a performer and in roles in the wider theatre industry.

On this Musical Theatre course you'll:

  • Use our drama studios in the White Swan Building, which is connected to Portsmouth's New Theatre Royal
  • Practise what you learn in our professional-grade rehearsal areas, including a dance space, a sound recording booth, video editing suites, and music rooms equipped with pianos
  • Work alongside your peers and new writers to create shows, gaining invaluable experience in creative collaboration
  • Have the chance to perform in front of agents, producers and casting directors as part of our annual London Showcase
  • Study at the home of the UK's only international academic journal dedicated to musical theatre (Studies in Musical Theatre)
  • Have the opportunity to attend guest lectures from the biggest names in theatre and arts – past speakers have included Sheila Hancock, Edward Bond, Mark Ravenhill, David Edgar, Howard Brenton, Michelene Wandor, Pete Wyer and Yvon Bonenfant, and professionals from The Fecund Theatre Company, The Solent People's Theatre and The Big Brum Theatre

Placement year

After your second year, you can do a paid placement year in the industry. This lets you put your knowledge and skills to work, while developing links in the industry.

Previous students have taken placement years at organisations such as the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth and Disneyland Paris.

Interested in running your own business on your placement year instead? You can start up and run your own company for a year as an alternative to a work-based placement. You'll work alone or with fellow students to build and launch a successful venture.

Whatever you decide to do in your placement year, you'll get support and mentoring throughout.

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, you'll be set for a career as a performer and for roles in the wider theatre industry. 

Past graduates have gone on to careers in areas including:

  • theatre, arts and events management
  • broadcasting
  • the media industry
  • teaching
  • business
  • project and team management 

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • actor
  • producer
  • playwright
  • theatre manager
  • arts administrator

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      3 years full time, 4 years sandwich with work placement

  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Milestones
  • Text and Practice
  • Studying Performance
  • Intensive Drama Workshop
  • Devised Project
  • Practical Skills
  • Musical Theatre in Context
  • Musical Theatre Skills
  • Musical Theatre Laboratory
  • Music: Practice, Performance and Research
  • Applied Theatre
  • Musical Theatre Dissertation
  • Forming a Company
  • Alternative Theatres

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    54

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

  • 112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. Applicants will be invited to a workshop.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14300 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Portsmouth

  • 710 - 1100 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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