HND in Musical Theatre


Musical Theatre as a genre, whilst being the most challenging, is also one of the biggest employers of performers within the Entertainment Industry. Most auditions / jobs that surface often require performers who are able to deliver in more than one performance discipline. This course is designed to meet this demand with a full first year of intense triple threat training and a ground breaking second year that focuses on professional industry work based performance.

Students study the HND over two years of which an HNC is the first year. The course is practical in the main, developing
and nurturing all three disciplines of performance; Acting, Song and Dance.

Course Content - What will I learn?

Year 1 modules include:

Acting Studies (Shakespeare / Classical, Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television)
Vocal Studies (Musical Theatre Repertoire, Vocal Technique, Acting Through Song)
Dance & Movement Studies (Jazz, Ballet & Tap styles, Choreographic work)
The Performing Arts Industry
Professional Development

Year 2 modules include:

Advanced Vocal Studies & Viva Voce
Dance for Musical Theatre
Advanced Acting Studies
Musical Theatre Practitioner Studies (Seminar Presentation Based)
Creative Research Project
Working in the Performing Arts Industry
Fringe Theatre Performance

Am I right for the course?

Prior performance experience is desirable and there will be an audition as part of the recruitment process.

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts or 3 A Levels as well as GCSE English Level C or above, and GCSE Maths Level C or above.

Performing Arts students are required to purchase suitable rehearsal clothing which must be all black with no logos. This consists of black tops, leggings or tracksuit bottoms, jazz shoes or dance pumps and character shoes for performances. .

The course will be led by industry experienced lecturers, however to provide a broader and more rewarding learning experience, workshops could be held by external practitioners within the field, utilising industry contacts of current Performing Arts Lecturers.

What Next?

Students choosing to continue down an academic route may wish to progress to a final Honours year at Universities and Colleges across the UK or proceed directly into the industry as a Performer, Director or Choreographer.

Our aim is to give our students the space to flourish as a performer, but also to provide the skills needed to work in this industry.

Potential careers:

  • Actor
  • Dancer
  • Choreographer
  • Singer
  • Stage Manager
  • Theatre Director
  • Teacher



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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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