BA(Hons) Musical Theatre
The world of musical theatre is diverse and colourful – with new musical works being brought alive everywhere by performers, directors, choreographers, designers and musicians. As an art form, it attracts a sophisticated worldwide viewership. While technical advances have transformed stage productions into rich visual spectacles, highly trained and gifted performers remain integral to the success and growth of the genre.
This programme provides world-class education for gifted young performers. Internationally unique as an Honours degree–the first of its kind in Asia–it is designed to prepare students for professional careers in musicals, plays, cabaret, film, and television. Graduates are employed in the region, as well as the United Kingdom, Europe, USA and Australia.
Contemporary musical theatre demands that all performers can sing, dance, and act with equal skill – a ‘triple threat’. This programme trains such future professionals in these disciplines and gives you a rich historical and cultural context from which to interpret and create. In addition to classes and workshops, you are continually involved in realising a variety of partially- and fully-staged theatre productions, in a range of performance venues. These are led by local and international professional directors, music directors and choreographers.
Level 1 sets the foundation for both physical and intellectual learning. You will integrate technical work into a performance, through the concepts of individuality and authenticity.
Level 2 builds on acquired skills and moves to more challenging theory and practice. You will analyse the external and internal details of character and build a repertoire suited to your own voice.
Level 3 performance classes are followed by a detailed rehearsal process to support a rigorous production programme. Your studies integrate practice with theory in a research topic of your choice, which can incorporate practice-based creation and investigation. A series of seminars provides important management tools for a future career in the arts.
Career Paths: Musical Theatre Performer, Stage Performer, Actor, Cabaret Artiste, Vocalist
Related Careers: Composer, Educator, Musical Director, Writer, Singer, Director, Commercial Dancer, Vocal Arranger, Vocal Coach