Programmes

BA (HONS)

Musical Theatre

Become a confident ‘triple threat’ musical theatre artiste and professional.

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 viewership across the globe. 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.

The BA (Hons) Musical Theatre 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 you for a professional career in musicals, plays, cabarets, film and television. Graduates are employed in the region, as well as the UK, Europe, US 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 and the digital realm. These are led by local and international professional directors, music directors and choreographers.

Why apply

Originality and creativity: Develop your own artistic voice as you create original works as well as through multiple performance contexts.

Industry and community networks: Strong connections are bridged through numerous opportunities for you to engage in community and industry events.

Embracing technology: Learn digital workflows and applications and become resourceful individuals capable of adapting to the changing demands of the performing arts.

International network: Learn from and join the ranks of successful alumni across the world, from the stages and screens of Singapore to Broadway and the West End.

PROGRAMME DETAILS

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Duration

3 years

Mode

Full-time

Programme structure
Year 1
  • Musical Theatre Techniques 1A (15 credits)
  • Performance 1A (15 credits)
  • Acting 1A (15 credits)
  • Performance History and Analysis 1A (15 credits)
  • Performance 1B (15 credits)
  • Musical Theatre Techniques 1B (15 credits)
  • Acting 1B (15 credits)
  • Performance History and Analysis 1B (15 credits)
Year 2
  • Musical Theatre Techniques 2A (15 credits)
  • Performance 2A (15 credits)
  • Acting 2A (15 credits)
  • Performance History and Analysis 2A (15 credits)
  • Musical Theatre Techniques 2B (15 credits)
  • Performance 2B (15 credits)
  • Acting 2B (15 credits)
  • Performance History and Analysis 2B (15 credits)
Year 3
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
  • Graduation Performance (60 credits)

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Modes of assessment
  • Studio Project 
  • Technical Assignment
  • Pop Quiz
  • Written Assignment
  • Interdisciplinary Project Process Journal
  • Research Proposal Outline
  • Dissertation
Curriculum framework

The LASALLE BA (Hons) framework is a curriculum model that provides you with discipline-specific solid fundamentals while supporting you to acquire a wide range of transferable skills to prepare you for the future economy and rewarding professional life.

The core curriculum forms the bedrock of the creative discipline in which you will be specialising. The focal points of the core curriculum are:

Performance/studio practice
Through performances and studio practices, you will be able to formulate a reflective understanding of the interplay between theory and practice within your discipline. Transferable skills such as divergent and lateral thinking and problem-solving are cultivated.

Techniques and skills
You will acquire specific techniques and skills to achieve a comprehensive mastery of your discipline at the end of Year 3 to enter the respective sector you are trained.

Contextual studies
You will learn to synthesise, critically evaluate and challenge the assumptions of the various processes, structures and practices. Contextual studies will help you to understand and explain where, how and why your ideas fit in your discipline.

Global experiences
LASALLE enhances your creative practice by exposing you to socioculturally different educational settings and nurturing global citizenship. You will have the opportunity to undertake semestral exchanges with established partner institutions up to a maximum of 60 credits.

The UAS graduating requirements supplement the core curriculum to support you in acquiring a broader range of proficiencies, thus enabling you to respond flexibly to changing professional and sector demands. These non-credit bearing graduating requirements consist of:

  • UAS common curriculum: IN-depth programme (36 hours)
  • Career Skills (10 hours)
  • Internship (10 weeks / 400 hours)
Grading system and classification of awards

LASALLE uses a 5–point Grade Point Average (GPA) system, which will be applicable to all students admitted to Year 1 and students admitted to Year 2 of UAS programmes with effect from AY2024/25, to track students’ academic progress throughout their studies.

Students receive letter grades for each module taken. Each grade corresponds to a grade point as shown below:

Letter grade Grade point
A+. 5.0
A   5.0
A-  4.5
B+  4.0
B   3.5
B-  3.0
C+  2.5
C   2.0
D+  1.5
D   1.0
F   0.0

The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) represents the grade point average of all modules attempted by the student. A minimum CGPA of 2.00 is required for graduation.

The computation of CGPA is as follows:

CGPA =
Sum (module grade point x module credits assigned to module) Sum (module credits assigned to all modules used in calculating the numerator)

All modules, including repeat attempts, are included in the computation of the CGPA with the exception of modules that are exempted or where students were absent with valid reasons.

The classification of award and corresponding CGPA requirement are as follows:

CGPA range Classification of award
4.50 – 5.00 Honours (Highest Distinction)
4.00 – 4.49 Honours (Distinction)
3.50 – 3.99 Honours (Merit)
3.00 – 3.49 Honours (Commendation)
2.00 – 2.99 Honours
Sustainability and care

LASALLE recognises the important role of artists and designers in creating a sustainable and caring world. The curriculum provides opportunities for students to identify and explore issues around sustainability (from ecology and global climate change to the sustainability of their own creative practices and wider cultural communities) and care (for the well-being and advancement of oneself and others).

The College actively encourages students to engage with and investigate these crucial contemporary issues as part of their studies, including through their projects, and critical and creative outputs. Through interdisciplinary learning and strong engagement with these topics, the aim is to empower students to lead the way towards sustainable practices and caring communities within the cultural and creative industries.

Materials

Basic materials for learning are provided by the College.

As a developing artist, you are required to have certain items that are personal to you and cannot be shared. Such items include books, dance shoes, rehearsal clothes, safety boots, portable musical instruments, paints, canvas, basic tools, design software, cameras, etc., that will support you through your three-year learning journey. The College does not encourage the purchase of extravagant or costly materials or equipment. Our lecturers can provide you with affordable suggestions.

You are also encouraged to have your own laptop for education. If you do not own one, computer labs are available on campus with requisite software for you to undertake your work.

There may be opportunities for you to undertake extra-curricular study trips to enhance your overall learning. Trips are not compulsory and may incur additional costs.

Career paths

Actor in plays, film, television and radio, performer in musicals, events and multimedia productions, writer or educator.

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  • Industry Collaborations
  • International Partnerships
  • Interdisciplinary Projects
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Academics

Tap into the illustrious minds of our faculty members who are movers and shakers in their own disciplines. They will impart, challenge and encourage, as they share their invaluable expertise and experiences with you.

Dean, Faculty of Performing Arts
Head, School of Dance & Theatre
Programme Leader, BA (Hons) Musical Theatre
Lecturer, Theatre
Lecturer, Theatre
Lecturer, BA (Hons) Acting, BA (Hons) Musical Theatre, Diploma in Dance
Lecturer, Acting and Musical Theatre
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Admission Information

Important Dates

Start of semester: Aug 2024

Applications have closed.

Successful applicants who have applied for BA (Hons) programmes will be informed of their outcome progressively from 30 Apr 2024 onwards.

Entry requirements

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

Singapore
  • Singapore
  • International
Qualifications Remarks

 

The qualifications listed below are common entry qualifications submitted by applicants.

  • Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ level with minimum ‘Pass’ in two subjects at A-Level/H2 Level and General Paper
  • Local Polytechnic Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
  • Other relevant equivalent qualifications
Entry into IELTS Academic TOEFL (iBT) PTE Academic Duolingo English Test
BA (Hons) 6.0 80 50 105

ADMISSIONS TEST/PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS/AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

A two-step process is put in place to determine your suitability for the programme:

  1. Prepare and go through an audition based on the requirements outlined below.
  2. Attend an interview upon meeting the audition requirements.

Audition
You will need to prepare to demonstrate your aptitude for singing, acting and dancing based on the following:

  1. Singing
    You must perform two songs from memory, in English. Each song should be from a musical theatre source in contrasting styles (e.g. one ballad and one uptempo song) which appropriately showcases your range and technique. The combined duration of the songs should not exceed five minutes. (i.e. around 2.5 minutes for each song).

    All songs must be performed with live piano accompaniment, no backing tracks are allowed. You may bring your own accompanist or use the accompanist provided. You must bring the music of your songs in the key in which you will perform. Please ensure that the music is either taped to fold out or inserted in a folder.
     
  2. Acting
    You are required to prepare and present one 2–3 minute dramatic ‘modern’ monologue either from the list provided, or one of your own choosing. You must be able to convey the character and journey in both singing and acting pieces.

    Download male monologues
    Download female monologues
     
  3. Dancing
    You are required to work with a choreographer in the studio to perform a short choreography dance piece to demonstrate your ability to pick up dance movements and execute them in succession as a performance. You will be required to perform various dance combinations, inclusive of jumps and leaps that demonstrate your full physical mobility, range of physical movement and overall coordination. You will be assessed based on your ability to show a grounding in techniques, flexibility in taking directions as well as a desire to take risks as a performer. It is advisable that you wear loose fitting clothing that allows you to move easily.

Interview
Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview. During the interview, you are required to participate in a dialogue regarding your audition pieces. Be prepared to talk about your work, what inspires you and your influences. Tell us what motivates you to learn, explore and experiment in your areas of interest. You should also share how you think the programme will help you in your future career choices.

International applicants
If you cannot attend the audition and interview at LASALLE, an online audition and interview will be arranged for you.

Fees
Components

Tuition Fees (per annum)

BA (HONS) TUITION FEES FOR AUGUST 2024 INTAKE (PER ANNUM FEES)^

FUNDED (SUBSIDISED FEES)** NON-FUNDED (FULL FEES)
Singaporeans Singapore PR International Singaporeans Singapore PR International
S$9,780 S$13,845* S$21,582 S$21,582 S$29,212

^ With the exception of BA (Hons) International Contemporary Dance Practices (see fee table below).
** With the exception of BA (Hons) Design for Social Futures and BA (Hons) International Contemporary Dance Practices which are non-funded programmes.
* Singapore PRs and International students who choose to take up the Tuition Grant (TG) will need to make an online application and then sign the TG Deed with the Government of Singapore. Under the terms of the TG Deed, you will be required to work for a Singapore entity for a period of three years upon graduation. For more information, visit tgonline.moe.gov.sg.

 
NOTE
  • Funded/subsidised fees for Singaporeans and Singapore PR qualify for GST subsidy from MOE, all other fees include 9% GST in 2024.
  • For non-funded programmes such as BA (Hons) Design for Social Futures and BA (Hons) International Contemporary Dance Practices, LASALLE is offering some special fee discounts for Singaporeans and Singapore PRs. Please contact admissions@lasalle.edu.sg for further details.
  • Fees are due on the first day of each semester.
  • Fees are subject to change.
  • Correct as of August 2023.

 

BA (HONS) INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY DANCE PRACTICES (PER ANNUM FEES)

NON-FUNDED (FULL FEES)
  UK home fee International (including Singaporeans and Singapore PR)
Year 1
(at London Contemporary Dance School)
£9,250 £21,250
  Singaporeans and Singapore PR International
Year 2 and 3
(at LASALLE College of the Arts)
S$21,582 S$29,212
 

Application Fees

A non-refundable application fee (inclusive of GST*) is chargeable per application. Application is only complete upon receipt of your application fee and all necessary documents. Please ensure your application fee is paid and documents are uploaded after you have received an email that your applicant profile has been created. LASALLE reserves the right to withdraw the applicant if the application fee remains unpaid and documents are not received by the due date.

* GST is at 8% from 2023 and 9% from 2024.

Singaporean / Singapore Permanent Resident applicants S$60
International applicants S$120
 

ACCEPTED MODES OF PAYMENT

All payment to LASALLE must be made in Singapore Dollar. In line with the Singapore government's move towards a cashless society, online payments are strongly encouraged. Below are the payment modes acceptable by LASALLE.

Payment method Payment mode
A. Online payment
  • Flywire
  • iBanking
  • PayNow/DBS Paylah!
B. SAM (kiosk, web or mobile)/Singapore Post
  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • AMEX
  • NETS
 

Additional Costs

Basic materials for learning are provided by the College.

As a developing artist, you are required to have certain items that are personal to you and cannot be shared. Such items include books, dance shoes, rehearsal clothes, safety boots, portable musical instruments, paints, canvas, basic tools, design software, cameras, etc., that will support you through your three-year learning journey. The College does not encourage the purchase of extravagant or costly materials or equipment. Our lecturers can provide you with affordable suggestions.

You are also encouraged to have your own laptop for education. If you do not own one, computer labs are available on campus with requisite software for you to undertake your work.

There may be opportunities for you to undertake extra-curricular study trips to enhance your overall learning. Trips are not compulsory and may incur additional costs.

 

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Medical Insurance Scheme

All full-time students of LASALLE are required to be covered under the Medical Insurance Scheme (MIS). The annual coverage of S$20,000 includes school-related activities throughout the programme duration.

The current premium rate is $29.70 (inclusive of 8% GST) payable each semester. This premium rate is subject to change based on the prevailing premiums charged by the insurer and prevailing GST rate.

Scholarships & financial support

SCHOLARSHIPS

In recognition of outstanding academic excellence, leadership potential, and a passion for creativity and innovation, LASALLE offers a variety of scholarships to new and current students.

Application dates for scholarships will be reflected in the various scholarship pages. Other externally sponsored scholarships are also available to students. Enquiries and applications may be directed to the respective organisations.

Please note that miscellaneous fees are not covered by scholarships, bursaries or the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy (TTFS).

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FINANCIAL SUPPORT

We are committed to providing a quality education for all our students, and believe that no deserving student should be denied admission because of financial difficulty.

A range of financial assistance schemes, grants and loans are made available to help meet a portion of the educational expenses of students.

Application dates for financial assistance will be reflected in the various bursary pages.

Please note that miscellaneous fees are not covered by scholarships, bursaries or the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy (TTFS).

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GOVERNMENT LOAN SCHEME

Students who are Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents and on Tuition Grant are eligible to apply for Tuition Fee Loan of up to 90% (degree) or 75% (diploma) of the programme fees. Application opens in October each year. Please contact the Division of Finance (finance@lasalle.edu.sg) for more details.

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Take the next exhilarating step with our BA (Hons) Musical Theatre Programme.