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What makes Musical Theatre BA (Hons) with Millennium Performing Arts special?

Our Musical Theatre curriculum provides a complete practical training experience for students interested in performance. Based at the Millennium Studios in London, the course’s core disciplines are dance, singing and acting, with a focus on excellence in Musical theatre practice.

You will gain high-level skill sets in practice to shape your performance abilities as well as your contextual understanding, preparing you for work, immediately upon graduation. All of our students are taught by highly-experienced industry professionals who are passionate about teaching the next generation of performers. Millennium Performing Arts produces graduates that have the knowledge and confidence to make a significant contribution to whatever discipline they undertake, either as performers or in later life, as teachers, directors or producers.  

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Overview

Overview

Key Features

  • This course is based in London at the Millennium Performing Arts studios. 
  • Millennium Performing Arts has strong connections to the performing arts professions including West End and major Touring Companies as well as Travel and Cruise Companies
  • Musical Theatre BA (Hons) with Millennium Performing Arts is taught by high-end practitioners with extensive experience in all aspects of performance including musical theatre, Jazz and Contemporary Dance, Opera, TV, Film, Cabaret as well as management at all levels and artistic directorship.
  • Students will receive technical training up to professional level as well as the knowledge they need to navigate the industry.
  • Millennium Performing Arts is home to some large studios, with sprung flooring, singing rooms, acting studios, an in-house café and nearby private fitness and Pilates facilities, a treatment room, lecture rooms, a library and AV room, a bookshop and changing facilities and an office

 

 

 

Accreditation

This course is listed amongst the provision from Millennium Performing Arts which is a recognised school for professional performing arts training by the industry body, Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre (CDMT).

Graduates from a CDMT Accredited College gain immediate eligibility for membership of Equity (the actors' and dancers' union) and immediate eligibility for inclusion in Spotlight (the industry casting service).

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry Requirements

Minimum entry criteria of 80 – 96 points

OR pass at Foundation course OR 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in an appropriate subject

OR BTEC OR pass at 2 A-Levels or 4 AS Levels (Grade C or above, or equivalent - GCSE English, Grade 4 or above, or equivalent BTEC)

Students are required to pass a practical audition.

Minimum English language requirements: Level 2 English or equivalent. Overseas students are required to pass the IELTS at 6.5 or the TOEFL equivalent.

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1 (Level 4)

  • Technical Foundations (Dance)
  • Technical Foundations (Singing/Acting)
  • Foundations in Performance (Solo)
  • Foundations in Performance (Group)
  • Contextual Studies

Year 2 (Level 5)

  • Advanced Technique (Dance)
  • Advanced Technique (Singing/ Acting)
  • Advanced Performance (Solo)
  • Advanced Performance (Group)
  • Professional Studies

Year 3 (Level 6)

  • Audition Technique (Cast & Company)
  • Audition Technique (Industry & Promotion)
  • Professional Performance (Solo)
  • Defining Self as Artist (dissertation equivalent module)
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching

The Course is designed to give a complete practical training for Musical Theatre performance. In order to support their professional career students have excellent opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding of the genre and its context. Practical work is underpinned by theory at every opportunity with the majority of teaching and learning being workshop and studio-based.

Practical technique classes in dance (to include classical ballet, contemporary dance, classical jazz, commercial dance, musical theatre genres), singing and acting are taught in regular daily sessions throughout the week, every day for between 4-6 hours. This commitment to physical training is an essential feature of the course to ensure students can sustain the standards of practical work required at the professional level of performance (and remain healthy and avoid injury). These classes are accompanied by additional sessions in body and voice maintenance, personal physical support for rehabilitation and self-study sessions enabling students to focus on key areas of individual development.

Meetings with Head of Department and Heads of Year are also scheduled at least twice per semester in order to direct and support any additional requirements for each student and enable development of individual professional practice as students begin to understand the wider professional sector within Musical Theatre and performance.

Practical performance studies taught throughout the course becomes increasingly sophisticated and challenging through study of repertoire from major shows both past and current of which excerpts and professional productions are staged and performed publicly. Students are required to take part in a variety of workshop and cast rehearsal activity sessions in preparation for each performance and this involves both directed and self-directed study in small groups, full cast and company classes and independent rehearsal.

Major directors, choreographers and producers from the professional world are involved in staging performance works at MPA and thus students are constantly linked to the profession and its chief protagonists. This is supported by a contextual understanding so that students not only know the ‘what’ of their performance work but also understand the ‘why’. Creativity is particularly promoted though student-led performances where students are entirely responsible for realising their own pieces both for in house and public performances.

Whole year seminars and lectures are offered regularly (2-6 hours a week), supporting contextual and professional studies include reflective practice, production techniques, self-management and other preparation for work such as audition techniques, working with theatrical agencies, administrating income tax and Equity membership. An understanding of arts practice in general with exploration of philosophical views from performers and creators is also included to enhance the depth of expression and interpretation in performance. Self-study is also required in order to complete assessment portfolios of work for this unit. At Level 6, students are expected to manage their own project work through considerable commitment to independent study as appropriate to the professional creative nature of their chosen work.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled as at least a minimum, of one per month.

Contact Time

In a typical week you will have around 30 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the professional requirements of the chosen repertoire, performances or practical activities in process at that point in the year however, a typical week for students will include:

  • 10 x hours of practical classes (studio-based) in a variety of dance styles including classical, jazz, commercial, contemporary dance and musical theatre genres.
  • 10 x hours of vocal/ voice/ classical and contemporary scene work (classroom based) and workshop sessions to support your training in singing and acting development.
  • 8 x hours of professional workshop activity across repertoire, performance preparation and creative work. This will also include some rehearsal for individuals and group working; however, more substantial rehearsal time will also be required when in company and full cast preparation for projects and performances.
  • 2 x hours of Contextual Studies sessions to include lectures and seminars on stage craft, audition preparation, professional practice, industry, design, personal development and reflection
  • In addition, one-to-one tutorials as required.

For Level 6, final year students, at certain times of the year there are less practical classes and lectures, offering more opportunity for independent practice, self-study and professional rehearsal (and company class) activity as appropriate for development of professional practice in a company atmosphere.

Independent self study

Set out possible patterns eg:

  • 3 years full-time
  • 4-6 years part-time
  • 4 years full-time including one year placement.

3 years full-time. 

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Teaching Staff

The procedures for managing a large number of part-time, contractor-based staff have been in place since the inception of Millennium. As professional performance company directors and experienced members of the industry, our Senior Staff are well versed in not only the operational needs of managing such teams but also understand first-hand, the benefits of managing these challenges. To be able to access and work closely with expert, professionals who are not just working in the profession but creating the work that our graduates will be exploring, both in their professional training and upon graduation, is an essential and integral feature of our Millennium experience.

Millennium ensures that full-time management staff retain overall responsibility for learning experiences and course direction whilst also overseeing all staff allocations pertaining to those who are largely on sessional freelance agreements with Millennium.

The arrangement of the Millennium timetable enables direct and regular dialogue with all staff, whether freelance or not. This is largely because, every day runs as a company experience and it is expected that rehearsal and call schedules may change, move slightly in terms of timing allocations and be responsive to the needs of any performance material in preparation at that time or any new availability for guest staff or choreographers/ directors and MD’s.

The Directors and the Senior Team all maintain an open-door approach and encourage all staff to share their experiences with them directly. This has created a very “friendly” atmosphere across Millennium and supports a cohesive and effective operation of independent contractor and employed staff members.

Assessment

Each unit has one or more assessments which are graded and count towards the overall mark.

 

Assessment methods include practical classes, performances solo and group, on-going rehearsal activities and a portfolio of assignments to include reflections, and written work and presentations for example essays, reports, vlogs, showreels and in the final year, an independent project to “define self as artist”.

A typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

 

Year 1

2 x formal class technical assessments (to include a variety of dance styles) (or 1.5 hours in length)

1 x vocal practical assessment

1 x musicianship / group harmony class assessment

1 x acting technical class assessment

2 x performance assessments to professional panel of experts

1 x assignment portfolio

 

Year 2

2 x formal class technical assessments (to include a variety of dance styles) (or 1.5 hours in length)

1 x vocal practical assessment

1 x musicianship / group harmony class assessment

1 x acting technical class assessment

2 x performance assessments to professional panel of experts

1 x assignment portfolio

 

Year 3

2 x formal technical assessments (professional audition format to include dance, acting, singing)

2 x performance assessments to professional panel of experts

1 x independent project (approx. 6,000 words written with professional creative element)

Note: The final project in the 3rd year is designed to give the student the opportunity to research, develop and evaluate a ‘signature’ performance piece and/ or exploratory study demonstrating individual interests, strengths and artistic identity as students work to “define self as artist”.

For support, practical technique units include on-going informal assessment to support feedback, and feedforwards mechanisms, with the final assessment point at the conclusion of semester one and semester two to ensure adequate achievement to proceed to the next level of study. In year three the final technical assessment is offered at the end of semester one in order to enable students to take full advantage of professional experiences within the intensive performance work, auditions and professional workshops which are a feature of the final period of study.

Performance work is also assessed through on-going assessment of rehearsal processes and company involvement.

Accommodation

Millennium is only too aware of the importance of good accommodation for students. Whilst we endeavour to assist with the accommodation process as much as possible all new students are encouraged to be proactive in their search. Typical options include:

Homestay for students aged 16 +

This is recommended for any student who has not yet experienced being away from home and having to look after themselves. London Homestay have various families who are CRB and DBS checked. They offer a high quality service in housing students from in and outside of England.

London Home Stays: This option includes a designated coordinator to inspect home and family to ensure it meets the requirements for hosting a young person. The coordinator will be the students’ contact person to answer any queries throughout their stay and offers 24 hour emergency support.

House/Flat Shares

Older students are advised to arrange their own accommodation and may wish to share flats or houses. Please note: Right Move, is a commonly used website to help students find accommodation, please visit their website for more information.

Social Media

Auditions Staff operate a Facebook group for accommodation for Students. In order that we can offer assistance, please email your request if you are looking to share a house/flat to auditions@mpacollege.co.uk and you will be directed to this private Facebook group. This is overseen by Lead Student Representatives at Millennium. The idea of the group is that students can discuss accommodation and find friends to share flats/houses with. If you have any questions related to this, please email auditions@mpacollege.co.uk.

Please note: if you are under 18 please ask your parent/guardian to email in providing consent to join the group. As with all our recommendations, the decision for accommodation is the responsibility of students’ parents/guardians. MPA can offer advice but will not be held responsible for any unsuitable accommodation. Please ensure you visit all accommodation, and read the contract thoroughly before signing, paying particular attention to information on notice periods.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employment rates in the profession are exceptionally high for Millennium graduates (average over 90%) and they leave the College totally equipped with the professional skills and knowledge to manage their own careers and promote themselves effectively within the professional performance sector.

 Positions include: ensemble cast members, cover and swing positions, dance company members (including Rambert, New Adventures, Australian Dance Theatre), Dance Captains, Resident Choreographers, MDs and professional staff involved in costume, design and stage management. Millennium graduates have also chosen to go onto further study and training to work as physiotherapists, designers, writers, and technicians.

Millennium’s professional reputation ensures that graduate success within the industry is wide and varied; examples include roles in West End and Broadway casts, cruise contracts (inc. Disney, Royal Caribbean, P&O Cruises, Carnival Cruises), touring productions nationally and internationally for professional musical theatre and entertainment shows, holiday resorts and TV and film work.

Students are prepared thoroughly for the sector throughout their course with regular exposure to key employers, creative professionals and leading performers providing opportunity for collaboration and professional experiences at every performance during the three years of study. Building contacts and networking are key features in the professional community and graduates benefit from being able to learn from technical experts, technicians, and those working in allied professions, supporting the creation of theatre and performance.

Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2022/23 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2022/23 academic year is £13,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Course Costs not included in the fees

There may be individual costs associated with your study in order to ensure you are personally equipped with professional resources that support your training. These include personal dancewear and shoes plus professional performance materials (make-up, personal items; tights, hair products etc).

Professional photographs are required as students prepare for graduation and for use with agents/ auditions.

A good quality audio recording device is useful to record singing repertoire for practice

Visits to wider live theatre events are optional but may be beneficial for your understanding of the professional sector.

Sources of Financial Support

Most financial support is available from Student Finance England www.gov.uk/studentfinance. The University’s Money Advice Service can provide information about student money; this can be accessed through firstpoint.

How to apply