BA (Hons) Actor Musicianship with Foundation Year

Course summary

Overview
There is an ever-growing demand in professional theatre for practitioners who have the versatility to combine top-level skills in acting with professional musicianship. This degree will enable you to develop industry-level skills as an actor alongside the ability to compose, musically-direct and play the music for the productions in which your appear.


Why choose this course?
Throughout your course you will have access to flexible industry-standard performance spaces with lighting and sound equipment, a dance studio, rehearsal rooms and other external facilities: including professional theatre venues. See our facilities page to find out more.

During the first two years of your training you will study the work of a variety of European acting practitioners including: 
  • Konstantin Stanislavski
  • Sanford Meisner
  • Uta Hagen
  • Katie Mitchell. 
This work will be complimented by a fundamental musical training which will include classes in: 
  • general musicianship
  • individual instrumental work
  • singing
  • acting through song
  • ensemble music-making.
As the course moves into the second year the focus in the acting modules will be on further and extended modes of performance – such as Epic Theatre, Restoration Comedy, Greek Chorus and Shakespeare. Your musical development will include the exploration of skills in musical direction, composition and the integration of acting and instrumental playing. You will also undertake classes to further develop your singing voice.

In the third year you will get the opportunity to promote your work to leading industry professionals in:
  • masterclasses
  • workshops
  • mock auditions
  • two major theatre productions
  • the West End agents’ showcase. 
You will also be able to explore the skills required to make theatre for young audiences.

During the course you will have the opportunity to act in, and create the music for, two full-length productions. There will also be an agents’ showcase for industry professionals in the West End. In all these projects, and throughout the entire course, you will be taught by leading practitioners – many of whom still work actively within the profession.

The department has a full range of musical instruments that you are able to borrow whilst you are learning a new instrument.

Career and study progression
Some of the most popular careers for graduates include acting for theatre and theatre for young audiences. You may wish to undertake postgraduate study in your subject or even explore something new.

For more details please see the Career and study progression section.

More information

http://www.uwl.ac.uk/my-application/interview-and-audition-processes
For more information see our interview and audition page:

Course detail

An understanding of the contemporary performance industry will inform your practical studies in acting, movement, voice, singing and music – providing context and integrity to your practical work.

During this course you will gain:
  • a unique, exciting and demanding training in professional acting and musicianship.
  • training as an actor-musician that will allow you to integrate your skills in acting, singing and instrumental-playing.
  • the industry knowledge you need to develop a career in the professional performing arts sector.
  • the ability to be a self-reflective practitioner – an artist who can think, who can write, who can create their own work.
  • the skills to perform within all styles of theatrical performance.
Modules

Foundation year (Level 3)

  • Introduction to Acting
  • Introduction to Voice
  • Introduction to Movement
  • General Musicianship
  • Performance Project
Year one (Level 4) 
  • Acting Studies 1 
  • Ensemble Music-Making
  • Voice and Speech 1
  • Movement for Actors 1
  • The Actor and the Song 1
  • Music for Theatre 1
  • 121 Instrumental Lessons (additional studies)
  • Movement Fundamentals (additional studies)
  • Neutral Mask (additional studies) 
  • Stage Combat (additional studies)
Year two (Level 5)
  • Acting Studies 2
  • Composition for Theatre
  • Voice and Speech 2
  • Movement for Actors 2
  • The Actor and the Song 2
  • Music for Theatre 2
  • 121 Instrumental Lessons (additional studies)
  • Accents (additional studies)
  • Verse Speaking (additional studies)
  • Clown/Bouffon (additional studies)
Year three (Level 6)
  • Theatre for Young Audiences 
  • Public Production 1
  • Advanced Musical Production
  • Professional Practice
  • Advanced Movement and Voice
  • Research Project
  • 121 Instrumental Lessons (additional studies).

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 80 UCAS tariff points (or equivalent) normally in a minimum of two subject areas
  • GCSE English and Maths (grade A*-C) or Level 2 equivalent.

You are welcome to apply even if you don't have any formal qualifications. Your application will be considered on its individual merits taking into account your professional, work and life experiences and also your ability to engage with and benefit from the course. You must also show equivalent competencies in English and Maths.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 5.5 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit http://www.uwl.ac.uk/international/your-country to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses

Fees

Fees for home and EU students

Main fee
Fees for our 2018 courses have not yet been released.

Funding

Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Scholarships in the 2017 - 18 academic year included:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.

* Please note that scholarships and bursaries described in the video above were available at the time of filming in autumn 2017. Full details of scholarships for the 2018 - 19 academic year will be published shortly.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

Interview

As part of your application, we invite you to attend an audition.

In the first section of the audition, we will ask you to participate in a short dance or movement session, and a short improvisation workshop.

For the second section, we will ask you to prepare and perform a monologue from a contemporary play (post-1980) of up to 20 lines, and then a musical theatre song of approximately 64 bars.

The audition process will also require you to play short musical pieces (of approximately one minute) on each of their major instruments. Applications are encouraged from musicians from non-traditional training, including those who are self taught, as well as from applicants who have received a more formal instrumental training.

Please note, there will be a £40 charge to attend all auditions.

Apply for this course

UK and EU students

Apply for this course at www.ucas.com when UCAS applications are open, from the previous September until June (see dates). You will need our institution code W05 and the UCAS code given on the right hand side of this page.

If the UCAS deadline has passed, you can apply through Clearing by calling our hotline on 0800 036 8888 (or +44 8231 2468). Clearing takes place over the summer months (July to September).

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International students

Apply at www.ucas.com or complete our application form for international students. We have an online application form or you can download the print version.

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

More about the application process for international students.

During the course

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Career and study progression

Graduates may go on to careers in:

  • acting in West End and regional professional theatre
  • musical direction
  • composition
  • physical and devised theatre
  • theatre for young audiences
  • teaching (following the successful completion of a PGCE)
  • related creative industries.

Study progression

Our London College of Music has an extensive portfolio of Masters level courses, which provide excellent study progression routes. We also further encourage an interaction between specialisms, to enrich your postgraduate experience.

See our postgraduate postgraduate courses.

Careers support
Our degrees are designed to help you find the career that's right for you. 97% of our graduates are in work within 6 months of graduating.

With our desirable West London location, we have strong links with many national and multinational organisations such as the BBC, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Ltd, Middlesex Law society and the Savoy Education Trust. We have a strong track record of providing valuable work placements and we also provide hands-on experience at the University through our Student Ambassadors' scheme.

Many of our staff have successful backgrounds in relevant industries and can advise you on how to kick-start your career. Our careers service will also help you realise your potential by offering specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of careers issues, including:

  • CVs
  • job hunting
  • recruitment and selection procedures
  • further study.

We are The Career University.