BA (Hons) Actor Musicianship

Course summary

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.

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

How will this course be assessed?

Year one
0% written exam, 80% practical exam, 20% coursework

Year two
0% written exam, 80% practical exam, 20% coursework

Year three
0% written exam, 80% practical exam, 20% coursework

More information
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.

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 for Actor-Musicians
  • Professional Practice and Development
  • Advanced Movement and Voice for Production
  • Advanced Theatre Production for Actors (double module)
  • 121 Instrumental Lessons (additional studies).

Entry requirements

120-128 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications.

These can include:

  • A Levels at grade B, B and B, or above
  • BTEC Extended Diploma with Distinction, Distinction, Merit
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • You also need GCSE English and Maths (grade 9 – 4 / A* - C) or Level 2 equivalents.

    Mature applicants (aged 21+): If you do not hold the above qualifications but possess relevant work experience, you are invited to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis.

    Level 5 entry
    If you wish to enter directly at level 5 of this course you will be required to follow procedures in accordance with the university regulations. The demonstration of appropriate knowledge, competencies and relevant industrial experience is required and will be considered by the relevant university board. You are an ideal candidate for entry at this level if you have a 120 undergraduate credits at level 4 or a CertHE in a related subject area.

    Level 6 entry
    If you wish to enter directly at level 6 of this course you will be required to follow procedures in accordance with the university regulations. The demonstration of appropriate knowledge, competencies and relevant industrial experience is required and will be considered by the relevant university board. You are an ideal candidate for entry at this level if you have a 240 undergraduate credits (at level 4 and 5), a DipHE, Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject area.

    International entry criteria
    International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.0 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 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 for home and EU students

    Main fee

    Fees for overseas students

    Main fee
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    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.

    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


    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.

    For detailed information on how to prepare your portfolio and what to expect in the interview or audition please see our Interview and audition processes page.

    Apply for this course

    UK and EU students

    Apply for this course at 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 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.

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