This exciting and practically focused course offers you a wonderful opportunity to develop and enhance your techniques either to progress in education or to take professional work in the field of Musical Theatre.

The course is taught by our industry professionals who are still active in the business and therefore have up-to-date knowledge of current practice.

The course will explore three main areas or skills development: Singing, Dance and Acting.

The course combines both practical and theoretical units and will expand your knowledge of the wider professional world, working as a freelance dancer and improving your employment prospects in various performance pathways.

Shena Simon Campus
Full Time
1 year
September 2020
Celia began classical training at an early age in violin, piano and singing attending private tuition at the McGinley School of Music. There she gained her grade 8 in all three instruments and went on to study BA (Hons) in Music Performance at The University of Manchester with private singing tuition at the RNCM gaining a 2:1.

As a classically trained soprano, Celia decided that she wanted to be singing teacher and began freelance teaching with Vocal tutor and Mainstream Theatre Arts where she became the resident musical director.

Celia also did a stint working for Sing Up which was a national government campaign to promote singing as a tool for teaching in primary school and did several one off workshops with primary school teachers in setting up choirs.

Alongside this she joined the teaching team at The Manchester College in 2007 as a singing teacher in the performing arts department. Celia then moved into full-time teaching and gained her PGCE in Further Education in 2010. Alongside this Celia also studied her LRSM (ABRSM) in Vocal Performance to further develop her skills as a performer and as a vocal teacher achieving this is the same year.

Celia has recently began studying Estill Vocal Training and is the Department Team Leader for Performing Arts Dance and Musical Theatre and has become a RSL examiner for Performing Arts Awards (Musical Theatre).

• GCSE English Language and Mathematics A* to C or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded

• Ideally you will have a Level 3 Extended Diploma at grade Pass, Merit, Merit in a performing arts-related area

• Prior practical experience in all disciplines essential

• 48 UCAS points
Applicants are required to attend an interview and audition consisting of a practical class participation and solo performance.

You will also be required to submit a short written task.

Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.

Unit 1 The Performing Arts Industry (15 credits)

Unit 12 Singing 1 (15 credits)

Unit 13 Acting 1 (15 credits)

Unit 15: Ensemble Singing (15 credits)

Unit 16 Vocal Repertoire (15 credits)

Unit 2 Professional Development (15 credits)

Unit 3 Jazz dance 1 (15 credits)

Unit 7 Tap 1 (15 credits)
Bordman, G (2001) American Musical Theatre: A Chronicle
Green, S (2014) Broadway Musicals, Show by Show
Kantor, M and Maslon, L (2004) Broadway: The American Musical
Stempel, L (2010) Showtime: A History of the Broadway Musical Theatre
McMillin, S (2006) The Musical as Drama
Miller, S (2006) Strike Up The Band: A New History of Musical Theatre
Deer, J (2008) Acting in Musical Theatre
McWaters, D (2009) Musical Theatre Training: The Broadway Theatre Project Handbook.
You will be assessed in a variety of ways and may be asked to research theatre companies, practitioners, choreographer, and employment methods and present your work in ether written format or presentations.

Additionally, you will be assessed in performance / demonstration of your practical skills.
Our students have successfully gone on to professional work within the Dance & Musical Theatre industry including:

• Commercial
• West End & Regional Theatre
• Cruise Ships
• Disney

Other potential career paths include:
• Choreography
• Dance Therapy
• Teaching
• Running you own Dance School
There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
 Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

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All of the books required for the course are available from the library. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.
• Theatre Blacks £50
• Core Textbooks for Acting & Voice- £100 (world of books online website)
• Maximum of £250 Professional dancewear kit list provided in advance
• Approx £100 for theatre tickets- discounted Lowry and Manchester fringe theatre tickets
• You will need to purchase digital storage device up to 1TB at an approximate cost of £20-50
• Optional participation in residential trips for an addition costs theatre trip to West End London

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.

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