The Arden School of Theatre

Performing Arts (Musical Theatre)

Leaflet Code: CR25638FT


The course offers high quality practical and intensive training to expand, unleash and develop musical theatre skills providing students with the core skills required to be successful within this exciting industry.

The course aims to give students of all ages, backgrounds and experience the tools to excel as musical theatre performers exploring a range of genres and practitioners. This exciting and career focused course will introduce you to all aspects of musical theatre in the performing arts industry.

You will refine your technique in a variety of dance such as ballet, jazz and tap, and you will develop the employability skills that are an essential part of being in this industry.

In acting there is a strong focus on naturalism and allowing the students to build their own tool box of skills and techniques to draw upon when they perform. This will include studying practitioners such as Stanislavski, Strasberg,and Uta Hagen. There is a strong focus on text analysis and how the actor creates a life by mining the text and drawing out the clues within to develop a role which is detailed.

In singing, you will focus on the Estill Method which is universally taught in Higher Education. Lessons will focus on audition preparation, ensemble work, building repertoire, acting through song and application of technique.

Additionally the course provides guidance on audition technique both industry based and preparation for Drama School. Students will learn how to market themselves as a performer and be given guidance on Equity, Spotlight etc from industry professionals.

  • City Campus Manchester
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • September 2024

Lucy Oldham : Head of Department Performing Arts
BA Hons Class 1 University of Leeds, Post Graduate Certificate Shakespeare & Theatre The Shakespeare Institute Stratford upon Avon / Birmingham University. Professional actress for over a decade prior to moving into education, working internationally in theatre. Specialism in classical theatre, audition technique, voice.

Anna Clayton- is a Voice Coach/Singing Teacher and trained performer with over 10 years’ experience helping students develop their voices and performance skills. Working within educational establishments and my private studio. Mentored by Anne-Marie Speed, Anna is training to become a Certified Master Teacher of Estill Voice Training and will be one of only a few qualified practitioners based in the North of England.

Charlotte Swindells - danced since a very young age and at 16 attended a full time vocational dance college, Kate Simmons Dance. Here she gained all her advanced dance and teaching qualifications in Cecchetti Ballet, ISTD Tap and ISTD Modern.

Rebecca Tonye - trained on a full scholarship at The London Studio Centre vocational school, she graduated from there in 2003. Rebecca has worked with many choreographers and practitioners within the industry in Contemporary, Jazz, Bollywood and musical theatre, and has experience of both stage and screen. She has also choreographed numerous dance numbers in many styles over her career.

Helen Cheung - trained at the Merseyside Dance and Drama Centre. She has worked on several contracts, working at sea as production dancer for Costa Cruises and Princess Cruises. Helen has worked in both USA and Italy creating with choreographers for Cruise lines and Variety Shows.

Celia Lee- LRSM in Vocal Performance-ABRSM, Post Graduate Certificate in Education- University of Huddersfield, MusB (Hons) second-class honours, upper division in University of Manchester.

• 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.

UCEN Manchester is unable to consider international applications due to UKVI regulations.

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)

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.

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. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.