Professional Dance and Musical Theatre, BA Hons

Professional Dance and Musical Theatre, BA Hons

This is an intensive, highly practical programme for those wishing to undertake a career as a performer in the dance and musical theatre business. The programme successfully integrates intensive three-year professional training with an internationally recognised degree-level qualification. The programme is designed to produce highly skilled performers equipped with professional abilities and transferable skills to enable them to adapt to a rapidly changing world. The courses are performance based, which means that dance, drama and singing form the major part of the programme.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide vocational preparation
  • To provide intensive practical training, underpinned by academic contextual study
  • To develop self-reliance and self-motivation through a transition from tutor-led to student-led projects.

UCAS code

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Literature, Language & Theatre


Bird College


3 years full-time

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

160 UCAS points

FROM two A-levels at grade C or above or equivalent qualifications

OR one A-level and an equivalent further education qualification.

* Practical ability is assessed at audition.

* Previous experience in dance and musical theatre is normally expected.

Students have access to dance studios, gym, music studios, specialist learning resources, studio theatre.


Students are assessed through performance, class examinations, coursework and essays.

Career options

This programme equips graduates for careers as performers for West End theatre, cruise ships, cabaret and pop videos. It also provides preparation for becoming a dance teacher.

Course content

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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Drama and Performing Arts

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