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BA (Hons)Musical Theatre

3 years
UCAS code:
Institution code: S30
Southampton City Centre

Why study a musical theatre degree at Solent University

Take centre stage at university by perfecting your stage technique with internationally experienced academics and build your professional networks with established theatre companies.

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  • Work closely with well-established organisations including MAST, TSE Productions and Fluid Motion Theatre.
  • Get full access to rehearsal spaces as well as an additional 64-seat flexi-form space on campus, which can be used for live performances.
  • Extensive collection of musical instruments, high end microphones, pro tools and logic digital editing workstations, analogue processing, synthesisers and live sound mixers include Allen and Heath.
  • Hear from top industry professionals. Recent guest speakers include representatives from Equity, Spotlight, The Point Theatre; Earl Carpenter (Les Mis, Phantom of the Opera); Elizabeth Healey (playwright); Debora Gearing (playwright and director).
  • Collaborative study and work with students from our film, television, make-up, animation, fashion and photography programmes.
  • Feature in an end of year performance showcase attended by professionals.
  • A creative, multi-disciplinary environment for world-leading research in Media, Culture and the Arts – you will learn from experts in their field.
  • Solent is an Adobe Creative Campus - meaning all students have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud, which contains the full suite of Adobe professional software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, XD, Premier Pro, and more.

With a key focus on future employability, you will receive training in up-to-date acting techniques, vocal coaching based on contemporary vocal techniques and a range of dance and choreography techniques. You will also have the opportunity to develop your skills in related areas, such as directing, theatre in education, and theatre and well-being, as well as engaging in extended dance, vocal or instrumental training.

In the final year, you have the opportunity to participate in a performance showcase, providing the perfect opportunity to present yourself to the industry and develop professional networks that will help launch your career in the performing arts.

You will learn from an experienced, welcoming, and helpful teaching team who have been professionally engaged in the performing arts across a wide range of disciplines.

Thanks to the course teams’ close links with industry, you’ll have the chance to gain practical experience working with local institutions on live briefs.. Our industry links can create exciting partnerships with professionals – such as Southampton’s MAST Theatre, and guest lecturers including actors, directors, and career guidance professionals who will share their unique insights, including our Associate Professor, Earl Carpenter (Les Mis, Phantom of the Opera).

Studying musical theatre at Solent combines practical performance skills with academic study to help you identify potential career directions in the creative industries. Whatever direction you choose to follow, musical theatre at Solent offers an exciting and collaborative starting point.

Course features

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Top-up option

    If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year

  • Further studies

    After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent

Who is this course for?

Solent’s musical theatre degree is ideally suited to students with a passion for musical theatre arts and a desire to work in a performance related area. Strong communication and team building skills make our students highly desirable for employers across of range of industries. Applicants will ideally have some previous experience and/or qualifications in drama and will be required to present an audition.

What does this course lead to?

The nature of this degree prepares students for a career in the performing arts. Our alumni have gone on to post-graduate studies, teaching, cruise ship entertaining, theatre and/or screen acting, theatre in education, children's’ entertaining and more.

Meet the team

Course tutors are academic and/or industry professionals whose knowledge and contacts provide you with an invaluable resource for understanding contemporary trends and opportunities in the performing arts. In addition, visiting lecturers provide further insight into current workplace practice. Our focus on employability ensures that you leave us with the skills and confidence to realise your career ambitions.

The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Students have access to a variety of rehearsal spaces including rehearsal rooms, studios with sprung floors, and a 64-seat flexi-form space on campus, which can be used for live performances.

Students will be able to use the University's collection of musical equipment, including a piano, electronic keyboards and portable stereo systems,. And as Solent is an Adobe Creative Campus, all students also have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes the full suite of Adobe professional software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, XD, Premier Pro, and more.

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