Musical Theatre - FdA [Full-Time]

Level 5 - Foundation Degree or HNCs/HNDs or NVQ Level 5 or Equivalent

Subject Area Performance and Production Arts

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  W391

Overview

The FdA Musical Theatre programme is perfect for those who wish to perform, teach, and work in Musical Theatre. The course is mainly vocational and you will receive equal amounts of dance, acting and singing technique. This is to link with the current market and industry standards.
The top London drama schools are currently targeting “triple threat” students to keep in sync with the productions that are currently on tour and in the West End. We hope to offer something different to these top schools but also work in partnership and deliver the three disciplines to the highest standards.

The programme also delivers academic studies such Contextual Studies, in these modules you will be able to use your theoretical knowledge to grasp the historical context of Musical Theatre. You will keep a portfolio monitoring your first year’s training and at the end of the year present your findings.

These modules will enable you to develop your presentation, essay writing, communication and research skills. You will participate in lectures and seminars to promote your knowledge of the industry. All theory sessions will link to the vocational modules and always remain interactive. The work-based sessions will be performance based and develop your skills on stage, working with choreography, scripts and lyrics.

Performance classes throughout the year will help build these skills and help you understand what area you suit for auditions. You will also be taught a range of audition techniques to help you in your future career paths.

"100% of students agree the course has challenged them to achieve their best work" - 2018 National Student Survey
 

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk.
Duration: 2 Years
Venue: Performance Academy, Rye Hill Campus

Work Ready Guarantee

As part of our work ready guarantee you will be offered in house auditions with LSMT, CPA and Mountview Academy. The course has strong links with industry professionals and you would be offered the opportunity to network and perform in each term.

Lee Proud, currently the choreographer of The Producers UK Tour, is the course advisor who is passionate regarding the training at Newcastle College.

Mark Stuart Hedges, currently the resident on the Mary Poppins UK Tour is our patron who is keen to visit and act as guest tutor.
 

Who the course is for

The FdA Musical Theatre programme caters for those who wish to perform, teach and work in the industry. The vocational nature of this programme ensures you receive equal amounts of dance, acting and singing techniques that mirrors current industry trends.

Combining intensive, practical performance training with relevant academic and creative study, this course is suited to those who are highly driven in all three areas of Performing Arts.
Sessions are technical and performance based and designed to develop the skills required for a career on stage. Performance classes throughout the year help build your audition technique and solo repertoire.
 

Qualification Gained

On successful completion you will receive a Foundation Degree in Musical Theatre from NCG.


How to Apply

Apply 

Applications for full-time degrees at Newcastle College University Centre need to be made through UCAS. You can visit our institution page on UCAS here.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email international@ncl-coll.ac.uk

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Course Content

Year one

  • Singing Techniques and Vocal Anatomy
  • Technical Skills for Singing
  • Training Techniques 1
  • Contextual Studies 1
  • Practice Enrichment
  • Work Related Learning
  • Acting Techniques
  • Acting Performance
  • Academic Skills
  • Personal Development

Year two

  • Professional Singing Techniques and Music Theory
  • Singing for Performance
  • Training Techniques 2
  • Contextual Studies 2
  • Professional Development
  • Work Based Learning
  • Contemporary Acting Techniques
  • Contemporary Acting Performance
  • Alternative Techniques

Learning Methods

The course offers intense practical training, academic study with supportive seminars, performance classes, production experience alongside pastoral care and one to one advice for solo repertoire.

Combining intensive, practical performance training with relevant academic and creative study, this course is suited to those who are highly driven in all three areas of Performing Arts.
Sessions are technical and performance based that is designed to develop the skills required for a career on stage. Performance classes throughout the year help build your audition technique and solo repertoire.
 

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through written and practical assignments, performance and project work.

Progression Opportunities

Newcastle College offers a L6 BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre that builds upon your Foundation Studies. Progression via the L6 has seen alumni gain agent work, teaching placements and places in drama schools in London.

In the past few years the FdA Alumni has grown strength to strength. Students are gaining places in top London based drama schools such as Arts Educational, LSMT, Mountview, Urdang, Bird College, Performers, Italia Conti, Central and GSA.

In 2016 graduate success includes; Sophie Golden attending Urdang, Beth Lawrence attending Bird College, Holly Old attending LSMT and Louise Gray attending RAM.
 

Career Opportunities

Alumni students are currently working in the industry and can be noted on our website. Ex-students are performing in Jersey Boys, Avenue Q, Wicked, Dogfight and Jesus Christ Superstar to name a few.

Daniel Hope has just completed a run in the West End as Boq and is now appearing in Matilda West End.

Other career routes have included employment in education, holidays parks throughout the UK and Europe, Enterprise projects and performing on cruise ships.
 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 48 - 64 UCAS Tariff Points at A-level, BTEC QCF Subsidiary, 90 Credit, National or Extended Diploma; Pass in Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design).

Applicants are normally expected to have achieved grade C in GCSE Maths & English Language or the Level 2 equivalents.
Mature students (age 21) will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience.

Applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS Score of 5.5 or the nationally recognised equivalent.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.

 

Course Costs

Higher Education courses

Newcastle College’s tuition fee for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students studying a degree starting in 2019 is £9,000 per year. Students can choose to pay their tuition fees upfront or take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, which currently defers payment until individuals earn over £25,000 per year after graduation. Students can apply for student finance by registering their details at gov.uk/studentfinance or alternatively they can apply for student finance on their UCAS application form.