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School of Performing Arts

Drama and Musical Theatre

BA (Hons) Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years

The BA Drama and Musical Theatre course at Wolverhampton offers a unique opportunity to develop performance skills as a ‘singing actor’ in a department at the cutting edge of international musical theatre research and drama practice.

The BA Drama and Musical Theatre course at Wolverhampton offers a unique opportunity to develop performance skills as a ‘singing actor’ in a department at the cutting edge of international musical theatre research and drama practice.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code W564
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  • Fees View
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020, 18 January 2021
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus, Wolverhampton City Campus, University of Wolverhampton
  • School School of Performing Arts

Why choose this course?

The BA Drama and Musical Theatre course at Wolverhampton offers a unique opportunity to develop performance skills as a ‘singing actor’ in a department at the cutting edge of international musical theatre research and drama practice.  Our staff members have professional industry experience as directors, musical directors, performers, dramaturgs and writers, and this is reflected in the breadth of the course.  The course is vocationally-led and aims to enhance your future employability so that by the end of the course, you will have the know-how to develop your professional skills further.  The balance of practical and academic work in the programme allows for a wide range of career choices upon graduation.


What happens on the course?

Our course prepares students for employment in all areas of theatre and beyond.  The practical element of the course focuses on developing singing and performance skills, with a particular emphasis on the role of the ‘singing actor’ and the application of theatre in different educational settings.  There is a particular focus on the use of text and physical theatre alongside contemporary musical theatre, and students are encouraged to enhance and expand their chosen repertoire through weekly individual singing lessons with professional vocal tutors.  Practical work is supported by an outstanding academic programme that investigates how identity shapes our experience of musicals as creatives, performers and audience members through the lenses of gender, race, nationality, sexuality and class.  The continued dialogue between practical and academic skills make our graduates particularly versatile for future employment prospects, as evidenced in our 100% graduate employment rate.   

Level 4 modules

  • 4DR004 Practical Approaches: Performance Skills
  • 4DR006 Challenging Conventions: Text
  • 4DR008 Musical Theatre Practice – developing ensemble and individual skills through small group masterclasses and ensemble workshops
  • 4DR015 Academic Skills in Musical Theatre
  • 4DR005 Applied Drama: Setting The Context
  • 4MU015 Performance Workshop – workshopping new musicals (public performance)

 Level 5 modules

  • 5DR003 Performance: The Creative Performer (public performance)
  • 5DR004 Scenography: Applying Technologies
  • 5MU014 Performance in Practice – compiling an industry-standard audition book and performing a concert (public performance)
  • 5DR006 Applied Drama: Educator or Facilitator?
  • 5DR008 Politics, Popular Performance and Musical Theatre
  • 5MU062 Acting in Musical Theatre

Level 6 modules

  • 6DR009 The Professional Project – an extended individual project on an area of musical theatre
  • 6DR005 Contemporary Context of Musical Theatre
  • 6DR002 Applied Drama: The Workplace
  • 6MU010 Performance: The Independent Producer
  • 6DR006 Musical Theatre Production - (public performance)

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Wolverhampton is at the heart of the thriving West Midlands performing arts scene that includes three major touring houses in the Wolverhampton Grand, the Birmingham Hippodrome and the Alexandra Theatre as well as the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.  There is also a lively fringe scene in Birmingham, particularly at the Old Joint Stock Theatre, and a range of amateur companies throughout the Black Country.  The University has its own professionally-run Arena Theatre, and students regularly take part in public performances at this venue.

The course itself is taught on our Walsall campus in the purpose-built Performance Hub, which is equipped with five dance and drama studios, a recording studio and a fully operational black box theatre.  There is also a swimming pool and gym onsite, and there are regular buses to both Birmingham and Wolverhampton from the edge of campus.  The department regularly invites practitioners to work with students – past visitors include Layton Williams (Billy Elliot, Hairspray, Rent), Cleve September (In The Heights, Hamilton) and Matt Rawle (Evita, Pippin) as well as musical theatre writers and producers.

The members of academic staff who lead this course are James Lovelock & Paul Brownbill

The course provides opportunities to train as either a singing actor or an actor-musician. You will be able to apply a range of skills to a variety of contexts in Drama and/or Musical Theatre. The diverse nature of the modules offered enables students to consider a number of career paths on graduation.


Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

Additional Course Costs

Additional materials: You will be required to purchase your own vocal straw/tube for singing exercises (approximate cost: £21). Appropriate dance or movement clothes should also be purchased.
Single honours musical theatre students will be required to provide personal dance equipment, including jazz shoes and tap shoes (approximate cost: £35). Purchasing character shoes may also be beneficial but is not compulsory.

Additional field trips: There will be opportunities to attend musicals and theatre performances in London and the UK; students are expected to cover the cost of this (approximately in the region of £10-35 per visit). Trips abroad will be arranged when possible and costs depend on availability and cohort size.

Additional events/performances: Students participate in a range of performances during their studies. Costs will vary according to the type of performance (recital, cabaret, scene study) but every effort is made to ensure that costs aren’t excessive. In some cases, you may be asked to provide your own costume where appropriate (cost depends on items required but can be in the region of £50).

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

2020 Entry         

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit
  • Rock School (RSL) L3 Extended Diploma in Creative and Performing Arts - grade M
  • UAL L3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts and Production Arts - grade M

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted to attend an Audition. Read further information on the audition process here

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.


“My Musical Theatre training was an amazing journey! Throughout the course of three years the amount I learned about musical theatre was outstanding. My skills as a performer have also evolved. All this is due to the outstanding tutors that have taught me.”

“The vocational aspect of the drama training I have received is stimulating, and it prepares you for the professional world”

“Excellent lecturers who are always enthusiastic in teaching.”


Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website to find out more.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay. For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund. for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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