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School of Performing Arts

Musical Theatre

MA Part-time 2 years, Full-time 12 months

The MA in Musical Theatre reflects the varied nature of working in musical theatre and aims to provide you with the advanced skills needed to work in a diverse industry.

The MA in Musical Theatre reflects the varied nature of working in musical theatre and aims to provide you with the advanced skills needed to work in a diverse industry.

  • Institute Code W75
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award MA
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (2 years), Full-time (12 months)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School School of Performing Arts

Why choose this course?

The MA in Musical Theatre reflects the varied nature of working in musical theatre and aims to provide you with the advanced skills needed to work in a diverse industry.  Working closely with industry specialists, the course will provide you with the opportunity to focus on professional practice, whilst enabling you to learn how to promote both yourself (as practitioner, performer or academic) and the work you create. More importantly, the MA in Musical Theatre will create an environment where you will be able to work collaboratively, and participate in a residency at the Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton. You will also foster flexible skills which can be applied to a wide range of career opportunities in the musical theatre industry and beyond, including; teamwork skills, problem solving, self-promotion, working to deadlines and critical thinking.

For further information, please contact Dr. Mat Dalgleish.

What happens on the course?

You will experience a wide variety of learning activities in Musical Theatre to ensure your professional development as an emerging practitioner in your chosen specialist areas. Contact hours are tailored to both full-time and part time delivery; part time delivery allows you to study alongside full-time employment.

Teaching and learning will normally take place in a variety of continually evolving contexts, including an appropriate balance of the following kinds of activity:

a) Workshops, rehearsals, productions, practical classes, laboratory or studio-based practice, screenings, lectures, discussions (both online and in class), seminars, and tutorials. You will be encouraged to apply your knowledge and understanding of critical theory to case studies within regional, national and international contexts;

b) Group and individual learning;

c) Residency in Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton with a view to creating an annual festival of musical theatre (especial relevance in enhancing your employability and ability to be enterprising)

d) There will be the opportunity to participate in and contribute to Musical Theatre West Midlands Writers’ Hub, regular monthly composer/writer hubs to showcase new writing. 

 

Each semester students are invited to attend optional musical theatre productions in the local area and nationally. We suggest budgeting £100 for these trips if you wish to participate.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Upon completion of the course you may consider a number of potential employment routes, depending on the path chosen. These may include, but are not limited to, for example; writer/composer/choreographer or musical director, teacher or workshop facilitator, marketing administrator, or work in production and promotion. Alternatively, you may also consider further study at doctorate level.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

We continue to develop state of the art facilities which will greatly enhance your learning experience. Our state-of-the-art performing arts and learning centre; the Performance Hub, opened in 2011 and is the home for all of our performance courses. The Performance Hub features five performance studios with high-end audio-visual equipment and semi-sprung floors that are ideal for rehearsals and small performances. Our 108 seat Black Box Theatre is one of the most technically advanced small theatres in the country and is ideal for a range of performing arts activities. There are also several music rehearsal rooms, two Mac labs running Pro Tools, Logic and Sibelius software, and two fully equipped recording studios. Additionally, the university is proud to be an All Steinway School and home to 17 Steinway pianos, five of which are in rehearsal studio spaces.

We are a thriving department of research-active academics in musical theatre, and teaching is research-led. Course staff include Dr. Sarah Whitfield, Dr. James Lovelock and Dr. Sarah Browne. Research specialisms include: gender and racial politics in musical theatre of the 1960s, the film musical and the female spectator, subsidised revivals of the American canon, queer theory, reception theory, contemporary musicals and masculinity, the British musical. We have presented our research nationally and internationally at leading conferences in the field, and our recent research outputs include:

Whitfield, S. (ed.) (2019) Re-framing the Musical: Race, Culture and Identity. Palgrave Macmillan/Macmillan Education.

Whitfield, S. (2018) Boublil and Schönberg’s Les Miserables. Routledge.

Whitfield, S. (2016) “‘Next You’re Franklin Shepard Inc.?’: Composing the Broadway Musical, a Study of Kurt Weill’s Working Practices.” Studies in Musical Theatre, 10(2), pp. 163–76. doi:10.1386/smt.10.2.163_1

Browne, S. (2017) The Last Five Years: Medium, Mode and the Male Gaze in Rodosthenous, G. (ed). Twenty First Century Musicals: From Stage to Screen. Routledge

Browne, S. (2015) 'Everybody's Free to Fail: subsidised British revivals of the American canon', In: Gordon R; Jubin O (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical. Oxford University Press.

Lovelock, J.M. (2014) ‘Using the Klein sexual orientation grid in sociological studies’,
Journal of Bisexuality, 14(3-4), pp. 457–467. doi: 10.1080/15299716.2014.946197.

The member of academic staff who leads this course is Dr. Mat Dalgleish.

Graduates of the MA in Musical Theatre will exhibit:

  • a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of musical theatre practice.
  • a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship.
  • originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in musical theatre.
  • conceptual understanding that enables the student:
    • to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in musical theatre.
    • to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £6400 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3200 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £13350 per year 2020-21

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

You will need a good degree (2.1 or above) in Musical Theatre or a related subject e.g. Drama, Performance, Dance, Music, Theatre Studies. Applicants with a 2.2 degree may also be considered following a successful portfolio submission and interview.

Applicants from overseas should also have a good standard of written and spoken English (normally IELTS 6.5 or equivalent)

All students will be interviewed to assess their suitability and preparedness for the course. Candidates will be considered with a significant a significant track record of professional experience in a relevant field, but without a BA (Hons) degree. To do this, non-standard applicants in this category will be interviewed, and may be asked to produce a piece of written work as a means of assessing their suitability.

Postgraduate Loan (UK or EU national):

You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,222 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at gov.uk or here

* Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits

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 gov.uk website.


Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


Self-funded:

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.


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

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.


Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.


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

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