HND Musical Theatre
Summary of course
The HND Musical Theatre is aimed at people looking to make performance a career. It develops skills in singing, acting and dance with the opportunity to perform on stage in a variety of musical routines.
Special course features:
- Choral singing
- Acting through song
- Estil voice craft technique
- Tap, ballet and jazz technique
- Musical theatre repertoire
- Audition techniques
- Historical context
- Solo performance
- Employability in the performing arts industry
- Community theatre and touring.
The course is taught in a highly practical way using workshop style classes in which students work individually and in groups to develop and refine their skills, supported by lecturers and technicians with extensive experience of the theatre. There are at least two public performances each year with the second year focussing on the London stage and the acquisition of agents or progression to top stage schools around the country or the third year of a Musical Theatre degree.
The School of the Arts benefits from cutting-edge facilities which give students access to the studios and equipment necessary to gain the knowledge and skills demanded by a fast-moving and competitive industry.
Our resources include:
- Two large dance studios
- Two large performance studios
- Well-resourced classrooms and IT suites
View the detailed Programme Specification.
How is the course assessed?
This is a modular course and you will be assessed throughout the course rather than through examination. Practical projects, assignments and essays will be set for each module. The course will culminate in a final major project in which students take responsibility for the management of a major piece of assessed work showcasing their skills and specialisms. Your final major project performances will normally be staged in public theatres in front of large audiences.
Who is this course for?
The HND Musical Theatre is for students who have reached Level 3 in this discipline either at school, college or stage school. You will be looking to progress further into the performing arts industry, specialising in musical theatre and theatre dance. The course will enable you to develop further competences in solo and group performance and prepare you for auditioning for parts on the professional stage. The successful applicant is likely to have performed in public and will have developed at least basic skills in dance and singing and be ready to move on to the next stage with the help of experienced professionals with a background in the industry.
Progression and Career Opportunities
Career opportunities include:
- Work in theatres across the country and abroad
- Work on cruise ships or holiday resorts
- Teaching performance
Entry Requirements for new students
All applications are handled by the University of Northampton through the UCAS system. To be accepted on a programme, you will need 48 UCAS points equivalent to 2 A Levels at Grade D or above, or a BTEC Level 3 or equivalent with Pass at Extended Diploma/Merit at Diploma. You will also need a GCSE at Grade 4 (C) or above in English. All qualified applicants will be required to complete an audition. We welcome international applications and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.
Those who do not have English as their first language will need to provide NARIC confirmed equivalent of 48 UCAS points and will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent).
Applicants should be 18 or above.
We may also admit students on the strength of other qualifications or experience.
You are likely to be invited in for audition and interview before an offer is made, and you will need to come to the audition prepared to deliver a short performance.
General Info (materials required for the course)
Students will be expected to be able to provide suitable clothing for practical sessions and be prepared to finance visits to shows and theatres during the course.