Musical Theatre BA (Hons) - 2018/9

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 6

Final award and programme/pathway title

BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
Ord Musical Theatre
DipHE Musical Theatre
CertHE Musical Theatre

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time URC13002 360 credits and 180 ECTS credits

JACs code


QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Dance, Drama and Performance

Other internal and / or external reference points


Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Guildford School of Acting

Programme Leader


Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • Train and develop actors with an appreciation and understanding of creative, aesthetic and communication high order performance skills in a broad range of artistic situations.
  • Provide a theoretical understanding and critical awareness of key theatrical, cultural and social contexts
  • Develop intellectual and practical skills to reinforce and articulate self-reflection and critical awareness
  • Develop critical and independent practitioners imbued with a sense of learning as a lifetime pursuit via a commitment to professional and personal development
  • Provide an integrated approach within an academic and vocational creative training environment in pursuit of developing and sustaining a career within the performance and entertainment industries
  • Introduce and develop the relevant skills and techniques required of the contemporary musical theatre performer within a variety of performance contexts and environments
  • Explore and investigate a variety of key contextual, cultural and performance related issues and practitioners and frame them appropriately within their cultural, social, political and theoretical contexts
  • Acquire and develop the vocal and physical techniques, skills and universal vocabularies inherent within the profession
  • Develop collaborative and independent practitioners through research, critical engagement and reflective analysis
  • Introduce and develop the cognitive and practical skills to enable students to interface with the profession on an artistic, creative and commercial level

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Historical and contemporary contexts of production and reception of performance K
Knowledge of key practitioners, practices and theories K
Knowledge of traditional and contemporary critical perspectives on performance, and of relevant theories, issues and debates relating to the subject K
The processes by which performance is created, realised and managed, such as the process of rehearsal, improvisation, actor training techniques, vocal techniques and production arts K
An understanding of the impact of past traditions upon contemporary practices K
The interplay between practice and theory K
Evaluate the relationship between the actor, narrative and the performance context K
Critically evaluate and reflect upon process and performance within a variety of diverse contexts and scenarios C
Develop and implement appropriate research methods and strategies to enhance understanding of personal practice and to deepen knowledge and awareness of a variety of contexts and practices C
Apply appropriate techniques to analyse and interpret dramatic and literary sources and texts C
Develop ideas, frame appropriate questions and identify solutions to both theoretical and practical environments C
Engage creatively and critically with the skills and processes of production, design and rehearsal by which performance is created, and have an ability to select, refine and present these in performance P
Demonstrate an appreciation and understanding of appropriate performance vocabularies, techniques, structures and working methods P
Identify and engage in appropriate independent research demonstrating an understanding and awareness of relevant interdisciplinary elements and a variety of creative and cultural contexts P
Identify and implement strategies to develop and enhance professional profile through selection, preparation and performance of showcase material P
Work creatively and imaginatively in a group and have developed creative skills needed for the realisation of practice based work T
Have a developed ability to manage constructively and effectively creative, personal and interpersonal issues T
Show a responsible and consistent attitude towards self-management T
Develop an attitude to work which aspires to the development and adherence to a professional code of practice T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure


This Bachelor's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over three academic years, consisting of 360 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6). All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
ERASMUS Study (that is not taken during Level P) N
Study exchange(s) (that are not part of the ERASMUS scheme) N
Dual degree N

Quality assurance

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.