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BA in Musical Theatre

Course Duration
3 Years
Course Level
Level 7
Course Start Date
September

Four great reasons to consider this course

  • This course offers the opportunity to study and engage with the three central tenets of musical theatre: singing, acting and dancing.
  • Students will develop their skills through a range of diverse performance opportunities.
  • Graduates will be able to progress confidently to a variety of careers in the creative industries.
  • This course will allow you to develop your passion for musical theatre whilst gaining a valuable third-level qualification.

Course Summary

This three-year degree course provides essential and comprehensive training in the three tenets of musical theatre, namely acting, singing and dancing, alongside academic modules that provide a strong theoretical framework to lead to a well-rounded graduate.

The programme provides essential and comprehensive training in the three tenets of musical theatre, namely acting, singing and dancing, alongside academic modules that provide a strong theoretical framework to lead to a well-rounded graduate. Students will undertake skills development in the use of the voice for both sung and spoken word, and the use of the body for dance and drama, leading to creative modules in choreography and improvisation. The modules have been designed to have a clear progression through each of the three years culminating in musical theatre productions in year three. 

Particular attention is given to training students for the professional world. This includes preparation for auditions, creating audition portfolios and meeting with active directors and producers. 

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Creative Collaborative Development
  • Introduction to Musical Theatre Studies and Research Skills
  • Introduction to Theatre Practice
  • Freeing the Voice
  • Introduction to Movement
  • Music Theory and Aural Skills for Musical Theatre 1

Semester 2

  • Variety and Vaudeville
  • Intermediate Acting for Musical Theatre
  • Vocal Skills
  • Intermediate Movement
  • Music Theory and Aural Skills for Musical Theatre 2

Year 2

Semester 1

  • History of Musical Theatre: American Musicals
  • Advanced Acting for Musical Theatre
  • Introduction to Dance
  • Intermediate Vocal class
  • Improvisation

Semester 2

  • History of Musical Theatre: European Musicals
  • Historic Acting Styles for Musical Theatre
  • Intermediate Dance
  • Advanced Vocal class
  • Acting the song

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Contemporary Musical Theatre
  • Contemporary Theatre and Practice
  • Performance Project
  • Advanced Dance and Movement
  • Voice, Repertoire and Audition

Semester 2

  • Musical Theatre Performance
  • Performance Analysis and Criticism
  • Professional Practice

 

* All module titles are subject to change and are for indicative purposes only.

Graduates of the course may pursure career opportunities in the following areas:

  • Performing, producing, directing and marketing musical theatre  
  • Teaching in schools (on completion of relevant postgraduate training) 
  • Teaching privately and with community musical theatre groups 
  • Broadcasting and journalism 
  • Community arts employment  
  • Arts administration 

It is envisaged that a new add-on year, offering the qualification of BA (Hons) in Drama, will be available from 2020 

Please find information on fees and funding here: www.dkit.ie/fees

Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements:

Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate

→ INCLUDING At least one H5 Grade, OR Minimum Points Score of 200
→ AND Mathematics Grade F2, O6 or H7
→ AND English Grade O5 or H6
→ Candidates must also pass an audition


Northern Ireland/UK Entry Requirements:

Applicants must meet the matriculation requirement of 5 different subjects which must include:

→ Mathematics at GCSE (Grade A* - C or better)
→ English (or Irish) at GCSE (Grade A* - C or better)
→ One subject at:

    • 'A Level’ (Grade A* - E or better)
    • OR Applied A-Level (Grade A* - E)
    • OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
    • OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

→ The remaining subjects must be different from those listed above and may be drawn from recognised subjects at:

      • GCSE (Grade A* - C)
      • AND/OR 'AS Level’ (Grades A - E)
      • AND/OR ‘A-level’ (Grades A* - E)
      • AND/OR Applied ‘A-level’ (Grade A* - E)
      • AND/OR BTEC National Level 3 (National Award, Subsidiary Diploma, Extended Certificate, 90-Credit Diploma, Foundation Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).
      • AND/OR OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 (Introductory Diploma, Extended Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Foundation Diploma, 90-Credit Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma*) (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

→ Candidates must also pass an audition

  • Students who have experience of participating in musical theatre productions.
  • Students who are interested in developing performance skills.
  • Students who want to work in the creative industries.
  • This course will appeal to anyone with a love for musical theatre.

Mark Fearon (Programme Director)
Phone: +353 (0)42 9370812
Email: mark.fearon@dkit.ie

Course ID DK771
Level 7
Duration 3 Years
School School of Informatics & Creative Arts
Department Creative Arts, Media and Music
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Starting Date September
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How to Apply

All applications for this course must be made directly to the CAO by using the course ID
DK771.

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Northern Ireland & UK

Applicants from Northern Ireland/UK must also apply through CAO. Find out more information about
applying to DkIT from Northern Ireland or the UK.