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Subtitle In Partnership with – Theatre Royal Wakefield
Location University Centre - Wakefield City Campus
Level Level 4, Level 5, Level 6
Start Date September
Duration 3 years
Mode of Study Full time
Awarding Body University of Hull
Offering Code HGL6AMU1F000
UCAS Code AD29
Programme Design and Overview

There is an ever-growing demand in professional theatre for practitioners who have the versatility to combine top-level skills in acting with professional musicianship. Contemporary theatre practice incorporates multiple disciplines, performers are required to ‘act’ in the traditional sense, but increasingly, to also play instruments.

• The BA (Hons) Actor Musician programme offers distinctive and practical dual training for actors who have musical skills and musicians who have acting skills.
• The BA (Hons) Actor Musician programme aims to create employable graduates who combine such dual skills to the highest level.
• The BA (Hons) Actor Musician programme provides an integrated approach within a vocational creative environment in pursuit of a sustainable career within the performance and entertainment industries.
• The BA (Hons) Actor Musician programme aims to create professionals who appreciate and understand the creative and aesthetic skills associated with contemporary performance.
• The BA (Hons) Actor Musician programme offers a unique, exciting and demanding training in professional acting and musicianship.

Beyond gaining the relevant skills to become a professional musical theatre performer, you will also gain valuable further experience in collaboration, communication and creativity.

Indicative Content

• The course aims to build on skills, knowledge, and experience of both Theatre and Music Performance.  The skills developed on this programme are relevant to the requirements of people who wish to pursue a career in the Performance Industries as an Actor Musician.

• The course combines work-based learning with academic study, developing existing skills, and knowledge of the industry and the history of Performing Arts (Acting) and Music.  It is suitable for individuals who wish to enhance general and creative skills using Acting and Music as a platform.

• The programme aims to produce individuals who are capable of taking control of their own career pathway, who are motivated and entrepreneurial. To provide an integrated approach within an academic and vocational creative training environment in pursuit of development and sustaining a career within the performance and entertainment industries as an actor-musician.

• Graduates of the programme will have the ability to work effectively both independently and with others, they will have strong organisational skills and be capable of creative, and reflective thinking and will have the confidence to take the necessary risks to become outstanding in their chosen field.

• An exploration of the theoretical concepts associated with Performing Arts (Acting) and Music underpins the practical aspects of the course. Through practical classes a wide range of performance techniques drawn from world-renowned practitioners and theorists will be developed enabling the student to become a more versatile and diverse practitioner.  Areas to be explored include the development of creative industries, professional performance development, Industry experience, and project development and implementation.

Delivery Methods

A variety of learning and teaching methods will be used on the programme in order to facilitate the development of course members’ professional knowledge and employability, their analytical skills and conceptual understanding.  Lectures, case-analysis, class and seminar discussions, VLE discussions, small group and individual presentations, guest speakers, and problem-based research activities will be used to actively involve each participant in the learning process and foster development.

A key aim in the selection of teaching and learning methods is to support students in the development of responsibility, autonomy and self-motivation in learning as they progress through the programme, and to equip them with the learning ability needed to undertake appropriate further study and professional development.  The development of effective skills for learning and further development in the use of the VLE is integrated into the delivery of the curriculum.  
The link between the classroom, the individual and the professional context is extremely important in the learning process.  The emphasis throughout the programme is on the development of the ‘reflective practitioner’ and the programme is designed to utilise the concurrent work situation and professional organisational experience of participants (where practicable), as well as providing opportunities for work-related experiences/scenarios for those without prior experience or concurrent work-place experience. 

Throughout the programme participants will be required to reflect on and evaluate their own knowledge and experience in the light of theory and empirical evidence, and, in turn, to drawn on their organisational and professional knowledge and experience in the evaluation of theories and empirical evidence.  Such an approach will help to bridge the gap between theory and practice by ensuring that what goes on within the College-based educational process is not sealed off from participants’ practical organisational and professional experiences, and that opportunities for the transfer and application of knowledge and skills are continuous and maintained during the programme.

For each module that the student undertakes, there is a specified amount of formal class contact.  There is also an amount of time identified as independent learning; this is the amount of time that students are expected to spend engaged in study for a unit other than class time.

Lectures – Typically the whole group will attend a lecture when a summary of core material will be presented which lays the foundation for further learning.  Lectures may sometimes be interactive with group problem solving and mind mapping activities interspersed with more traditional lecture formats.

Seminars – These build on the information that is delivered in the lecture and students will have the opportunity to study concepts in more depth.  The sessions may involve, for example, tutor led discussions, student-led presentations and discussions and small group work.

Workshops – Skills and technique-based sessions will be delivered by module staff, support staff, professional performers and external agencies.  It is expected that students continue to develop skills and techniques of their performance specialism, and as a result, students will be offered the opportunity to undertake a number of selected skills-based workshops within the Performing Arts and Music department from a range of other programmes.

Nature of Assessments on the Programme

Assessment is designed to be an integral part of the learning process for students and to enhance and confirm their knowledge and practice. Assessment reflects sector practice to ensure students have the tools to enter the work force or are equipped to follow a career in their chosen specialism.  As a result, the majority of assessments are vocational. 

Summative assessments will provide a measure of the extent to which students have achieved the learning outcomes of the modules.  Assessment methods are different for each module and relative to the nature of the outcomes.

Entry Requirements • Minimum 64 UCAS tariff points from A Levels or a Level 3 Diploma in a related subject. GCSE Grade C or above in English Language (or equivalent qualification) is required.
• Those with previous experience or learning that is relevant may be eligible via our APL process for accreditation towards this course.
• All applicants must complete a satisfactory interview.
• All applicants are also required to audition consisting of an interview, a two-minute contemporary or classical theatre monologue and perform a piece as a vocalist or/and an instrument.
Attendance Expectations TBC
Fee Information

These fees relate to 2020/2021

Tuition Fees: £6750.00  per year.

All eligible full-time Home and EU undergraduate students are entitled to apply for affordable Student Loans and Grants towards their tuition fees. For more information, please visit:

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course.

Additional Course Costs

The following costs should be used as a guide only.

Printing and photocopying costs:
There is no charge for course hand-outs, handbooks etc. Students will receive a printing credit of £10 per annum from the University Centre, after which students will have to pay for extra credits.

Library overdue charges:
Overdue charges apply to all library loans to encourage you to return any resources you borrow on time. Overdue charges are 5p per day per book. There is no charge for e-books rentals.

Graduation Ceremony:
When you graduate, we will invite you to your graduation ceremony. It is free for you to attend, however, to take part you will need to pay to hire an academic robe to wear during the ceremony. Details can be found here:

Financial Support Information

The government provides financial assistance to help pay for tuition fees and to help with living costs. To find out more, visit the website at:

We have a strong commitment to widening access to higher education, and to help we have a range of bursaries and scholarships to support eligible students starting a higher education course with us in September. To find out more, email:

For more information on any funding or money matter issues please contact the Financial Support Team. Get in touch on 01924 789283 or email:

Further Study Nationally there are many post-graduate programmes suitable to potential graduates with the acquired skill set, namely in theatre and music performance but also in teacher training.
How to Apply Please apply through UCAS Alternatively, contact Course Information on 01924 789111 for an application form.
Admissions Process For details on higher education admissions procedures, please see the 'Admissions Code of Practice' document on the Wakefield College website:
Disability Support Information

We’re committed to a programme of support to ensure that the Equality and Diversity policy is fully effective. We recognise the importance of effective support mechanisms in enabling all students to achieve their potential and will continue to improve provision for students with a disability.

The Additional Support Service is responsible for supporting disabled learners and those with language support needs. The earlier you request support, the quicker it can be provided, so if you know you’ll need support or adjustments, contact us in good time before your course starts. Get in touch on 01924 789120 or email us at:

For Further Details

Please contact  Paul Dale-Vickers on 01924 789868 or email: Alternatively, contact Course Information on 01924 789111.

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Course Groups (W) Vocational Course, Higher Education
Subject Area (W) Music, Performing Arts
Client Group (W) 19+, International, Higher Education
Search Ref (W) 59389
Website Ref (W) C0UH4B41Z2, PG1379MMP
Information last amended: 19 March 2020 15:54