BA Musical Theatre (in collaboration with New College Lanarkshire)

The BA Musical Theatre course at New College Lanarkshire (in collaboration with Queen Margaret University) is intended for those with excellent singing, acting and dance ability and aims to produce all round performers. All our expert teaching staff retain close links with the industry and will provide you with the necessary training to develop the skills and versatility needed to meet the demands of current professional practice in the musical theatre industry.

This one-year full-time course enables those with an appropriate further education qualification to further their studies, providing the training you need to pursue a career in musical theatre and obtain a degree.

Why study this course?

  • You’ll have the opportunity to undertake internationally recognised Estill voice training as part of the course
  • Annual performances and showcases are held at prestigious theatre venues in Glasgow and give you an opportunity to perform in professional surroundings
  • Many industry practitioners including performers, agents and casting directors carry out professional workshops throughout the year.

About the course

You will be provided with a wide range of performance opportunities underpinned by practical training and critical thinking and analysis. Subjects include Advanced Performance Technique, Repertoire and Audition, Showcase and Performance Project.

You will have opportunities to work with closely with the industry through a series of workshops, casting events and mock auditions.   In the past, students have had the opportunity to work with a wide range of professionals, artistic directors and casting directors including The National Theatre of Scotland, Claire Catterson Casting, Stephen Whitson, Pearson Casting, Cumbernauld Theatre, Apollo Management, Boland and Reeve, Horsecross and Inside Out Productions

As the first recognised Educational Affiliate of Estill International, our specialist lecturers deliver some of the best vocal training in the UK.


The course is modular and delivered full-time over one year.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The focus of the course is to shape and enhance your existing skills and knowledge, build your confidence, develop your business skills, and prepare you for a successful career in performing arts.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars and tutorial groups allowing for more in-depth discussion of the topics being studied. The course includes a large number of practical learning opportunities. These allow you to put the knowledge and experience gained in the classroom into practice in a real-life environment and better prepare you for your future career. In addition to your classes, you will also be required to undertake self-supported learning, making use of online resources and those in the Learning Resource Centre to complete independent research or work on group projects.

Assessment will take place in a variety of ways, including written, oral and practical examinations. There is an emphasis on continuous assessment such as a reflective log, group work and presentations.


  • Advanced Performance Technique
  • Audition and Repertoire
  • Showcase
  • Performance Project

The modules listed here are correct at time of publishing (March 2018) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2019. Please check the website for any updates.



Exchange opportunities


Entry requirements

Direct Entry: HND Musical Theatre or an HND in a related subject (eg Acting & Performance / Dance)

English Language Requirements: IELTS of 6.5 with no element lower than 6.0 

Auditions: There will be an audition which will involve both practical and academic activities to enable a realistic assessment of your suitability for the course.

Associate student places


Professional registration/ accreditation


Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

Teaching Staff: Our staff ensure that they are up to date with the latest knowledge, thinking and developments in performing arts and retain strong links with industry and professional bodies. Some continue to practice professionally and you will also have the opportunity to work with a wide range of industry professionals, throughout your course.

Class Sizes: Due to the highly practical nature of the BA Musical Theatre course and the emphasis on gaining experience with a wide range industry professionals the class size is kept to between 16 to 18 students maximum. 

Timetables: The BA Musical Theatre course at New College Lanarkshire is divided into three 12 week blocks.   Block one, which covers Advanced Performance Technique runs from August to November, with a one week break in October. Block two (Repertoire / Audition Technique and Showcase) runs from November to February with a two week break for Christmas and block three (Performance Project) runs from February to June with a two week break for Easter.   Blocks are a mix of on-going, continuous assessment based on the course work you will be undertaking and set assessment deadlines for the written elements taking place at the end of each semester which run alongside the practical assessments.

During term time, teaching is usually between 08:30 and 17:00 depending on required days for that semester. Timetables are available from mid-July (but subject to change). While efforts are made to make the timetables as student friendly as possible, teaching can take place at any time during the teaching week, and may not be consistent on a week-to-week basis.   There is also an expectation for additional class time depending on the project being undertaken at the time and students may be required for extra rehearsals in evenings and at weekends. Although we try to keep this to a minimum, students will be informed of these additional periods in advance                                                                                                                            

Awarding body



This course prepares you for a career in professional musical theatre or postgraduate level study.


Teaching mainly takes place at New College Lanarkshire, Motherwell campus. However, depending on the element of the course being undertaken; teaching, workshops, mock auditions and performance opportunities may take place off campus and often in professional theatre spaces in Glasgow City Centre.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2020/21 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Special Information for EU Applicants: EU students starting their studies up to and including academic year 2020/21 will have the costs of their tuition fees met by the Scottish Government for the duration of their course. For more information, see brexiteu-student-funding-update

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

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Course Overview

1 year full-time
Start Date
August 2021
Mostly at New College Lanarkshire
Study Abroad
Subject Area
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