Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Musical Theatre - FdA (Foundation Degree)/BA (Hons) Degree

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Course Code: HE0053-1C Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 2/3 Years

An exciting course combining strong technical training, creative opportunities and industry experience. The course programme involves the study and practice of both traditional and innovative areas of musical performance. The course includes in-depth vocal training, a wide range of acting techniques and technical dance training in jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, pas de deux and commercial.

Key features

  • Taught by professional performers, directors and choreographers
  • 11 rehearsal studios, five with sprung dance floors and mirrors
  • Professional-standard theatre with industry-level equipment, recently over-hauled with new lighting and sound systems
  • Collaboration with make-up, costume and technical theatre students
  • High contact teaching hours
  • Optional third year to gain BA (Hons) degree
  • Alumni are working in West End and UK touring shows, TV and film and for many of the leading cruise ship entertainment companies

Recent alumni include Helen Woolf, currently playing Glinda on the Wicked UK tour having previously played the role in London’s West End, and Alfie Parker, performing in Kinky Boots, having previously performed in School of Rock in London’s West End covering the lead role.

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Course requirements

Audition and interview.

Individual offer conditions will vary. Normally a relevant A Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma.

Industry experience may be taken into account.

Students are given the opportunity to perform many times at our own 160-seat professionally-equipped theatre and have the chance to present their skills at an agents’ showcase in both Brighton and London. In addition to this, students have benefitted from a range of additional performance opportunities over the last few years. These have included performing at Earls Court Olympia and London Excel as part of the Move It dance exhibition, creating and performing work at corporate events, cabarets in bars and pub venues, and modelling for clothing designers in catwalk shows.

In the past few years, we have built up a close relationship with industry professionals both here and in Broadway and have been able to offer workshops by performers, composers and directors from a wide range of high-profile West End and Broadway shows.

We have 2 main performing spaces, ‘The Northbrook Theatre’ and ‘Studio 21’, which are flexible and adaptable and replicate most working spaces that students will encounter in the professional industry.

Year 1 module list

  • Introduction to discipline practice
  • Contextual studies (academic writing)
  • Discipline skills (show)
  • Applied discipline skills (full scale musical)
  • Inter-discipline practice (production skills)
  • Negotiated project (touring showcase/community theatre)

Year 2 module list

  • Specialist discipline skills development
  • Applied specialist discipline skills (full scale musical)
  • Collaborative practice (choreographic showcase & vocal cabaret)
  • Contextual studies (academic writing)
  • Industry practice (employability in the industry)
  • Negotiated project (touring showcase/community theatre)

Year 3 (optional)

The FdA is awarded on successful completion of two years, after which the third year is optional. Click here for more information about the optional BA top-up year.

On successful completion of the two-year FdA course, students can either progress to the third year BA top-up course, or enter employment.

Potential careers
Performer in West End or touring productions
Dance companies
Entertainer for parks and cruise ships
Host, compere or presenter
Drama or dance teacher
Drama or dance therapist
Director or choreographer

Some of our student destinations


Wicked London, Wicked UK Tour, School of Rock, Cats UK Tour, Footloose European Tour, Jesus Christ Superstar European Tour, Sound of Music UK Tour, Pirates of Penzance (Sasha Regan) UK Tour, Pop Factor UK Tour, Gods and Monsters, The Hired Man, Chess in concert at the Albert Hall, Thursford Christmas Spectacular, Potters Theatre Company, Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company at Buxton Opera House, regional pantomimes, Disney cruises & parks, Prodigal theatre co, Periplum Theatre, Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium, Skellig National Tour, Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Lines, Seabourn Cruises, Norweign and Costa Cruise lines


The Five – SKY 1, Take Me Out – ITV, Come Dine With Me – C4, The Coroner – BBC, Babylon – C4, Pineapple Dance Studios – Sky1, Cucumber – C4, Casualty – BBC1, Britain’s Next top Model – Living TV, Being Human - BBC 3, The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson - BBC 1

Advertising campaigns for Dreams,Walkers, Adidas, PC World, Head and Shoulders, Orange, Subway, Hive, Barclays, Macdonalds, MI6


Nine, Mission Impossible 3, The Inbetweeners

Music videos in the UK & India

Tuition fees, student loans and bursaries

Additional costs for this course

Kit list: Leotards , tights, t-shirts and shoes (which students may already have).

In addition to the basics required, there are a few more specific items on the kit list, including ballet and tap shoes, New Yorkers and technique books.

  • alumni Views Helen Woolf Playing Glinda in Wicked (West End and UK tour)

    “I believe the training I received at the MET has provided me with the best training possible - it’s basically a drama school but without the price tag. We have performed in some fantastic venues in London and the south coast. I would highly recommend the course.”

  • alumni Views Alfie Parker Performing in School of Rock (West End) covering the lead role

    “The Musical Theatre course at the MET is an in-depth course and a great stepping stone to professional training/jobs. The tutors create a safe environment to develop all disciplines of performance, which ultimately has prepared me for the industry.”

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