This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process. Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, there is the possibility that the course may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by August 2023 after which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University will make reasonable efforts to offer an alternative course at the University.

FdA Musical Theatre

Our FdA Musical Theatre degree covers the core techniques of acting, voice and dance while supporting you to develop a wide range of knowledge in devising and developing a production, audition and casting techniques, preparing you to a professional level. You'll study and train in purpose-built, high specification studios at Shockout's Manchester Studios.

Musical Theatre

Key information



Mode of Study:



2 years


Shockout Arts

UCAS code:


Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

Within an ever-changing industry, it's vital to ensure you're fully equipped for a long, diverse career. A strong, professional skill set covering singing, dancing and acting is essential for a musical theatre performer. Our ambition is to help you become not only a triple threat but also nurture your individual identity and ability to create and produce your own innovative work. We want to foster your skills in creative entrepreneurship.

Delivered by Shockout Arts, our intensive 2-year FdA Musical Theatre course supports you to acquire, develop and refine the technical and artistic skills essential for success on stage through professional training at level 5. Additionally, we'll help you gain a clear contextual understanding of the wider industry, so this foundation degree provides aspiring musical theatre performers with an ideal springboard into employment and a sustainable career in entertainment. In addition, as a foundation degree graduate, you'll be able to continue your studies at an advanced level by completing a level 6 final year top-up course to gain a BA (Hons) qualification. Our BA (Hons) Musical Theatre (Top-Up), also delivered by Shockout Arts, offers a seamless continuation of your studies with us. We'll consider your application through assessment and interview.

Throughout your training, you'll explore the core techniques of acting, voice and dance. Our qualified and specialist professional practitioners will also support you in developing a breadth of knowledge in devising and developing production, musical theatre for stage and screen, and audition and casting techniques. Additionally, you'll have regular performance opportunities to help you build a diverse range of technical performance skills and prepare you for the industry.

The teaching staff at Shockout Arts are professional and world-renowned practitioners and choreographers. They are keen to make the time you spend with them as stimulating and rewarding as possible and enjoy a well-deserved reputation for being approachable and interested in your progress. As teaching often takes place in small groups, you'll have access to individual support and guidance at every stage.

For full details about Shockout Arts, their open days and accommodation, please visit

The course venue is:
Shockout Arts
Valo Building
Brian Statham Way
Old Trafford
Manchester, M16 0PU

  • You'll have regular classes with professional artists from the performing arts, film and TV and dance industries, such as professional actors and dancers, directors, producers and choreographers.
  • You can gain additional insights and knowledge of the performing arts industry by attending our ‘master class’ sessions and guest workshops given by renowned industry experts from the performing arts industry, including musical theatre, TV and film.
  • We aim to immerse you in the current performing arts, TV, film and live theatre/performance arenas so you can understand and prepare for the constant changes and innovations in the industry.
  • You'll be based at Shockout Arts in Manchester and train in their purpose-built, high-specification performing arts studios.
Key Features
  • We'll focus on helping you gain a wide range of relevant knowledge and skills such as singing techniques, voice and speech, movement and acting techniques for actors, storytelling, improvisation, as well as jazz, ballet, tap and commercial dance techniques.
  • We'll guide you as you explore musical theatre so you gain experience of the history, traditions, practitioners and innovators that form the foundations of contemporary and future performing arts.
  • You'll have the chance to learn specialist techniques for performance, rehearsal and audition scenarios.
  • We'll help prepare you for the practicalities of paperwork and self-promotion that professional musical theatre artists face. We'll cover how to perfect your CV and job applications, deal with agencies, tackle the tax and self-assessment system, create showreels and develop your online and social media presence.
  • We’ll encourage you to develop essential transferable skills and attributes such as effective communication, creative problem solving, working collaboratively with other people, resilience, adaptability, self-awareness and confidence.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

Our FdA Musical Theatre degree focuses on preparing you for a career in musical theatre, building excellent performance skills, musical versatility and adaptability, and a powerful understanding of musical theatre repertoire. The all-round knowledge and skills of performance this course offers also opens doors to many careers in the wider performing arts industry, such as live theatre, dance, TV, film and radio, as well as other related careers in the diverse artistic and entertainment industries.

Some of the key skills associated with this foundation degree include performance skills, confidence, self-presentation, teamwork, self-awareness, communication skills, and coping with criticism. Foundation degree graduates can also expect to possess the ability to work individually and collaboratively and demonstrate creative problem-solving skills, listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills, and critical thinking skills.

What can I do with this qualification?

Foundation degree graduates can take advantage of opportunities in a wide range of careers relating to musical theatre, performance, creative producing, education, community, and arts administration. Opportunities exist within musical theatre, live theatre arts, TV and film, work on cruise ships and in the leisure industry, promotion and commercial events, and popular music performance.

A career in musical theatre is often complemented with employment in teaching or devising and performing your own work. Self-employment may be another option where you could establish your own performance-related business. Alternatively, you may choose to further your studies through our BA (Hons) top-up course and later progress to postgraduate level study or train to become a dance teacher in the education sector. If you wish to continue your education at the master's level, Shockout Arts also has a fast-growing postgraduate provision to accommodate your needs.

As a foundation degree graduate, you'll possess skills and expertise that span the production arena so you can take advantage of a diverse range of opportunities such as performer, choreographer, director, dance captain, swing roles, art production, and theatre and artist management. You could also explore opportunities in areas such as creative producing, education, community performance, and curatorial and arts administration.

Alternative career options

Foundation degree graduates can also use the qualification to step into a range of other careers. Relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required for some of these roles. Some of these careers include:

  • Teaching and education
  • Community arts
  • Modelling
  • Journalism and writing
  • Dance, theatre, film or TV critic
  • Dance or drama therapy
  • Arts administration
  • Agent work
  • Casting
  • Marketing and PR

Course fees

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2023-2024 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

For 2023-2024 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2023-2024 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Additional costs

There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.

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We use a variety of teaching and learning strategies throughout the programme to develop appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills and help you achieve the intended learning outcomes. We take a blended learning approach that includes practical sessions, lectures and workshops. Practical sessions are designed to teach each of the core performance techniques and specialist areas within acting, dance and voice. In addition, we'll expect you to spend time on guided independent study, for example, rehearsing and practising for your dance, singing and acting core techniques, engaging in general background reading, preparing for seminar activities, and working on assignments. During the course, we'll also support you in developing employability and information literacy skills and exploring personal development planning (PDP).

We'll expect you to attend traditional lectures, seminars, practical sessions, workshops and tutorials. You may also have opportunities to work on live projects as part of your practical modules. Through these, you can gain unique insights and a thorough understanding of the performing arts industry operating in international markets and across many sectors.

This programme's key assessment forms include in-studio technical assessments, practical skills assessments, showcase performances, practical project reports, portfolios, oral presentations and written coursework. You'll receive feedback on your assessments to help you understand what you have done well and where you can improve.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

The Admissions Team
Shockout Arts

+44 (0)161 833 9937

Yusuf Giga
Academic Partnership Manager, University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903211


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