Bristol Zoo Gardens Conservation and Education Centre
remains open to students.

You will have private access to the zoo grounds during lectures, to carry out your observations and data collection, but as more animals are moved, this will gradually be carried out at the Wild Place Project. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Course Description

The Bristol Institute of Performing Arts' emphasis on learning and training through practice offers an environment in which you will be able to take creative risks. You'll explore and nurture your skills to become leading triple threat performers, creatives, choreographers and theatre-makers that are responsive to the creative and entertainment industries. Through this intensive and rigorous three-year practical BA (Hons) degree in Musical Theatre, you will put your training into practice through an array of live briefs, theatrical productions, and immersive experiences.

The triple threat performer

Through practical Acting and Voice classes you will develop your individual performance skills building your voice, performance, dialogue, physicality, use of text and character development skills. Whether you're in Foundation, Intermediate or Advance Dance you'll be training at the level best suited to your ability. Weekly classes in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Musical Theatre and Commercial/Contemporary, as well as fitness, balance, stamina, and strength will provide continuous opportunities for you to reflect, improve and discuss your dance progress and where appropriate change sets/groups to reflect your continuous dance development. Singing Technique is refined in practice through a diverse range of show styles, developing technical understanding, musicality, and confidence in solo/ensemble singing.

"The guidance and mentorship provided by the lecturers has been invaluable"

My time at BIPA has been an incredible journey of personal and technical growth. I have enjoyed the range of experiences offered within the course and the work has challenged me to think critically both as a performer and creative. The guidance and mentorship provided by the lecturers has been invaluable, pushing me to my full potential. I have developed not only a strong foundation in performing but also a newfound confidence in my abilities. This course has not only equipped me with the skills and knowledge necessary for my future career but has also shaped me into a well-rounded and self-assured individual. I am immensely grateful for this journey and the countless opportunities it has presented me.

BA (Hons) Musical Theatre
Study Modules
Actor Training

This module uses a variety of approaches to actor training, developing your skills of voice, movement and characterisation and applying them to a range of texts which require a psychologically realistic performance. This module will introduce you to a range of historical and contemporary actor training techniques through practical and theoretical exploration of the pedagogies of key practitioners. Physical, vocal and imaginative training will be the core aspect of this module as you develop the skills needed to be a good performer.

50% Show or Performance

50% Show or Performance

Dance Technique

This module aims to develop your dance technique in appropriate styles to enable you to perform in a variety of contexts Ballet, Jazz and Tap will be the core dance styles taught but other styles may be introduced as appropriate.

50% Practical 30 minutes or 2,250 words equivalent

50% Display, show or performance 30 minutes or 2,250 words equivalent

Musical Theatre Skills

This module aims to examine the conventions and traditions of British and American Musical Theatre through research, practical examination and performance of examples from musical theatre repertoire. There will be opportunities to study and perform extracts of traditional work with the aim of exploring the structure and relationship between song, dance and libretto in a variety of musical theatre styles.

Performance Development

This module builds on previous modules by continuing to explore the conventions and traditions of British and American Musical Theatre through research, practical examination and performance of a full-scale production from the established Musical Theatre repertoire.

Workshop Leadership

This module aims to develop your understanding of how to apply a range of methodologies to your own workshop creation and develop additional resources to support the project aims. You will consider a range of related theory, leadership styles and influential thinkers which will facilitate a deeper understanding of the creative process of workshop design.

70% Practical 52 minutes or 3,850 words or equivalent

30% Assignment 1,650 words or equivalent

Acting for Screen

This module will help you develop a critical vocabulary relating to the concepts and contextual understanding required for performance to camera. It will provide an opportunity to develop the technical skills necessary for onscreen performance as-well as developing your practical experience in the rehearsal and conclusion of a short project involving performance for screen.

Musical Theatre Performance

The aim of this module is to develop your professionalism as a performer by demonstrating engagement in the planning and preparation related to a successful performance. You will develop an understanding of the ideas underpinning the concepts that led to the development of key texts within the Musical Theatre performance space; and you will develop your ability to work successfully in relation to fellow performers on a Musical Theatre production. Your research and conceptual learning will inform your performances, both of extracts and a full production, with a focus of the module being your engagement in the entire process, from the selection of a piece to rehearsal and final performance.

American Musical Theatre

The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the historical discourse of American Musical Theatre, enabling you to apply contextualised ideas to performances. You will be supported to perform extracts from, and engage in a full production of, a piece that relates to your studies. Technical skills will be developed alongside your studies to ensure you are well prepared for the selected roles.

Contemporary Musical Theatre

In this module you will critically research and explore the work and approaches of innovative practitioners such as Stephen Sondheim, Jason Robert Brown, Matthew Bourne and John Doyle. You will contribute to, and perform, an original interpretation of a contemporary Musical Theatre piece that has been created since 1980. You will be encouraged to explore alternative approaches to movement, music, acting and staging.

Major Performance

In this module you will be able to apply your Musical Theatre skills to a major performance project. This will take the form of a full-scale production of a musical chosen by the tutor, either from established repertoire or a new composition. You will consider the demands and requirements made on a performer by the style, structure and context of the production.

Professional Practitioner

Upon entering the industry you will find that actors, theatre makers and dancers are expected to have a working knowledge of the mechanics of creating, preparing and producing performances to tour. This module aims to prepare you for the role(s) you may be expected to fill in order to have a successful career as an independent practitioner. As well as choosing appropriate texts or performances, you will be expected to research and choose venues, market to a target audience, fundraise if necessary and liaise with venue contacts to produce and deliver a touring performance.

70% Display, show or performance 63 minutes or 4,550 words equivalent

30% Portfolio 1,950 words or equivalent

Practical Research Project/ Dissertation

You will identify an area of practice, a practitioner or an equivalent negotiated aspect for research. This research is intended to be closely relevant to your own area of practice. You will, through negotiation with your dissertation supervisor, identify an appropriate topic of interest and undertake in depth research to produce either: 1. A formal written dissertation of 5,200 words. OR 2. An identified research project that would lead to a practical outcome (e.g. a performance) supported by a critical and evaluative text of 2,600 words. Both pieces will require a research proposal to be submitted in the first semester to help ensure the research design is appropriate and well researched.

20% Assignment 1,300 words or equivalent

80% Dissertation / Major Project 5,200 words or 2,600 words plus 10 minute performance

Course Video
Jack Maurice
Bristol Institute of Performing Arts Artistic Director | Learning Area Manager
*Programme subject to validation by the University of Gloucestershire
Applications for September 2024 entry open on September 5th 2023.
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Bachelors Degree
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3 Years
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Entry Requirements

The minimum UCAS tariff points from a level 3 qualification, GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4. Entry via a successful audition. On receipt you may be invited for an interview. Mature students over 24 without the relevant qualifications will be required to demonstrate previous experience and evidence of academic ability.

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September 4, 2023
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