BA (Hons) Musical Theatre Performance

London or Leeds

A two-year, accelerated degree that gets you into the industry sooner

Course Overview

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This two-year, accelerated BA (Hons) Musical Theatre Performance degree is awarded by Coventry University. This degree is a first for conservatoire-style training in England and is aimed at those wishing to have a professional career in musical theatre.

At the ICMT, our training is rigorously designed to hone and expand your existing skillset in a safe and nurturing environment. We will furnish you with the technical, practical, and creative expertise required to succeed in today’s professional industry.

Our faculty includes current performers, directors, choreographers, musical directors, singers, and leading practitioners in their respective fields. Together, they will guide you through an intensive practical-based course covering all the major musical theatre disciplines of acting, singing, and dance.

You will receive practical training at the ICMT studios daily, working on your craft through an extensive series of technical classes, workshops, and performance projects spanning the length and breadth of musical theatre. At the ICMT, we know that having a successful performing career requires hours of dedication and practice.

Your contact hours and professional experiences will match (and in some cases exceed) that of a typical 3-year musical theatre degree course. Our training celebrates individuality in small class sizes where you are a name, not a number.

Key Details

BA (Hons)
Awarding Institution
Coventry University
London or Leeds
Monday to Friday
Start date
ICMT Graduate, Max Rizzo as Rusty in Starlight Express
ICMT Graduate, Sophia Caselli as Princess Fiona in Shrek
Flavio Marullo
Hamilton, Everybody's Talking About Jamie
ICMT Alumni
Flavio Marullo

"I chose to train at the ICMT because I loved their Ethos. I’m so glad I did.

Nothing prepares you for life at Drama School and nothing can prepare you for life after either, but having finished my time at The ICMT I know that whatever this industry throws at me I will always be prepared."

Course information

To be accepted on our musical theatre courses, students must audition first. If you need any further information, please don't hesitate to contact us at


You will need to prepare 2 contrasting songs of your choice (1 ideally musical theatre). You should bring sheet music with you to the audition, and each song should last no longer than 2 minutes.
The panel will take into consideration: acting-through-song, range, tone, interpretation, technique and musicality.


You will need to prepare a monologue of your choice that is no longer than 3 minutes.
The panel will take into consideration: truth, text connection and understanding, characterisation, vocal clarity, projection, and presentation.


You will take part in a group jazz class led by a member of our faculty. You will learn a routine and work through techniques to demonstrate technique, musicality, spatial awareness, timing, style, and presentation.

If you are auditioning via video, you will be given a link to a dance routine to learn. There is a routine for beginner/intermediate levels and another routine for advanced levels.


Applicants will undergo a short interview with a senior member of the ICMT team. This is an opportunity for us to get to know each other and for you to tell us why you would make a great ICMT student.

Acceptance is by audition only and the first round is by video. Our team from London and Hamburg will review each video to find suitable candidates for the course.

Audition Requirements
- An introduction of yourself (in English).
- 2 contrasting songs (roughly 32 bar cuts).
- A monologue of your own choice (one minute or less).
- A short dance routine (can be of a performance but clearly identified)

Recalls will be held at Stage Entertainment Studios in Hamburg. All participants must attend in person and undergo an interview in English. In exceptional cases, some auditionees may be offered a place after the video round.  

Acceptance to the ICMT is based on an applicants performance, aptitude and ability. It is also recommended that applicants have the following academic qualifications:

UK Academic Requirements
  • GCSE: 5 subjects (score 9-4), or equivalent, including maths and either English or English Literature.
  • BTEC: DMM (Distinction, merit, merit) in a relevant subject: Musical Theatre/Drama/Dance/Performing Arts


  • A-level or equivalent: Grade D or above, to ideally include Drama/Drama and Theatre Studies/Performing Arts/Dance/English Literature.
  • Where A-level or equivalent does not include Drama or Performing Arts, other drama/theatre experiences will be considered.
International Academic Requirements

To find out country specific entry requirements, please visit the International Entry Requirements page on the Coventry University website.

Where English is not your first language, in order to obtain a student visa, you are required to demonstrate that you have the correct level of English language competency to study in the UK. A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent, with no component less than 5.5, which is required for those for whom English is not their first language.

Tuition Fees 2024/2025

UK Students: £13,500 per year.

International Students: £20,000* per year.
*Fees may differ dependent on your country or origin


  • Coventry University Validation Fee per year
  • All training costs.
  • Weekly private singing lessons.
  • Full-scale, end of course musical production.
  • Additional performance opportunities.
Additional Costs
  • Dancewear (a list will be provided).
  • Books and stationery.
  • Professional headshot (2nd year).
  • Spotlight membership (2nd year).
New York Trip (optional)

Students studying the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre Performance Course have the option of visiting New York in their second year to train for a week in Manhattan.

Students wishing to take this trip will need to cover the following costs:

  • Training: £300
  • Flights: Self Book
  • Accommodation: Self Book

Students should also consider spending money for subsistence and any other activities you wish to do (shows etc).


For more information on funding options, including student loans, please see Fees and Funding >.


What you will study


2-Year Accelerated Degree
Enter the industry sooner. Complete your BA (Hons) Musical Theatre Performance Degree in just two years, saving time and money.
Network & Showcase
Audition in front of a panel of agents and other industry professionals in your final semester. Most of our students receive representation this way.
You will participate in various performance projects throughout your course, culminating in a full-scale, publicly performed musical at the end of your training.
Practical Training
Acting, singing, and dancing, all day, every day.
As part of your professional preparation, you will record an individual showreel.
Weekly Voice Lessons
Each week you will receive a 30-minute private singing lesson with a professional vocal coach.

Frequently asked questions

What does the audition involve?

You can find all the information about auditioning on our audition information page.

How does this course differ from the Two-Year Professional Development Musical Theatre Course besides receiving a BA at the end?

The BA (Hons) Musical Theatre Performance course runs 45 weeks compared to 31 weeks, per traditional academic year, in comparison to the Two Year Intensive Musical Theatre Course.

The BA (Hons) Musical Theatre Performance course ends mid-August, as opposed to our other courses concluding in June.

- The first year of the Two-Year Intensive Course is a foundational year ahead of joining the One Year Intensive Course in the second year. Foundational skills are required to be present ahead of starting the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre Performance course.

- Core technical training and suitable performance projects and modules are mirrored across courses. The primary difference is greater time spent on each discipline and module within the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre Performance course. Where appropriate, students may come together across courses in appropriate sessions and workshops, maintaining the united training environment and family feel enjoyed at the ICMT.

- On the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre Performance course, assessments occur at the end of each semester (14-week block), with grades and achievements across modules building towards the final degree award.

How many contact hours can I expect to receive on this course?

You will receive on average 30 hours of contact time per week.

How is the training split between singing, dancing and acting?

You will spend equal amounts of time training across singing, dancing and acting.

You can find more general frequently asked questions here >