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BA Hons

Actor Musician

Performing Arts

Key Facts

Level 6
Wakefield City Campus, Waterton Building
Start Date:
September, 2021
3 Years
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There is an increasing demand in professional theatre for practitioners who have the versatility to combine top-level skills in acting with professional musicianship. Contemporary theatre practice incorporates multiple disciplines, performers are required to ‘act’ in the traditional sense, but increasingly, to also play instruments. This is a new course subject to validation.

The BA (Hons) Actor Musician programme offers distinctive and practical dual training for actors who have musical skills and musicians who have acting skills. The programme aims are:

  • create employable graduates who combine such dual skills to the highest level;
  • provide an integrated approach within a vocational creative environment in pursuit of a sustainable career within the performance and entertainment industries;
  • create professionals who appreciate and understand the creative and aesthetic skills associated with contemporary performance;
  • offer a unique, exciting and demanding training in professional acting and musicianship.
Course Features

Course Structure

The course aims to develop skills, knowledge, and experience of both Theatre and Music Performance. The skills developed in this programme are relevant to the requirements of people who wish to pursue a career in the Performance Industries as an Actor Musician.

The course combines work-based learning with academic study, developing existing skills, and knowledge of the industry and the history of Performing Arts (Acting) and Music. It is suitable for individuals who wish to enhance general and creative skills using Acting and Music as a platform.

The programme aims to produce individuals who are capable of taking control of their own career pathway, who are motivated and entrepreneurial. To provide an integrated approach within an academic and vocational creative training environment in pursuit of development and sustaining a career within the performance and entertainment industries as an actor-musician.

An exploration of the theoretical concepts associated with Performing Arts (Acting) and Music underpins the practical aspects of the course. Through practical classes, a wide range of performance techniques drawn from world-renowned practitioners and theorists will be developed enabling the student to become a more versatile and diverse practitioner. Areas to be explored include the development of creative industries, professional performance development, Industry experience, and project development and implementation.

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum 64 UCAS tariff points from A Levels or a Level 3 Diploma in a related subject. GCSE Grade C or above in English Language (or equivalent qualification) is required.
  • Those with previous experience or learning that is relevant may be eligible via our APL process for accreditation towards this course.
  • All applicants must complete a satisfactory interview.
  • All applicants are also required to audition consisting of an interview, a two-minute contemporary or classical theatre monologue and perform a piece as a vocalist or/and an instrument.


Points Required

If you’re applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

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Waterton Building & Mechanic’s Theatre

Fees & Funding

Tuition Fee: £6,950 per year.

Course Costs Included in the fees


Course Costs Not Included in the Fees


The everyday costs of studying at University Centre at Wakefield College that apply to all students include:

  • Travel: costs associated with travelling to and from campus. This could be bus or train fares, costs associated with running a car including car parking charges.
  • Consumables: folders, pads, pens.
  • Printing/photocopying: most written assignments are submitted via Turnitin but there are occasions where you may be required to submit work in a printed format e.g. dissertation. There are on campus printing/photocopy facilities across college and binding and additional services in the college library.
  • Subsistence: the campus has food outlets where students can purchase meals, drinks and snacks. Water dispensers are available around the campus for students to refill reusable bottles at no cost.
Bursaries and scholarships

The University Centre at Wakefield College has a strong commitment to widening access to higher education, and we have a range of bursaries and scholarships to support eligible students starting a higher education course at the University Centre. For more information please click here.

Other Financial Support

Through Student Finance England you may be able to borrow money to help pay for university or college tuition fees and to help with living costs. For more information please click here.


Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don’t restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.

You may want to specialise further, learn additional performance skills or do academic research into an aspect of your subject that interests you. Alternatively, you may take a vocational course, such as a diploma in arts administration or a teaching certificate, which will open up alternative areas of employment.

Continuing your education while taking the first steps to becoming established can ease the transition from student to professional performer. It also means that the opportunity to take part in student performances and festivals is still open - many dancers, actors, and musicians have started their careers through this route.

For more information on further study and to find a course that interests you, see Masters degrees and search postgraduate courses.

What do performing arts graduates do?
Three of the top four jobs held by graduates employed in the UK include actors, entertainers, and presenters, arts officers, producers and directors, and dancers and choreographers.


BA Hons Actor Musician