MA Musical Theatre Creatives

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MA Musical Theatre Creatives at Leeds Conservatoire

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Our MA Musical Theatre Creatives is an individually-tailored MA for anyone interested in creating new musical theatre and a professional career as a creative in the industries, whether as a composer, writer, choreographer, lyricist or something that has yet to be defined.

This unique course focuses on students' particular needs to develop their skills in their field (composition, dance and dramaturgy etc), whilst simultaneously generating work as a collective with other creatives across the MAs.

Working with leading institutions from across the North and with practitioners that include composers, lyricists, and book-writers (the creative team of a musical), students will leave the course with a portfolio of work to take into the industry, to peers to build a creative team with, and leave with a unique artistic voice to shape the theatre of tomorrow.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • UCAS Code: W43F
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Validated By: University of Hull*

Musical Theatre Creatives (49862527841 0E32540468 H)

Course overview

Mastery of Skill

Musical Theatre Creatives, be they writers, composers or choreographers, will work with experts and professionals focused on the individual student’s area of interest through individual placements and classes tailored to their learning. Whether working with MA composition students, shadowing guest choreographers, or developing work for devising and dramaturgical classes, students will learn by doing rather than through theory, to become a master in their field.

Collaborative Practice and Performance

Collaboration is an integral part of the ethos at Leeds Conservatoire. Musical Theatre Creatives students will share core modules with students from the other Theatre MAs, where they generate new work in a collaborative, student-led environment. This encourages students to work in new and interdisciplinary ways where they can find and hone their individual creative voices as artists and practitioners. Throughout the year there will be several opportunities for these developing works to be performed in a range of contexts and environments.

Access to the Industry

This course offers an immediate introduction to the industry by offering workshops and projects overseen by leading professionals in the field, as well as taking advantage of the richly diverse theatrical community on our doorstep. Companies we work with include Leeds Playhouse, Red Ladder, Opera North and Slung Low. Students will build a portfolio of their own work, with some that will be showcased publicly at the end of the year.

Specialist Facilities

Our campuses include a brand-new building at Playhouse Square, housing state-of-the-art specialist performance facilities. With a panoramic view over the city landscape, this £60m development contains bespoke facilities for our theatre courses, including state-of-the-art dance and drama studio spaces and music ensemble rooms.

Leeds is also rich with creative and artistic spaces which are invaluable in offering training which is embedded in the City. As an artist who is interested in developing new work you may be able use those environments to inspire your work.

What you will study


Creative and Collaborative Thinking

Students will explore various methods of creative thinking and problem-solving, which will become the initial starting points for later development of new work.

Weekly sessions will focus on case studies of performers, work or artists to critically analyse how research is used in the development of new work and in the telling of personal narratives or stories.

Case studies may include practitioners such as Kate Tempest, Frantic Assembly, Pablo Helguera, Javaad Alipoor, debbie tucker green, Lin-Manuel Miranda or other contemporaries.

This work will be student-led, tailored to the student’s area of interest. Students will interrogate and explore the roles of each individual creative, through collaborative work with the other MAs.

Applied Musical Theatre Context

In this module students will explore the history of musical theatre and use examples as the stimulus to create their own work to be performed in class.

Working alongside the Musical Theatre Company and Musical Directors, Musical Theatre Creatives students will take part in acting through song and musical theatre context classes.

In the first, they will expand their knowledge of repertoire and deepen their understanding of the relationship between performer and material through observation and discussion within these classes.

They will then dissect the key components of song (keys, chord progression and structure etc) and lyrics, and study style and genre in relation to their place and time in the musical theatre landscape.

They will use this as a starting point to develop and perform (with the other students) work of their own creation.

Skills of the Musical Theatre Creative

Drawing on the wide range of internal courses and practitioners across Leeds Conservatoire, each student will further develop the individual skill within their chosen field of study; composition, book writing, lyric writing and choreography.

For example, composers will join the MA Music students for their ‘Creative Practice in Context’ module, where they explore the process behind composition, choreographers may work with guest choreographers on first/second-year projects, and book writers may join the dramaturgical studies, or work on placements.

The learning within this module will be tailored to the specific needs and aims of each student, developing their skills in this area to a professional level and encourage their own individual artistry to shine through.

Performance Project

Working with the performance students, this module gives the students opportunities in small companies, to develop early performance material as part of a short non-décor festival.

These pieces will be semi-directed/tutor-led but will be developed from stimuli founded within the group. By developing original material (or reproducing existing material) in a collective setting, students will develop the all-important collaboration skills necessary in the creation of new theatre.

Within the sessions, students will then work with their assigned tutor/director in developing new performance material which should be appropriate for small-scale touring.

In developing these particular skills, students will have, upon graduation, material which they could tour or develop further.

Major Project

The Major Project will be developed over a term and will be a based on the student’s area of interest, culminating in a performance and/or sharing . Major projects can be in collaboration with other MA students from across the Theatre MAs or something entirely individual.

Each student will also choose how they want to present their work for assessment, either as practical performance, theatre-making or written dissertation. Students will also reflect on their work through a spoken viva voce exam and reflective writing.

These module specifications are correct for the 2021/22 academic year. In compliance with University of Hull regulations, the conservatoire retains the right to make minor amendments and improvements to course, programme and module content year on year. This may result in minor changes to these specifications for the 2022/23 academic year.

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Drama Facilities - Playhouse Square

Our Performing Arts students benefit from bespoke new facilities in our brand new Playhouse Square building.

Take a look at some images of our custom-designed studios with panoramic views over Leeds city centre.

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Graduates of the Musical Theatre Creatives programme may go on to work in fields which may include:

  • Director
  • Assistant Director
  • Choreographer
  • Vocal Tutor
  • Dramaturg Writer
  • Theatre Marketing Professional
  • Corporate Development

Course Tutors

Students will be taught by staff who are specialists within their field and include performers, creatives, entrepreneurs and academics who work professionally in the theatre industry. All teaching staff must apply for and be granted Recognised Teacher Status by the University of Hull.

Entry requirements, fees & applying

Course Facts

Course Type: MA Postgraduate Degree
Duration: 1 year
Study Mode: Full Time
Start date: September
Validated by: University of Hull*

*Subject to validation

How to Apply

Apply Via UCAS Conservatoires

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Apply Directly to Leeds Conservatoire

Alternatively you can apply directly to Leeds Conservatoire via our Postgraduate Direct Application Form.

Entry Requirements
  • A good honours degree in any subject, with an upper 2nd (2:1) classification or equivalent, usually theatre, music or theatre/music-related, but qualifications in other fields will also be reviewed and considered.


  • Equivalent professional experience may also be accepted and reviewed at application and audition stages (see our APEL process).
  • All suitable applicants are invited for interview and/or audition
  • All students requiring a visa to study in the UK must meet the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) department's English Language requirement of IELTS 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.5

Audition Information

MA Musical Theatre Creatives applicants will need to provide a portfolio of their previous work, if appropriate, and/or deliver a coaching session with a performer. Your submission is your chance to demonstrate your suitability to study at Postgraduate level at Leeds Conservatoire.

We are currently working with our programme and admissions teams to develop our audition and interview experience for 2021 entry applicants. 

Due to current social distancing guidelines, we are asking all applicants to submit audition, interview and portfolio materials online this year, rather than attend in-person events.

Tuition Fees

Tuition Fees For 2021 Entry





Tuition fees pay for the cost of teaching, assessment, validation, the facilities, support and administration of your course.

Find out more about Fees and Funding for Postgraduate Study.

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