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New BFA in Musical Theatre

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New BFA in Musical Theatre

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 

New BFA in Musical Theatre

TheatreBox Studios in Waterford, in association with the Irish American University, have announced the country’s first BFA Degree In Musical Theatre starting September 2016 in Waterford City.

This course is designed for those who have a passion for the stage and wish to aim for a career in Musical Theatre.

This 4 year Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree will take place in new, state of the art studio facilities in Waterford.

The programme comprises of 3-years taught classes followed by a one-year internship programme in which students will be placed into the working world of theatre, where they will be given the opportunity to work full time with some of the great producers of Irish Theatre. Selected students will have the option to work with the TheatreBox Production Company.

The course is designed by Musical Theatre Performers and so is hugely practical with nearly all classes taking place in the rehearsal room. The degree offers a broad and holistic approach to the musical theatre, one that not only concentrates on performance from a participatory perspective (that is to say, on being a performer), but also prepares the student for the wide and exciting range of careers available in the performing arts industry.


The course is fully validated by the Middle States Commission for Higher Education (USA).

Course Content

While musical theatre performance remains a central aspect of the program, students are also prepared for the vast array of work that supports and produces performance, such as:

  • Directing and staging
  • Creating written material for performance
  • Production, Management, marketing and funding of the performing arts

There are countless live performances throughout the academic year, staged in theatres in Waterford City.

At the end of the Programme, students will put on a full scale musical which will be attended by agents, casting directors and producers, where they will be given the opportunity to meet potential employers and begin making connections. Students will work with some of the top directors, vocal coaches, choreographers and tutors from Ireland and further afield, with regular workshop based modules from West End and Broadway Performers.

Direct Entry Course

Entry to the course is based purely on audition, and application is made directly to the college, rather than through the CAO. There are 20 places on the course. It is expected that there will be huge demand for the course this year, and so we recommend that applications are made sooner rather than later. Successful applicants will be informed of their place on the course before the Leaving Certificate Examinations Commence.

Open Day

For all those interested in finding out more about the course, an open day will be held on Saturday 5th March 2016 at 3 o'clock in TheatreBox Studios, Waterford City. The afternoon will comprise of tours of the studio facilities, Q&A sessions about the course, & information on the course, its tutors and course schedule.

The CareersPortal Team