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This one-year programme, validated by the University of Portsmouth, has been designed to enhance the skill set of students who have undertaken vocational training by encouraging them to find inspiration in research as they develop a critical vocabulary to think, plan and talk about musical theatre in depth. Students are encouraged to embark upon adventures in musical theatre by investigating the roles of Producers and Creative teams in the early stages of production. The insight gained here is used to evaluate existing musical theatre production. These skills ultimately culminate to inform students’ professional practice, allowing them to find solutions to the challenges posed by the ever-changing musical theatre scene.

Our aim is to increase confidence in artistic criticism and creative risk-taking whilst encouraging students to remain true to their artistry. We believe that students discover by doing; by experimenting, by learning through trial and error and by reading, listening, and watching in order to build a practice that is founded in research in the widest sense.

“Our ethos is to instill confidence in our students so that they can enter the industry and make their individual contribution to society and the economy; confidence that they can seize the opportunity and work to the highest ethical standards, and confidence that they are specialists in the field; meaning they possess a vocabulary through which they can articulate ideas to a range of people – whether that be investors, producers, directors, choreographers, casting directors, other performers, or audiences. The combination of this ensures our graduates can create a career that gives them the greatest sense of fulfillment.”

Andrew Hudson, Course Leader



The course programme is flexible and adaptable to accommodate a variety of personal situations.

The course operates across two semesters:

  • Semester 1: September to December (15 weeks)
  • Semester 2: January to April (15 weeks)View our provisional course calendar for 2022-2023: click here



Fees: £9,250 (plus £200 registration fee)

Fee payment plans are available, allowing for monthly or quarterly payments.

Before you can access student finance, Laine Theatre Arts must be registered with the regulator for higher education in England, the Office for Students (OfS).

Laine is applying to register with the OfS but is not currently registered and you will only be able to access student finance if our application is successful.

We will write to confirm the outcome of our application as soon as we hear from the OfS. To find out more about student finance and registering with the OfS, visit: www.officeforstudents.org.uk/studentfinance/


All degree students follow the same course of study, comprising of the following four modules.



The Musical Theatre Landscape

This area of study runs across the entire degree and encourages students to broaden their understanding of the industry. Tasks are completed on a weekly basis and do not contribute to the final degree mark.


“I have gained huge insight into the inner workings of the arts industry and I hope to utilise this as a performer going forward. The combination of academic work and musical theatre has ignited a new outlook on my craft that can only aid me in my career. Prior to this course, I had never considered a creative role within musical theatre, however, thanks to the demands of the degree course, my eyes have been opened to the plethora of possibilities available in such a field.”

Erin Chapman
Erin graduates into the international tour of CATS

“The degree course has been challenging and pushed me to develop new skills and gain a wealth of knowledge as a businesswoman, creative and performer. The course content has inspired me to develop my capability in areas such as creative thinking and choreography. I now have variation in short and long – term career options and without the help from the course leaders, I would not have had the courage to discover such a diverse range of creative paths.”

Claudia Bahrani
Erin graduates into the international tour of Mamma Mia!

“This course has allowed me to explore all aspects of the musical theatre industry, from the financial to the creative perspective. It has allowed me to understand how productions are constructed and what it means to be
part of a creative team. Throughout the process, I have found passion for choreographing, directing and costume designing as much as performing.”

Konstatinos Karappitas
Konstantinos will be joining the cast of performers at Disneyland Paris

“As a performer you cannot always predict what the future holds. Having gained an insight and appreciation for the entertainment industry as a whole, the degree program has set myself up for a more certain and long term future in the world of entertainment that I love. By broadening my understanding of all the elements within the performance arts industry, it has sparked a passion for the entrepreneurial and choreographic side of theatre which I am truly grateful for.”

Charlie Shae-Waddell
Charlie graduates into the production of Cabaret, at the Lido2Paris.
(Dir: Taylor Walker)



Prior to starting the course, you must hold one of the following:

  • Level 5 (or above) Trinity College London diploma
  • Higher National Diploma
  • A relevant qualification awarded at Level 5
  • Experienced, professional musical theatre practitioner


For students studying on the three-year Level 6 Diploma at Laine, the Level 5 Trinity College London diploma is awarded at the end of the student’s second year of training. The majority of students study on the degree course alongside completing the third year of their diploma study. Each year, we also welcome students to study with us at degree level whilst completing their diplomas at other colleges as well as those who have completed training.