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Opera Studies < backBA (Hons) (by online distance learning)

To find out more and apply for the (BA Hons) Opera Studies programme please contact us: on 020 8308 2647.
Exciting new development!

We are delighted to announce that we are now working with Associated Studios in London and will be offering from January 2014 a practical 20 credit vocal module combining face-to-face vocal coaching with academic work at Level 4.

Started in 1997, our engaging Opera Studies programme is unique in the world being the only online undergraduate programme focusing on opera as a performance art delving into all the constituent parts of this amazing and versatile art form. Apart from the main composers and historic periods you will be studying all about the libretto, the singer, the orchestra and conductor, the director, Shakespeare in opera, women in opera and many more. It is an ideal complement to vocal studies and equips directors and singers alike to fully appreciate the material they work with.

We also have a dedicated route through the programme for those wishing to go on to a PGCE in Music, which takes you beyond opera into the worlds of the symphony and song.

Our unique programme supports you throughout your studies with a personal Tutor for each module, as well as providing you with free access to a host of online resources including Grove Online, the Naxos Music and Video Libraries and Opera America’s online resources; as well as the opportunity to attend our blended learning Study Events.

The programme is based around a core set of compulsory modules which provide you with the framework within which to place your electives. Our unique material is given via our online campus with email and online chat room facilities for contacting Tutors. All assignment submissions are fully annotated to inspire and direct you to future improvements.

Online Learning is an ideal way of studying while working/bringing up a family as you are in charge of your study time. With the wealth of free online study material we provide, you can study when and where is best for you. It enables you to acquire a CV rich in academic achievement and work experience.

Tutors include:

Dr Sinead Dempsey-Garrett

Colin Ellwood

Dr Angela Kang

Dr Rachel Milestone

Barry Mitchell

Dr Trevor Siemens

Kevin Stevens

Opera Studies


Minimum 3 Years
Maximum 10 years
(Depending on Hons, Pass, Diploma, Cert).

Term Start

September 2014 and January 2015.

Entry Requirements

The programme is open access to anyone who has a passion for opera or music.

How to Apply

Applications direct to the College, please contact , or call on 020 8308 2647. The programme is completely open access, no prior musical knowledge required. 
Associated Studios
T: 020 8237 1080
Download the application form here

Career Progression

Graduates have gone into Teaching, Opera singing, Directing, Arts administration, or continue to further study at Masters or PhD level, including the College’s own Research Degree programmes.