Theatre and Performance

Theatre and Performance BA (Hons)

Take your interest in acting that little bit further. UCLan’s Theatre and Performance degree is a hands-on course with a strong emphasis on individuality and creativity, informed by strong links to the contemporary theatre and performance industry.

The practical classes are delivered in state-of-the-art ‘black box’ theatres housed on-site in our multi-million pound Media Factory, preparing you for the creative and physical demands of this dynamic industry. Workshop-based sessions, combined with original group performance work, will prepare you for a career to continue your acting or progress to a creative artist or director. 

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full time: Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Drama students at UCLan are 90% satisfied overall with their course. Plus, we’re in the UK’s top 10 for overall student satisfaction and every part of the National Student Survey 2020.  
  • Dance and Drama at UCLan are nationally ranked in the UK top 20 according to The Guardian University Guide 2020.
  • The course has links to international festivals with the opportunity to visit and perform as part of the degree.
  • The practical classes are delivered in state-of-the-art ‘black box’ theatres housed on-site in our multi-million pound Media Factory.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • PF1000 Devised Theatre Performance 1 (Year Long)
  • RP1001 Theatre in Context (Year Long)
  • PF1001 Performance Technique (Year Long)

Year 2

  • PF2000 Devised Theatre Performance 2 (Year Long)
  • RP2001 Theatre and Performance Research (Year Long)
  • PF2104 Contemporary Performance Skills (Semester 1)
  • RP2002 Professional Practice (Year Long)

Year 3

  • PF3000 Contemporary Theatre Performances (Year Long)
  • RP3101 Performance as Research (Year Long)
  • PF3001 The Advanced Theatre Practitioner (Year Long)
  • PF3002 Student Defined Study
  • PF3008 Professional Practice

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 106 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

Application, audition and interview.

Previous experience or qualification in the performing arts is a requirement.

Candidates do not need to prepare a speech but must bring loose comfortable clothing (preferably jogging bottoms, training shoes and a t-shirt), changing rooms are available. Guests of candidates are not permitted to attend the workshop or interview. If you have any questions about the interview/audition please contact the Admissions Tutor Chris Gilligan on (01772) 895341 or by email.

International Students

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Further Information

On the BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance, you’ll be studying in Preston at the heart of this thriving Performing Arts region - in addition to its own venues, the nearby cities of Manchester, Liverpool, Salford and Lancaster have the largest concentration of international theatres outside of the capital. This dynamic course is for highly creative actors and performers that are driven to explore innovative and experimental theatre making and performance.

The course will prepare you for the realistic, creative and physical demands of the degree course and theatre performance industry. Workshop-based sessions introduce you to a wide range of acting, performance and devising skills, complemented by lectures, seminars, screenings and theatre visits. You will be creating original group performance work in small groups, as well as with level two students in their productions. You will also perform in two public and tutor directed ensemble shows.

You will step firmly into the creative frame while developing and consolidating individual performance practice. Alongside continued classes in 'Devising strategies,' practical modules in 'Text and Performance,' 'Visual Theatre' and 'Body and Performance' are designed to encourage you to experiment within and across the mediums. Under your tutor’s guidance, you will also devise, perform and direct small group public productions, as well as performing in the final productions of level three students.

You will identify yourself both artistically and professionally; defining the theatre you make and perform while finding professional contexts for meaningful progression. Study at this level is largely student-directed, consisting of tutorials, presentations, acting and performance workshops and showings of devised work-in-progress; culminating in a major public performance of your final production. The honours route also consists of extended research either in the form of a written dissertation or a documented practice-based research project.

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The tutors are supportive in encouraging students to define their individual area of practice and to develop this throughout the course of the degree programme

Zoe Washington

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The freedom to create, the process of collaboration and research into contemporary performers allowed me to recognise skills within myself

Jack Leng

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Theatre Studio



After graduating in 2015, I worked as a Producer and Communications Assistant for Fierce Festival Birmingham. This amazing opportunity helped me secure both mentors, friends and a life-long network within the International Live Art community. This network led me to working with Ibsen Award winning performance makers Forced Entertainment as a Marketing and Digital Communications Assistant. I am a recipient of a Weston Jerwood Independent Creative Producer bursary with 'Ferment', an artist development programme, part of Bristol Old Vic Theatre and work as a freelance producer for performance artist and Contemporary Other Magazine editor Demi Nandhra. I have also assisted on projects for artists Geraldine Pilgrim and They Are Here, London. I have recently been selected for a programme of International Creative Development in Italy and continue to focus on developing my own artistic practice. I will be performing my first post-graduate work as part of 'For you, For you, For You' festival in Leipzig Germany 2017.


Graduate, Charlotte Berry, is currently working with Fuel Theatre as Local Engagement Specialist for New Theatre In Your Neighbourhood and also started her own theatre company: Tin Can People.

The course has set me on the right path for a career in the arts. The different modules gave me an insight into different career opportunities and I was able to realise where my interests are. I had the opportunity to see so much great work outside of the university - travelling to London, Edinburgh, Birmingham & Manchester. The many opportunities which the course provided led me to working with theatre companies & touring my own work – it’s really important to gain experience while doing your degree!


After touring with a rock band in her late twenties, Lindsay Bennett embarked on the theatre degree at UCLan, where she gained a first class honours. 2014 saw Lindsay write her first solo show 'Mercury Complex' and was subsequently approached and commissioned by Manchester based production company Word of Warning to write and perform a second show 'Exit Smiling' which premiered at Contact Theatre in May 2014. Lindsay graduated from the course in 2014 and has gone on to work in TV & Film:

I've been really busy of late - I have a Manchester based agent and have most recently finished a paranormal thriller feature film called 'Seizure' set for 2016 release alongside some other projects which include work with Directors Tom Shrapnel and Frederic Planchon. I’ve acted in the sci-fi short film 'Charlie and me', a political film ‘Killerbird’ and another short film called 'Goldfish', which is currently in the American festival circuit. I have just written my own short film which should be starting production next month.


3rd Year student has been getting his work out professionally whilst studying & this has really developed his skills as a writer, performer and theatre maker:

Whilst studying as a student on the course, I have applied to professional platforms to showcase my performance work. My solo performance I’ll have a pint was commissioned for Drunken Chorus’ DRUNKEN NIGHTS III with mentorship from artist Andy Smith. Tin Can People, a theatre company consisting of myself and graduate Charlotte Berry, showcases our solo projects as well as a group piece called ‘Remember Me’, which was made as part of a university module in collaboration with another student Chloe Stollery. ‘Remember Me’ has recently appeared at Emergency 2015 in Manchester and at Hatch: Blood, Sweat and Tears in Leicester.


There was strong feeling of community within the program, I always felt I was able to talk to lecturers about any worries I had. Students were always offered one-to-one support when it was needed. Studying on this programme gave me fundamental performance and devising skills which I now utilize whilst I complete an MA in Performance Making at Goldsmiths University London. I am truly grateful to the programme as it has helped me develop a career within the arts. The programme allowed me to develop an individual theatre practice and helped me expand my ideas conceptually. This course is dynamic, innovative and the lecturers are authentic in their teaching of the arts. If you want to be a theatre maker with lots of tools on your belt, this is the course for you!

To learn more about our School and the range of courses within it, go to our homepage. If you’d like to learn more about the successes and awards experienced by our students, staff and alumni, visit our news page.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

All practical classes are delivered in state of the art 'black-box' theatres that are housed in a million-pound development. Lectures occur in high specification suites that also fully support student presentation and seminar activities.

Assessment of performances, seminars and written work takes place periodically throughout the year. Individual development of performing skills is assessed continuously. There are no written examinations.


Final year undergraduate and postgraduate Performance students have the opportunity to get involved in our annual cJAM employability event.  cJAM shakes-up the traditional career fair format and gives UCLan students face-to-face time with up to 30 successful industry professionals all of whom have come to the event with the offer of valuable work placement opportunities.  The cJAM event format consists of four main components:

  • Students hear from keynote industry speakers who share their personal career journey and how they got to where they are now.
  • The industry Q&A session allows students to ask questions to gain further advice and insight.
  • Informal networking opportunities during the breaks and lunch.
  • The key element of cJAM is the giant speed meeting session.  The students have eight minutes one-to-one time to meet with selected industry guests to try and win a placement. Students can choose to talk about an idea, their reasons for wanting a placement with that particular company or to showcase their enthusiasm, skills and talent.  Immediately following the speed meeting session, placements are decided on and the event closes with all the winning students being presented with their placement awards.

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Industry Links

Flickr gallery of student workStaff are prominent figures in a number of national and regional theatre and arts bodies/panels as well as being current performers/directors/academics within their own fields.

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Successful graduates of this course have progressed to a range of work with small and medium-scale companies in the UK and internationally. The course has an excellent industrial progression record with a high number of graduates finding work as either actors or performers with touring companies or entering the industry as creative artists or directors in their own right. Other students have successfully gone on to work in community arts practice and teaching.

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You will have 24/7 access to The Media Factory housing state-of-the-art industry standard facilities. The Media Factory also houses music, video and photography studios that can be utilised by Theatre students.

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Kelly Graves

Kelly Graves

BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance, 2018

BA (Hons) Theatre graduate, Kelly Graves, couldn’t have signed off her time at UCLan any better than by winning an award at the Lancashire Arts festival. Her project titled ‘A Body of Knowledge’ picked up the prize in the Performance category, mixing martial arts with a theatrical display.

Important Information

This course is based in the School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.