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BA (Hons)

Theatre & Performance

3 Years
September 2022
Campus Taught

Turn performance from a passion into a profession, with a practice-based course that will unleash your creativity and help you join the next generation of actors and theatre makers.

Our Theatre and Performance degree is a hands-on course with a real emphasis on individuality and experimentation, together with strong links to the contemporary theatre and performance industry. It’s ideal if you have an interest in performing, writing or directing theatre for the stage; are interested in people; and are inspired by the world around you.

Practical classes are delivered in state-of-the-art ‘black box’ theatres in our purpose-built Media Factory, preparing you for the creative and physical demands of this dynamic industry. While workshops and group performances will help you develop a wide range of acting, performance and devising skills, you’ll also study events management, physical theatre, scriptwriting, performing, and more.

Performance is at the heart of it all. You’ll create original performances in small groups, perform in tutor-directed shows and, ultimately, stage a major public performance of your own final production. For highly creative actors and performers, driven to explore innovative and experimental theatre-making and performance, this course can help you prepare for a career as an actor, creative artist or director.

Why study with us

  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Theatre and Performance is ranked 1st in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2021)
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Theatre and Performance is ranked 2nd in England with 98% of students satisfied with learning opportunities (National Student Survey 2020)
  • This course has links to international festivals, offering the opportunity to visit and perform as part of your studies.

Discover our Theatre and Performance course

What you'll do

  • Your practical classes will be delivered in our multi-million-pound facility – the Media Factory – which offers state-of-the-art ‘black box’ theatres.
  • As well as the practical work, the honours route also includes a piece of extended research, either in the form of a written dissertation or a documented practice-based project.
  • With your tutor’s support, you’ll devise, perform and direct small group productions in public, as well as performing in the final productions of level-three students.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Future careers

Whether you see your future performing on the stage or creating behind the scenes, our BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance course offers a vital step – with key connections, skills and experience.

This is a course shaped by strong links with the performing arts industry. It offers both the creative freedom to explore your individuality, and the practical skills and academic rigour to ensure you’re well prepared for life as a practicing professional.

The unique and rewarding reason why you should study on this course is for the range of areas you can go into in the arts industry upon graduation. Yes, we are training performers, but we are also building skills in arts marketing, organising and running festivals, back stage and front of house operations. You’ll gain the skills you need to become a Producer, Director, Fundraiser, Workshop Leader and much more. Our students graduate with many skills and options for working professionally in the arts.

During your final year, you’ll have the chance to take part in cJAM – an event that turns the usual employability fair on its head. While you’ll have a Q&A and informal networking events, our mass speed-meeting session offers the chance to speak one-to-one to up to 30 industry professionals about the chance to work on a placement.

The course has such a solid record of turning passionate students into industry professionals. Lots of our graduates have found work as either actors or performers with touring companies, or have joined the industry as creative artists, producers or directors. Others have gone on to work in community arts practice, teaching, and technical industry-related work.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£9250 per year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£13000 per year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£13000 per year
Full-time£9250 per year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£14250 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Arts and Media located in the Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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