Theatre Studies BA (Hons) (by online learning) Part Time

  • Theatre Studies BA (Hons) (by online learning) Part Time
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About this course


Full-time and part-time up to 10 Years

Term Start

September 2021 or January 2022

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements: Full time route: 96 UCAS credits. Part time route: We give consideration to applicants with non standard entry qualifications and all cases will be dealt with individually. 

Recognising Prior Learning

The College understands that learning may take place in different settings and that you may want to use skills and knowledge you have gained elsewhere to count towards your learning with us. To support this, we have a detailed policy and procedure to guide and help you if you wish to ask for prior learning to be taken into account. If you have any queries about this please email

Mode of Study: Online Learning. Full time: 3 years. Part-time flexible for up to 10 years.

Our long-established BA (Hons) Theatre Studies programme is delivered by Online Learning and provides an ideal way to study for your degree from wherever you are in the world. Our current cohort comprises a truly global community of theatre professionals, school-leavers, teachers, and theatre enthusiasts who all enjoy the benefits of being able to balance their studies alongside their work and family commitments.

Rose Bruford College offers the only full degree programme in the UK for those who wish to study theatre and performance by online learning and there is no comparable online course elsewhere in the world. The degree is taught via our on-line campus and is intended for anyone wanting to develop a thorough knowledge of the arts and practices of theatre and performance in their widest contexts and from early beginnings to modern performance. In addition to our full-time route we aim to be flexible by offering a part-time study option a range of awards from HE certificate to full honours degree.

Hear what our students have to say:

Theatre Studies Virtual Open Day

You can watch a video from one of our recent open days here.


Please email if you are interested in future open days.

Why choose this course?

  • Our unique online programme will provide you with a gateway to specialist provision regardless of your location.
  • We have two decades of experience in teaching theatre and performance studies at a distance and a reputation for rigour and excellence.
  • Our Virtual Learning Environment gives you access to a wealth of learning resources and a comprehensive choice of modules focussing on theatremaking as a practice.
  • You will join an online community of enthusiasts, theatre professionals, teachers and returning learners and will be guided by expert practitioner-academics.

"The BA (Hons) Theatre Studies made me more aware of the range and variety of spaces in which Theatre can thrive.  This allowed me, amongst other things, to convey to my pupils that the theatre experience begins from the moment the audience enters the building"     
Susan Hunt, Drama Teacher

"Running a small children's amateur drama club, the course has made the entire process much more rewarding to myself and the children as I now have a better understanding of methods that can be used to improve enjoyment of performance and the theatre experience as a whole.  The information I have gained from just studying 2 modules of the course has given me the confidence to be much more adventurous in the productions I choose for the children, rather than simply relying on my own experience as an amateur actor."  
Julie McCarthy, Youth Theatre Director

Employability & Industry

Our graduates have gone on to work across a range of theatre-related roles and in education. Some continue on to further study on postgraduate programmes at the College and elsewhere.

Alumni Success

  • Martin Christie, Co-Artistic Director of Alloway Academy
  • Atlanta Duffy, Theatre Designer, The Brokenville Project, National Theatre
  • Jamie Eastlake, Joint Artistic Director, Theatre N16
  • Tina Hoffman, Actor, Choreographer, Director
  • Craig Sanders, Director of Buxton Opera House

"My studies are of course valuable to my career in teaching Theatre Studies. I have used work from my units to enrich KS5 students too."   
Gill Garrard, Drama Teacher

Please click here to read some more graduate and student profiles. 


Graduate Occupations

Studying an Arts related subject provides our students with a wide range of skills. Recent graduates have progressed into the following occupations:

  • Arts officers producers and directors
  • Secondary education teaching professionals
  • Teaching and other educational professionals
  • Actors, entertainers and presenters
  • Managers and directors in retail
  • Information technology and telecommunications professionals
  • Research and development managers
  • Further education teaching professionals
  • Quality control and planning professionals
  • Quality assurance technicians
  • Set designers
  • Financial and accounting technicians
  • Marketing associate professionals
  • Sales accounts and business development managers
  • Vocational and industrial trainers and instructors
  • Inspectors of standards and regulations
  • Book-keepers, payroll managers and wages clerks
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Pharmacy and other dispensing assistants

Source: DLHE Data 2013/2014 to 2016/2017

Fee and Application Information

  • Mode of Study: Online Learning: part time (flexible up to 10 years)

How to Apply

All Applicants

Course Fees

2020/2021 module fee totals:
60 credits = £3060
20 credits = £1020
The full degree is 360 credits.

All fees can be paid over five months by Standing Order or credit card e.g. £204 per month for five months for each 20 credit module. 

The programme can be taken at a flexible pace of progression, thus spreading the cost and making this a truly viable option to full-time study.  If you are a UK citizen taking this as your first degree and are able to do at least 40 credits each year of study, you may be eligible for the loan with Student Finance England. Please watch the video below for guidance or click here for more details.

Please note, these are the fees for the academic year 2020/21, the fees for 2021/22 are not yet confirmed and will be published as soon as possible.

Course content

Level 4:

  • Theatres at Work
  • The Craft of Playmaking
  • Elements of the Performance
  • Ways of Talking about Theatre: The Critical Audience

Please click here to view our Level 4 module specifications

Level 5:

  • Shakespeare
  • Naturalism
  • The Playwright
  • The Director
  • The Actor and the Realist Tradition
  • Musical Theatre: The American Golden Age
  • Beyond the Stage: Space and Place / Live Artists at Work

Please click here to view our Level 5 module specifications

Level 6:

  • Topics in Contemporary Theatre
  • Brecht and the Epic Tradition in German Theatre
  • Shakespeare in Performance
  • Theatre of the Absurd
  • The Empire Acts Back
  • The Critic
  • Ancient Greek Tragedy: History and Reception
  • Independent Research Project (for BA Honours Degree)

Please click here to view our Level 6 module specifications

"What I particularly valued was being able to apply my own knowledge and experience gained through my work as a theatre designer to the ideas, issues and assignments that arose throughout my degree. At the same time, my own knowledge and confidence was of course greatly enriched by the process of learning, getting to grips with, and thinking about completely new ideas."    
A.D.  (Graduate) Theatre Designer


Please click here to download a pdf of the programme specification.

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