Theatre Studies BA (Hons)  (by online learning)

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About this course


Part-time up to 10 Years

Term Start

January 2017 and September 2017

Entry Requirements

  • Entry requirements: Applications are considered from students both with and without standard entry requirements.

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 (flexible 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 enthusiasts, teachers, theatre professionals and school-leavers 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 creating this programme we aim to be flexible by offering a range of areas for study around a central core of key topics and a range of awards from H.E. certificate to full honours degree.

For detailed information, please click here to download a copy of our e-brochure

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

"I started the Theatre Studies Distance Learning (BA Hons) course with a view to becoming a drama teacher in the future but I have found that the interesting and inspiring modules I have studied so far have opened up new possibilities to me; a career in directing, writing or working in the creative department of a theatre now seem very appealing."     
Jennifer Wooster

"Rose Bruford College has giving me the right guidance that I need to flourish as a writer, inside and outside the theatre world."   
Luciana Bajarunas-Veit, Playwright/Writer

Fee and Application Information


  • Currently validated by The University of Manchester
  • Mode of Study: Online Learning (flexible up to 10 years)

Following the granting of Taught Degree Awarded Powers, students joining us in September 2017 will be registered on a Rose Bruford College award, and will be governed by Rose Bruford College regulations. 

How to Apply

UK/EU Applicants

  • Please click here  to apply via UCAS.
  • UCAS Institution code: R51
  • UCAS Programme Code: W440

Applications are still open for this programme for 2017 entry. Whilst UCAS will categorise your application as ‘late’ you are still likely to be offered an interview.

The video below provides information on how to apply. You can also download a step by step guide.


International Applicants

Please e-mail

Course Fees

2017/2018 Course Fees

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 30 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.

Fees for 2017-18 are £186.40 per month for five months for each 20 credit module and £93.20 per month for five months for each 10 credit module. All fees can be paid over five months by Standing Order or credit card.

Fee totals:
20 credits = £932
10 credits = £466.
The full degree is 360 credits.

As a guide (using 17/18 fees), if you are looking at completing the degree in three years, it will currently cost you £5,592 per year (£16,776 in total) compared to £9000 per year (£27,000 in total) for a full-time degree.

Course content

Level 4:

  • Theatres at Work
  • Reading a Play
  • 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
  • American Theatre and Drama
  • Post-war British and Irish playwrights
  • The Director
  • The Actor and the Realist Tradition
  • Musical Theatre: The American Golden Age
  • Reflective Case Study
  • Beyond the Stage: Space and Place
  • Practising Theatre Criticism
  • 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
  • Elizabethan, Jacobean and Caroline Theatre
  • Criticising the Critics
  • The Director’s Story
  • Live and Performance Art
  • 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.

Please click here to download a copy of our e-brochure