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

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


3 years

Term Start

September 2021 or January 2022

Entry Requirements

Full time route: 96 UCAS credits*.

* We offer places based upon your future potential. We may offer you a place based on lower UCAS points than shown here, or an offer that is not linked to UCAS points, if we have evidence of your potential from your application or interview/audition.

If you have any queries about this please email Dr Karen Morash

Mode of Study: Online Learning. Full time: 3 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.

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 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.

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. We also offer a flexible part time route.

How to Apply

Please click here to apply

2020/2021 Fees
This 3-year full time online learning degree will cost £6,120 per year compared to £9,250 per year for taught full-time degrees.
120 credits = £6120

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.

We champion diversity because a rich mix of people makes Rose Bruford College a more productive and creative place to study and work; and we champion equality because it is the right thing to do.