What you'll study
This course combines practical theatre-making skills with project design and implementation, understanding of cultural, social and creative context, writing proposals, fundraising, marketing and communications. Industry placements, case studies and ongoing input from professional practitioners and cultural activists play a major role in the course.
Why choose this course?
Learn from working experts and professionals
Ongoing sessions with cultural activists working in a range of arts, social, and other diverse non-traditional settings
Participate in an extended placement that gives you a practical and immersive experience in a working environment
Build a national and international network of industry contacts and change-makers
Acquire the essential skills required for design, making, implementation and evaluation of theatre and social change projects
Course content is regularly reviewed, to make it relevant and current. Course modules are therefore subject to change.
Focus is on your own identity as a theatre maker and learning the fundamentals of theatre-making as performers, producers and directors.
- Learning to make and research practice
- Essential arts management and production skills including finance, fundraising, grant writing, basic contract law, marketing and communications and digital and social media
- Understanding social and historical movements and high-level interaction with individuals and companies actively engaged with social change
- Visits to cultural organisations and social enterprises, meeting practitioners, and talks from a range of professionals working in the field of cultural activism
Concentration is on how can you make a contribution through an understanding of principles of project management as performer, maker or producer. Achieved through:
- Development of facilitation skills and case studies
- Professional inputs from individuals and companies working as cultural activists in the field
- Industry visits and placements within an Arts organisation or Major Festival / Cultural season (e.g. Arts Council England, Battersea Arts Centre, Coney, The Sick of the Fringe, Slunglow at The Holbeck)
- Working with cultural activists further developing your management, administrative and cultural leadership skills and exploring the range of skills required to fulfil the role of cultural activist (as performer, maker or producer) in a social change context
Focus is on your skills as a leader and you will develop a project in partnership with a cultural /social organisation with mentoring.
This will take the form of an articulated role in a social impact project in an organization or group.
Teaching and assessment methods
In your first year, you will complete around 380 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 80 hours of independent learning on projects, productions, placements or self-directed study. Assessment will be through: Performances; Coursework, presentations and portfolios; Continuous practical assessment
In your second year, you will complete around 380 hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and 80 hours of independent learning on projects, productions, placements or self-directed study. Assessment will be through: Performances; Coursework, presentations and portfolios; Continuous practical assessment
In your third year, you will complete around X hours of indicative scheduled learning and teaching activities and Y hours of independent learning on projects, productions, placements or self-directed study. Assessment will be through: Performances; Coursework, presentations and portfolios; Continuous practical assessment
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Your future career
This is a course for creative individuals committed to an innovative professional theatre practice – as performer, maker or producer – which aims to change lives and inspire change in communities from all backgrounds and walks of life. We aim to put you in front of and amongst the profession. This includes the opportunity to build a highly relevant network and work on real projects while you study.
Studying an Arts related subject gives you a wide range of skills that can be put to use in many careers. Our graduates will be ideally placed to go on to become:
- Theatre makers - performers, producers and directors
- Community arts project leaders
- Creative practitioners and leaders in Arts organisations
- Facilitators in the creative and cultural sector
- Festival and Event specialists and leaders
- Actors, entertainers, musicians and presenters
- Arts officers, producers and directors
- Teaching and other educational professionals
- Archivists and curators
- Authors and Writers
- Activists and cultural organisers
Meet the staff
Professor of Theatre & Performance, Programme Director for BA Theatre & Social Change
Brian Lobel is a performer, teacher and curator, who is interested in creating work about bodies and how they are watched, policed, poked, prodded and loved by others.Read their full profile
Dr Phoebe Patey-Ferguson
Phoebe Patey-Ferguson is an academic, artist and producer. Their research expertise is on international theatre festivals, rooted in the Sociology of Theatre and Performance. This work frequently intersects with their further research interests in live art, contemporary British theatre, and queer theory. Phoebe’s Doctoral thesis examined the history and practice of international theatre festivals in Britain, with particular focus on the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) and its social, political and economic context.Read their full profile
How to join
For 2022 entry, please apply via UCAS by the UCAS deadline on 26 January to guarantee audition or portfolio.
Institution code: 10005523
Course code: BATSC
64 UCAS points*
This is equivalent to two C’s at ‘A’ level or one Merit and two Passes at BTEC (QCF) National Diploma or equivalent.*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 audition/portfolio review.
For 2022 entry, there will be no fee for any initial audition submission. There will be fees for callbacks unless you are eligible for an exemption, which you can learn more about by clicking the links below.
Auditions Audition Fee Exemption
Please contact us at [email protected] for information on entry criteria if you are applying from outside the UK or require assistance
Mode of study
Course Fees (2021 Entry)
UK/Republic of Ireland students
Fee Exemption Criteria
- You audition as part of a progression agreement.
- Your household income is under £25,000 per year.
- You are in receipt of benefits including disability benefits: Universal Credit, PIP, DLA.
- You are Care Experienced (Care Leaver/in the care of your Local Authority).
- You have Caring Responsibilities (Young Carer/ Carer).
- You are irreconcilably Estranged with no contact with parents/family due to a relationship breakdown living independently without financial/emotional support from parents/family.
- You can offer other evidence of financial hardship.
- You are being auditioned overseas.
If you think you are eligible for the above fee waivers, our admissions team will be able to provide you with more details when you apply.
Please be aware that you may incur additional costs as part of the course; as an indication, this could include the following:
- Course-related travel £250/year (estimated)
- Stationery and printing: £60 per year
- Theatre tickets: £150-£175 at the beginning of each year