What you'll study
The programme is designed to meet our global cohort’s wide-ranging needs: we cater to those who intend to pursue a professional career in the creative industries or enhance their existing professional standing and those seeking to extend their knowledge and develop their appreciation of theatre and performance.
Whether you study full or part-time, we strive to provide you with a comprehensive but flexible programme of study in theatre and performance, equipping our graduates with a rigorous academic grounding in the practices, histories, contexts and methodologies of a vast spectrum of theatre and performance-related subjects.
Why choose this course?
Choose your own pathway
Build your own route through your degree to focus on your own interests and preferences
Expert teaching from academic staff and industry professionals, whose experience covers the broad spectrum of the discipline
Alongside your academic work, you will develop valuable skills around professional behaviours, employability and entrepreneurship – fundamental to whatever career path you choose when you graduate
International Learning Community
Our Virtual Learning Environment allows you to study independently as well as work with others in small groups online, where you will be part of a vibrant community
Course content is regularly reviewed, to make it relevant and current. Course modules are therefore subject to change.
Level 4: (120 credits) Obligatory (up to 3 years)
- Theatres at Work (40 credits)
- The Craft of Playmaking & The Critical Audience (40 credits)
- Elements of Performance (40 credits)
Level 5: 120 credits (up to three years)
Naturalism (20 credits)
Shakespeare (20 credits)
Then select two further 40 credit strands from the following electives:
- The Playwright (40 credits)
- The Director (40 credits)
- The Actor (40 credits)
- Beyond the Stage: Space and Place, & Live Artists at Work (40 credits)
- Musical Theatre (40 credits)
Level 6 120 credits (up to three years)
- Topics in Contemporary Theatre (20 credits)
Obligatory for Honours:
- Independent Research Project (60 credits)
Then select 40 credits from the following electives:
- Shakespeare in Performance (20 credits)
- Theatre Criticism (20 credits)
- Theatre of the Absurd (20 credits)
- Brecht and the Epic Tradition (40 credits)
- Ancient Greek Theatre: Histories and Practices (40 credits)
- The Empire Acts Back (40 credits)
Teaching and assessment methods
Each module is divided into three units. A unit might include notes, tasks, documents, recordings and images – all of which are designed to guide you through the topic in an active way.
You will keep a Coursework Portfolio and Reflective Journal which you will share with your tutors online. Regular monthly webinars will also form part of your study routine and will provide you with opportunities to actively engage with other students.
You will have a range of assessment modes that combine to equip you with essential and traditional academic practices alongside opportunities to create, present, perform, collaborate and research.
Your future career
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.
Actor, Writer and Producer of Buzzing
Co-Owner and Co-Artistic Director of the Alloway Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts in Ayr, Scotland
Artistic Director at Notnow Collective
Theatre Manager, West Lindsey District Council
Actor and Freelance Theatre Practitioner
Studying an Arts related subject provides our students with a wide range of skills. Recent graduates have progressed into the following occupations:
- Writers, producers and directors
- Teaching and other educational professionals
- Actors, entertainers and presenters
- Theatre designers
- Theatre managers
Meet the staff
Curriculum Manager for Online Learning and Teaching
Jayne Richards trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and studied education and phonetics (IPA) with the University of London. On completing her MA in Theatre and Performance Studies (Manchester), she went on to PhD research into Performance Practice (Middlesex University).Read their full profile
Lead Academic Tutor of Theatre Studies Online
Karen Morash is the Lead Academic Tutor for the online BA Theatre Studies at Rose Bruford College. She completed a PhD at Goldsmiths (where she also lectured), focusing on the role of the playwright within the collaborative devising process.Read their full profile
How to Apply
Full time: 96 UCAS credits
Part time: we give consideration to applicants with non-standard entry requirements.*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. Application Form Audition Fee Exemption
3 years - 10 years
Mode of study
Full time or Part-time
Jan 2022 - Sep 2022
Course Fees (2021 Entry)
UK/Republic of Ireland & International students (full time 120 credits)
UK/Republic of Ireland & International students (part time, per 20 credits)
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.
You should be aware that you may incur additional costs as part of this programme, which could include the following approximate estimations:
- Course-related travel £250/year (estimated)
- Stationery and printing: £60 per year
- Theatre tickets: £150-£175 at the beginning of each year
How to apply
Download the Theatre Studies Online application form below by hitting the apply button.
The application form is an editable PDF so you may need to download an Adobe reader on your device. You can then open the form via the reader and complete the form electronically.
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Email your completed form to [email protected]
Our Admissions Team will send an acknowledgement of receiving your application within two working days of receipt.
If you have any questions about your application please contact us at [email protected].