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Theatre and Performance Practice - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Learn by doing on this exciting practical theatre-making course. You’ll build performance skills, study how theatre is influenced and shaped by society and culture, and gain insight into how theatre can be an agent of change. In your final year you’ll be able to choose a career-focused specialism. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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Benefit from teaching by active theatre practitioners, build links with internationally renowned theatre companies and learn in excellent facilities that include three fully rigged studio spaces with sprung floors.

This is a degree that is committed to learning through practice with a focus on acting and performing. You’ll hone these skills through technique classes and practical projects and will engage with theory to give you a full-circle understanding of the field.

In your final year you'll be encouraged to specialise in an area such as performing, directing, writing, dramaturgy, design, producing or business practice. This will help you develop into an employable, entrepreneurial theatre and performance practitioner.

You’ll also be able to draw upon our links to theatre companies, which currently include Frantic Assembly, Complicite, Graeae, Clean Break, Goat and Monkey, Project Phakama, Dawn State, Superbolt, Playing On and Elastic Theatre. We also have international links with universities and drama schools in Italy, Poland, Croatia and France. These connections can help you gain internships or placements, boosting your career prospects after graduation.

The course has a Facebook page with news and events from alumni, students and staff.


There are no exams during this course. Assessment is conducted via a combination of workshops, performances, productions, discussions, presentations, journals/portfolios and essays.

Self-assessment and reflection are key factors in the process of learning and are therefore considered throughout assessment.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum grade C in three A levels or minimum grades BC in at least two A levels in academic subjects (or a minimum of 96 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

Students are required to attend an interview workshop day as part of the application process.

Mature students with previous relevant experience are encouraged to apply.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.


If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits. 

Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:

  • Performance Skills
  • Devising
  • Objects and Theatre
  • Identity and Performance

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:

  • Excavating the Text
  • Performing the Text
  • Society in Performance
  • Installation and Site (option)
  • Directing 1 (option)
  • Marketing the Arts (option)
  • Dramaturgy (option)

Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:

  • Production: Practice and Performance
  • Production: Research and Realisation
  • Engagement and Participation
  • Movement for Theatre (option)
  • Directing 2 (option)
  • Business Practice for the Arts (option)
  • Writing for Theatre and Performance (option)

Read more about the modules from our course specification.

“At the heart of the course were its staff. They were professionals who brought their industry specialisms to the classroom, but were also mentors who nurtured and guided us, allowing individuality and creativity to flourish... It was informing, challenging, inspiring, and always brilliantly fun.” Tanya Roberts, former student. 

There is a focus on helping you develop professional skills throughout the course. As a graduate, you could find yourself working in many exciting areas of theatre, including acting, directing, producing, community performance or theatre in education, theatre-making, arts policy making and arts administration or marketing.

Much of the course replicates working industry environments that strengthen the careers education element of the course. Staff maintain strong links with the industry, and use these to help students to access opportunities for internships and employment during and after the course. Modules in creative and cultural industries, and business and marketing will give you the opportunity to learn the skills appropriate to self management in the arts.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things such as equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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