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Theatre and Performance Practice - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Learn by doing on this exciting practical theatre course. You’ll build skills in performing, directing, writing, dramaturgy and technical areas of theatre. You will have sessions with industry professionals, making valuable contacts and learning from their expertise. You will also have numerous opportunities to create original performances.

In the 2015-16 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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This practice-based program is taught by active theatre practitioners and companies.  Our tutors have exceptional teaching experience and are committed to helping students reach their fullest potential. We proudly welcome students from across the UK and around the world.

Students are trained to be versatile artists with classes in acting, directing, movement, writing, dramaturgy, design, producing, and theory. Our graduates include award-winning practitioners who work in a range of capacities across theatre, film, and television.

We believe in learning by doing, so our students continuously make and present performances. We have a rich calendar of professional workshops, talks by practitioners, performance visits, industry collaborations, and placements to help you get the most out of your time.

Every element of the program has been carefully designed to prepare you for working life. We teach professional conduct to help you meet the high standards expected by employers and you will also learn the skills required to set up your own projects and companies.

Our students enjoy use of the University’s excellent facilities and studios, and make professional connections throughout their education. So far this year, they have learned from practitioners with the National Theatre, Royal Court, Cirque du Soleil, and other international companies. They've also had numerous classes and talks with artists from Complicite, one of the country’s most celebrated theatre ensembles.

Our program has links with companies and festivals in cities across the world, including New York and Rome, and students often have the option to travel to help enhance their learning.

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 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent)

If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Film, Photography and Media Extended Degree.

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.


Modules for this course are to be confirmed. Please check back at a later date or call our course enquiries team on +44 (0)20 7133 4200 for details.

“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. 

Graduate and actress Maimie McCoy of our former performing arts course had this to say about her experience:

"A huge amount of our performances were site specific, which meant we could be more imaginative with our staging. My final third year project was staged in the courtyard. I think we probably had the best teachers in the country who specialised in this approach to theatre and dance. They were hugely encouraging of everyone’s experience and opinions and determined for us to shatter the way we thought about performance, especially as most of us had come from a more traditional background."

Read more on Maimie's profile page.

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.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations 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 2018. 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.

Students may be asked to pay for a Disclosure and Barring Service check in their third year.

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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.

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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