Our Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) programme will train you to be an industry professional with the ability to work across different areas of theatre and the performing arts. You’ll be immersed in a range of creative disciplines, including performing, directing, writing, dramaturgy and technical areas of theatre.
Our teaching team is composed of industry professionals and the programme includes regular sessions with innovative guests who will share their expertise with you. This will allow you to make valuable contacts and learn from the experiences of some of the most exciting theatre-makers the city has to offer. You’ll also have many opportunities to showcase your work and create original performances.
In the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of all 2017 graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.
This course received a 100% overall student satisfaction rate in the 2019 National Student Survey.
Looking for a course that'll prepare you for life as a leader in theatre and the performing arts? Our Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) does just that. We emphasise learning by doing, which means you’ll not only gain comprehensive knowledge of theatre production from conception to performance, but also create and showcase your own performances.
We will work with you to create original performances from your very first year, with a number of opportunities to share your work. By Year 3, once you have gained enough knowledge, skills and confidence, you’ll create and perform an original piece that you have made at one of London’s arts institutions or theatres. This will involve a group project, where you write, direct, perform and even market your own show – equipping you with practical experience of creating theatre from all aspects.
Although the programme includes significant training in acting, the goal is to provide you with knowledge of all major areas of the industry, from writing and directing to design and stage management. The performance-specific classes include subjects such as acting, voice, movement, ideas in theatre and much more. This holistic approach is designed to help you to find yourself as an artist.
The course is taught by active theatre practitioners who bring their industry experience to the classroom. Your lecturers come from varied and specialised backgrounds in theatre and performance, including artists who have worked in London’s West End, including Tate Modern, Royal National Theatre and Roundhouse and many other venues around the world. Their diverse experience and approaches to performance will empower you to examine the way you think about performance and help you find your own artistic direction.
In addition to the University's own teaching staff you’ll also learn from practitioners based at a number of different companies. In previous years our students have learned from practitioners from the National Theatre, Royal Court, Cirque du Soleil and other international companies. They've also had numerous classes and talks with artists from Complicité – one of the country’s most celebrated theatre ensembles.
Over the years we have built a strong community of staff and students, allowing for seamless collaboration with your peers. We have a diverse range of students on the course who offer differing artistic perspectives and enable exploration of different themes and ideas. You’ll also be involved in decision-making about the course programme and become an active participant in your lessons.
The University has excellent refurbished studio facilities.
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 considered throughout assessment.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
You will be required to attend an interview workshop day as part of the application process.
If you don't have traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing our Film and Television Production (including foundation year) BA (Hons) or Film and Television Studies (including foundation year) BA (Hons).
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2020/21 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
Year 1 modules may include:
Year 2 modules may include:
Year 3 modules may include:
“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.”
Graduate and actress Maimie McCoy about her experience on our former performing arts course:
"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, arts administration or marketing.
Much of the course replicates working industry environments, which strengthens 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 for self-management in the arts.
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.
You may be asked to pay for a Disclosure and Barring Service check in your third year.
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Reader in Art and Performance at the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design.
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