Theatre and Performance Practice (Top-up) - BA (Hons)

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Why study this course?

This is a top-up version of our Theatre and Performance Practice BA (Hons) degree. A top-up degree is the final year (Level 6) of an undergraduate degree course and is for those who have a foundation degree, Higher National Diploma or equivalent qualification, or those wishing to study the final year of their degree in London.

This Theatre and Performance Practice (Top-up) BA is taught by active theatre practitioners and companies. You'll become a versatile artist with classes in acting, directing, movement, writing, dramaturgy, design, producing and theory. Our tutors have exceptional teaching experience and are committed to helping you reach your full potential.

More about this course

We believe in learning by doing, so you'll be making and presenting performances continuously. Every element of the course has been carefully designed to prepare you for working life. We teach professional conduct to help you meet the high standards expected by employers, you will also learn the skills required to set up your own projects and companies.

You could learn from practitioners working with the National Theatre, Royal Court, Cirque du Soleil, and other international companies. Our students have had numerous classes and talks with artists from Complicite, one of the country’s most celebrated theatre ensembles. Our course also has links with companies and festivals in cities across the world, including New York and Rome.

Assessment

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.

Fees and key information

Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code W442
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Entry requirements

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

  • 240 credits from a Higher National Diploma (HND), Foundation Degree (FdA/ FdSc) or equivalent international qualification in a relevant subject
  • 240 credits from years 1 and 2 of an undergraduate degree (BA/BSc) in a relevant subject at a different institution
  • a portfolio interview

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.

Portfolios and interviews

Your portfolio should be selective, but have enough work to show a range of your interests and talents. We are interested in seeing how you develop a project from beginning to end, not only finished work.

If you cannot bring certain pieces of your work to your portfolio interview, please take photographs and include them.

Physical portfolio

If you are coming in person to your interview we strongly suggest bringing a physical portfolio of work.

Things to bring:

  • Sketchbooks – we love to see your sketchbooks with ideas and notes, even if they are messy.
  • Examples of the development of a project from start to finish and the final outcome.
  • Some work that you are really proud of and want to talk about.
  • Some work that shows you experimenting with different processes.

Digital Portfolio

If you are submitting an online application, please follow these guidelines.

Things to include:

  • Scans or photographs demonstrating items from the list above.
  • Storyboarding for motion-based work.
  • Also include scans of sketchbook pages showing development.
  • Be sure to check the resolution and overall quality of your image to ensure submissions are not pixelated.

Modular structure

Example modules include:

  • Festival Showcase
  • Performance Research and Development
  • Theatre Arts Studio: Third Year
  • Collaborative Film Project
  • Independent Project

What our students say

“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, Theatre and Performance Practice graduate

"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."

Maimie McCoy, Theatre and Performance Practice graduate

After the course

The course focuses on helping you develop professional skills. We attempt to replicate industry environments and teaching staff maintain strong links with the industry. These links can be instrumental in securing internships and employment after graduation. 

As a graduate of the course 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.

Our graduates include award-winning practitioners who work in a range of capacities across theatre, film and television.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like 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 looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

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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