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.
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.
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 one of the following:
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.
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.
If you are coming in person to your interview we strongly suggest bringing a physical portfolio of work.
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If you are submitting an online application, please follow these guidelines.
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The modules listed below are for the academic year 2019/20 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 3 modules include:
The Festival Showcase represents the student’s final piece of practical work, the equivalent of a dissertation, and will be a culmination of all the work undertaken on the course or through prior experience. It consists of a programme of short theatre, performance, and multimedia productions, which will be presented to a public audience in a professional context. It is designed to allow students to develop their chosen specialisms, both within creative and production roles.
The module will enable students to apply creative and production skills, and knowledge learned on the course, to complete a professional level work. It will utilise the ability to work both collaboratively and independently within a self-managed ‘festival’ setting and provide the opportunity for students to develop professional skills fostering their potential employability.
The module includes the following areas of work-related learning:
- creating and presenting original performances to an external audience;
- marketing, including the professional use of social media;
- box office and audience management;
- logistics of setting up a company;
- pitching work to producers and programmers;
- writing an agenda and keeping minutes of meetings;
- creating a timetable.
Performance Research & Development is a module designed to complement SM6P10 Festival Showcase. It enables students to undertake intensive research and development (R&D) projects leading to the sharing of two consecutive works-in-progress: draft performances presented for feedback to an invited audience. The notion of R&D is a vital aspect of the professional industry, increasingly required by funding bodies and an integral part of producing venues’ programmes. Students will work collaboratively, to tight deadlines, in accordance with the creative guidelines provided by the tutor. This will develop their ability to create rapidly within given briefs, encompassing such approaches as adapting existing dramatic texts and devising new material from stimuli. Students will engage self- and peer-evaluation skills throughout the module.
This is a practice-based module that provides students with the key techniques and creative skills required for different professional pathways in the performing arts. Students will develop their understanding of industry specialisms such as:
• creating installations and site-responsive work;
• workshop leadership.
Students will undertake a combination of workshops, exercises and presentations to advance their knowledge of different areas of the performing arts from the particular perspective of an identified professional role or practice. Students will also develop the qualities required to realise group projects and/or successfully to complete independent creative tasks, drawing from theoretical and historical awareness to create their own original work and/or learn how to nurture others through different creative processes. A selection of these specialisms will be offered each year providing the opportunity to work alongside each other and collaborate on a variety of studio based activities and projects.
This is a 30 credit module that runs over a period of 15 weeks. Building on the skills and awarenesses developed through previous education and experience, this core module will join students from both strands and create an opportunity for an intensive collaboration. The work will be centred in the creation of a film project that tackles social issues within a local or global community.
Students will explore collaborative strategies across disciplines, centred in a film-based project and develop areas of interest and specialism within group collaborations; exploring creative ways in which to address local or global issues through the medium of film and collaborative practice.
This module allows students to explore in depth a theory, theory and practice or practice topic of their own choice, arising out of previous experience or their study at levels 4 and 5 (subject to supervisor approval). Their individual study is facilitated by a tutor assigned to the project according to subject specialism.
This module is mainly self-managed by the student with facilitation by a specialist in the chosen subject. Students’ individual work is supported by regular consultation and feedback from their tutor and peer-led workshops.
The project incorporates both formative and summative assessment. Students will present their project plan orally in a subject specific workshop and in written form to their project supervisor. The summative assessment consists of the actual project, either a written project or a film and/or performance project with outline, treatment and theoretical statement.
“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
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.
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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Theatre and Performance graduate Ashleigh Owen's comedy cabaret 'Hip Hip I'm Gay!' opens at the New Wimbledon Theatre on 21 June before embarking on a national tour.
15-18 May 2019
A feast of Theatre and Performance graduation work at the CassTheatre Arts Festival 2019
8th-13th April 2019
Cass PhD student Chiara D'Anna presents one woman show at Tristan Bates Theatre.
Students put on unique performance at Hackney's social club for the over 60s
Cass student works with lecturer at British Council festival of science and creativity in Hong Kong.
11-16 December 2018
Cass lecturer Jacek Ludwig Scarso leads participatory experience at Tate Modern reflecting on the meaning of waiting.
13th December, 5pm-8pm
Festive fine art open studio at Aldgate Bauhaus promises a feast of student creativity
The exhibition, made up of live art and multimedia installations, takes place at the Atrium Gallery in Goulston Street
Theatre Arts students were treated to a private viewing of 'Games', the latest play by Henry Naylor
4 and 5 December 2018
Exhibition of live art and digital installations will see twelve young artists reimagine The Cass Atrium as a metaphorical waiting room.
27 November 6pm
Public panel event as part of Making a Living Week explores what – and how – we create for children.
28th November 6pm
In conversation event with the Artistic Director of the Barbican, as part of Making a Living Week at The Cass
15 and 17 November
Cass PhD student Chiara D'Anna presents one woman show at Cockpit Theatre.
Dr Jacek Scarso creates new work inspired by Ikebana, the ancient Japanese tradition of flower arrangement.