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BA (Hons) Theatre Arts

University of Derby
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
On campus
Derby
21 September 2021
University of Derby

Program description

BA (Hons) Theatre Arts

Derby Theatre will be your ‘home’, offering you valuable industry experience and contacts. This course is unique, no other university level course is housed in a producing theatre. You will be at the centre of this professional environment developing skills in acting, devising and directing for your career as a professional theatre artist.

Why choose this course?
Delivered as part of Derby Theatre, the Learning Theatre initiative funded by Arts Council England, this is an innovative degree. Throughout, you’ll engage with the theatre’s professional programme, gaining valuable industry experience and making influential contacts as you learn.

Is this course for you?
It’s the ideal way to immerse yourself in major performance projects, new theatre making, contemporary play texts and the movements and practices which have shaped 21st century theatre. You’ll have the chance to showcase your talent in performances regionally, nationally and internationally.

Opportunities and experiences
Public performances are the bedrock of this course, so you’ll present your work in main-house and studio theatre spaces, community venues, schools and art centres. You could also innovate and experiment within your own student-led theatre company, with full professional technical support and mentoring.

#ThisIsDerby award winning project
Derby Theatre has won the Excellence in Arts Education Award at the UK Theatre Awards in 2019 and the Guardian University Award 2020 for Social and Community Impact in recognition and celebration of the #ThisIsDerby project. Delivered by Derby Theatre and other cultural and sports organisations in the city, including Derby County Community Trust, Cultural Campus: Derby's Cultural Education Partnership and the City's Sports Forum, the project provides opportunities for young people to take part in high-quality arts, sports and cultural activities across the city and aims to develop their essential life skills. 

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Admission requirements

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther informationUCAS TariffA levelPearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)Access to HE DiplomaGCSE/National 4/National 5112 pointsYour offer will be based on your predicted grades from your core A2s (full A levels), BTEC Diploma etc. We will accept up to 16 points towards the total from level 3 qualifications such as AS (where those AS levels are not taken on to A2 level), the Extended Project, or Music qualifications.  We usually consider an A Level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria / offer.BBCDMMD: 15 credits
M: 24 credits
P: 6 creditsPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits with 45 at Level 3GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification

Additional entry requirements

Interview/audition 

English language requirements

IELTS overall score at a minimum of 6.0; with at least IELTS 5.5 in each band (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) or another Secure English Language Test(SELT) at CEFR level B2 or above


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Program content

What you will study

You'll study modules such as:

Stage one

  • Spotlight on: Industry
  • Performance Skills
  • Writing in Action
  • Critical Dialogues
  • Theatre Lab 

Stage two

  • Theatre Making
  • Spotlight on: Research and Professional Practice
  • Applied Theatre Practice
  • Performing Practice 

Stage three

  • Directors and Directing
  • Research Project
  • Spotlight on: Employability 
  • Independent Production

Program delivery

How you will learn

This Theatre Arts programme involves a combination of practice-led, studio-based exercises and lecture or seminar activity. There will be major performance projects, study of devising strategies, case studies and analysis of movements and practices in the 20th and 21st centuries. You will learn through workshop presentations, rehearsal strategies, directing and dramaturgy, new theatre writing and contemporary performance practices. The work will be underpinned by research, academic criticism and the professional production programme of Derby Theatre. You will carry out coursework that will be subject to academic criticism both written and practical. 

Teaching is through a combination of practice-led, studio-based exercises, workshops, performances and lecture or seminar activity. You will learn from expert lecturers who are also practising artists, as well as from theatre professionals based at Derby Theatre and visiting companies and lecturers. There will also be the opportunity to take part in masterclass residencies and engage in a variety of field trips.  You will have the opportunity to learn by working within your own student-led theatre company with full professional technical support and mentoring. The work will be underpinned by the professional production programme of Derby Theatre. 

Assessment is through a range of methods including written coursework, presentations, creative portfolios, assessed rehearsals, practical workshops and public performance. 

Tuition fees

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands£9,250Year 1EU£14,045Year 1International£14,045Year 1England£9,250Year 1Northern Ireland£9,250Year 1Scotland£9,250Year 1Wales£9,250Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Career opportunities

Careers and employability
Students from this discipline area regularly go on to successful careers in film, television and theatre industries for example as actors, directors, theatre crew, teachers, artistic directors of their own theatre companies and other arts professionals.

Alternatively, many students go on to postgraduate study and employment in a wide variety of professions like Kira who secured a marketing role at Derby Theatre and Andy who started his own theatre company. 

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University of Derby

Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB Derby
UK

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