What will you study on the BA Theatre Arts?
Our programme is distinguished by the exit award options. You can leave with any of the following awards by choosing your specialism in your third year:
- BA Hons Theatre Arts
- BA Hons Theatre Arts (Performance)
- BA Hons Theatre Arts (Theatre Directing)
- BA Hons Theatre Arts (Design & Technical Theatre)
- BA Hons Theatre Arts (Solo Performance)
From your first year, you’ll be working as part of a student company to train, explore and make work together, developing your creative and critical skills through workshops, seminars and lectures. During the second term, your company focuses on the realisation of a fully-staged tutor-led performance. Recent course content has included the work of Konstantin Stanislavsky, Sarah Kane, Howard Barker, Debbie Tucker Green, Anton Chekov, Bertolt Brecht, Georg Büchner, Complicite, Kneehigh and Frantic Assembly. You will also work intensively with a visiting professional company on a devised project.
You’ll explore collaborative theatre making to challenge and interrogate established theatrical forms. As part of a new student company you will create your own interpretation of a text informed by a range of international 20th Century practitioners. Recent course content has included Antonin Artaud, Augusto Boal, Samuel Beckett, Athol Fugard, Robert Lepage, Caryl Churchill, Pina Bausch, Jacques Lecoq, Es Devlin, Robert Wilson, Katie Mitchell and Anne Bogart. You will also have the opportunity to choose modules that develop your specific interests in acting/performance, design, technical theatre and directing.
You will pitch and produce an original piece of theatre, experimenting with contemporary forms to explore what theatre is and can be. Recent work has featured interactive and immersive theatre, multi-media projects and site-specific performance. Alongside your optional modules, this module consolidates your skills as an independent learner and theatre-maker, while focusing on your personal development and planning your graduate career pathway. Recent course content focuses on contemporary performance practices and has included Cirque du Soleil, Forced Entertainment, Blast Theory, Punchdrunk, Clean Break, Wooster Group, Marina Abramovic, Bobby Baker, Station House Opera, Eugenio Barba, Shunt, dreamthinkspeak.