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Theatre BA

Course code

W440

W441 with placement

Start date

September

Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time

4 years full-time with placement

4-7 years part-time

Fees

2021/22

UK £9,250

International £16,335

Entry requirements

BBC (A-level)

DDM (BTEC)

29 (IB)

2020 changes

Click here to read about the changes we are making to our education delivery from September 2020, in response to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Overview

If you have a passion for theatre and would like to learn how to bring your ideas to life on stage, Brunel’s Theatre course will equip you with specialist skills in a range of performance genres while you grow your knowledge of theatre history and theory.

Blended learning is a feature of the course which includes a mix of theatre making practical classes together with theoretically focussed content to help inform your artistic choices.

Alongside developing your analytical and study skills, you’ll discover ways of expressing yourself and building your confidence along the way.

The course has compulsory modules and numerous optional modules that you can choose from within the Theatre degree. You can opt for a wide selection of modules on the main degree or focus your studies through a specialised degree pathway in Acting, Musical Theatre or Physical Theatre.

Please click below for more information on modules offered throughout the course for each pathway.

Theatre BA pathway module table

You will be supported by a personal tutor who is also your academic seminar tutor and you will be taught by staff who are cutting edge academics and industry specialists. You’ll learn in our Antonin Artaud Performance Centre which includes a main theatre and two studio theatres, in addition to a suite of rehearsal and recording studios.

As we’re close to central London, we regularly organise trips to see productions at places such as the Barbican, the National Theatre, the Royal Court, and Sadler’s Wells and participate in workshops with ground-breaking theatre companies all as part of your course.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

In the first year you will study a range of modules that help establish a groundwork from which to identify your interests. Then, in your second and third years you can select modules within the Theatre degree or specialised pathways of Acting, Musical Theatre or Physical Theatre.

By the end, you will have developed a body of work in both academic writing and creative practice that prepares you for career routes in the creative industries, the education sector or postgraduate destinations.

Please see below for more information on modules offered throughout the course for each pathway.

Theatre BA pathway module table

This course can be studied 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement or 4-7 years part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

The programme specification is in the process of being updated and may not be an accurate reflection of the programme.

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Careers and your future

A Theatre degree will help prepare you to become an adaptable, critically driven, creative player in an ever- shifting economic climate. We not only encourage our students to be versatile creative artists but critically thinking citizens who are resilient in the world of work.

There are options for a short or a year-long work placement to develop your professional profile while on the course. To find the industry placement that’s right for you, you will be supported throughout the process.

While some graduates go on to work in the creative industries such as actor Damson Idris (2013), deputy stage manager of Shakespeare’s Globe Alannagh Cook (2015) and Les Enfant Terribles’ Assistant Producer Fiona Porritt (2015), other graduates enter the marketing sector, the education or applied drama sector, and some students pursue opportunities in postgraduate study and training. The options are varied and exciting – we’re looking forward to supporting you on your journey. Click here to read about inspirational alumni students in Theatre.

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UK entry requirements

      • GCE A-level BBC
      • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM in any subject.
      • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in any subject, with an A-level at grade B.
      • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject, with A-levels grade BC.
      • International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points including 5 in Higher Level English. GCSE Mathematics SL 4 or HL 4.
      • Obtain a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3 and grade B in A level English subject.

    A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4. GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 is also normally required.

    Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 92 (min R18, L17, S20, W17) 

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2021/22 entry

UK

£9,250 full-time

£6,935 part-time

£1,385 placement year

International

£16,335 full-time

£12,250 part-time

£1,385 placement year

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

Fees for EU applicants- For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

The weekly Perspectives seminars led by your personal tutor are at the heart of your learning. Here’s where your critical thinking and writing skills will be nurtured and developed in a small group of eight to ten students.

The rest of your study time is spread across lectures, seminars, individual tutorials, workshops, practical classes, masterclasses, rehearsals, screenings and theatre visits.

You'll also have the opportunity to be in several performances. For example at the end of your first year, you can take part in the Ensemble Production module; a large scale, public-facing performance. In year 3, several modules finish with public-facing modules (e.g., Acting, Physical Theatre, Musical Theatre, and Digital), and if you choose a Final Project for your dissertation, you get to develop work in a format you desire to share with an audience as a conclusion to your studies.

If you choose to take the Theatre BA degree without a pathway, you will undertake a professional work experience placement lasting at least 70 hours (this is optional if on a degree pathway).

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

Instead of traditional written exams, you will be assessed through a variety of practical performances and projects, presentations, online reflective journals, as well as written essays, and in-class participation.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.