About this course

  • Duration: 3 years
  • Term Start: September 2019
  • Entry Requirements: Full-time route: 96 UCAS credits.
  • Recognising Prior Learning: The College understands that learning may take place in different settings and that you may want to use the skills and knowledge you have gained elsewhere to count towards your learning with us. To support this, we have a detailed policy and procedure to guide and help you if you wish to ask for prior learning to be taken into account.
  • Mode of Study: Online Learning. Full time: 3 years.

Our long-established BA (Hons) Theatre Studies programme is delivered by Online Learning and provides an ideal way to study for your degree from wherever you are in the world. Our current cohort comprises a truly global community of theatre professionals, school-leavers, teachers and theatre enthusiasts who all enjoy the benefits of being able to balance their studies alongside their work and family commitments.

Rose Bruford College offers the only full degree programme in the UK for those who wish to study theatre and performance by online learning and there is no comparable online course elsewhere in the world. The degree is taught via our online campus and is intended for anyone wanting to develop a thorough knowledge of the arts and practices of theatre and performance in their widest contexts and from early beginnings to modern performance.


Why choose this course?

  • New full-time route starting from September 2018
  • Our Virtual Learning Environment gives you access to a wealth of learning resources and a comprehensive choice of modules focussing on theatre-making as a practice.
  • You will join an online community of enthusiasts, theatre professionals, teachers and returning learners and will be guided by expert practitioner-academics.

Employability & Industry

Our graduates have gone on to work across a range of theatre-related roles and in education. Some continue on to further study on postgraduate programmes at the College and elsewhere.

Alumni Success

  • Martin Christie, Co-Artistic Director of Alloway Academy
  • Atlanta Duffy, Theatre Designer, The Brokenville Project, National Theatre
  • Jamie Eastlake, Joint Artistic Director, Theatre N16
  • Tina Hoffman, Actor, Choreographer, Director
  • Craig Sanders, Director of Buxton Opera House

"My studies are of course valuable to my career in teaching Theatre Studies. I have used work from my units to enrich KS5 students too." Gill Garrard, Drama Teacher

Graduate Occupations

Studying an Arts related subject provides our students with a wide range of skills. Recent graduates have progressed into the following occupations:

  • Arts officers producers and directors
  • Secondary education teaching professionals
  • Teaching and other educational professionals
  • Actors, entertainers and presenters
  • Managers and directors in retail
  • Information technology and telecommunications professionals
  • Research and development managers
  • Further education teaching professionals
  • Quality control and planning professionals
  • Quality assurance technicians
  • Set designers
  • Financial and accounting technicians
  • Marketing associate professionals
  • Sales accounts and business development managers
  • Vocational and industrial trainers and instructors
  • Inspectors of standards and regulations
  • Book-keepers, payroll managers and wages clerks
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Pharmacy and other dispensing assistants

Fee Information

This 3-year full time online learning degree will cost £5,930 per year compared to £9250 per year for taught full-time degrees.

2019/2020 Fee Totals:

  • 60 credits = £2965
  • 40 credits = £1980
  • 20 credits = £990
  • 10 credits = £495

The full degree is 360 credits.

Course content

Level 4:

  • Theatres at Work
  • Reading a Play
  • Elements of the Performance
  • Ways of Talking about Theatre: The Critical Audience

Level 5:

  • Shakespeare
  • Naturalism
  • British and American playwrights
  • The Director
  • The Actor and the Realist Tradition
  • Musical Theatre: The American Golden Age
  • Beyond the Stage: Space and Place / Live Artists at Work

Level 6:

  • Topics in Contemporary Theatre
  • Brecht and the Epic Tradition in German Theatre
  • Shakespeare in Performance
  • Theatre of the Absurd
  • The Empire Acts Back
  • Criticising the Critics
  • Ancient Greek Tragedy: History and Reception
  • Independent Research Project (for BA Honours Degree)

"What I particularly valued was being able to apply my own knowledge and experience gained through my work as a theatre designer to the ideas, issues and assignments that arose throughout my degree. At the same time, my own knowledge and confidence were of course greatly enriched by the process of learning, getting to grips with, and thinking about completely new ideas." A.D. (Graduate) Theatre Designer

Program taught in:
  • English

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