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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 to 7 years part-time

Fees

2019/20:

Distance Learning UK / EU:  £9,250

International:  £15,400

Entry requirements

BBB (A-level)

DDM (BTEC)

30 (IB)

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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 BA will equip you with specialist creative skills in a range of performance genres like physical, musical and digital theatre as you grow your knowledge of theatre history and theory.

Blended learning is a feature of the course which includes a mix of practical classes in acting, writing and ensemble production, together with more theoretically focussed content alongside your own private study.

Study theatre at Brunel and you’ll become part a rich community of creative students, artists and academics with a variety of opportunities to collaborate through acting, directing, playwriting and production.

You’ll learn in Brunel’s purpose-built Antonin Artaud Performance Centre (AA), which is rather like being in drama school with its main theatre, two studio spaces, rehearsal rooms and recording studios.

AA facilities regular host Arts@Artaud nights showcasing new music, film, creative writing and drama presented by Brunel students.

Off campus, Brunel’s easy access to central London helps to facilitate regular class trips to see West End productions as well as events at the Barbican, National Theatre and Royal Court.

Established links with the theatre industry means we regularly host talks from guest speakers and alumni which help towards your professional development and industry knowledge.

Additionally, the option of a work placement year is an unmissable opportunity to find out where your interests lie and to increase your attractiveness to future employers.

Brunel students have completed placements at a variety of arts and arts related organisations, including the Park Theatre in London, Rose Wisksteed Casting, The Vaults, Unicorn Theatre, Icarus Theatre Company, and the Grieg City Academy.

There are many uses for a love of theatre beyond acting, writing and directing. Drama skills are increasingly sought in variety of fields like arts administration, teaching, drama therapy, radio, speech writing and corporate training.

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Course content

Theatre BA at Brunel is an academic and practical course with the opportunity to specialise your studies in a choice of pathways: acting, directing, applied drama, digital performance, musical theatre or playwriting.

In your final year you will – through independent and collaborative work – be ready and able to produce a theatre or musical theatre performance, an applied drama project, full-length play, or written dissertation.

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers. Please see programme specification for the specific optional module combination choices that are available.

Please note
Year 3 compulsory modules are structured as follows:

Option 1 - DR3614 and DR3616
Option 2 - DR3608 and DR3616

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

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

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Careers and your future

Professional skills are embedded into the modules as you journey through the course.

Production budgeting, design for specific audiences, working in the community and strong CV writing all form part of your course in preparation for a career in the creative industries.

Students have undertaken work experience at places like The National Theatre, Plaines Plough, Akram Khan Dance Company, Les Enfants Terribles, China Plate, and a host of educational and community organisations.

Brunel Theatre BA lecturers have long-established links with many theatre venues and other businesses across the creative industries, and they’re always ready to help you find the right place to grow your specific interests.

While some graduates go on to work in the creative industries like actor and YouTube sensation, Michael Dapaah, Les Enfant Terribles’ Assistant Producer, Fiona Porritt, or West End performer Kayi Ushe, other graduates enter the Education or Applied Drama sector.

Others go on to pursue postgraduate study at places ranging from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama to Oxford.

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UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBB (all subjects considered).
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM in Art and Design, Creative Media Production, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Music and Music Technology, Performing Arts, Production Arts or Travel and Tourism.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in Art and Design, Creative Media Production, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Music and Music Technology, Performing Arts, Production Arts or Travel and Tourism, with an A-Level at grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject, with A-Levels grades BB.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3, with Merits in all units.

Applicants with relevant theatre experience may also be considered.

All applicants are required to attend a group audition workshop as part of the selection process before a formal offer is made.

A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including 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)

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

2019/20

Distance Learning UK / EU

£9,250 full-time

£5,203 part-time

£1,000 placement year

International

£15,400 full-time

£8,662 part-time

£1,000 placement year

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU 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.

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 be involved in performances, for example, final year students have staged a full adaptation of Les Misérables, and a physical theatre production about identity called Homing.

You will also undertake a professional work experience placement lasting at least 70 hours.

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.

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