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Performance Arts, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
London, United Kingdom
This Performance Arts course at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama fosters independent and collaborative creative practice and is aimed at aspiring practitioners who want to develop new and challenging performance forms, rooted in a rigorous engagement with the skills, theories and histories of theatre, dramaturgy, performance, and live art.
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Studying on the Performance Arts course, you will: 

  • Experiment, explore and create new forms of performance  
  • Develop critical skills to investigate, theorise and make new performance  
  • Produce work in professional environments
  • Undertake projects with national and international arts organisations and practitioners 

Your creative identity 

The Performance Arts course at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is tailored towards the development of your artistic identity through both theoretical analysis and practical experimentation. You will undertake different processes that will challenge and develop your ways of working.

The course brings together the theoretical foundations of Performance and Theatre Studies, and focuses on developing skills across creative disciplines of contemporary performance and related arts practices. These may include areas as diverse as critical and creative writing, live art and body-based work, site-specific performance and performance photography, as well as an engagement with scenography, and textual and visual dramaturgy.

Your role as a producer 

In the context of your development as a performance maker, you will be trained in the role of producer, acquiring skills in programming, marketing, finance, fundraising and administration to ensure that you are ready to create your own work and help others to produce their performances.  

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Graduate Study 
  • Introduction to Graduate Studies 
  • Performance Theory 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

  • Our standard academic entry requirements range between 120 and 64 UCAS tariff points. 
  • Please note that we make lower offers (including unconditional) to exceptional candidates and those who have alternative or prior experience to offer. All candidates invited to interview are asked to bring a portfolio. Interview and portfolio are key factors in determining which applicants are accepted on to the course.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20819 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20819 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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