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Theatre Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 72 months
Our long-established BA (Hons) Theatre Studies programme is delivered by Online Learning. 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.
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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 on-line 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. In addition to our full time route we aim to be flexible by offering a part-time study option a range of awards from HE certificate to full honours degree.

Why choose this course?

1. With over 20 years experience of delivering distance learning education Rose Bruford College is a world leader, offering awards in theatre, opera and education at both undergraduate and post-graduate level.    2. The College has an international reputation within the industry and a burgeoning profile in both practice-based and academic research.  Our graduate employment success, excellent student satisfaction scores and highly qualified staff are all recognised in our Gold Award in the Teaching Excellence Framework. 3. The Theatre Studies Online programme provides a dynamic and flexible programme of study and attracts a large cohort of learners from all around the world. Our virtual campus allows you to study independently as well as work with others in small groups online where you will be part of a vibrant community.  4. Many of our online students are drawn from the performing arts (actors, directors, designers), from the arts sector at large (arts managers and administrators) and from education (at all levels). We also cater to a broad group who are looking towards careers in the theatre industry, or who are seeking to move their existing careers in this direction; and also to those with a lifelong passion for theatre and performance, studying for their own interest and pleasure. 5. Whether you study full or part-time we strive to provide you with a comprehensive but flexible programme of study in theatre and performance equipping our graduates with a rigorous academic grounding in the practices, histories, contexts and methodologies of a very wide spectrum of theatre and performance-related subjects. 6. Our learning materials are crafted by experts and specially designed to create a balanced and coverage of subjects and skills.  They will provide you with both theoretical and practice-based perspectives as you study working theatres, practitioners, playwrights and directors alongside the canon of theatre studies at large.  7. You can build a route through your degree to focus on your own interests and preferences.  You will have a range of assessment modes which combine to equip you with essential and traditional academic practices alongside opportunities to create, present, perform, collaborate and research.

8. Alongside your academic work, you will develop valuable skills around professional behaviours, employability and entrepreneurship – fundamental to whatever career path you choose when you graduate. . 9. The programme encourages committed and pro-active learners to find their own unique pathway through a broad and varied curriculum. 10. The tutor team is made of subject specialists; both academic staff and industry professionals, whose experience covers the broad spectrum of the discipline.  Throughout your time with us you will receive expert tuition and ongoing study support.



"There is a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the subject team about the principles of effective pedagogy in an online programme. This has meant that the high quality materials generate deeply engaging student learning experiences away from the online environment, through effectively structured tasks." 

Dr Tom Maguire, External Examiner, 2018.


Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    There are two entry points a year: September and January.  Applications must be received a calendar month before the start date.

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      This course is offered both part-time (up to 10 years) and full-time (3 years).  Students can move between modes to suit their needs.

  • Credits
    360 ECTS

    The course offers a range of exit points:

    Higher Education Certificate in Theatre Studies (120 credits)

    Higher Education Diploma (240 credits)

    Bachelors Degree (300 credits)

    Bachelors Degree with Honours (360 credits)

    Students can study part-time or full-time to suit their needs

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request, Proactive tutoring and support
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theatres at Work
  • The Craft of Play Making
  • Elements of the Performance
  • Ways of Talking about Theatre: The Critical Audience
  • Shakespeare
  • Naturalism
  • The Playwright
  • The Director
  • The Actor and the Realist Tradition
  • Musical Theatre: The American Golden Age
  • Beyond the Stage: Space and Place & Live Artists at Work
  • Topics in Contemporary Theatre
  • Brecht and the Epic Tradition in German Theatre
  • Shakespeare in Performance
  • Theatre of the Absurd
  • The Empire Acts Back
  • Theatre Criticism
  • Ancient Greek Tragedy: History and Reception
  • Independent Research Project (for BA Honours Degree)


First degree applicants 

Teachers / Teaching assistants

Theatre professionals

Theatre enthusiasts

those seeking a career in theatre and performance practice.

The course benefits students from all age groups and has an international reach.

See our website for details of graduate destinations and careers.


Jayne Richards, SFSEDA, FHEA, CeLP (ALDinHE), ALT.

Online Curriculum Development Manager

Tutor Team

  • Dr Karen Morash, Lead Academic Tutor
  • Dr Walter Anderson
  • Dr Philippa Burt
  • Dr Christos Callow, Jr
  • David Chadderton
  • Dr Stephe Harrop
  • Professor Michael Walling

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Full time route: 96 UCAS credits. Part time route: We give consideration to applicants with non standard entry qualifications and all cases will be dealt with individually. 

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • National

    5940 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5940 GBP per year and a duration of 72 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Fees are charged per module.  A 20 credit module is £990 (2019/20)


UK students can apply for student loans.

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