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Theatre Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Rose Bruford College 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 Theatre Studies 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?

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. 

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. 

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. 



"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

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 120 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Online Learning. Full time: 3 years. Part time flexible up to 10 years.

  • Credits
    360 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

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

You need the following IELTS score:

  • 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.

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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. 
  • The programme can be taken at a flexible pace of progression, thus spreading the cost and making this a truly viable option to full time study.

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

    2965 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2965 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • A 60 credit module is £2965 


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