Theatre and Italian, B.A.

Theatre and Italian, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #44 (QS) ,
The Theatre course will provide you with the skills to understand and perform through exploring critical and historical frameworks alongside practical workshops. There are opportunities to engage with professional theatre-makers, and also our archive - The Theatre Collection.


Bristol has an enviable record for its research both in Theatre Studies and in Italian culture.

You will also take units in Italian. Italian culture has had a lasting impact on Europe, Today Italy's innovative contributions to design, technology and fashion mean that it is a major global commercial force. Italy is both traditional and modern, a tension that is apparent throughout its history and culture. You will spend your third year abroad, extending your language skills and cultural knowledge.

On your return for your fourth year of study, you will have the chance to undertake an independent practical or written research project, or a work placement in the creative industries.

Why study Theatre at Bristol?

Theatre and Performance Studies at Bristol is characterised by the way we blend historical and theoretical study with practice-based investigations. You will encounter a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical workshops.

You will study historical contexts, consider critical perspectives and engage in practice-based activities, using our two in-house theatres for your presentations. You will also have access to our museum-accredited theatre archive and twenty-four hour rehearsal space. Facilities include the professionally equipped Wickham Theatre, sound and design studios, and a costume workshop.

The first year introduces histories, contexts, ways of analysing performance, and practical skills in theatre production. In the second and final years, optional units will deepen your expertise around particular performance contexts and practical skills in theatremaking.

The Department of Theatre has strong links with a wide range of arts organizations and theatre companies. In your final year, you can undertake an industrial placement within the creative industries.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in Italian
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First year
  • Performance Forms and Analysis
  • Production Skills for Performance 1
  • Production Skills for Performance 2
  • Criticism in the Arts
  • Italian Language
  • Units in contemporary Italian society and literature
  • Beginners: extra language work
  • Post A-level: project and optional unit
Second year
  • Performance Histories and/or Politics of Performance
  • Plus a choice of one (or two, depending on your choice above) from the following theatre units (indicative):
  • Popular Performance
  • Choreography and Dance Theatre
  • Devised Performance
  • Interpreting Plays
  • Performing the Archive
  • Contemporary Theatre
  • Melodrama
  • Italian Language
  • Two optional units in Italian (for example, Nineteenth-century Culture, Dante’s Inferno, Italian Cinema: Genre and Social Change, Italian Memories of the Second World War)
Third year

Year abroad

Fourth year
  • A choice of two from the above theatre units (see Second year)
  • Plus Independent Study through:
  • Performance
  • Extended essay
  • Placement in creative industry
  • Italian Language
  • Two optional units in Italian (for example, The Culture of Fascism, Naples: Culture, Identity and nation, Desire in medieval and Renaissance Culture, Institutions and Anti-Institutions in Italy in the 1960s and 1970s)


The course is suitable for those interested in the practice, history and theory of theatre and performance.

You should be able to demonstrate a commitment to the study of theatre and performance in an academic context, eg through extra-curricular reading. You will also be motivated and have evidence of achievement in performance and theatremaking, eg by participation in extra-curricular or community drama productions.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • 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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • 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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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAB including a modern language*
  • A-levels (including international A-levels): ABB including a modern language*
  • IB Diploma: 34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 5 in a modern language at Higher Level*
  • IB Diploma: 32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level with 5 in a modern language at Higher Level*
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
  • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit*
  • BTEC: DDD plus A-level grade B in a modern language*
  • SQA: SH: AAABB and AH: AB including a modern language*
  • Welsh Bacc: Requirements are as for A-levels where the lowest grade required in a non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core*
  • EB: 80% overall with 8 in a modern language*
  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: no specific subjects required.
  • Academic qualifications: *Italian can be studied from beginner level but all applicants should demonstrate a proven capacity for language learning, usually with a modern language A-level at grade B or above (or equivalent).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15800 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Bristol

  • 750 - 1260 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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