Theatre Degrees

BA (Hons) Theatre Arts

The BA (Hons) Theatre Arts programme is a vibrant and exciting course taught by a team of lecturer/researcher/practitioners all with expertise in a wide variety of specialist areas. Over your three years of study you will encounter a range of practices from acting, directing, lighting, applied drama, script writing, as well as back stage and promotional/administrative work in theatre production. This will enable you to develop your area of interest through your studies within the wider programme, and equip you with a range of skills to develop as you move into further studies beyond the degree, and into professional practice.

Partnership is a key word in the Theatre Arts department. We are housed at Derby Theatre, and enjoy the benefits of working and studying within a professional theatre environment. Our students report the great benefits of sharing a building with professional artists, and the opportunities this has for work-based learning placements. This year our students have enjoyed workshops with Gecko Theatre Company, Philip Hedley, The Writers Guild of Great Britain; and  worked with many more artists and companies. They have also enjoyed performing in both the studio and the main stage. Students have produced many innovative and valuable projects which have been enjoyed and appreciated by the wider community.

One of our most successful projects has been the development of our own graduate theatre company, Uncontained Arts. This year Uncontained Arts has, among many other initiatives,  undertaken a successful National Tour, mentored undergraduate projects involving music, technical theatre and photography students and provided opportunity for many of our students to be involved in productions and workshops. You can find out more about the company by looking at their website. 

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Theatre Arts (Joint Honours)

The BA (Joint Honours) Theatre Studies programme enables you to combine your Theatre Studies with a variety of other subjects, the most popular ones include; Creative Writing, English, Popular Music and Education.  Over your three years of study you will  encounter a range of issues from relations between theatre as text and theatre as embodied; people involved in theatre, author, character, audience; and theatre as an institution where the issues include the social and historical forces which connect theatre to particular time and place. As students in this subject area, none of you will have the same experience throughout your three years.

Although the main focus of our degree centres on Western and Eastern European culture we encourage and support as wide an interest in world theatre as possible, past dissertations ranging from individual research projects into Black American musicals to Japanese Kabuki. 

Your Joint Honours programme will benefit from being connected to a professional theatre environment, enabling access to performance/production work for analysis and investigation.

Theatre Arts is offered as a minor or joint subject.

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