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Theatre Arts BA (Hons) Top-Up Degree

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Course outline

The course is dedicated to helping you to develop as an independent practitioner in the industry, and is excellent preparation for a teaching career in the subject.

You’ll develop your practice in a chosen specialist area (acting, dance or technical theatre) in collaboration with different disciplines and work with professional practitioners whilst developing your own work.

Modules have at their core the practical work that helps you explore the nature of performance, and nurtures your growth as a creative artist.

You’ll be given an overview of the theatre arts industry and be supported to operate effectively within it. You’ll develop an understanding of the industry in a broader economic, political, social and technological context.

This course is delivered by practitioners with strong academic backgrounds. 

Modules include:

  • popular performance (acting)
  • performance practice
  • the hired body (dance)
  • industry practice

We have close links with local arts organisations such as Dance4, Nottingham Playhouse, Hatch and Dragon’s Breath Theatre Company. This leads to quality work experience opportunities in performance, facilitation and production support.

You’ll be expected to attend a subsidised international residency for a week during the course. In previous years the students have visited Budapest, New York, Lisbon, Barcelona, Prague and Madrid.

Next steps

Applications for this course open in September 2017.

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Pelham Avenue, Nottingham NG5 1AL


25 September 2018 - 28 June 2019

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per year. Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.


Pelham Avenue, Nottingham NG5 1AL


25 September 2018 - 26 June 2020

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Theatre Arts BA (Hons) Degree


1 year full-time

2 years part-time

Level Level 5
Entry requirements

You will need (or expect to achieve) one of the following in acting, dance, performance, technical theatre or theatre:

  • Foundation Degree (FdA)
  • Higher National Diploma (HND)
  • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)

We would expect students to be working at Level 2 or above in English Language and Maths.

Mature students with relevant professional experience and/or qualifications in a relevant area are welcome to apply. If you have a higher education level award in another field of study and relevant industrial experience you are welcome to apply.

You will be invited to attend an interview and audition and asked to submit an example of academic writing. 

Teaching & assessment

You’ll be assessed through written assignments and practical and creative coursework.


You may progress directly into the industry or undertake further study at postgraduate level. 

The qualification is an excellent route towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), providing an adequate combination of practical experience and academic study to progress on to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). 

Additional information

This course is validated by Nottingham Trent University

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