An International Education,
A London Location,
A Global Future

Flexible Curriculum at Richmond University

Flexible Start Dates

With the opportunity to start your
course in the Autumn (Fall) or the Spring


British and international internships

Richmond offers all students the opportunity to take an internship

Richmond The American University in London

Academic Requirements

We accept qualifications from around the world

BA Degree in Performance & Theatre Arts

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Programme Overview
The BA degree in Performance & Theatre Arts provides students with practical acting experience and with a comprehensive knowledge of theatre history, playwriting (for stage, television and film) and current performance and theatre practices. While not intended solely as preparation for a career in acting, performance or theatre, approximately two thirds of classes are practice based, including classes and performances at Shakespeare’s Globe and a final year showcase at a London theatre.

Students will develop their creative skills as actors, performers, directors, writers and devisors, and their critical analytical skills to enable them to appreciate drama, both as text and in performance. Our performance facility affords students the opportunity to act in a wide range of plays, from the classical repertoire to contemporary plays and performance pieces, as well as devising their own scripts and creating new and imaginative theatre and performance work, crossing genres.

Participate in the Theatre Open Session
Students who have successfully been admitted to the programme are invited to participate in one of the Theatre Open Sessions which run in conjunction with the main Undergraduate Open Days.

Students will participate in:

  • Workshops
  • Learn about the programme
  • Perform prepared Classical and Modern monologue.

A place in the programme is not conditional on the performance.

Lucy Mathews

I study on this programme

The minor in performance and theatre arts is ideal for anyone interested in theatre, whether they come from a performing background or not. The courses are engaging and the instructors are extremely knowledgeable, with an enormous amount of professional experience to share. During my time in the program I had the opportunity to learn about various aspects of theatre, including performance, writing, history, acting for film, and community involvement. Taking courses and performing at Shakespeare’s Globe was one of the highlights of my university experience. Ultimately, my experience as a performance and theatre arts minor helped to secure me an internship at Richmond Theatre, an Ambassador Theatre Group venue.

Lucy MathewsMinor in Performance and Theatre Arts
Professor Michael Barclay

I teach on this programme:

The Performance and Theatre Arts major is based at the heart of London’s exciting and highly creative Theatre scene with easy access to the West End and fantastic off West end Theatre scene. Our faculty have strong relationships with the film, stage, movement and stage combat communities operating in the London Theatre world.

Professor Michael BarclayDirector of Performance and Theatre Arts & Professor of Drama and Theatre Arts

Faculty who teach on this programme:

BA Degree in Performance & Theatre Arts is currently validated by The Open University.

You could study this programme as a minor instead, alongside a different major:

How to Apply

How do I Apply?

If you want to apply to other UK Universities at the same time

The Common Application
If you want to apply to other US (and some UK) Universities at the same time

Direct Application
If you just want to apply to Richmond


Find out more about Undergraduate Scholarships

Duration: FT– 4 years (including one year at QCF Level 3)

UCAS Course Code: W440

  • The programme is recognised in the US via our MSCHE accreditation.
  • The programme is validated in the UK by The Open University.
  • Major
  • Minor
  • US Federal Aid is available
  • Student Finance England (SFE) loans are available

Tuition Fees: 2017/18 entry per annum, students from:





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Study Suggestions
Why not take Psychology as a minor alongside Performance & Theatre Arts, to help you with character development.

Undergraduate Prospectus