BA Degree in Performance & Theatre Arts
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:
- Learn about the programme
- Perform prepared Classical and Modern monologue.
A place in the programme is not conditional on the performance.
- Participate in intensive acting, movement, stage fighting, voice and screen acting classes.
- Acquire skills in preparing for auditions and how to respond to constructive critique.
- Learn how to translate a play from the page to the stage.
- Visit and critique plays in London’s West End and Stratford-upon-Avon.
- Write for, produce or act in a play at a London theatre for your final project.
Lower Division Requirements
QCF Level 3 - US Credits 30 - UK Credits 120
FHEQ Level 4 - US Credits 30 - UK Credits 120
Upper Division Requirements
FHEQ Level 5 - US Credits 30 - UK Credits 120
FHEQ Level 6 - US Credits 31 - UK Credits 124
Career paths for Performance & Theatre Arts graduates
- Stage management
- Costume and set design
- Screenplay writing
- Theatre critic
Where do Richmond’s Performance & Theatre Arts graduates go?*
This is a recent programme and the first cohort has not yet completed, but graduates from the School of Communications, Arts & Social Sciences have progressed to:
In the workplace
- Barons Court Theatre
- Boston Ballet
- Vogue Magazine
- Walt Disney Television International
- College of Law
- London College of Fashion
- London School of Economics and Political Science
- Monterey Institute of International Studies
- Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
* Figures and information supplied by the Department of Alumni Relations
How Will I be Assessed?
The teaching and learning strategy adopted within the degree programmes based in the School of Communications, Arts, and Social Sciences is based on the understanding that all students will be treated as active learners. Clearly, the precise approach will vary from course to course, depending on the learning outcomes relevant to each class.
The more generic components of our teaching and learning strategy normally involves a variety of approaches and include delivering many of the following:
- Regular use of formal lecture sessions in most courses.
- Regular use of individual and/or team-based projects in many courses.
- Use of audio-visual and library resources in many courses.
- Use of computer laboratory and/or Centre for New Media to learn and apply analytical and/or creative/professional techniques.
- Occasional workshops and seminars in some courses.
- Student presentations in some courses.
- Regular use of tutor- and student-led discussion groups via e-learning platforms such as PowerCAMPUS in some courses
- Regular use of self-directed and directed reading in all courses.
Students pursuing degrees in any one of the academic areas in the School of Communications, Arts, and Social Sciences are assessed through their ability to absorb material delivered in the classroom as well as through their ability carry out independent research. There are also a variety of project-based courses in the upper division within which students work in teams. Students are also assessed though a variety of methods, including tests, project briefs and term-papers. Most courses further assess students through the use of end of term exams.
All of our classes follow a University-defined set of Assessment Norms. The purpose here is to ensure equity and fairness for all students.
- A Level: CCC or 240 UCAS Points (Fall 16/Spring 17) or 96 UCAS Points (Fall 17/Spring 18)
- US High School Diploma (or equivalent): 2.5 GPA minimum (on 4.0 scale)
- International Baccalaureate: 24
- BTEC National Diploma: MMM
- ABMA Diplomas and Certificates
- SAT: 1700
- ACT composite: 24
- French Baccalaureate: 10/20
- Abitur (Germany): 2.5 – 2.7
- Esame di Stato (Italy): Overall average of 60 or above
- Application for Undergraduate Admission
- Personal Statement
- one Confidential Letter of Academic Recommendation
- Official School Transcripts (if a transfer applicant with under 30 credits, you must also submit official High school transcripts)
- English Language Test Scores** (required for students whose native language is not English)
*Advanced Credit: Students meeting this standard in relevant subjects will normally be given exemption from introductory courses and may complete the degree programme in less than four years. See the ABMA Advanced Early Qualifications link (below) for advanced entry details for students holding ABMA qualifications. Candidates with US High School Diplomas or other entry qualifications can be considered for entry to year 1 of the 4 year degree programmes. ABMA Advanced Entry Qualifications
Students with Advanced Standing A student who has passed an Advanced Placement Test will be given six credits for each subject in which a grade 3,4 or 5 is achieved. A student who has passed an A level (advanced level) examination will be given nine credits for each subject in which a grade of A, B or C is achieved. Six credits will be given for a grade of D or E. Students with advanced qualifications may be awarded course credit towards the BA or BS degree. Examples are the International Baccalaureate, the Baccalauréat de l’Enseignement du Second Degré (France), the Abitur/Reifzeugnis (Germany), the Diploma di Maturità (Italy), and the School Leaving Diploma from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.
University English Language Proficiency Requirements If you need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK and are not a national of a majority English speaking country then you will need to provide evidence of your English language ability. This should be an IELTS test taken within the last two years with a score of at least 5.5 in each element. Majority English speaking countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and USA. If you do not need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK but do come from a country where English is not the main language then we can accept a wider variety of English language tests as evidence of your English proficiency. Please note that tests marked with a * are not Secure English Language Tests (SELTS) approved by the Home Office and cannot be used to support your Tier 4 student visa application.
|IELTS||5.5 in each element|
|Cambridge English: First *Cambridge English: Advanced * Cambridge English: Proficiency*||Overall Cambridge English Scale score of no less than 168 in each skill|
|TOEFL iBT *||18 in reading, 17 in listening, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing|
|Pearson Academic Test of English *||51 in each element|
|Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola *(Swedish Students)||English 5 with grade B or above; or English 6 with grade C or above; or English 7 with grade D or above.|
|IB Diploma *||Pass English Language A with 4 or above at Higher Level (HL) or 5 or above at Standard Level (SL)Pass English Language (B) with 4 or above at Higher Level (HL) only|
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.
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.
Faculty who teach on this programme:
BA Degree in Performance & Theatre Arts is currently validated by The Open University.