- Study an inspiring mix of technical theatre, arts management, performance and production, and diverse theatre texts, theories and histories.
- The course includes regular field trips to institutions such as Battersea Arts Centre and the Southbank Centre, and free theatre tickets for some of London’s best shows.
- Get professional experience in a theatre or performance organisation through our work placement and theatre festival modules.
- Hear from regular guest speakers from the performance industries, such as Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway (The National Theatre’s Black Plays), Georgia Dale (The Young Vic) and Sam Stevenson (casting director for the BBC, ITV, Sky, RSC and the National Theatre).
- Roehampton is in the top five universities in England for graduate earnings in drama (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2019 results, earnings three years after graduation).
BA Theatre Practices and Production is a fantastic degree if you’re looking to grow your curiosity and creativity, and have an outlet for expressing your ideas in writing, speech and performance.
As well as learning about theatre history and performance, you’ll perform, create and implement designs for sets, lighting and costumes; critically analyse plays, performances and audiences; and have direct contact with drama and theatre professionals.
The course includes regular field trips to institutions such as Battersea Arts Centre, the National Theatre, and the Southbank Centre, and free theatre tickets for some of London’s best shows.
If you come from a vocational or industry-related background (eg. BTEC Performing Arts), this programme is designed with you in mind. The course will build on the capabilities, expectations and ambitions these more vocational qualifications provide.
You’ll develop your critical, practical, creative and well-informed responses to a range of professional contexts, while building your confidence in writing in different styles (including playwriting, blogging, theatre criticism, creation of theatre programs and analytical essays).
Focusing on both performing and performance-making, you will explore the professional contexts that make up the diversity of contemporary drama and performance-related careers.
You will learn the conceptual, problem-solving and collaborative skills associated with cultural enterprise and arts management; and the particular challenges of self-organisation and engagement with others that belong to applied theatre work.
You will develop your critical thinking skills, work on independent projects, take part in group theatrical productions for public performance, and have access to work experience opportunities.
- Build a solid foundation in writing and technical theatre skills while learning to analyse a culturally and historically diverse array of performances and texts.
- Take a technical theatre module, a module focused on introducing playwriting skills, a year-long theatre workshop examining all aspects of performance, and a theatre festival module where you will visit and analyse many festivals of performance in London and across the UK.
- Build on the skills learned in technical theatre, and in the theatre workshop, with additional modules devoted to these topics and arts management.
- Choose between modules focused on the diversity of cultures, genres, identities, histories and geographies with which theatre interacts.
- Spend more time working independently, including on an Independent Project module, where you will develop a project appropriate to your future career ambitions in the mode of playwriting, production or a dissertation.
- Working with our team of expert staff, continue to explore our range of innovative and engaging modules directly tied to individual staff research.
- Choose to work with other students to organise a theatre festival in public celebration of your various projects and productions.
Year 1 (note that all Year 1 courses are compulsory):
- Technical Theatre 1
- Theatre Workshop 1
- Writing In Performance
- Theatre Workshop 2
- Production Project 1
- Theatre Festivals
Students then take one module (20 credits) from each of the following groups:
Advanced Theatre Workshop
- Advanced Theatre Workshop: Acting
- Advanced Theatre Workshop: Directing
- Advanced Theatre Workshop: Design
- Theatre Investigations: Genres and Cultures
- Theatre Investigations: Diverse Identities
- Theatre Investigations: Histories and Geographies
Students then take 80 credits from the following groups, at least 20 from each.
Contemporary Issues in Performance
- Acting for Activists
- Archival Encounters
- Experiments in Performance and Failure
- Non-Fiction Solo Performance: from Documentary to Biographical Theatre
- Theatre and the World
- Performance, Gender and Sexuality
- The Theatre Image
- Performance, Leisure and Tourism
- Drama of the 60s Counterculture
- Race Writes Representation
- Shakespeare and Contemporary Performance
- Theatre Criticism
- Special Topic
Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.
The Roehampton Performance Festival (ROPE) shows work created by students from across our drama courses. Featuring devised performances, plays, site-specific events, live art, stand-up and shows by student societies, the festival explores contemporary experiences, ideas and issues. You can view photos of the 2018 ROPE Festival here.
The People Show is the UK’s longest-running experimental theatre company, with a rich legacy of performance dating back to 1966. They have played a fundamental role in the evolution of British performance art and collaborative theatre, creating performances in theatres, fields, phone boxes, on streets, and even on water.
Since 2011, our students have had the opportunity to collaborate with the People Show on a summer-term project in year three. It’s an exciting and enriching process, giving them the experience of working closely with a well-respected theatre company.
People Show 136 at the Cinema Museum, 2018
Final-year students perform with People Show at the magnificent Cinema Museum in London.
The Horniman Museum, 2017
Performance at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in a production with People Show, as part of the Museums at Night festival.
People Show 131: Putney Library, 2016
A devised site-specific show created with People Show in and around Putney Library as part of Wandsworth Arts Festival 2016.
As a graduate of this degree, you will be well equipped to go into the cultural industries and work in a diverse range of roles.
You could work as a technical or support member of staff, production manager, designer, maker, lighting and sound engineer, actor, performer, director, writer, theatre, performance-maker or live artist.
You could also pursue further study and progress from Theatre Practices and Production into careers in teaching, therapies and youth work.
Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.
Life at Roehampton
At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.
We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.
We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.