Undergraduate Course

Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2024/25)

International fee

£14,900 per year (2024/25)

UCAS points

112 (September 2024 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BA (Hons)

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Theatre Arts and Entrepreneurship at Derby

Focus on developing your creativity and theatre makings skills whilst building a solid basis in entrepreneurship, allowing you to launch your own business or bring innovation to an existing one.

You’ll combine theatre practice with theoretical research and analysis, exploring key themes such as workshop preparations, rehearsal strategies, directing and stagecraft.

Entrepreneurship is an essentially practical subject and the course places great emphasis on real world learning. We’ll use our academic expertise to make the links between theoretical business and enterprise, entrepreneurship frameworks and the practicalities of the real business world.

Learn in Derby Theatre

The majority of your Theatre Arts modules will be based in Derby Theatre where you can enjoy the benefit of working and studying in a professional theatre environment. You’ll share the Derby Theatre building with professional artists which offers exciting opportunities for work-based learning placements. You can also catch them performing in both the studio and on the main stage. We have a successful history of working with outside organisations and artists, both from the Derby area and further afield, including many international collaborations.

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Derby Theatre

Our students have a rare and exceptional learning experience at Derby Theatre. We are one of the only universities in the country to own and run a professional producing and receiving theatre.

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Put theory into practice

You’ll have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience before you graduate to boost your employability. Our Theatre courses offer great opportunities to network with industry professionals, and you could undertake a placement within the Theatre in the Artistic, Programming, Business Management, Marketing, Education, Technical, Producing, Front of House, Finance, or Creative Learning departments. Alternatively choose to take an Entrepreneurship- based placement year between your second and third year to put your skills into practice in a real business environment.

Choose your pathway

In order to provide you with the best experience, this course is available through a joint pathway only. You cannot choose to major or minor in a subject, but you can choose to study certain modules in your second and third year.

What is a Joint Honours degree?

A Joint Honours degree offers students the opportunity to study two subjects.

A Joint Honours degree is a great option if:

What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus entrance

Undergraduate Open Days

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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How you will learn

The Theatre Arts programme involves a combination of practice-led, studio-based exercises and lecture or seminar activity. You’ll learn about the wide variety of professional roles within theatre and have the opportunity to explore these through work placements at Derby Theatre. You can explore your skills as a theatre maker or develop skills in Applied Theatre and working in educational settings. The work will be underpinned by research, academic criticism and the professional production programme of Derby Theatre. You’ll carry out coursework that will be subject to academic criticism both written and practical.

Our Entrepreneurship programme incorporates a number of learning and teaching methods, such as:

How you are assessed

For Theatre Arts, assessment is through a range of methods including written coursework, presentations, creative portfolios, assessed rehearsals, practical workshops and public performance.

Our Entrepreneurship assessment methods could include:

Who will teach you

You will be taught by our team of engaging, passionate and inspiring subject experts.

Rob Moon

Rob Moon
Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Rob Moon is a Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. Rob was a design engineer with over 20 years’ experience within the global manufacturing industry, and has lectured extensively in Southern Africa, Europe and Bangladesh. Current research focusses on embedding work-related learning in the curriculum.

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Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

Find out more about personal academic tutoring

Entry requirements

2024 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2024 entry. Contextual offers may apply to students who meet certain criteria.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112
A LevelBBC
T LevelMerit
GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
Access to HEPass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15, Merit: 24, Pass: 6

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

Fees and funding



£9,250 per year



£14,900 per year


Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

UK students

If you are in Year 13 and applying for a full-time undergraduate course (including our joint honours courses), we recommend that you apply through UCAS.

Apply through UCAS

If you are applying to study part-time, or already have your qualifications, or wish to join at Year 2 or 3, you should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University


Students from a Theatre Arts discipline regularly go on to successful careers in the theatre industries for example as actors, directors, theatre crew, artistic directors of their own theatre companies and other arts professionals. Alternatively, many students go on to postgraduate study and employment in a wide variety of professions such as teaching, marketing and public relations.

Your entrepreneurship modules are designed to prepare you for an employed or self-employed career, this could be in fields such as:

Careers and Employment Service

Our Careers and Employment Service can help you boost your employment skills by connecting you with employers for work placements, part-time jobs, and volunteering. They can also offer guidance on career options, CV writing, or starting your own business.

Contact us

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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Additional information about your studies

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.

Included in your fees

Included in your fees for Theatre Arts:

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.