Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 Years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

International fee

£13,250 per year (2019/20)

UCAS points

112 (September 2019 entry)

UCAS code

W442

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Derby Theatre

Course description

New for September 2019: As part of our commitment to improving student experience we are continually enhancing and reviewing our courses. Changes are being made to this course to reflect the evolving nature of the industry and to keep the course in line with industry standards. Curriculum changes proposed will ensure that we equip our graduates with the prerequisite skills and subject knowledge to be successful in their careers. To find out more get in touch with our programme leaders or attend an open day. This webpage will be updated as changes are made to the programme.

This Contemporary Theatre and Performance programme will develop your theatre and performance skills such as acting, directing and devising for your career as a professional theatre artist. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to showcase your work and be involved in performances regionally, nationally and internationally.

Your course will be delivered as part of Derby Theatre, the Learning Theatre initiative funded by the Arts Council England. This is a fully equipped, professional theatre and major live performance venue, allowing you to gain valuable industry experience and contacts as you learn.

Employable graduates: we’re ranked 15th highest amongst all UK universities and 12th for English institutions with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree (HESA 2016).

This dynamic and exciting Contemporary Theatre and Performance programme is taught by practising professional artists with expertise in their own fields. During the course you will encounter a range of practices to explore and develop performance skills, new theatre making, performance and rehearsal strategies, contemporary play-texts and political issues evoked by new performances. You will take part in a number of public performances across your years of study and in a variety of venues, including main house and studio theatre spaces, off-site in the community, schools, and art centres.

In 2018, we went on tour with Peacemaker, working in primary schools across the city and county. In two weeks, the students worked with over 1,000 children in areas of social deprivation and cultural diversity.

To find out more about the work that Derby Theatre do outside of the University, please visit their YouTube Channel.

What you will study

You will study modules such as:

  • Introduction to History and Theory (Professional Development Portfolio)
  • Introduction to Voice and Physicality 
  • Introduction to Performance and Production Analysis (Professional Development Portfolio)
  • Introduction to Devising: Theatre Lab
  • Exploration in History and Theory (Professional Development Portfolio)
  • Exploration: Contemporary Performance Practice
  • Exploration in Research Methodologies (Professional Development Portfolio)
  • Exploration: Applied Theatre

At Stage two you will have the opportunity to gain valuable industry experience on an optional work placement. As part of this experience you’ll also have an opportunity to gain an additional qualification; the Diploma in Professional Practice. 

  • Applied Professional Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice 
  • Major Project in Contemporary Theatre and Performance 
  • Professional Practice in Contemporary Theatre and Performance (Professional Development Portfolio)
  • Independent Study in Contemporary Theatre and Performance 1 and 2
About Derby Theatre and how students can access this venue during their studies

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Find out more at an Open Day

There’s still time to visit us before the UCAS deadline. Come to our Open Day on 9 January to find out if studying Contemporary Theatre and Performance at Derby is right for you. Meet our expert teaching team, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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How you will learn

This Contemporary Theatre and Performance programme involves a combination of practice-led, studio-based exercises and lecture or seminar activity. There will be major performance projects, study of devising strategies, case studies and analysis of movements and practices in the 20th and 21st centuries.  You will learn through workshop presentations, rehearsal strategies, directing and dramaturgy, new theatre writing and contemporary performance practices.  The work will be underpinned by research, academic criticism and the professional production programme of Derby Theatre. You will carry out coursework that will be subject to academic criticism both written and practical. 

Teaching is through a combination of practice-led, studio-based exercises, workshops, performances and lecture or seminar activity. You will learn from expert lecturers who are also practising artists, as well as from theatre professionals based at Derby Theatre and visiting companies and lecturers. There will also be the opportunity to take part in masterclass residencies and engage in a variety of field trips.  You will have the opportunity to learn by working within your own student-led theatre company with full professional technical support and mentoring. The work will be underpinned by the professional production programme of Derby Theatre. 

Assessment is through a range of methods including written coursework, presentations, creative portfolios, assessed rehearsals, practical workshops and public performance. Below you will see our third year students performing in "Something Wicked This Way Comes" from Autumn 2017. 

Students taking part in a performance at Derby Theatre
A Student taking part in a performance at Derby Theatre

Degree Show

Every year students from the School of Arts celebrate their time at University by showcasing their work at an end of year Degree Show at Markeaton Street and across the City of Derby. The Show usually runs throughout June and is a fantastic opportunity for potential employers, friends, family, industry and members of the public to see exciting creations by the next generation of artists, designers, creators and makers from Derby. The Show takes the form of:

For a glimpse of last year’s Degree Show take a look at our flickr photo album.

Entry requirements

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionYes - see interview details
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

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Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£13,250 per year

N/A

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

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

Apply by 15 January to start in September

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UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Careers

Students from this discipline area regularly go on to successful careers in film, television and theatre industries for example as actors, directors, theatre crew, teachers, 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.

Notable Graduates (please note these are graduates from the subject discipline, not the course as it is new):

Programme leader

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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, state-of-the-art 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.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

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.

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