Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 Years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

112* (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



Joint Honours

Start date



Derby Theatre

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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What is Joint Honours?

A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.

You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.

Course description

Many of your theatre modules will be delivered at Derby Theatre, a fully equipped, professional theatre and major live performance venue, allowing you to gain valuable industry experience and contacts as you learn. To find out more about the work that Derby Theatre do outside of the University, please visit their YouTube Channel.

As part of the Joint Honours Theatre programme, you will have opportunities to develop your theatre making skills in writing, devising, directing, and applied theatre. This dynamic and exciting Joint Honours Theatre programme is taught by practising professional artists with expertise in their own fields. Built around process, experimentation and risk taking you will encounter a range of practices to explore and develop your theatre making skills. An exciting part of your studies is the opportunity to engage with professional work experience within Derby Theatre or partner organisations, which will contribute to the development of your professional portfolio. You can also take part in public performances including studio theatre spaces, and off-site in the community, schools, and art centres.‌

Derby Theatre
The UK's unique professional, producing and learning theatre 

As a Learning Theatre, Derby Theatre provides a unique opportunity for students to learn to their craft by working alongside both academics and theatre professionals in the heart of a professional producing theatre, to develop your skills in technical theatre or performance. 

Students, academics and artists work, create and learn side by side at Derby Theatre. All decisions about the development of both the art and the learning opportunities are made together. At every stage, there is huge potential in the crucible of the arts, learning and research combining to both underpin and inform our future work.  

Derby Theatre provides an extraordinary platform for real life learning to take place, not only through the exciting main stage and studio programmes, but also through the work that the Theatre does with young people, young people in care, emerging artists and the community. Graduates of the programme can also be supported by our Artist Development Programme, In Good Company, which is part of a large regional funding programme. 

Winner: Excellence in Arts Education Award, UK Theatre Awards 2019
Derby Theatre won the Excellence in Arts Education Award at the annual UK Theatre Awards, in recognition of its learning theatre vision which has transformed the venue and provides opportunities for young people to take part in high-quality arts, sports and cultural activities across the city. The award was also in specific recognition and celebration of This is Derby, a unique project delivered by Derby Theatre and other cultural and sports organisations in the city, including Derby County Community Trust, Cultural Campus: Derby's Cultural Education Partnership and the City's Sports Forum.


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Derby Theatre wins Excellence in Arts Education Award at UK Theatre Awards

Derby Theatre has won recognition of its learning theatre vision and innovative This is Derby project.

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Study and learn alongside professionals at Derby Theatre...

About Derby Theatre and how students can access this venue during their studies

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What you will study

You can study Theatre as either a joint, major or minor subject. This will determine how many modules you’ll study at each stage. Please check your other subject to ensure it is possible to create your chosen combination.


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You can study Theatre as either a joint, major or a minor subject. This will determine how many modules you will study at each stage. Please check your other subject to ensure it is possible to create your chosen combination.

You will have a range of modules that you can engage in.  Some modules are compulsory and all students must take these, while other modules are optional, so you can choose your pathway depending on your own specific interests, and how they might combine with your other subject.

You will be involved in a year of experimentation and risk taking as you develop your theatre making skills.  You will have opportunities to explore devising strategies and develop your skills in script writing, as well as engage in theoretical study and critical debate.  You will learn directly from Derby Theatre staff, working with your tutors, in industry focussed modules.

You will study modules such as:

  • Writing in Action
  • Theatre Lab
  • Critical Dialogues
  • Spotlight on Industry Practice

You will continue to develop your experimentation and practical learning through professional practice.  There are opportunities to perform in Derby Theatre’s studio theatre and create work for community audiences.  You will partake in professional work experience to support your career aspirations and develop your networking skills.

You will study modules such as:

  • Devising Laboratory
  • Introduction to Applied Theatre
  • Spotlight on Research and Professional Development

You will enhance your portfolio through an ongoing programme of skills and career development. You will have opportunities to explore your skills as a director, and engage in seminars with a range of industry professionals as well as develop your unique research interests.

You will study modules such as:

  • Directors and Directing
  • Shakespeare’s Tragedies
  • Research Project
  • Spotlight on Employability

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.

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Find out more about Theatre

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

Lectures are practical and taught at Derby Theatre where you will also have access to additional performances, workshops and masterclasses. Theoretical work is contextualised within industry-led models. Essays can be reflective on your practical work, analytical and help to develop your critical thinking and research skills. In some modules practical work is delivered off-site where you will be assessed in relation to your facilitation and communication skills with audiences/participants.

“The University of Derby and Derby Theatre have created a unique and exciting venue for live theatre, education and training. Arts Council England is proud to support organisations to deliver projects which engage audiences and develop emerging talent.” Peter Knott, Arts Council Area Director for the Midlands, Arts Council England.

Student experience

As a student you’ll have the opportunity to become a Student Ambassador of Derby Theatre with lots of benefits like complimentary tickets to certain shows and all press nights. You’ll also have the chance to visit the rehearsal room to see shows in development and be part of the student programming group where you can have your say on which touring shows come to Derby.

Hands on experience at a working theatre includes projects like film-making, blogging, marketing campaigns and music. Student Ambassadors have the chance to shadow and work with other departments in the venue as well as supporting the marketing team with promotions.

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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:

Take a look at highlights from the 2019 Degree Show.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
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 / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

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.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*



£14,045 per year


* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

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

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

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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Our Joint Honours Theatre graduates are now working in a wide variety of areas, both in the theatre sector and beyond, including teaching, acting, creating new theatre companies, producing, directing, marketing, arts administration, BBC radio and education advisory work.

We create many opportunities for you to showcase your work to a wide audience. By the time you finish your course we will have introduced you to many important agencies and support networks relevant to working in the arts industry and helped you structure your CV and reflect on your employability.

We will do our best to equip you to be able to successfully plan your career development. You will develop the diverse range of skills and interests that employers are looking for and investigate other options, such as the potential of becoming self-employed or working on a freelance basis. 

Notable graduates

Through the combination of your subjects in Joint Honours study, you engage with a unique learning opportunity to develop your transferable skills which will contribute to your future career potential. 

Amanda Wallace

Amanda Wallace
Programme leader

Amanda is a lecture in theatre arts.

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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.

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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, 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.

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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