"Middlesex provided a solid foundation and platform for me to spring from. What Middlesex gives you is the chance to be a better professional."Joe Sims, 2002 graduate (Broadchurch, The Archers)
BA Theatre Arts develops you as a creative, flexible and critical practitioner, preparing you to pursue a wide range of careers in the theatre and entertainment industries and beyond...
From day one you'll get hands-on experience, making theatre right on the doorstep of London’s vibrant cultural scene. Collaborating with fellow actors, directors, designers and technicians you will work with leading industry practitioners, developing your skills at every step in our buzzing theatre spaces.
By building a programme of study that’s fine-tuned to your interests, you'll develop as a thinking practitioner who can understand and work with theatre from many different angles and leave prepared to take your place at the forefront of the next generation of theatre professionals.
Middlesex is the best modern university offering drama and dance in London (Guardian League Table, 2018)
This course has an outstanding student satisfaction rate of 98% (NSS, 2016)
Our programme is distinguished by the exit award options. You can leave with any of the following awards by choosing your specialism in your third year:
From your first year, you’ll be working as part of a student company to train, explore and make work together, developing your creative and critical skills through workshops, seminars and lectures.
The majority of your time will be spent working practically in workshops focused on acting, design and theatre making. Each week you will also take part in a seminar discussion related to your practical work and attend a lecture on the ideas that underpin contemporary theatre.
During the second term, your company focuses on the realisation of a fully-staged tutor-led performance. Recent course content has included the work of Konstantin Stanislavsky, Sarah Kane, Howard Barker, Debbie Tucker Green, Anton Chekov, Bertolt Brecht, Georg Büchner, Complicite, Kneehigh and Frantic Assembly. You will also work intensively with a visiting professional company on a devised project.
In your second year, you’ll explore collaborative theatre making to challenge and interrogate established theatrical forms. As part of a new student company you will create your own interpretation of a text informed by a range of international 20th Century practitioners. Recent course content has included Antonin Artaud, Augusto Boal, Samuel Beckett, Athol Fugard, Robert Lepage, Caryl Churchill, Pina Bausch, Jacques Lecoq, Es Devlin, Robert Wilson, Katie Mitchell and Anne Bogart.
You will also have the opportunity to choose modules that develop your specific interests in acting/performance, design, technical theatre and directing.
In your final year you will pitch and produce an original piece of theatre, experimenting with contemporary forms to explore what theatre is and can be. Recent work has featured interactive and immersive theatre, multi-media projects and site-specific performance. Alongside your optional modules, this module consolidates your skills as an independent learner and theatre-maker, while focusing on your personal development and planning your graduate career pathway.
Third year course content focuses on contemporary performance practices and has included Théâtre du Soleil, Forced Entertainment, Blast Theory, Punchdrunk, Clean Break, Wooster Group, Marina Abramovic, Bobby Baker, Station House Opera, Eugenio Barba, Shunt, dreamthinkspeak.
Theatre-making will be at the heart of your learning experience at Middlesex. Our students create 70+ projects a year. From Year 1 you will be mirroring practices of the professional world; you will learn by doing, forming companies, working together as actors, directors and designers, by reflecting on your practical experiences, and by studying the work of others.
Workshops, rehearsals and performances work in tandem with lectures, seminars and tutorials, placing your practice in a wider context of making theatre, and thinking about theatre.
Your assessment will be predominantly (approximately 2/3) practical – working with text and/or devising, in full productions and small-scale studio performances. These are complemented by portfolios, group presentations and essays.
We look for students who are curious, engaged, open minded, and with a genuine passion for theatre and the arts.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3, of which all 45 must be at Merit or higher
We welcome applications from:
Applicants will normally be invited to attend an interview day of moving, thinking, making and playing in our exciting theatre facilities at Middlesex University’s campus in Hendon. You'll get to work with our staff and current students, meet other applicants, and together we'll create a piece of theatre and showcase it at the end of the day.
Interview days are a unique opportunity for you to experience what it’s like to be a member of the Theatre community at Middlesex University. If you have a particular interest in design and visual theatre, you're welcome to bring along a portfolio or sketch-book.
Please check our general entry requirements page for other qualifications accepted by Middlesex University.
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the requirements from your country, see further information under support in your country.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components).
Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements.
The creative industries are thriving, worth over £84.1 billion to the UK economy. If you want to act, direct, produce, design or perform, this degree will equip you for a robust career in the theatre. Our graduates are renowned for using their expertise to forge careers across a number of creative industries including media, education, fashion as well as entertainment.
Recent graduates have kick-started their careers at the National Theatre, Royal Court and the BBC, as well as setting up their own companies, teaching, and continuing in post graduate training or studying for MAs and PhDs.
Work placements are proven to increase your success in the job market, as well as being a fantastic experience. As part of your third year you will have the opportunity to carry out a placement of a minimum of 100 hours. This will provide you with first-hand experience of a theatre or other professional environment. We have a Placement Office to support you through the process as well as a wide range of links with prestigious companies and theatres.
Some recent examples of student placements:
National Theatre, Royal Opera House, Warner Brothers Productions, MTV, BBC, BAC, The Place, The Roundhouse, The Rose, Society of London Theatres, The Pleasance, Bronowski Productions, Little Angel Puppet Theatre, Puppet Barge, Almeida Theatre, Haringey Shed Theatre Company, Barebones Youth Theatre, National Youth Theatre, Clean Break, Lewisham Youth Theatre, Clerkenwell Films, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, international work in Malaysia, China, Czech Republic and Slovenia.
Joe graduated from Middlesex University in 2002. In 2012 he won an Offie (People's favourite male performance) for his role as alleged Texan killer Lee Fenton in As We Forgive Them at the Arcola Theatre in London, and in 2013 he starred alongside David Tennant and Olivia Colman in ITV's critically-acclaimed Broadchurch. Joe has more than 50 radio credits to his name, including a run on the much-loved Radio 4 drama The Archers.
"I chose Middlesex because it came with a formidable reputation. Middlesex was one of the universities where alumni went on and forged themselves successful careers in television and theatre, and that was what inspired me to go really.
"The first year was a bit of everything, giving us a veritable smorgasbord of routes into the theatre and laying solid foundations from which to build our careers upon. As the course progressed it gave us the opportunity to specialise in what we really wanted to pursue. There are people from the course who have had successful careers in lighting design and stage management because we had to do all of those things. It also gives you a heightened respect and appreciation for all factors of the theatre, knowing each of the jobs that as an actor you often just see going on around you.
"Middlesex provided a solid foundation and platform for me to spring from. What Middlesex gives you is the chance to be a better professional and it is far-reaching in terms of your subject knowledge. We learned a lot about the pragmatics of performing."
BA Theatre Arts (Performance)
"I've found the variety of subjects studied on this course, ranging from Solo Performance and Shakespeare in Performance, to full scale collaborative productions, very exciting and I've formed strong foundations in a number of areas I had not previously studied.
"If I had to choose a particular piece of work I am especially proud of, it would be my performance in Simon Stephen's production of 'Pornography'. I am particularly proud of Pornography as it was recently taken to the Brighton Fringe Festival, Europe's third biggest Arts Festival, with Thrust Theatre Company, which I am now a part of along with several other Middlesex Theatre students."
Ryan William Funnell
BA Theatre Arts (Design and Technical Theatre)
"The passion for the subject from the tutors was evident the moment I walked into the department. I immediately felt comfortable and confident that this was a supportive and enjoyable place to study, and that to me was really important.
"I really like the way the course is put together, with opportunities to explore all aspects of theatrical production through practical, hands on work. I've been able to try my hand at different elements of production and the facilities to be able to do that at Middlesex are wonderful. The ability to then build a course of study over the three years that is unique to you as an individual is a great opportunity."
BA Theatre Arts (Theatre Directing)
"The course has allowed me to network with people who have studied a wide range of theatrical processes. I have met stage designers, directors, actors, stage managers and sound and lighting technicians. To be successful in this industry you need to know a range of people if you wish to work. The fact that many of the tutors either taught or studied at the major drama schools particularly helps when it comes to facilitating this.
"This year I produced an adaptation of Samuel Beckett's Endgame. It enabled me to take a concept that I had in my head and bring it to life. I directed and performed in this piece so the feel, emotion and the aesthetics reflected particularly upon me. I contributed a great deal to this and I'm really happy with how it turned out."
BA Theatre Arts graduate (Design and Technical Theatre)
"The tutors here have been amazing, they are always willing to help you, one on one, and they are very supportive and keen to really integrate you into the industry. The tutors, many of whom are also currently working in theatre, clearly love what they do, and their own dedication is really great to see.
"The skills I've learned on this course, especially as a stage manager or production manager, are transferable to many other industries, and vital for employment in the theatre industry. I am about to start my first job as a production assistant working on international theatre tours for a very successful theatre production company."
BA Theatre Arts (Performance)
"This course is extremely vocational, and I have enjoyed the hands on approach to teaching by lecturers who are passionate about their craft. During this last year of study, I have even been involved in taking two of our shows to the Brighton Fringe Festival, as part of the theatre company, Thrust, which I feel could not have happened without the support that the University has provided."
"I would like to go into acting professionally, and Middlesex has given me the knowledge to create my own opportunities. The course is fantastic in equipping us with the tools to form a company and create work of high quality. I have also learnt many new skills that I can take with me into the professional world, such as script writing and solo performance. It is here, also, that I discovered my passion for stage management, which I would not have considered before coming to Middlesex."