"The ability to build a course of study over three years that is unique to you as an individual is a great opportunity."William Funnell, BA Theatre Arts (Design and Technical Theatre)
BA Theatre Arts develops you as a creative, flexible and critical practitioner, preparing you to pursue a wide range of theatre-related careers. You will explore performance, direction, design and technical theatre, and have the opportunity to specialise in your particular area of interest after your first year.
Middlesex University has a long tradition of innovation in the teaching of theatre as a collaborative and collective art. You will benefit from engaging in all areas of theatre arts, including performance, design, technology, direction, written analysis and critical thinking. Our course has a strong focus on practical work and there are a wide range of production and performance opportunities from your first year onwards. We are committed to producing creative, thoughtful and independent graduates who can work in, with, and through theatre.
All students who are accepted to study Theatre Arts are enrolled in their first year on the BA Theatre Arts degree. At the end of the first year you will have the opportunity to continue on this award or follow one of the specialist pathways below:
BA Theatre Arts (Performance) offers you the opportunity to explore and apply performance processes with an emphasis on physical methodologies and collaborative creation, including interpretation of existing texts.
BA Theatre Arts (Solo Performance) by contrast, will appeal to you if you have a strong interest in performance traditions outside the mainstream, with the performer as a key originator, rather than interpreter, of the material performed.
BA Theatre Arts (Theatre Directing) puts the focus on the practices and aesthetics of theatre directing with an emphasis on the director as collaborator with performer and designer.
BA Theatre Arts (Design and Technical Theatre) enables you to develop approaches to scenographic, visual, aural and technical design for theatre.
Throughout your three years on this course you will explore a diverse range of modules based on the study of theatre as a dynamic contemporary form. The principal area of study is the period from the late nineteenth century to the present day and you will study areas including ensemble practice, performance art, solo performance and installation, increasingly focusing on areas of contemporary theatre and performance that question and interrogate established forms of theatre.
This course encourages the development of your creative, critical and imaginative abilities, and you are encouraged to translate your ideas and experience into practice, both through seminar work and substantial practical work. The predominant teaching methods are student-centred seminars and workshop exploration as well as formal lectures. You will be involved in various theatre productions and learn performance skills in voice, movement, improvisation, and technical theatre to facilitate your practical work.
All students will follow the same course in the first year, developing your understanding of theatre arts and the skills that support it. In your second and third year you can choose modules that develop specific 'pathways' in group performance, solo performance, directing or technical theatre, defining yourself and allowing you to focus on your particular area of interest.
Compulsory Theatre Arts module (60 credits) and choose two optional modules from: Body, Voice and Direction; Design, Application and Direction; Solo Performance; Applied Theatre; and Screen Drama
Compulsory Theatre Arts module (30 credits) and choose three optional modules from: Contemporary Performance Practice; Contemporary Directing Practice; Contemporary Design Practice; Theatre Arts Project; Placement; Classical Text in Performance; Stand-Up Comedy; Practice as Research
Compulsory Theatre Arts module (60 credits); Body Voice and Direction; and Design Application and Direction
Compulsory Theatre Arts module (30 credits), Contemporary Directing Practice module; and choose two optional modules from: Contemporary Performance Practice; Contemporary Design Practice; Theatre Arts Project; Placement; Classical Text in Performance; Stand-Up Comedy; Practice as Research
Compulsory Theatre Arts module (60 credits); Solo Performance module and choose one optional module from: Body, Voice and Direction; Design Application and Direction; Applied Theatre; Screen Drama
Compulsory Theatre Arts module (30 credits); Stand-Up Comedy module and choose two optional modules from: Contemporary Performance Practice; Contemporary Directing Practice; Contemporary Design Practice; Theatre Arts Project; Placement; Classical Text in Performance; Stand-Up Comedy; Practice as Research
Compulsory Theatre Arts module (60 credits); Body, Voice and Direction module; and choose one optional modules from: Design Application and Direction; Solo Performance; Applied Theatre; Screen Drama
Compulsory Theatre Arts module (30 credits); Contemporary Performance Practice module; and choose two optional modules from: Contemporary Directing Practice; Contemporary Design Practice; Theatre Arts Project; Placement; Classical Text in Performance; Stand-Up Comedy; Practice as Research
Compulsory Theatre Arts module (60 credits); Design Application and Direction module; and choose one optional module from: Body, Voice and Direction; Solo Performance; Applied Theatre; Screen Drama
Compulsory Theatre Arts module (30 credits); Contemporary Design Practice module; and choose two optional modules from: Contemporary Directing Practice; Contemporary Performance Practice; Theatre Arts Project; Placement; Classical Text in Performance; Practice as Research
You can find more information about this course on the programme specification.
You will work on a number of theatrical projects and performances, getting involved with the production aspects of theatre as well as performing on stage. You will also attend theatre performances, workshops, seminars and lectures, and do your own independent study and research. You will have the option of doing a work placement.
You will be assessed on a variety of pieces of coursework: portfolios, theatre projects, essays and presentations. Because this course involves so much collaboration with other students, you are required to attend at least 90 per cent of your classes for all modules.
We normally ask for 280 UCAS tariff points and welcome applications from students with a genuine interest in studying Theatre Arts. Also:
GCSE English with a minimum of Grade C is required.
Applicants will normally be invited to attend an interview.
We accept the equivalent of the above from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the requirements from your country, see further information under support in your country. For details of other equivalent requirements that Middlesex accepts see entry requirements.
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.
Depending on the pathway you choose, this degree will develop essential skills for a career in theatre, whether you want to work behind the scenes as a director, stage manager, set designer or lighting designer, for example, or you would like to work as a performer or set up your own theatre group. The course will also prepare you for further study, theatre criticism and research. As a graduate of our BA Theatre Arts degree, you are also highly employable beyond the theatre industry with highly developed skills in independent thinking, creativity, teamwork and communication.
Work placements are proven to increase your success in the job market – as well as being a fantastic experience. Performing Arts is a highly competitive field so we encourage as many students as possible to grasp this opportunity. As part of your third year you will have the opportunity to carry out a short placement of a minimum of 100 hours. This will provide you with first-hand experience of a theatre or a theatre-related environment. We have a Placement Office to support you through the placement process as well as a wide range of links with prestigious companies and theatres.
Some recent examples of student placements:
BA Theatre Arts graduate
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."