Brunel University London

Course Introduction

At Brunel you'll study and specialise in a wide variety of skills'based strands, including Acting, Applied Drama, Digital Performance, Directing, Musical Theatre, Physical Theatre and Playwriting. You will learn about theatre theory and practice in historical and contemporary contexts and have plenty of opportunities to perform. As we're so close to central London, we regularly organise trips to see productions at, for example, the Barbican, the National Theatre, the Royal Court, and Sadler's Wells and participate in workshops with ground'breaking theatre companies all as part of your course. We also invite industry guests, actors, writers and directors in to talk about their professional development, to enable you to gain a real insight into a wide range of careers. Recent guests include, screen and TV writer Richard Zadjlic (BBC3's Tatou, This Life, Attachments and Eastenders), actor, director and Brunel alumni Will Edelsten and are looking forward to welcoming producer and cast director Neil Rutherford in the forthcoming year. You'll then get the chance to apply what you have learned on our work experience module 'Professional Experience and Development'. We emphasise practical routes into careers within the creative industries, in education or in wider research and offer networking support from the industry specialists on our staff when you graduate. Choose to study Theatre and English and you'll expand your knowledge and understanding of literature, giving yourself a wonderful range of references to draw on in the future. A rich range of options can include fairytales, postmodernism, popular literature, south Asian writing, women's writing, experimental literatures and digital technologies.

Course Modules

Level 1 Core: Perspectives (theatre); thinking about literature; approaches to poetry and prose; approaches to dramatic text; histories 1: pre'20th century (theatre); ensemble production. (Theatre) Options: acting: essential skills; applied drama practice: an introduction; devising: filling the empty space (theatre); digital performance 1; directing: contexts, theories, practices (theatre); playwriting 1. Level 2 core: Perspectives 2 (theatre); histories 2: 20th century to present day (theatre). Options: Acting: beyond naturalism; applied drama project; bodies and performance (theatre); devising: dramaturgy and adaptation; digital performance 2; directing 2; musical theatre; writing 2: experiments in language for performance (theatre); nineteenth century novel; Shakespeare text and performance; modernism; romanticism and revolution; the women's movement and 20th century writing; post'colonial writing. Level 3 Core: Final production (practical); written dissertation (in either subject). Options: Perspectives 3: battling with ideas (theatre); placement and professional development (compulsory for single hons); the canon reloaded; performance and embodiment; advanced musical theatre (by audition); writing modern fiction; writing comedy; writing modern drama; post'war and late 20th century literature; Victorian literature and culture; single author study; post'millennial British fiction; critical perspectives: historical perspectives; writing Ireland; modern and contemporary lesbian literature; erotic bodies: gender, sexuality and modern writing; a sinking island?: British poetry after modernism and postmodernism; the African'American novel; 20th century socio'political drama; moving modernisms.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £13,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
4 - 6 years
Part Time
BA (Hons) £6,750  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • International Baccalaureate 30
  • GCE A-level BBB
  • SQA Advanced Higher BBB
  • European Baccalaureate 75%
  • Irish Leaving Certificates AAABB
  • Foundation / access qualification
  • IELTS 6.5
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • SQA Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units)
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units)

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13% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 12%

Total Coursework: 70%

Total Practical: 18%

£4,500 - £6,900
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,200 - £5,000
Typical cost of private accommodation