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. Adding Film and Television Studies is a smart way to develop your critical, technological and theoretical perspectives and appreciate how meaning is created. Modules cover both mainstream and alternative practices, including American Independent Cinema, Political Film, and Alternative Film and Video. Horror, Comedy and Celebrity TV feature too. We'll help you understand how different genres work aesthetically, socio'culturally and institutionally, and help you to analyse your own practical work.

Course Modules

Level 1 Core: Perspectives (theatre); film style; histories 1: pre'20th century (theatre); ensemble production (theatre). Options: critical methodologies (film & TV); television genres; film practice and theory; 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; Asian cinema; British cinema and British identities; British film and television; European cinema; new Hollywood cinema; science fictions; television: forms and meanings; the western; video practice: forms and meanings. 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); gender and sexuality; Hong Kong cinema; comedy; American independent cinema; media freedom and regulation; alternative film & video; political film.

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
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 ABBBB
  • 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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15% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 3%

Total Coursework: 74%

Total Practical: 23%

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

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