St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

In our programme practice and theory are integrated. We believe that theory springs from practice, which is why the emphasis of the course is on practical skills, productions and on making theatre. The programme begins with the acquisition of performance and acting skills. Physical Theatre students are first trained in traditional acting skills to increase their confidence as performers. This is followed by the teaching of more specialised skills and methods of creating and devising visual and collaborative ensemble theatre. The main emphasis of the course is a European (French/Italian) tradition of physical theatre where storytelling, masks and objects play a large part in creating a visual, metaphorical world. By the end of the course you will have had a professional training appropriate to a career in the theatre and be equipped with creative, analytical, communication, team'working and organisational skills relevant to a wide range of graduate employment.

Course Modules

Level 1: Ways of seeing; theatre in context; making theatre; London theatre now; movement and voice 1; theatre games and spontaneity; movement and voice 2; improvisation into acting. Level 2: Creative thinking; theatre theory and theorists; early modern drama; international practice and practitioners; ensemble and mask work; acting' preparation for performance; devising for physical theatre; devised production. Level 3: Theatre and society; contemporary plays and playwrights; dissertation; stories and visions for theatre; stories and visions production; visual lab production.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
1 - 4 years
Part Time Day
BA (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 112
  • SQA Higher BBBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBBC
  • European Baccalaureate 60%
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) DD
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units) D
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2

Key Course Information

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93% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 66%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 73%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 66%

90% Go on to work and/or study

In work 85
Studying 5
Studying and working 0
Unemployed 0
Unknown 0

30% Total study time lectures

Total Coursework: 33%

Total Practical: 67%

£4,410 - £5,783
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,800 - £6,000
Typical cost of private accommodation