Theatre and Professional Practice BA (Hons) (W440)


Coventry University

Theatre and Professional Practice BA (Hons)

Requirements / Wymagania

Minimum 2 przedmioty na poziomie rozszerzonym (j. ang. się wlicza) - minimum 60%
J. angielski - minimum 75%
Średnia z matury 55% 55%
Certyfikat językowy IELTS opcjonalnie jeśli nie spełnisz powyższych wymagań z matury 6.0, żaden z komponentów nie może być niższy niż 5.5 -
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The stage is the place where we can challenge convention. Theatre and Professional Practice can prepare you for this creative industry. 

With multiple opportunities to invent and create your own style of live theatre, this course is designed to help equip you with the knowledge and experience used within the theatre industry.

Students’ gain hands-on experience of a variety of different and exciting approaches to making and performing live theatre – from scripted, collaboratively devised work and improvisational approaches to performance, to mask work and puppetry, acrobatics and stilt work, physical theatre and intermedial performance. You’ll even be encouraged to create a professional scale work as a final project.

You’ll be taught by our experienced faculty, some of whom are theatre directors and applied theatre practitioners, as well as invited professional guest practitioners who have previously included Théâtre Sans Frontières, Kiln Theatre, Mandala Theatre, Theatre Absolute, Big Brum The Desperate Men, Acrojou, and The Fabularium. 

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.


Course information

Study here and you’ll join a vibrant, multicultural creative learning community with a focus on vocational and professional practice linked to the demands of the current performing arts industry.

On this course, we teach the skills of theatre making to help students develop a strong portfolio of practice from many practical exercises, all the while developing reflective awareness of your own discipline and practice. 

Year one:

During your first year, you’ll be introduced to the tools to create and critique performance. Through practical exercises and classes, we’ll cover various processes and techniques used by performers and companies in the telling of stories on the stage. We’ll explore the devising process, the performer-audience relationship, the mixture and balance of roles needed to fill the ‘empty space’.

Students are guided in physical and movement training strategies and offered approaches to devising text and movement. These include: tableaux storyboarding; the shaping of space for environments; set and object work via mime practices; physical theatre as a means of scene transition and space transformation; and the exploration of ensemble storytelling via narrator functions and placements from the work of Mike Alfreds.


  • The Empty Space
  • Devising Performance Texts
  • Acting: Roots & Routes
  • Naturalism and the Revolt Against it
  • Theatre in Social Contexts
  • Introduction to Theatre Technologies 
Year two:

In the second year, we examine theatre in its local, national and transnational contexts through the performance of fully staged productions for public audiences, analysis of dramatic texts, theatre criticism, historical documents and other performance events in digital settings and outdoor spaces.

We will investigate how theatre practices from across the globe, (such as Japanese, Asian and African) have influenced Western theatre making. We’ll consider the ethical implications and responsibilities involved in reading and representing theatrical and performative practice emanating from an ethnic identity other than your own.


  • Directed Performance
  • Global Theatres: Research Enquiry
  • Outdoor Performance
  • Experimental & Digital Performance
  • Negotiated Study, providing options for self-study
Placement year:

After your second year, students have an opportunity to apply for a sandwich year, studying abroad or on professional placement.

Final year:

Then, in your final year, our students work on an intensive ‘Live Brief’ with a professional director or theatre company and have the opportunity to create and present a substantial piece of your own creative work in collaboration with others. Past students have utilised this work for platform events at The Belgrade Theatre, at the National Student Drama Festival, for national touring to outdoor festivals. Final project work has also resulted in the formation of new theatre companies such as Noctium Theatre, Simpatico Theatre and Strongbox Theatre Co, all of which have continued making work together beyond the University degree period.


  • Live Briefs
  • Strategic Project Planning
  • Extended Essay
  • Business Matters
  • Final Major Project

Why choose this course?

Students are taught by our experienced creative practitioners, some who have worked as theatre directors, movement directors, educational programme developers, freelance actors, designers, mask-makers and applied theatre specialists for organisations ranging from Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), The Globe, Théâtre Sans Frontières, Trestle, Spike Theatre, The Lion’s Part and The Fabularium. Our teaching staff have significant experience in major project events, such as Liverpool Capital of Culture 2008 programme, international touring with the British Council, co-productions with the National Theatre and performances at the Sydney Opera House. Staff members are also founders and directors of organisations that have been within the Arts Council of England National Portfolio.

These experiences have harvested a range of accolades and awards for our teaching staff, from Fringe Firsts at the Edinburgh Festival to Arts Marketing and Business Awards or Annual Arts awards from the likes of Manchester Evening News, Liverpool Echo and Daily Post, and the Brighton Festival.

The teaching team has a vast array of international research expertise with exciting collaborations including examples, such as a site-specific project on the use of pico pocket projectors during field trips with Das Institut für Alles Mögliche, Berlin, as well as long-form improvisation research with alumni of Chicago’s Second City and teachers from The Hothouse Los Angeles.

It also includes our ground breaking digital Shakespeare project, run in conjunction with students and staff at the University of Tampere, Finland, which won the 2016 Gold Award for Innovative International Learning at the Reimagine Education Awards in Philadelphia. This ongoing online international learning (OIL) initiative recently enabled students from both universities to perform an act of King Lear together – despite being 1,600 miles apart – thanks to a ‘stargate’ style interactive window, using a mix of stage and Skype technologies to create a virtual rehearsal room.

You will be introduced to the international research findings in the performing arts, allowing you to use this knowledge to improve and enhance your performance and performance making. This will take place within practical workshop settings, performance visits, lectures, seminars and field trips, which may include participation within research activity alongside tutors as project leads.

The course is predominantly practice-based with workshops and classes demonstrating a huge range of different styles and forms from character building methodologies, chorus and ensemble work, mime, object animation and puppetry, the development of musicianship and approaches to music theatre, intermediality (the integration of digital elements within the live performance space), applied techniques such as verbatim theatre, forum practices and process drama.

We offer opportunities to our students to apply to collaborate with our professional partners, both locally and globally. For example, students and recent graduates have performed at the RSC in collaboration with Kiln Theatre, at the Just So festival in Staffordshire with The Fabularium, at the Festival of Imagineers in Coventry with Imagineer Productions, and in Oxford with Mandala Theatre Co.

International experience opportunities

There is a strong focus on international influences to this degree course and we offer opportunities to apply for an international placement, which in the past has included working with organisations in Italy, North America and Portugal. Graduate residency opportunities also exist in Berlin during October/November following completion of your degree in collaboration with Stefan Reibel at Das Institut für Alles Mögliche. We are also currently developing new collaborations with New York University Education Theatre Department, the Viljandi Culture Academy, Estonia, and Qendra Multimedia (Children’s Theatre), Kosova.

The content of the course includes modules addressing a range of international contexts, diverse cultural practices and traditions. For example, international trends in theatre and theatre practices are examined through the ‘Global Theatres: Research Enquiry’ module and students regularly explore and publicly perform plays by international playwrights. We run a range of international field trips, which in recent years have included visits to see Brecht’s ‘Mother Courage’ at the Berliner Ensemble, Robert Wilson’s ‘The Black Rider’ at the Betty Nansen Theatre in Copenhagen, Woyzeck at the Russian Theatre in Tallinn, Estonia. Our trip to Paris, France, to performances at the Comédie Francaise (Cyrano de Bergerac), Theatre De La Ville (James Thiérrée’s Tabac Rouge) and Théâtre de l'Œuvre included backstage tours and masterclasses from international directors and producers. 


How much does it cost?

Full-time Home and EU: 

September 2018

  • £9,250 (per year)

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