The world is your stage

Whether you are working with professional directors as a member of our renowned Student Theatre Company; taking part in one of our many international, collaborative performance projects or visiting our local theatres such as the Royal National Theatre, The Old Vic or Shakespeare’s Globe, we offer you the chance to develop advanced performance skills and a unique creative outlook in a highly supportive, practice based environment.

By working with academic practitioners and industry professionals, such as the internationally renowned Frantic Assembly, you will get to explore your interests in acting, performing and theatre-making while gaining knowledge and experience in key areas of theatre such as multimedia practice, site-specific performance, movement for actors and theatre productions.

This learning will develop your own professional practice or arts based career. Having the opportunity to attend industry events and talks; to stage performances with our Student Theatre Company; and to gain professional acting experience through LSBU’s creative agency, the South Bank Collective, will help you prepare for the arts career you really want.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2019.

Set in the heart of London’s cultural epicentre, LSBU is the ideal place for you to study, grow and succeed as a creative practitioner.

Why study Drama and Performance at LSBU?

  • Top 2 amongst London competitors for overall satisfaction and teaching in Drama (National Student Survey 2018).

  • LSBU Student Theatre Company: You'll take part in a full season of theatre working exclusively with theatre professionals including directors, performers and theatre companies.

  • Creative partnership with Frantic Assembly: Known for their high-octane, physical theatre productions Frantic Assembly will deliver workshops and residencies, and share their expertise with you.

  • The Edric Theatre is a dedicated performance and rehearsal space with a 90-seat capacity, plus a 30-seat studio and backstage facilities.

  • Take full advantage of the proximity to London's theatres by attending professional workshops, gaining temporary employment and answering casting calls.

  • 3rd in London for graduate prospects in Drama, Dance & Cinematics (Sunday Times 2019).

LSBU recently awarded Hollywood star David Oyelowo an Honorary Doctorate.

Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 years September Southwark Campus


On this practical performance course, you’ll become a member of the renowned LSBU Student Theatre Company and take part in international performance projects, intensive workshops, and residencies with major theatre companies such as Shakespeare’s Globe, Frantic Assembly, and Complicite. You’ll perform at the Edric Theatre, our on-campus contemporary performance space.

First, we’ll develop your skills and techniques in acting, directing and writing through workshops with theatre professionals and lecturers. Then you'll develop your professional CV by taking part in a Student Theatre Company production. By the final year, you'll begin to articulate your own practice as a theatre artist, developing a large-scale independent performance project focused on your strengths and interests.

The course is 45% assessed by coursework and 55% assessed through a practical exam.

Year 1

You'll develop skills and techniques in acting, directing and writing through workshops with theatre professionals and lecturers. You'll write and perform a monologue, participate in an actor's scene study and ensemble devised performances. You'll also collaborate on a workshop production with fellow students.

Practical learning is supplemented with critical thinking, analysis and reading on performance history, context and theory.

  • Theatre workshop
  • Performance histories
  • Acting a role
  • Performance lab
  • 20th-century practice

Plus one option from:

  • Acting the text
  • Movement for actors

Year 2

You'll develop your professional CV by taking part in a Student Theatre Company production. You'll work with a professional theatre team including director, production manager, and designer. You'll take on all aspects of the performance and production including performing, lighting, design, marketing, publicity, event management and box office.

You'll also focus on innovative modes of contemporary performance during modules on multi-media technologies in performance, contemporary theatre adaptation and experimental theatre practice. Taking part in an intensive artistic residency, with a physical theatre company, Frantic Assembly will further develop your movement and technical skills.

  • Critical Frameworks
  • The company in residence - delivered by Frantic Assembly
  • Collaborative Production
  • Theatre and audience
  • Practices of adaptation

Plus one option from:

  • Multimedia performance
  • Site-specific performance

And one option from:

  • Body and performance
  • Text and performance

Year 3

You'll begin to articulate your own practice as a theatre artist, developing a large-scale independent performance project focused on your strengths and interests. You'll also take part in professional workshops on composition for performance preparing you to enter the working world as a creative practitioner.

  • Research project
  • Creative strategies

And either

One option from:

  • Professional toolkit
  • Classical acting

And one option from

  • Digital performance technologies
  • Acting for screen


  • Applied Theater

Plus one option from

  • Independent performance project
  • Independent practice as research
  • Dissertation


Working with professional theatre-makers during your course means that you leave us with a strong network of professional contacts and an understanding of what it takes to begin to make your own way in a competitive industry.

You’ll have gained a holistic experience of theatre productions, with skills in everything from acting technique and directing to marketing, publicity and events management. You can be confident that you’re ready for your next career step.

Performing as you study will equip you for a career in acting, live art performance, directing, stage management, lighting, sound design or production. You could also use the course as a platform for teaching, arts management or research.

We know that commercial experience really makes a difference on a CV. That’s why you’ll have the opportunity to get acting and voice-over work with South Bank Collective – LSBU's registered commercial creative agency.

Track record in employment

Our graduates have an excellent track record securing jobs in the creative and cultural industries as well as collaborating in setting up flourishing companies of their own. They go on to be involved in all aspects of the sector, including content creation, production, management, education, policy and distribution. Some of our graduates are working on feature dramas and in post production for leading UK production companies.

Employability Service

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.


Edric Theatre

A dedicated performance and rehearsal space with a 90-seat capacity that can be set up in numerous configurations. The main auditorium, 30-seat studio and backstage facilities are used by drama, performance and technical theatre students. Facilities are available for commercial hire.

Borough Road Gallery

The gallery is a home for visual art and a unique part of the University's heritage. Opened in 2012, the Borough Road Gallery contains valuable and significant works of Post War British Art in a public collection, produced by the celebrated artist and teacher David Bomberg (1890-1957).

Arts, music and cultural events in London

The University couldn't be better located being only a 10-15 minute walk from the Southbank Centre, National Theatre, BFI IMAX, Tate Modern, Royal Festival Hall, The Old Vic Theatre, The Young Vic and therefore the best of London's plays, performances, exhibitions, and screenings.

Teaching and learning

Your Lecturers are leading practitioners in their fields, so everything we do is industry relevant. Inspiring guest speakers from renowned arts organisations and theatre companies will give you further industry insight and build your professional connections.

Personal, Year and Group Tutoring

As an undergraduate Arts and Creative Industries student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.

Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your tutor regularly throughout your course. Sessions will be a mix of group and one-to-one sessions. You can contact your tutor for additional meetings or support by email or in class.

Entry requirements

  • A Level BBC including at least one specialist subject such as Drama, Theatre or Performing Arts or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DMM in a specialist performing arts subject or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 15 Distinctions 30 Merits in a specialist performing arts subject or;
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualifications in a relevant subject such as Drama, Theatre or Performing Arts worth 112 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above)
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

All students must also complete a successful audition to be considered for this course.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated May 2, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 23, 2019
3 years
9,250 GBP
Year 1 Full-time UK/EU fee: £9250; International fee: £13125.
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