Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in European Theatre Arts


Program Description

  • Duration: 3 years
  • Term Start: September 2020
  • Entry Requirements: 96 UCAS points
  • Mode of Study: On-Campus Learning

This course is validated as a BA (Hons) European Theatre Arts.

At the heart of the European, Theatre Arts programme is the notion of the crossing of boundaries. You will be training in European theatre practice and investigating not only the role of the performer but also the part played by the director, playwright and designer. You will study these practices in a variety of historical and socio-cultural European contexts, and you will spend part of the programme abroad studying at another European institution of theatre training.

Crossing the boundaries between theatrical vocations, cultures, countries and languages, the European Theatre Arts programme offers you a comprehensive understanding of all processes of theatre-making and how they are shaped by the specific cultural context in which they occur.

The programme is founded on the belief that the study and experience of theatre in other cultures offer new and enlightening insights into one’s own theatrical practices and traditions.

You will not only be engaging with the work of practitioners who shaped 20th-Century theatre, but you will also be given the opportunity to experiment with new forms of theatre and develop research as practice. Not surprisingly, the emphasis is on innovative practices.

Why choose this course?

  • You will train rigorously as a contemporary performer to acquire a wide range of skills and techniques, empowering you to create and shape innovative performance. Build on your own interests to craft a personal artistic voice.
  • Perform in small-scale and large-scale ensembles, exploring devised and text-based theatre. Collaborate with other performers, designers and technical specialists to present original work.
  • Explore a wide range of European practices and techniques, closely tutored by an international team of theatre experts. Enjoy working in close collaboration with visiting industry professionals, investigating contemporary performance practices.
  • Spend a semester studying at one of our European partner institutions, developing your skills and enhancing your employment opportunities. Current partners include DAMU (Prague), EESTI MUUSIKA (Tallinn), ESAD (Murcia), EIOLA (Barcelona), Janácek Academy of Music and Performing Arts (Brno), Centre for Theatre Practices Gardzienice, PWST National Academy of Theatre Arts (Wroclaw) and RESAD (Madrid).
  • Graduate ready to work in a variety of contexts, in the UK and abroad, as a freelance performer and theatremaker; able to build a successful portfolio career in the performing arts industry.

Employability & Industry

ETA graduates have gone on to perform with established, cutting-edge theatre companies (Forced Entertainment, Frantic Assembly, Gardzienice, Teatr Zar, Ockham’s Razor), to form their own companies and work with established venues such as the Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), Barbican Theatre, National Theatre and Icelandic National Theatre among others.

ETA graduates continue to produce work at a range of festivals, including Edinburgh, Prague and Brighton Fringes. Other destinations include directing, writing, teaching, establishing theatre venues, producing and more.

A number of ETA graduates pursue postgraduate study/research. Other destinations include directing, writing, teaching, establishing theatre venues, producing and more.

Alumni Success

  • James Eeles (Peaky Blinders, Darkest Hour, Farming)
  • Ro Hutson (Strong Female Character, Outstanding Comedy Show Melbourne Fringe, 2015)
  • Jorge Lopes Ramos (Artistic Director of ZU-UK, Hotel Medea)

Graduate Occupations

Studying an Arts related subject provides our students with a wide range of skills. Recent graduates have progressed into the following occupations:

  • Actors, entertainers and presenters
  • Arts officers producers and directors
  • Teaching and other educational professionals
  • Musicians
  • Leisure and theme park attendants
  • Special needs educational teaching professionals
  • Archivists and curators
  • IT use support technicians
  • Artists
  • Authors, Writers and translators
  • Photographers, audio-visual and broadcasting equipment operators
  • Interior decoration designers
  • Set designers
  • Marketing associate professionals
  • Human resources and industrial relations officers
  • Vocational and industrial trainers and instructors
  • Financial administrative occupations
  • Stock control clerks and assistants
  • Playworkers
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Educational support assistants
  • Care workers and home carers
  • Leisure and travel services
  • Textile process operatives

Source: DLHE Data 2013/2014 to 2016/2017

Fee and Application Information


Mode of Study: Full Time

How to Apply

UK/EU Applicants

Apply through UCAS for September 2020 entry

  • Institution code: R51
  • Programme Code: W422

International Applicants

Please e-mail

2019/2020 Fees

  • UK/EU Students - £9,250
  • International Students - £18,000

Audition Fees

You will also be required to pay a £25 audition fee for this programme.

We don’t charge an audition fee if you:

  • You audition as part of a progression agreement.
  • Your household income is under £25,000 per year.
  • You are in receipt of benefits including disability benefits: Universal Credit, PIP, DLA.
  • You are Care Experienced (Care Leaver/in the care of your Local Authority).
  • You have Caring Responsibilities (Young Carer/ Carer).
  • You are irreconcilably Estranged with no contact with parents/family due to a relationship breakdown living independently without financial/emotional support from parents/family.
  • You can offer other evidence of financial hardship.
  • ​You are being auditioned overseas.

If you think you are eligible for the above fee waivers, our admissions team will be able to provide you with more details when you apply.

Course content

Year 1 (Level 4):

  • Workshops and performance on different dramatic texts
  • An introduction to devised theatre
  • Performance techniques in relation to critical theory
  • Productions illuminating key periods of European theatre history
  • Directing fundamentals (optional)

Year 2 (Level 5):

  • Workshops and seminars on selected European practitioners
  • Productions and seminars on texts from different European nations or regions
  • Study in another European country
  • Directing and designing European texts

Year 3 (Level 6):

  • An introduction to research in practice
  • Final collaborative productions
  • Final practical projects and dissertations
  • Professional preparation and research on different European theatre companies

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