The Theatre and Professional Practice BA is a highly practical course, exploring the creative potential of collaborative processes alongside the development of the individual actor and theatre practitioner.
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 to enter the theatre and creative industries beyond university.
You can 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 digital performance. You’ll also 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 Frantic Assembly, the RSC, Théâtre Sans Frontières, 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.
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.
There is a strong emphasis within the course on our students’ future career paths, aimed not only to help students to explore what your chosen career path might be, but also to help build a professional level of business skills and knowledge.
The ‘Business Matters’ module in particular is designed to encourage you to develop an appreciation of the nature of professionalism in the context of the performing arts industry and to recognise the relationship between professional arts practice, critical reflection and personal planning. We will cover the career structures relevant for your field, including companies, free-lance, small businesses and sole trader, and the commercial structures within which you may eventually work. We will also look at the possible market places for different skills and creations, which includes areas such as self-promotion, marketing and publicity.
Our Creative Futures employment team is on hand to offer tailored career and enterprise advice to support if you wish to gain employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course specific industries. Our dedicated enterprise officers also offer valuable assistance on how to begin as a freelancer/entrepreneur.
On successful graduation, there are many options you could possibly pursue including careers in teaching following further training, socially engaged and community arts organisations and theatre in education contexts.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.
95% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course
Where our graduates work
Recent graduates have gone on to work in the education departments of theatres including The Belgrade Theatre, The Birmingham Rep, Old Vic Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent, The Roundhouse in London. Others have found roles with a range of organisations, such as supporting national community cohesion at The Challenge, managing TEFL (Teaching of English as a Foreign Language) programmes with Dramatic English in Hong Kong, working alongside schools at specialist SEN agencies or with Live and Local promoting arts in rural Warwickshire.
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