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BA (Hons) Contemporary Theatre and Performance

Start date
September 2019
Course length
3 years
UCAS code

Course summary

BA Contemporary Theatre and Performance at Wimbledon College of Arts is for students who are interested in making performance.

You will have the opportunity to pursue this through directing, writing, devising, as well as performing. You will work collaboratively to create contemporary theatre productions and to develop innovative forms of performance.

The course will enable you to work in an ensemble and to form a company or collective. You will plan, design, develop and deliver performance projects for a range of theatrical and non-theatrical locations and contexts, ensuring your work is engaged with contemporary culture.

Course details

    This course is subject to validation. Validation is a process that makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During validation there maybe be some changes to course content and structure. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

    What you can expect

  • To develop practical and critical skills to produce solo and group performances
  • To be able to make performance across a range of creative forms and disciplines
  • To investigate critical approaches to contemporary theatre and post-dramatic performance
  • To make your own work and be able to perform in group productions
  • To study the theory and practice of performance composition
  • To have the opportunity to develop your own compositional practices
  • To gain an understanding of performance in relation to text, image and action
  • To investigate different performance environments
  • To look at performance in a cultural, political and historical context
  • To examine global theatre practices, post-colonial narratives, and socially-engaged performance
  • To learn about digital, participatory and relational performance practices and collaborative production
  • To have access to Wimbledon's shared workshops. View the Wimbledon facilities

Course units

Year 1

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Performance
  • Unit 2: Devising Lab
  • Unit 3: Performance in Context
  • Unit 4: Representing the Real

Year 2

  • Unit 5: Global Theatre Practices
  • Unit 6: Collaborative Production
  • Unit 7: Digital Performance Lab
  • Unit 8: Contemporary Theatre-making

With optional Diploma in Professional Studies: Theatre and Performance or Diploma in Creative Computing

Year 3

  • Unit 9: Performance Research
  • Unit 10: Ensemble Performance

Learning and teaching methods

  • Collaborative work
  • Group and individual tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Introductions and inductions to university, college and course resources
  • Investigative seminars
  • Lectures and visiting speaker talks
  • Practical performance projects
  • Practical workshops
  • Performance analysis of live theatre and digital screenings
  • Performance labs
  • Production projects
  • Project based learning
  • Staff and student led seminars and discussions
  • Studio, external venue and other visits
  • Training for performance sessions
  • Use of resource venues and institutions

Assessment methods

  • Critical and creative portfolios
  • Essays
  • Live presentations - pitches, proposals, papers
  • Performance etudes
  • Performed and digital essays
  • Process workbooks and reflective journals
  • Production roles and ensemble contribution
  • Project proposals, plans and reports
  • Written and performed dissertations

Course dates

Autumn Term:

Monday 23 September - Friday 6 December 2019

Spring Term:

Monday 6 January - Friday 13 March 2020

Summer Term:

Monday 13 April - Friday 19 June 2020

How to apply

You must apply through UCAS, where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W442

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application deadline is 15 January.

Following your UCAS application to this course all home / EU applicants will be invited to choose a date for a selection event.

What is a selection event?

A selection event is similar to an interview. The event will involve a performance-based workshop and an interview. It will also give you a chance to take a tour of the college and see the facilities.

More details about your selection event will be emailed to you once you have chosen your selection event date.

Applicants will be seen by a team of Performance tutors. Applicants may be offered a place on an alternative BA Performance course at Wimbledon. This decision will be based on our assessment of an applicants' creative potential and interests.

For the selection event:

You should bring along an image of either:

  • A performance you have been in or have been involved in making


  • A performance you would like to have been in or would like to have been involved in making

We will then discuss your choice at the interview. For example, we want you to think about things such as:

  • What inspired you about the performance?
  • How did it make you think and feel?
  • What did it teach you about performance?

There are 3 ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Wimbledon College of Arts:

Find out more information about applying through UCAS.

Interviews and portfolio reviews - international students can be interviewed in a number of different ways:

  • By phone or Skype
  • In your country, if your application was made though one of our official representatives
  • At our international office based at Chelsea College of Arts

Study Abroad

Through the Study Abroad programme international students can apply to join an undergraduate course.

For information on how to apply visit the Study Abroad section.

Entry requirements

We select students based on the quality of their applications, looking primarily at their portfolio of work, personal statements and reference.

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • A Level - 2 A levels grade C or above
  • or Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • or Pass, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • or Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • or Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • or Equivalent EU or non-EU qualifications. For example - International Baccalaureate Diploma pass achieved at 24 points or above
  • and 3 GCSE passes grade C or above

We will also consider other evidence of prior learning and experience via Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning - AP(E)L and / or alternative qualifications assessed as offering the same level as the above requirements.

English language requirements

All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

At interview and workshop review

Students will be expected to demonstrate:

  • Interest in, commitment to and motivation for studying the subject
  • Ability to work imaginatively and creatively individually and in groups
  • Ability to create, develop and respond to new ideas and to work with new creative forms
  • Desire to learn
  • Ability to investigate and develop ideas independently
  • Ability to communicate ideas physically, verbally and in writing
  • Aptitude for creative problem solving
  • Ability to self-direct and critically evaluate work
  • Willingness to think critically about the relationship between performance and public / social life
  • Openness and responsiveness to other’s ideas

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2018/19 fees). Fees for 2019/20 to be confirmed.

Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

International fee

£19,350 (2018/19 fees). Fees for 2019/20 to be confirmed.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.


Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

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Careers and alumni

Upon completing this course you will be:

  • Equipped with a range of specialist performance-making and transferrable performance-related skills. These will enable you to work within the theatre, creative and cultural industries
  • Able to communicate effectively through the medium of performance
  • Confident about your ideas and ability to transfer them into a professional environment
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively
  • Connected and engaged with critical communities of performance related debate and research
  • Prepared for postgraduate study

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