Theatre Studies and Arts Management
Birkbeck, University of London
Key Course Facts
Do you want to tell, produce and facilitate stories on stage? Are you equally interested in the business of the arts and what happens backstage? Are you keen to study in central London, at the heart of the city’s vibrant theatre and literary culture?
If so, our new BA Theatre Studies and Arts Management is ideal. You will study with leading academics, theatremakers and professionals working within the creative industries in a building that was once home to Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group. You will investigate theatre and arts management in a range of contexts. You will study theatre and performance from the perspective of the spectator and the practitioner learning about the different ways in which theatre impacts culture and society.
You will gain a crucial understanding of:
how creative organisations work
how cultural policy is implemented
the role of audience development and curatorial practice across cultural contexts.
In your final year, you will develop your own independent projects in theatre and performance. Throughout, you will engage deeply with live performance and learn from leading practitioners in your field.
On completing the BA Theatre Studies and Arts Management, you will be well-placed to develop a career in theatre and the arts more broadly, for example as an artist, creative producer, or arts manager, or undertake further study at postgraduate level.
Birkbeck is located in the heart of literary London - in Bloomsbury, WC1 - and writers and academics maintain strong links with the creative industries. You can study in a building that was once home to Virginia Woolf and frequented by members of the Bloomsbury Group - now home to our School of Arts - and be taught by leading dramatists, artists and arts managers. The building houses our own creative hub which includes the Peltz Gallery, the Gordon Square Cinema and a theatre and performance space.
You will be eligible to submit work to the Scratch Night as part of Birkbeck Arts Week, and to attend public events and performances curated by Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre.
In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), English Language and Literature at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality.
The School of Arts is an official partner of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Opportunities for students have included a year’s free membership of the ICA, private views, discounts on all talks and events, free members' screenings and £3 cinema tickets on Tuesdays, up to 25% off ICA Artists' Editions and a monthly e-newsletter.
What You Will Learn
Programme content: As a student of Theatre Studies and Arts Management, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Minimum Required UCAS Tariff
The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence. UCAS provides a tariff calculator for you to work out what your qualification is worth within the UCAS tariff.
We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
- Mphil / PhD
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Theatre Studies and Arts Management, BA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.
Tuition Fees Theatre Studies and Arts Management BA (Hons)
|England UK||£9250||year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250||year 1|
Additional fee information
Average student cost of living in London
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
How to apply
January 1, 2024
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
Possible Entry Points:
- year 1 (Default entry point)
Positions of Birkbeck, University of London in top UK and global rankings.
About Birkbeck, University of London
Birkbeck, University of London (BBK) was established in 1823, and takes a different stance towards admissions than many other universities. Applicants are encouraged by BKK to apply even if they don’t possess the traditional qualifications normally required, as applications here are also considered based on an assessment of your knowledge on the subject, and any work experience you might have. Being located in the very centre of London, students will have all the advantages of the city’s public transport connections, as well as the chance to live in such a diverse and vibrant city with all that it offers.
Student composition of Birkbeck, University of London
Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|Drama and Theatre Studies BA (Hons)||Royal Holloway, University of London||80%||0%||10%||£9250||£21900||158||Egham||On campus Full-time|
|Performing Arts BA (Hons)||Leeds Beckett University||62%||0%||10%||£9250||£10500||112||Leeds||On campus Full-time|
|Performing Arts BA (Hons)||Canterbury Christ Church University||71%||0%||15%||£9250||£14500||88||Canterbury||On campus Full-time|
|Media and Theatre Studies BA (Hons)||Aberystwyth University||82%||10%||5%||£9000||£14300||123||Aberystwyth||On campus Full-time|
|Performing Arts BA (Hons)||De Montfort University||89%||2%||0%||£9250||£14250||139||Leicester||On campus Full-time|
|Performing Arts (Film, TV and Stage) BA (Hons)||Buckinghamshire New University||92%||10%||15%||£9250||£12500||131||High Wycombe||On campus Full-time|
|Performing Arts BA (Hons)||University of Sunderland||81%||0%||0%||£9250||£13000||122||Sunderland||On campus Full-time|
|Performing Arts BA (Hons)||University of Bedfordshire||79%||0%||10%||£9250||£13200||92||Luton||On campus Full-time|
|Performing Arts (Film, TV and Stage) with Foundation Year BA (Hons)||Buckinghamshire New University||92%||10%||15%||£9250||£12500||131||High Wycombe||On campus Full-time|
|Performing Arts with Foundation Year BA (Hons)||University of Bedfordshire||79%||0%||10%||£9250||£13200||92||Luton||On campus Full-time|