“Combine academic study with a deep insight into professional theatre practice.”
Our Theatre & Performance courses are informed by current industry practice and benefit from strong links with the Octagon Theatre Bolton and other arts organisations in the North West. Teaching is undertaken in dedicated studio and performance spaces in our Specialist Queen’s Theatre Building, as well as at the Octagon Theatre in Bolton.
In particular areas such as performance and contemporary theatre practice; arts administration and management; technical production; education and community arts; events management; cultural policy; media or creative arts. As a graduate of a Theatre or Performing Arts degree you will possess skills, knowledge and experience that will prove invaluable for your future career.
Performing Arts and Theatre
Our Performing Arts and Theatre courses are informed by current industry practice and benefit from strong links with the Octagon Theatre Bolton and other arts organisations in the North West. Teaching is undertaken in dedicated studio and performance spaces in our Specialist Queen's Theatre Building as well as at the Octagon Theatre Bolton.
Our innovative Theatre course combines academic study with a deep insight into professional theatre practice. It’s delivered in partnership with the Octagon Theatre Bolton, one of the country’s leading regional theatres.
Our Professor of Theatre, David Thacker, is an Olivier Award winning director and Associate Artistic Director at the Octagon Theatre Bolton. Prof. David Thacker supports our lecturers and programme leaders in providing a course which combines a rich variety of practical learning activities (including acting, directing and rehearsing) with core critical and analytical modules. The programme also provides you with an introduction to all aspects of performance and direction, participatory theatre, technical theatre and design and historical and contemporary theatre practice.
Our Performing Arts (Top-up) is a well-established and successful course that allows students with HND or foundation degrees in Performing Arts or related disciplines the opportunity to obtain an honours degree in this subject.
The top-up offers students the opportunity to undertake placements, develop professional and practical skills, and gain an understanding of the work of the creative industries.
Bolton School of the Arts is home to all Performing Arts and Theatre courses and activity at the University of Bolton. See the Bolton School of the Arts section of this website for information on staff, events, and news.
Your education at the University of Bolton is ‘Teaching Intensive, Research Informed’. You’ll work closely with a wide range of theatre professionals, and develop the experience you need for a rewarding career.
Interested in collaborating with the University of Bolton? Bolton School of the Arts is always interested in working with other institutions and businesses. Please contact us if you would like further information on collaboration opportunities.
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