University of Derby Programmes

Study at the University of Derby

Our partnership with the University of Derby means Derby Theatre is leading the way as a ‘Learning Theatre’ offering a range of undergraduate and masters courses for anyone interested in developing their skills in technical theatre or performance.

Specialist academic teams at the University work alongside the professional theatre team so that students benefit from a truly unique and inspirational blend of theatre experience and academic expertise.
Students on the degree programmes will:

- Study, work and perform in a nationally renowned producing theatre
- Work alongside theatre professionals on top quality performances
- Take part in workshops with visiting world class artists
- Work with our artistic and technical teams on home-grown Derby Theatre productions
- Participate in study visits e.g The National Theatre

Recently our students have undertaken workshops and residencies working with companies including Gecko, as well as taking a role alongside our artistic and technical teams on home-grown Derby Theatre productions.

After graduation
Students graduate Derby with the skills and knowledge needed to form their own theatre companies or pursue professional roles both on and off stage. We support them to enter the first stages of a professional theatre career through graduate internships and a comprehensive artist development programme. 

- BA (Hons) Technical Theatre
- BA (Hons) Contemporary Theatre and Performance
- BA (Hons) Costume and Set Design
- Theatre Studies Joint Honours (Study two subjects as one degree)
- MA Applied Theatre and Education (New for 2019)

Find out more
The best way to find out more about studying at the University of Derby is to book onto an open day:  You can view the amazing facilities at the Theatre, talk to teaching staff and current students, and view accommodation.

For more information about performing arts and theatre programmes at the University of Derby visit:

A Great Offer for University of Derby Students

Derby Theatre makes inspiring home-grown professional shows and presents the best of touring theatre from around the UK. As a University of Derby student, you’ll can see hundreds of performances at Derby Theatre for just £5. Students just book using their University of Derby email address to qualify. See what’s on