Theatre and Performance with Enterprise BA

Year of entry

2024 course information

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UCAS code
Start date
September 2023
Delivery type
On campus
3 years full time
Work placement
Study abroad
Typical A-level offer
ABB (specific subject requirements)
Typical Access to Leeds offer
BBC at A level and a pass in the Access to Leeds module
Full entry requirements

Course overview

Five statues stand in the centre, all depicting the same female, however two of them are broken, only the legs remaining. At either side a group of women stand, facing forward, much like the statues.

Taught by the School of Performance and Cultural Industries (PCI), in collaboration with Leeds University Business School, this course will develop your knowledge and understanding of theatre, performance, cultural industries and entrepreneurship.

You'll also explore theatre's historical and cultural contexts, innovations in practice, performance design, arts management, cultural theory, performance technologies, composition and devising, and the broader impact of the creative and cultural industries. 

At the same time, you'll study modules in planning, managing innovation in business, development, creativity and social enterprise with the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies at Leeds University Business School. 

Our graduates have progressed to a wide variety of career destinations, including professional theatre and media, teaching, writing, event management, marketing and business, and further academic study. 

The course offers a unique blend of study across performance and the cultural industries. The Leeds University Business School provides opportunities that set it apart from similar courses both in the UK and internationally. Studying these areas in conjunction with each other allows you to develop:

  • The creativity of the artist

  • The insight of the cultural activist

  • The dynamism of the entrepreneur

These attributes prepare our graduates for a wide variety of employment destinations across the creative and cultural industries and beyond. 

A collage of two images. On the left is an image of a male and female in the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, looking at an exhibit in a glass case. On the right is a photo of a singlular female, her face partially obscured by three different hands holding up phones, the camera apps open as they point at her.

Enterprise opportunities

Opportunities to connect with industry and professional practitioners are embedded within the course. The inclusion of enterprise modules delivered in conjunction with the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies provides a distinctive flavour to this course by developing specific creativity, business development, and finance skills. 

There is a strong appetite amongst the student community for enterprise education opportunities. As many as one in three undergraduates at the University aspires to run their own business at some point in their careers. 

Having access to enterprise opportunities is an increasingly crucial deciding factor for students in their choice of course. The University has seen many students applying because of a strong enterprise offering. 

The course emphasises a conceptual, process-driven approach while foregrounding real-world experience through enterprise and sector engagement. It is delivered in a realistic environment that’ll enable you to take advantage of formal industry partnerships, such as Opera North and the Leeds Playhouse. It also offers the opportunity to get involved with the running and programming of stage@leeds. 

Other initiatives, such as the School of PCI’s Industry Advisory Panel, make the context in which to study a dynamic and exciting one for students with entrepreneurial aspirations. 

Collaboration with the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies, part of the prestigious Leeds University Business School, provides a unique offer that ensures you have access to the best educational experience and support. 

You’ll study modules from the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies portfolio. Your studies may include two compulsory modules that have been created especially for 'with Enterprise' degree courses across the institution, where you’ll work with students from different disciplines who are also engaged in enterprising activities. 

Also, you’ll choose to take further optional modules from Leeds University Business School. Opportunities to connect with industry and professional practitioners are embedded in the course, and every student collaborates with external agencies and organisations as an integral part of their studies. 

A distinctive feature is engagement with the social impact agenda. You're invited to interrogate and practice how performance can make a difference to society and consider themes such as sustainability, ethics, responsibility, and inclusivity. 

The quality and diversity of these partnerships provide rich learning experiences that’ll enhance your future employability and an understanding of the impact that performance can make both within and beyond the theatre building. Modules taught in the School of Performance & Cultural Industries focus on C20th and C21st practices and core studies. The module will introduce key conceptual frameworks and methods for further theoretical and creative investigation. 

These are complemented by an exciting range of options and Discovery modules rooted in staff specialisms and research activity. 

After experiencing a range of different approaches to theatre and performance in the first year of study, you'll be able to choose specialist modules to define your learning journey towards the final year of study. You also have the option to broaden your experience and to strengthen global and cultural insights through choosing to study abroad at a partner institution or to opt for an Industry or Enterprise year.

Teaching specialisms

Your Lecturers offer a wide variety of disciplinary specialisms from across the fields of performance and the cultural industries, including:

  • Performer training

  • Applied performance

  • Movement and physical theatre

  • Arts management

  • Performance design

  • Arts and cultural education

  • Enterprise and cultural policy

  • History and dramaturgy

  • Musical theatre and immersive performance

  • Writing and textual analysis

  • Devising and directing

  • Interactive and digital performance 

External partnerships

The School has a wide range of external links with leading arts and cultural organisations and there are many opportunities for you to be involved with the public licensed theatre or student societies.

These opportunities offer the unique experience of working in a professional theatre environment within a university context.

Specialist Facilities

The School of Performance and Cultural Industries is based in stage@leeds, a purpose-built, landmark building located at the heart of the campus. We have three publicly licensed theatres.

Stage One, our largest indoor space, seats up to 180 and is equipped with the latest technologies. It hosts a wide range of work by students and visiting professional theatre companies. Our smaller theatre, 'The Alec Clegg Studio' provides a technically advanced performance research facility.

We also have a flexible licensed outdoor theatre space. The stage@leeds building also contains a dance studio, dressing rooms, meeting rooms, box office, foyer and bar. Other facilities in the School include:

  • Rehearsal rooms

  • Two fully-equipped black-box studios

  • Costume construction and wardrobe stores

  • A scenic workshop

  • Fully equipped A/V suites for video editing and sound recording

Specialist equipment also includes; media servers, digital projectors and screens, VR headsets, binaural audio recorders, microphones and 360-degree video cameras and a range of specialist software. Our experienced technical team will support you in using these facilities.

Course details


The course information shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

Most courses consist of compulsory and optional modules. There may be some optional modules omitted below. This is because they are currently being refreshed to make sure students have the best possible experience. Before you enter each year, full details of all modules for that year will be provided.

For more information please read Theatre and Performance with Enterprise BA in the course catalogue.

You'll develop your creative practice in small groups in our specialist studio, situated in our on-campus professional theatre, stage@leeds. You can enjoy full access to our digital technologies, whilst also having the opportunity to work with external partners and community groups. 

The course will introduce you to a range of devising, creative, organisational and management techniques. 

Your first year will provide you with knowledge and understanding of fundamental theories and approaches in theatre and performance and explore them through different modes of practice. You'll also choose from optional modules that focus on various aspects of business and social enterprise and explore further aspects of the cultural and creative industries. In the following year, you'll continue developing your creative practice and theoretical understandings across a wide variety of creative industries and enterprise contexts. 

You’ll create performances and workshops for an external organisation, and will also learn to apply different research methods and think about performance practices' political, historical, technological, social, and cultural contexts. 

Compulsory study of enterprise includes modules focused on entrepreneurship theory and practice and organisational planning. You'll also choose from a range of optional modules to explore your particular interests, from directing and performance design to arts marketing, digital performance or cultural history. 

By your third year, you'll have developed independence in both your practice and research, producing a self-directed independent project and choosing how you'll be assessed. 

With support from your tutor, you'll negotiate and undertake a major enterprise project, which may provide a springboard to a future career. 

Other modules will allow you to explore and focus on important issues relating to the contemporary arts and cultural sector and enterprise, consultancy and business development strategies. 

The course will allow you to reflect on the impact of performance on societies to develop a range of skills so that you can become an advocate of the creative arts and an entrepreneurial global citizen. 

Year 1 compulsory modules

Studying Theatre & Performance (20 credits) – In this introduction to the foundational skills in research, scholarship and performance practice required to study in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, you will develop your own self-leadership as a learner and practitioner in Theatre and Performance through gaining greater insight on your strengths, understanding more about the aspects of Theatre and Performance that excite and inspire you, and developing strategies for the challenging and complex aspects of learning in this subject area.

Lectures, seminars and workshops are designed to prepare you for practical work in our theatre spaces, including health and safety procedures, use of lighting/audio-visual equipment, introduce you to core digital literacy skills, and ways of collaborative working. You will also develop foundational skills in personal responsibility and self-knowledge, sourcing and critiquing materials, ethical working practices, presentation skills, critical thinking and writing.

Performance Perspectives (20 credits) – This lecture and seminar-based course introduces you to a wide range of theatre and performance practices, concepts and practitioners. You’ll focus on key perspectives such as the body, space, time, and technology. Selected texts, performances, events and cultural organisations will be closely examined within the appropriate historical, political and cultural contexts of their production. Seminars are used to debate concepts and to help you understand the range of performance practices introduced in the lectures.

Studio Practices (20 credits) – Primarily studio-based, this module will introduce you to key concepts and techniques and encourage you to develop critical and practical tools and shared languages and working processes. These will form the foundations to underpin your future creative practice across all levels of the course. The module will encompass diverse approaches to creative work and may include: writing, physical, digital, applied and design-led approaches to performance-making. You'll work collaboratively in small groups to create performance work.

Performance Matters (20 credits) – This lecture series with seminar-based learning will ask you to consider the role of performance in the broader context of performance studies and selected theoretical perspectives. Using a wide range of case studies (e.g. political resistance, environmental activism, community-making, feminist performance, sustainability, indigenous place-making, etc.) you will explore the potential of performance to make a difference in society and the ways in which it can be used as a positive force and an agent of change.

Introduction to Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (10 credits) – This module begins by considering what enterprise and entrepreneurship are and provides you with creative techniques to deal with innovation within enterprises. You’ll extend your exploration of different types of entrepreneurs and how external context can facilitate or demotivate the flourish of an entrepreneurial business. The creation part covers discussions on incubators and start-up programmes for entrepreneurship growth. You’ll explore different sectors of enterprises such as the creative industries and family businesses. The module provides a useful introduction to those who wish to become entrepreneurs as well as those interested in this topic more generally.

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Understanding Social Enterprises (10 credits) – In this module you'll consider social enterprises at their broadest level - as 'for-purpose' enterprises that aim to tackle a wide range of social and environmental issues at all scales. You'll also consider the emergence of other forms of social business such as B-Corps. These organisations place their social and/or environmental goals at the heart of their business mission and their business model. You'll explore how context influences these types of organisations, reflecting the normative and institutional environments in which they are set, and the specific issues they seek to address. Lectures, workshops, real-life case studies, and group exercises will provide an in-depth understanding of the major issues addressed by these enterprises and the specific challenges they confront.

Starting Your Own Business (10 credits) – This module offers a blended theoretical and practical experience in setting-up and running a business. Interactive sessions will allow you to delve into the issues of creativity, idea generation, opportunity recognition and feasibility analysis, enabling you to understand how to set the foundations of an entrepreneurial business model. Through various activities, you'll be entrepreneurial and explore business opportunities and making decisions about various aspects related to those businesses.

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Performance Project: From Text to Performance (20 credits) – This module provides an opportunity for a realised ‘public’ performance that emerges from staff-led research interest. You'll respond to a specific brief and text(s) to devise and stage a performance. Working under the close guidance of a tutor and in tandem with technical, design and production support, you’ll be introduced to the processes necessary for creating work for a public audience. This experience will provide a model for working methods and processes which will underpin creative work for Levels 2-3 and beyond.

Managing Festivals and Events (20 credits) – This module provides an exploration of the principles and practice required to manage events and festivals. The fundamentals of customer expectations, customer care, event and project structure and quality enhancement will be explored through case studies and detailed analysis of contemporary events/festivals. You'll understand the essential managerial elements required for festival and event management and explore decision making processes and techniques to aid creative and lateral thinking in creating new ideas. Detailed case studies will require you to synthesise the appropriate management structures and frameworks to ensure quality delivery and to generate exciting proposals for an event.

Exploring the Performing Arts (20 credits) – This module is aimed at challenging traditional attitudes towards the analysis of the performing arts. The arts are too often examined in isolation and yet that is seldom the way in which they were conceived or are performed today. This module presents a range of contextualised case studies drawn from dance, drama, music (classical and pop), film and musicals drawn from iconic performances from the turn of the 20th century to the present day. You’ll be asked to question what specific performances reflected at the time of their creation and whether artists were influenced by the world around them.

Stage Management (20 credits) – This module provides an introduction to the theory and practice of stage management and technical theatre. It will focus on the role of the deputy stage manager and the preparation of a prompt copy for a live performance of a classic text. Through a combination of lectures, demonstrations and practical workshops, this module provides an understanding of the hidden key skills, organisation and methods that are essential in underpinning backstage work and creative processes in theatre.

Introduction to Digital Culture and Technology (20 credits) – Through a combination of theory and practice, you’ll explore contemporary developments in performance and the cultural industries that have taken advantage of developments in digital technologies. This will include Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) mobile devices and the potential of digital technology to create new experiences for audiences.

Year 2 compulsory modules

New Enterprise Planning (20 credits) – This module provides the opportunity to examine how a new enterprise proposal is developed from the initial idea, by considering the key processes in the development and analysis of new business ideas. You'll be introduced to the day-to-day activities involved in the development of a new enterprise idea including identifying a market, developing a financial plan, conducting market research and pitching an enterprise proposal. Through formative group work and individual assessment, you'll demonstrate your understanding of key concepts, and learn how to use these in developing, analysing and appraising your own enterprise proposal. Delivered by the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies, the module is accessible for all students. Through an interactive online learning approach, it supports and encourages you to experiment with, and learn from, enterprising action.

Creative Practices (20 credits) – This studio-based module offers the opportunity to develop aspects of contemporary performance practice. Areas of focus may include comedy, physical performance, site-specific performance, walking performance, immersive performance, socially engaged performance, design-led performance and technologically mediated performance. You'll be encouraged to experiment and situate your own creative practice within the context of contemporary performance. You'll study selected practitioners and consider the social, political, and cultural impact of the practices they are engaging with. You'll use relevant concepts, theories and techniques to interrogate practice and to articulate your growing capacity as a practitioner through performance, presentations, documentation and reflection on your own developing practice.

Reflection and Research (20 credits) – This module explores research methods in the fields of theatre and performance in the context of the cultural industries. You'll be introduced to a range of contemporary case studies and engage with a broad range of disciplinary perspectives, theories and research methods that represent both traditional and innovative practice. You’ll be required to reflect on your own development as a researcher/practitioner and undertake detailed plans that will define your final year of study.

Collaborative Performance Project (20 credits) – This externally facing module combines practice and theory to explore modes of performance, partnership engagement, and audience development and interaction. You'll work in a group, under close tutor guidance, to devise work in response to a specific brief from an external organisation. You may work in partnership with the Prisons and Probation Service, or a museum or art gallery. In recent years students have created museum theatre, site-specific work and applied digitally augmented performances responding to concerns such as climate change, social injustice and homelessness. Students have also chosen to collaborate with the educational wing of organisations such as Leeds Playhouse or Opera North, to explore arts engagement with local school children. This module is taught through a dynamic mixture of lectures, workshops and tutorials, as well as studio-based self-directed rehearsal and study.

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Entrepreneurship in Theory and Practice (10 credits) – This module introduces the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and small business theory and practice. It presents a wide-ranging overview of the place of entrepreneurship in academic theory with a focus on how the decision to become an entrepreneur is impacted both by internal and external factors. You'll gain an understanding of the types and characteristics of small firms, how entrepreneurs approach opportunities, and the outcomes of this activity. You’ll also explore entrepreneurship within the context of larger and small firms with an explicit focus on social outcomes. It’s delivered by the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies and supports you to consider and learn from entrepreneurial practice.

Leading and Managing Small Businesses (10 credits) – This module is suitable for students from any discipline who are interested in learning more about leading and managing small and family businesses. It provides students with the knowledge and skills to explore growth strategies in the context of small and family businesses, and to understand their own skills and attributes in leading and managing these businesses. The module is interactive in delivery and uses discursive workshops for smaller groups, as well as introductory topic lectures.

Managing Innovation in Business (10 credits) – Organisations that successfully manage innovation consistently outperform their peers, both in terms of growth and financial performance. However, managing innovation is not easy and can disturb the stability of an enterprise. This module is about more than having good ideas; it's about managing new ideas, improving old ideas and understanding how to implement them successfully. This module is designed to be accessible for all students, regardless of subject discipline. It supports and encourages students to experiment with, and learn from, innovative action both generally and within their subject discipline.

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Re-thinking Theatre & Performance Histories (20 credits) – In this module you will engage in a rich investigation into global theory and performance practice from the late 19th C to the present. Beginning from examples of current professional practice from across the globe and a breadth of performance, theatre, design, dance and live art, you will learn about the historical influences and lineages that have informed the ideas of current practices, and which have created the foundations for specific pieces of work.

Theatre Directing (20 credits) – This module explores the role of the director through different responses to text in relation to aspects such as dramaturgy, space, design and collaborative working. It offers the opportunity to explore a range of directorial approaches to working with actors using the work of theatre directors such as Katie Mitchell and Eugenio Barba as key reference points. You'll experiment with rehearsal techniques in a studio environment, analyse the work of contemporary directors (such as Ivo Van Hove, Emma Rice, Robert Lepage) and explore ways of presenting your own directorial vision, both in a portfolio and a studio setting.

Cultural Flashpoints in the Performing Arts (20 credits) – This lecture-based module examines case studies from across the performing arts disciplines: theatre, dance, music theatre, film and popular music. You’ll take specific examples that originate from creative, cultural and political flashpoints in the 20th and 21st centuries. The works are examined within the socio-political framework in which they originated and how they relate to a specific time and place; you'll be required to assess their influence and legacy.

Arts Marketing (20 credits) – This module enables you to understand and critique core marketing theories and principles and apply them to the arts sector. You'll draw on a range of real-world examples in the dynamic field of arts marketing and explore the key drivers and impacts of the arts on audiences. You'll review different delivery methods for marketing and communication, understand ways in which arts organisations build a brand, connect with their audiences and the importance of digital and online strategies. This will give you an insight into arts marketing as it is currently practised in the arts sector. It will enhance future employability opportunities through exploring how marketing theory is applied in practice and provide you with an appreciation of the opportunities and challenges faced by professionals in the cultural sector.

Towards the Future: Skills in Context (20 credits) – This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to think about the ways in which your knowledge and expertise can be applied beyond your university studies. To participate in the module, you'll need to secure an opportunity to volunteer or work in an external context (such as school education, third sector, or with community groups). You'll be encouraged to consider the relevance of your academic studies and skills beyond higher education and to reflect on how framing your studies within an external context can inform your learning and academic practice. The module will support you to reflect on your personal skills development and the ethical implications of working with external partners.

Developing Your Professional Identity: Preparing for a Career in the Arts, Heritage and Creative industries (20 credits) – Interested in working in arts, culture, heritage or creative Industries? Want to know how to develop and prepare yourself for each stage of the recruitment process? This module aims to prepare you for this growing and competitive sector. There'll be the opportunity to work with an external organisation to make a difference, create change and have a positive impact. This is a practical and interactive module delivered by specialist career consultants and professionals including alumni who work in the sector giving a ‘real’ view of what it means to work and thrive in this sector.

Opera in Practice (20 credits) – Taught in partnership with Opera North, you’ll have the opportunity to observe the operatic production process and to study opera in practice through critical perspectives. Opera North will be introduced as a company in its artistic, regional and historical contexts. Students will observe the production process at Opera North, from model showings through to rehearsals and final performances. There's a broad choice of critical angles and perspectives in studying these operas, which will also be introduced in seminars and lectures. These typically include musicological, ethnomusicological, dramaturgical, contextual, historiographical, cultural, conceptual and semiotic approaches, as well as work with literary, dramatic, musical and cultural policy. The University’s newly acquired Opera North archive will support students’ investigations of operatic practice. Students are expected to choose one of the operas from Opera North’s winter season as a research topic for their final project.

Year 3 compulsory modules

Enterprise Project (40 credits) – This module combines theoretical approaches to entrepreneurial skill and knowledge development with application to a specific individually negotiated situation. Students will develop an entrepreneurial solution to an identified problem or opportunity. Working with the tutor, students will identify a context which they will have the opportunity to practice their entrepreneurial skills and apply their entrepreneurial knowledge. Examples might include managing and marketing creative events, developing creative projects for in community and educational contexts and using creative/performance skills and understanding to meet needs of external partners.

Negotiated Project (20 credits) – This is an independent project that responds to the specific needs of each student. It will be negotiated and agreed in advance of the final year of study and in relation to choices made for the final year project. It allows you to focus on a specific area of interest and to undertake study in a complementary area including smaller-scale performance work, solo-work, work in an applied context or an independent project focused on investigating a defined practice or answering a specific research question.

Performance Futures (20 credits) – This lecture-based module focuses on key issues in the contemporary world of performance and the wider cultural industries. It will allow you to reflect on your own development as a performance scholar and practitioner and assist you in charting your own future after graduation, whether setting up your own company, working as a freelance artist or going on to further study. The module will outline current debates in the arts, seek to imagine possible futures and help you to reflect on surfacing your own skills in considering your future professional and career development and as a future University of Leeds graduate and global citizen.

Choose one of following Leeds University Business School Level 3 modules

Enterprise Consultancy (20 credits) – During this module you'll learn about delivering consultancy, including social and other third sector organisations. Working directly with enterprises, you’ll deliver a project to a consultancy brief. This will develop your team-working skills, your ability to project manage, and at the same time gaining an in-depth understanding of how these organisations are managed. You'll be expected to actively contribute to discussion and developing new ideas as part of a student consultancy team that provides advice on entrepreneurship and business development strategies.

Critical Perspective in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (20 credits) – This final year module allows you to apply your learning in a discursive and interactive manner. You'll develop a critical awareness and understanding of key enterprise and entrepreneurship topics. This module explores cutting edge topics and practices in the enterprise and entrepreneurship field. It is suitable for final year students who wish to consider entrepreneurship through a critical and discursive lens and is taught through an interactive workshop block every week.

Optional modules (typical selection shown)

Arts and Cultural Management (20 credits) – This module will be of particular interest to students currently studying or interested in learning more about: the creative, performing and visual arts, theatre, music and design, museum studies, cultural studies, English literature, management and business studies. The module aims to enhance participants’ employability and cultural insight by exploring the benefits and challenges of applying business and management theory to the arts and culture. It is tailored towards students seeking to acquire a deeper understanding of arts and cultural management and explore the key practices and theoretical debates in this dynamic and growing field.

Performance Design and Space (20 credits) – This module explores recent trends in performance that use spatial, temporal, aural, visual and material means to intervene in places and sites. It looks at site-responsive and site-specific performance, street performance, environmental performance, immersive and interactive performance. On this module, you'll investigate the key characteristics of this work, its aesthetic, social and political dimensions and develop your own creative ideas for original performance events.

Contemporary Theatre Makers (20 credits) – This module focuses on key international theatre makers and provides an in-depth critical investigation of their work. The lectures will use a range of case studies to help you gain an understanding of the working methods, aesthetic decisions, strategies and visions of the selected theatre makers and how this work speaks to a contemporary audience.

Intercultural Shakespeare (20 credits) – This module is a dynamic, active encounter between different cultural groups, involving the exchange of ideas and practices in relation to Shakespeare. Inter/intra and trans cultural practices consider how elements of culture are absorbed, translated and transmitted across the stage. It requires an ability to look deeply at both originating and target societies with an awareness of history and an attitude of tolerance and openness. You'll be encouraged to use your own cultural identity and understanding of specific theatre genres to move towards an understanding and appreciation of the values of other individuals, groups and societies, and to the role of Shakespearean drama in cultural representation. This will be explored in practice working towards a realised group performance.

Options Level 2/3

We also run specialist modules in alternate years where you can take them in your second or final year. These typically include:

Interactive and Immersive Performance (20 credits) – This workshop-based module explores key issues and concepts associated with making work with and for specific audiences. Notions of interactivity and immersion will be explored and how these relate to contemporary performance examples from game-based scenarios, escape rooms to site-based, site-responsive and digital practices. There will be opportunities to explore the work of key practitioners and to explore specific techniques and ethical considerations in working with audiences as co-creators.

Digital Culture and Technology (20 credits) – This lecture and seminar-based module investigates key theoretical concepts and contemporary developments in digital culture. Through focusing on a wide range of practices and the work of key practitioners, you’ll consider the potential of new intersections between digital technologies and performance to create experiences for a wide range of audiences which have an impact beyond the theatre space.

Discovery modules

Throughout your degree you will benefit from a range of opportunities to expand your intellectual horizons outside or within your subject area. This course gives you the opportunity to choose from a range of discovery modules. They’re a great way to tailor your study around your interests or career aspirations and help you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Find out more about discovery modules on our Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

Your tutors will have a wide range of performance and research expertise that informs their teaching. We use a comprehensive variety of innovative teaching and learning methods to help you develop your creative skills and expand your knowledge, including studio practice and workshops in practice-based modules, lectures, seminars and self-directed experimentation, tutorials and group learning. 

Collaboration is a vital skill in the creative arts. The course fosters an inclusive and active approach to learning, with reflective knowledge instilled as an essential skill from the beginning of your studies.  

Independent study is an integral part of the degree; this is where you develop your critical and research skills, whether this is in a library, specialist studio, or working with specific digital technologies, for example, depending on each module. 

Learning is supported through Minerva, our virtual learning environment, our expert technical staff and your Academic Personal Tutor.

The University Library is one of the country's very best and offers full training to help you make the most of our excellent resources. On this course, you'll be taught by expert academics across two schools, from you'll be guided by our expert academics, from lecturers to professors who are known internationally for their sector-leading research. Visiting specialists and industry professionals, and entrepreneurs with years of experience may also guide you, with years of experience as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus. 

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


We use various assessment methods, depending on the type of modules studied and the specified learning outcomes. We use a mixture of live, digital and online performances, presentations, essays, reports and portfolios with reflective writing, depending on each module's theoretical and practical elements. 

Each mode of assessment underpins specific transferable skills and relates to likely future modes of work and career needs. Assessments will often require you to synthesise evidence from various sources (e.g. lectures, seminars, own research, practical experimentation and wider reading) and apply the knowledge gained in new contexts. 

For presentations and performances, you'll often be required to work collaboratively with peers within a small group, often responding to a brief to produce work for a specific audience. 

In creative work, we encourage experimentation and risk-taking and expect you to reflect critically on your skills development. 

Assessments are designed to be fair, meaningful and inclusive, often relating directly to professional and industry practice and with a significant amount of choice and flexibility built in. 

In the final year of study, you'll negotiate how you'll study, what you'll create and produce, and how you wish to be assessed.

Entry requirements

A-level: ABB

We would normally expect at least one essay/discursive subject within the range of A level subjects taken.

GCSE: usually 5 at 4-9, including English at grade 4 or above.

Alternative qualification

Access to HE Diploma

The Diploma must be in a relevant subject with 60 credits overall, with at least 45 credits at level 3 to include 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit


At BTEC Level 3 or equivalent, DDM with relevant subject and content balance. BTEC qualifications in combination with others will also be considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3, M1, M2

International Baccalaureate

34 overall (6 higher in areas relevant to the subject)

Irish Leaving Certificate (higher Level)

H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

  • BB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers
  • B in an Advanced Higher and AAABB in Highers
  • AABBBB in Highers

Welsh Baccalaureate

We can consider the Individual Project Element of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate, and offer BBB + Distinction in the Independent Project (instead of ABB).

Other Qualifications

If you’re taking an EPQ qualification, we may make an alternative offer one A-level grade below that of our standard offer with a grade A in the EPQ.

We consider alternative profiles and experience as long as you can demonstrate that you’re suitable for the programme. We welcome applications from mature students and entry requirements can be flexible in these cases.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. Contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information

International Foundation Year

International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.


UK: £9,250 (per year)

International: £23,500 (per year)

Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students are set by the UK Government and will remain capped at £9,250 for 2023/24 and 2024/25. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation only as a consequence of future changes in Government legislation and as permitted by law.

Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for international students for 2023/24 and 2024/25 are available on individual course pages.

Tuition fees for a study abroad or work placement year
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

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There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.


Apply to this course through UCAS. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

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Next steps

We select applicants on the basis of your UCAS application and are looking for a strong personal statement and suitable grades.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy 2024

This course is taught by

School of Performance and Cultural Industries
Leeds University Business School

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Career opportunities

A degree in Theatre and Performance with Enterprise equips you with valuable subject knowledge, cultural awareness, understanding of the performance and cultural industries, and core principles and practices of business and entrepreneurship. It also gives you transferable skills that are particularly attractive to employers, such as leadership, working as part of a creative team (collaboration), presentational and organisational skills, people and resources management, critical analysis, negotiation and conflict resolution, and digital creativity.

As well as your understanding of performance and the theories behind it, you'll develop strong research and analytical skills. You'll be a confident communicator who can clearly present and defend your point of view, either verbally or in writing. 

You'll be able to collaborate with others or work independently, and you'll understand how your experiences on the course and in co-curricular activities can translate to future employment opportunities.

The skills and knowledge you develop in enterprise will also give you the confidence to explore opportunities for self-employment, and you'll acquire the skillset to start up your own business. 

The cultural and creative industries offer a wide range of opportunities for our graduates, who have gone on to pursue a wide variety of careers in many different sectors, including: 

  • Writing

  • Performing

  • Directing

  • Production

  • Teaching

  • Events management

  • Digital technologies

  • Arts administration

  • Marketing

  • Media

  • Cultural policy

  • PR

  • Community arts work and outreach

  • Education

  • Drama therapy

However, you'll also acquire the skills for professional roles outside of the sector such as human resources, health care, social work, finance, law and business. 

Many of our graduates progress to postgraduate study and research in related disciplines, including our wide range of MA degrees including Applied Theatre and Intervention; Performance Design; Global Performance and Cultural Industries; Engagement and Participation; and Culture, Creativity and Entrepreneurship.

Recent graduate job titles include: 

  • Theatre director (RSC, West-End, Broadway, Regional, Touring)

  • Museum interpreter

  • Performer (film, television, theatre)

  • Arts administrator

  • Producer

  • Marketing assistant

  • Postgraduate researcher

  • Drama therapist

  • Theatre company director

  • Arts festival assistant producer

  • Teacher

  • University lecturer

  • Festival co-ordinator

  • Arts outreach worker

  • Recruitment officer

  • Designer

  • Casting agent

  • Disability awareness trainer

  • Corporate relations manager

  • Marketing Leadership Development Graduate

  • Freelance artist

  • Theatre-maker

Careers support

The School has a solid commitment to enhancing student employability. We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one, and many modules focus on developing specific skills for future employment opportunities. 

That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers. As part of your studies, you'll also have access to many opportunities to help with your career prospects, including a range of industry talks, networking events and placement opportunities. 

You can also develop transferable skills by supporting your fellow students as a Peer Mentor, acting as a student course or School representative, or contributing to the school community through engagement in the student-staff partnership forum. 

Your own Academic Personal Tutor in tandem with Leeds for Life and 'My Career' offers a unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development and offering a wide range of co-curricular activities and opportunities. 

We benefit from close support from the specialist employability team within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures and the Careers Centre. They host regular events focused on working in the arts and the creative and cultural industries. They provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more about Careers support.

Study abroad and work placements

Study abroad

In your 2nd year of study, you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. 

We have over 300 University partnerships worldwide, and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, South Africa and Latin America. 

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course, you have the option to choose to undertake a placement module during your second year of study and to apply to take a placement year with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK or overseas. 

In recent years, students have worked with theatre and events companies, broadcasters, arts organisations and major international companies such as L'Oréal and Paramount Pictures.

Student profile: Cyrill Apelo

The courses’ academic and practical diversity, mixed with the idea of Leeds being my home for the next three years was exciting to me.
Find out more about Cyrill Apelo's time at Leeds