The University of Bolton’s BA (Hons) Theatre, offered in partnership with the Octagon Theatre Bolton, will focus on developing creative professional practitioners who will have the skills and knowledge to work within the performing arts community, the wider creative industries sector or education. By mirroring the professional work of the Octagon Theatre, the course will develop your understanding and experience of theatre-based activities including performance and direction, production management, participatory drama and theatre, playwriting and cultural management. Alongside this, you will undertake a number of critical modules focusing on the historical and contemporary context of theatre and performance, theories and applications of theatre, and the development of crucial academic study skills. One of the unique features of the University of Bolton's BA (Hons) Theatre is that it is led by one of the UK's most distinguished theatre directors, Professor David Thacker. As Professor of Theatre at the University of Bolton, David will also be retaining his strong association with the Octagon Theatre in the new role of Associate Artistic Director. This dual role ensures the close harmony and synergy between the BA (Hons) Theatre and the work and practices of the Octagon Theatre and also facilitates links and collaborative associations with other theatres across the region. This four year degree incorporates a foundation year which provides students with the necessary skills and aptitudes to embark on an undergraduate programme of study in Theatre. It is designed to meet the requirements of students who may lack the typical academic qualifications to progress directly on to the BA (Hons) programme. Throughout the course you will explore the ideas and practices that inform current theatre-making, both nationally and internationally. You will consider a breadth of performance practices, from the mainstream to the fringe, and be given the opportunity to explore the practical and theoretical dimensions of performance within professional theatre, educational and community contexts. Although not an entirely vocational course, as a graduate you should be able to move directly into careers, or further training in, areas such as management, education, direction and production. The BA (Hons) Theatre course will also equip you with a range of transferable skills such as creative abilities, critical thinking, English and communication skills, self-confidence, self-awareness and considerable experience of teamwork. The Foundation Year is a stimulating and exciting course of study which equips students with the necessary study skills and creative skills to progress on to the BA (Hons) degree. Students are guided through a tailored programme of core modules and specialist modules which are designed to complement one another academically. The three core modules in the foundation year, 'The Text', 'Creativity' and 'Representations', focus on building core analytic skills and key study skills in the creative disciplines. With high contact hours, students profit from working in a supportive environment and benefit from the interdisciplinary richness of the different approaches of Theatre, English and Creative Writing. Our staff are highly qualified academics and practitioners whose teaching is informed by their research. Our partnership with the Octagon Theatre and our links with the creative industries ensure that the programme remains relevant, engaging and career focused.