University of Derby Courses

Study alongside the professionals at Derby Theatre: the UK's first Learning Theatre; now recognised internationally as a pioneering venue.

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

The Learning Theatre provides a unique opportunity for students to learn their craft by working alongside both academics and theatre professionals in the heart of a producing theatre. 

Derby Theatre provides an extraordinary platform for real life learning to take place, not only through the exciting main stage and studio programmes but also through the work that the theatre does with young people, young people in care, emerging artists and the community. There is no other theatre model like this in the country and we are leading the world in this way of working. 

A Learning Theatre is a place where students, academics and artists are working, creating and learning side by side. All decisions about the development of both the art and the learning opportunities are made together. At every stage, there is huge potential in the crucible of the arts, learning and research combining to both underpin and inform our future work. 

Derby Theatre, Learning Theatre - 1984 Backstage

Study at the University of Derby

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.


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

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
- Produce or perform in student productions on the main stage and in the studio 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.

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.

Derby Theatre, Learning Theatre - The Pillowman

£5 Tickets for ALL 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. 

Student Productions

2nd Contemporary Theatre students talk about their experiences of working with the professionals on their main stage production of 1984 in May 2019.

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.