University of Plymouth and Theatre Royal Plymouth have joined forces to launch Plymouth Conservatoire. Here, performing arts students – actors, dancers, and theatre-makers - will have the very best, up-to-date industry expertise, research and teaching practice as well as unrivalled access to professional opportunities.
It is the only Conservatoire in the UK where students can benefit from the unique mix of expertise on offer when a theatre and a university combine.
Enjoying training in the theatre with performing arts practitioners hand-in-hand with top quality teaching from higher education specialists in a university, Plymouth Conservatoire students get the best of both worlds.
It is this winning combination that drives innovation, the exchange of ideas and best practice and that helps students to gain that all-important creative edge.
Building career portfolios while studying
Plymouth Conservatoire’s performing arts students are encouraged to have the highest aspirations. The University of Plymouth has well established partnerships in the city, and with schools and colleges, as well as with experienced mentors at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.
These partners provide students with work opportunities so that, as new graduates, they have career portfolios that facilitate their entry into the workplace.
The BA (Hons) Directing degree at the University of Plymouth is a unique blend of newly designed curriculum, apprenticeships, and collaborations with professional theatres in the South West. It is designed to appeal to high achieving students interested in learning more about the art of theatre direction.
As a partner with Theatre Royal Plymouth, the Plymouth Conservatoire offers you access to professional directors, actors, designers, and producers who bring with them a wealth of specialised and skilled expertise. Further, you are able to access the professional spaces of TR2 and Theatre Royal in the classes offered by the theatre such as our introduction modules and final year performance lab modules.
• The apprenticeship and integration of directing students onto acting modules allow the directing students the opportunity to assistant direct a professional director and further understand the complexities of the craft and unique directing styles. These placements and apprenticeships are designed to assist you in networking and building your CV for future employment.
• In the final year, you will undertake a semester-long professional apprenticeship with a theatre off-site. The apprenticeships are designed to build your skills as a director, and you will be required to evaluate your own contribution and discuss the different strategies for collaboration undertaken within the theatre.
• Plymouth Conservatoire is our unique partnership with Theatre Royal Plymouth which offers you access to professional directors, actors, designers, and producers who bring with them a wealth of skilled expertise.