Course Details


Diploma: Physical Theatre Practice SCQF Level 9

SCQF Level 9

This one year, full-time course which is delivered at Summerhall in Edinburgh, offers an attractive chance for university graduates to get practical experience in an area they may have studied in theory only. It offers HND graduates specialist training and offers part-time or not fully professional performers the chance to formalise their learning.

The course is a valuable opportunity for dancers, directors, teachers or drama workers to explore physical theatre, movement, and devising skills, to show their work in a professional setting and to gain a unique qualification. It has also attracted fine arts and sculpture graduates, street performers, singers, musicians, puppeteers, and a performance poet or two! There are live annual opportunities to work with professional practitioners and contemporary companies alongside a diploma showcase.

What You Study

Core units

  • Physical theatre performance skills
  • Physical theatre production
  • Movement in performance
  • Integrated performance

Optional units could include:

  • Scenography and direction
  • Performance combat
  • Puppetry
  • Advanced mask work
  • Street/site responsive theatre
  • Contextual studies

Our work may involve explorations in:

  • Clown
  • Bouffon
  • Physical storytelling
  • Neutral mask
  • Chorus
  • Melodrama

Duration and Attendance

  • One year full-time
  • You will be based at Summerhall in Edinburgh

Entry Requirements

  • HND: Acting and Performance
  • Relevant industry experience and/or other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis


  • Successful workshop audition and an interview at Summerhall, Edinburgh. These are arranged periodically and you will be invited to attend

In addition, internal applicants will also require a positive Internal Learner Reference (ILR).

Funding Information

For information on how to apply for funding for your course fees to be paid, funding options and other financial support available, please visit the Financing Your Studies page in our Student Information section.

Further Study

  • Postgraduate study in relevant physical theatre courses throughout Europe
  • Entry to postgraduate degree courses in performing arts by audition

Career Opportunities

  • Physical theatre practitioner/facilitator
  • Independent performer
  • Clown doctor

Application Process

Online application followed by group workshop/audition.

Find Your Ideal Career

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This course is currently offered on the date(s) and venue(s) listed below.

Method of Study Year of course Starts* Ends* Based at Apply
Full time 1st Year 15 Oct 2018 14 Jun 2019 St Brycedale Campus Kirkcaldy apply online

While we make every attempt to ensure the accuracy of course information, this is subject to change, as part of our continuous improvement process.

*Start and End dates refer to the week commencing date and the actual date could be any date within that week.

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