Theatre & Performance BA(Hons)
Embrace a world of opportunity to become an original and distinctive theatre maker and performer. As part of the Academy of Music and Theatre Arts you'll learn and work in industry-standard studios and performance spaces in our professional venue.
|Course Duration||3 years|
Collaborative and exploratory work underpins this course. You’ll work on every aspect of the creative process, from devising individual performances to directing and producing performances with others.
As a reflective practitioner, you’ll test the theories you learn in lectures through your own work and performances. With a focus on live interaction, you’ll begin with workshops and performances to peers, progressing to public performances in your third year.
- Benefit from AMATA’s year-round performance programme which attracts top artists and performers.
- Build industry links through workshops, guest lectures and visits led by world-class artists such as Gecko Theatre, Kneehigh and Prodigal Theatre.
- Learn to utilise our extensive range of technical sound, lighting and recording equipment.
- Work with highly-skilled and experienced academic staff and creative technicians.
- Create and take part in a diversity of projects and a major production at the AMATA Festival in your third-year.
What our students do
What you'll learn
With consistent and professional skills training, you’ll learn to create and respond to performances. You’ll explore techniques and methods in different environments, from solo performances to full public productions. And you’ll get a unique mix of conservatoire practice backed up by the experience and knowledge of the Academy of Music and Theatre Arts - a working venue offering year-round theatre, dance and other events.
You’ll develop essential skills by focusing on voice, body, movement, ideas and practices, and other skills and techniques. We’ll also look into global issues and modern practices and ideas. You'll explore scene-studies from a range of texts with a common theme, and develop an ensemble performance of original live work.
Performance, Culture & Contexts
Contemporary Performance Practices & Concepts
You’ll take on advanced body-based training, and learn about technical theatre, directing, writing and creating drama, and designing things like sets, costumes and lighting. And you’ll put on a solo performance using styles like scripted monologue or stand-up comedy.
Working in a team, you’ll put on a production about the relationship between a show and its audience. You’ll also create original material and build a professional portfolio by studying advanced performance techniques. Looking into different theatre companies, production houses and theatre festivals, we’ll explore what they’re doing, how they work, and how they stay strong and active.
Technical Theatre & Scenography
Immersive & Participatory Theatre
The Performer’s Body, Directing & Dramaturgy
Modes of Making
Using your critical and reflective skills, you’ll research and write a paper on a certain area. You’ll also develop performance material - individually or in a group - beginning as a small test showing and finishing as a public production for industry specialists. And by taking on a professional development project, you’ll get ready for the industry by sharing your work on a range of platforms and networks.
The Thinking Practitioner: Student-led Research
The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
From module information to course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details
How you'll learn
Blending theory and practice, you’ll learn through practical workshops and masterclasses, supported by lectures and seminars. There’ll also be opportunities to work with national and international companies and practitioners.
How you'll spend your time
Timetabled teaching and learning activity
Guided independent study
How you'll be assessed
The above percentages relate to 2019/2020 data.
You’ll take on practical tasks in groups and individually, including demonstrations or process showings, laboratory or studio-based practice, productions, and a final year performance showcase. You’ll also be assessed through essays, research, digital portfolios, critical reviews, professional copy and framing statements.
You’ll be taught and supported by a team of professional theatre-makers, devisers, directors and actors, and theatre-focused academics. On top of experience working all over the world, many of our staff run their own theatre companies and collectives.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.
Danielle Meunier's origins lie in classical singing and voice & speech with a BMus...
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Dr Misri Dey
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Klaus Kruse is a director, scenographer, performer, poet and songwriter based in the UK since...
Professor Gregg Whelan
"A wonderful body of work" The Guardian
Gregg Whelan formed the performance...
Since graduating in ‘Broadcast Studies’ from Falmouth College of Arts in 1996, Paul has spent...
- 11 equipped performance studios.
- Recording studio with four control rooms.
- 11 practice rooms.
- Computer labs for CAD and audio software.
- Scenery workshop.
- Technical resource stores that stock a wide range of microphones for recording and live voice and music.
- Digital Audio Workstations, PA Systems, mixing desks, lighting kits, portable dimmers, cameras, projectors, musical instruments.
- TV Studio and Cinema in the School of Film & Television.
- Professional theatre venue hosting visiting companies and artistes.
How to apply
Apply via UCAS
Ready to join us? If you're applying through UCAS Apply and Track, you'll need to reference the university and course codes below.
- University code: F33
- Course code: 238U
We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.
As a guide our typical offer at undergraduate level is 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.
For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard, which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.
If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you’ll need to take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.
UK/EU applications: 15 January 2020 (for equal consideration)
Late applications will be considered if there are places available.
International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
Audition information & application advice
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Interview & Audition Information: Theatre & Performance BA(Hons)
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After You Apply
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What we're looking for
We want someone who:
- Can vocalise text, vary tone, and respond to material.
- Physically engage with their environment.
- Is lively and responsive.
- Thinks independently.
Fees, costs & funding
Tuition fees 2020-21
£9,250 - full-time UK/EU
£16,000 - full-time international
Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.
Typical course costs
- Public Programme season tickets (student rate) costs found: amata.org.uk/seasontickets
- Students must come prepared with suitable loose warm clothing appropriate for all practical classes (devising, voice, movement, rehearsals). Approx £70/year
If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.
The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs
For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page.
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