BA Theatre and Performance Studies (2Q3W)

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UCAS code 2Q3W
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 26

About BA Theatre and Performance Studies

This course will provide you with the skills to understand and make performance through exploring critical and historical frameworks alongside practical workshops.  There are opportunities to engage with professional theatre-makers and our museum-accredited theatre archive – The Theatre Collection.

In your first year you will learn how to analyse performance and plays alongside developing practical skills in theatre design, lighting, costume, and production.

In your second and third years, you will choose from a range of options that will deepen your analytical, critical, practical and historical expertise.

Your degree culminates in an independent-study project. This can take the form of group or individual performance, extended essay and/or an industrial placement. Placement partners include the Bristol Old Vic, Mayfest, In Between Time, and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Students can also undertake placements elsewhere, including overseas.

More about Theatre

Find out more about studying Theatre at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Producing the Performance
  • Staging the Text
  • Performance Forms and Analysis
  • Production Skills for Performance I
  • Production Skills for Performance II
  • Criticism in the Arts 
  • Performance Contexts

Second year

  • Performance Histories
  • Politics of Performance
  • Plus a choice of four from the following theatre units (indicative):
    • Performing the Archive
    • Popular Performance
    • Interpreting Plays
    • Choreography for Theatre
    • Early Modern Theatre Practice
    • Melodrama
  • An open Faculty of Arts unit choice, including units in English Literature, Modern Languages, History of Art, Music, Philosophy and others

Third year

  • A choice of three theatre units (indicative):
    • Devised Performance
    • Translation and Adaptation
    • Contemporary British Theatre
    • Site-Specific and Immersive Theatre
    • Extended Essay.
  • Plus a choice of two independent study units through:
    • Practical project
    • Extended essay
    • Placement in a creative industry.
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Typical offer for BA Theatre and Performance Studies - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
32 overall to include 16 points at Higher level
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit
BTEC offer DDD 
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAABB and AH: AB
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer80% overall
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
No specific subjects required.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
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Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed, particularly if you use this period to gain relevant experience

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application. We may interview mature applicants and applicants with non-standard qualifications.

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