What you'll study
The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.
First year modules
Introductory Performance Techniques
Develop practical and theoretical skills in theatre making. You'll work with your peers to create short devised performances, responding to plays from classical, Renaissance and contemporary theatre.
You will extend your understanding of performance, developing practical and critical skills and focusing on collaborative practice, which will culminate in a performance outcome.
Safe Working Practices
Develop competency in specialist areas of theatre production. You'll explore safe working practices and technical possibilities so you can get the most out of our performance spaces.
Introductory Production Technique
This module builds your skills in areas of specialism like lighting, sound, stage management, design and scenic construction, wardrobe, and theatre and performance technologies.
Approaches to Theatre 1
Looking at plays from different periods and historic cultures, you'll explore theatre in discussions and performance workshops.
Approaches to Theatre 2
This module loosely follows on from Approaches to Theatre 1, exploring play texts theoretically and practically with a view to a particular theme.
Second year modules
Theatre Practice 1: Research and Development
Working with a staff project leader, you'll develop your theatre-making skills through research and planning activities, devising exercises and practical workshops.
Theatre Practice 2: Production
You'll work with other students to create a performance based on what you learned in Theatre Practice 1. You'll engage in workshops and rehearsals, leading to a performance.
Performance Perspectives 1: Making Meaning
Consider how theatre communicates with audiences by constructing meaning. You’ll focus on making meaning in performance and how theatre practitioners construct meaning.
Performance Perspectives 2: Contexts and Criticisms
Examine frameworks for understanding performance from a range of perspectives. You'll explore theatre historiography, cultural theory, sociopolitical analysis and aesthetics.
Develop your skills and understanding in one of the following production areas: scenography; stage management; play and scriptwriting.
Exploratory Practices 1
This module focuses on the skills for developing a production, including textual and thematic context, practical methodology, creative concept, planning and time management.
Final year modules
Making Performance 1: Research and Development
In student-directed 'companies', you'll carry out research and dramaturgical development - working towards the performance of an original production in the following trimester.
Making Performance 2: Production
You'll continue to work in your designated area towards the performance. Your production will be staged publicly as part of the annual 'Making Performance' season on campus.
Broaden your understanding of theatre and performance in an area of your own interest.. You'll design and engage with research in your area, supervised by a member of staff.
Explore technical skills relevant to professional practice, as you occupy roles which focus on the design and leadership aspects of your discipline.
Exploratory Practices 2
Through experimental practice, you’ll come to understand a range of range of styles and techniques connected to developing individual and collaborative theatre skills.
Performance Perspectives 3: Approaching Audiences
Consider how theatre of different eras, genres, locations and aesthetics has approached audiences, and how the relationship between audience and performance can function.
All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.