BA Drama and Theatre Studies / Fine Art

The information on this page relates to September 2016 entry. For 2017 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.

Aberystwyth University’s Drama & Theatre Studies and Fine Art Degree is an interdisciplinary degree scheme combining the visual and performing arts. Aberystwyth is the only university in the UK to offer this particular programme of study at degree level. The Drama & Theatre Studies and Fine Art Degree draws upon the talents of two leading and highly successful departments: the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, one of the UK’s pre-eminent departments in its field; and the School of Art, which is at the vanguard of contemporary art education. The Drama & Theatre Studies and Fine Art Degree balances academic theory with practical work, and allows you to develop and hone your artistic practice in a wide range of media. You will also be exposed to, and engage with, key industry partners that include the BBC, S4C, and the Arts Council for Wales and several others. Throughout your Drama & Theatre Studies and Fine Art Degree you will develop the core competences, capabilities, skills and attributes to prepare you for future employability.

Top 5 in the UK for Fine Art subject area (NSS 2016)
92% student satisfaction for our Drama and Theatre Studies degree scheme (NSS 2016)

Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies: 91% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

92% of undergraduates from the Department of Film and Television Studies who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

School of Art: 100% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

100% of undergraduates from the School of Art who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)


The Drama & Theatre Studies and Fine Art degree has been carefully designed to ensure an integrated academic experience that will enrich and inform the development of your creative, critical and technical skills. You will explore dramatic history, theory, art and performance in a range of contexts and settings, and you will have the chance to work with leading practitioners and professional artists. Aberystwyth is the only university in the UK to offer this particular joint honours BA programme, and we are committed to providing you with an integrated scheme of study, combining creative and critical approaches to our disciplines through innovative practical work and challenging scholarly enquiry.

Why study Drama & Theatre Studies and Fine Art at Aberystwyth?

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth is 6th highest rated department according to the results of the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise, with 50% of research submitted being rated world-leading or internationally excellent. The Department is one of the largest and most highly regarded in Britain in terms of staff reputation and the quality of the student experience. We can offer you an unrivalled range of student choice, staff expertise, and state-of-the-art facilities.

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies has links with key industry partners including the BBC (whose local offices are housed with the department), S4C, the Arts Council for Wales, and a number of theatre companies and practitioners.

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies offers excellent facilities for practical work, including rehearsal studios and well-equipped theatre spaces, seating approximately 100 people each, where you can practise and present the results of your project-work. Aberystwyth Arts Centre, one of the largest campus arts centres in the UK, is situated on the main university campus, and is a popular venue where you can stage your work and enjoy performances of all kinds.

The teaching of Art at Aberystwyth has a distinguished history that goes back to 1917, when it was one of only a handful of British universities to be concerned with the Art and Crafts Movement. The School of Art can offer you excellent facilities for the study of painting, the graphic arts, and photography, with studio facilities for painting, printmaking in intaglio, lithography, screen and relief printing, typography, black and white and colour photography, computer graphics, and most forms of reprographics.

As a student at Aberystwyth you will have access to a superb range of visual arts, including an extensive collection of original artworks. The School of Art is an Accredited Museum that runs its own galleries and houses a collection of some 20,000 prints, photographs, drawings and watercolours, ceramics and decorative art dating from the fifteenth century to the present day. The Ceramics Gallery in the University Arts Centre also houses an important collection of twentieth-century studio pottery.

In addition to the University library, as an Art student at Aberystwyth you will enjoy unrivalled access to the National Library of Wales. One of only five copyright libraries in the United Kingdom, with over six million books, maps, prints and manuscripts, it is situated within a five-minute walk of the Department. It also holds a fine collection of pictures and photographs in original and digital media, ranging from paintings and drawings on paper and canvas to cartoons and book illustrations.

Our Staff

All academic staff at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies are research active and/or involved in Knowledge Transfer projects and have either relevant academic qualifications at doctoral level or equivalent professional experience and expertise.

Through their active involvement with the practice, history and curation of art, staff members of the School of Art seek to provide a rich learning environment for the student. Their experience as exhibiting artists, publishing art historians and practising curators actively informs the teaching.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Year 1 Core (40 Credits) Joint Honours Drama and Theatre Studies students (other than Senography and Theatre Design/Drama and Theatre Studies W432) must take the following modules:

Semester 1

Studying Theatre 1 TP11020

Semester 2

Studying Theatre 2 TP11320

Year 1 Core (60 Credits) Fine Art joint honours students must take:

Semester 1

Looking Into Landscape: Reading, Researching, Responding AH11520

Art Practice C AR10920

Semester 2

Art Practice D AR11020

Year 1 Options Joint Honours Drama and Theatre Studies students (other than Senography and Theatre Design/Drama and Theatre Studies W432) must take one of the following modules:

Semester 1

Making Theatre 1: Studio Project TP11120

Semester 2

Making Theatre 2: Site Project TP11420

Year 1 Electives Fine Art joint honours students may take:

Semester 2

Representing The Body AH10610

Year 2 Core ( Credits)

Year 2 Options Joint Honours Drama and Theatre students must take at least 40 credits and may take up to 80 credits of TP modules in their 2nd year:

Semester 1

Modern European Drama TP20320

Acting TP21220

Directing And Dramaturgy TP21820

Designing TP22620

Shakespeare In Contemporary Performance TP23220

Performance Writing TP32720

Semester 2

Theatre And Contemporary Society TP20420

Contemporary European Theatre TP21020

New Media Performance TP33820

Production Project TP34940

Year 2 Options Joint honours Fine Art students should select at least 40 credits of art practice from the following:

Semester 1

Painting 1 AR20120

Painting 2 AR20230

Photography 1 AR20720

Photography 2 AR20830

Life Studies 1 AR22110

Printmaking 1- Relief Printing And Screenprinting AR22320

Printmaking 2- Relief Printing And Screenprinting AR22430

Interdisciplinary Making 1 AR23300

Interdisciplinary Thinking 2 AR24100

Semester 2

Painting 3 AR20920

Painting 4 AR21030

Photography 3 AR21620

Photography 4 AR21730

Book Illustration 1 AR21820

Book Illustration 2 AR21930

Life Studies 2 AR22210

Printmaking 3- Intaglio, Stone And Plate Lithography AR22520

Printmaking 4 - Intaglio, Stone And Plate Lithography AR22630

Interdisciplinary Making 1 AR23320

Interdisciplinary Thinking 2 AR24120

Year 2 Options Students may take a further 20 credits of elective fine art modules from the above list

Final Year Options Joint Honours Drama and Theatre students must take at least 20 credits from the following modules:

Semester 1

Contemporary British And Irish Drama TP30820

Place, Space And Landscape TP32820

Documentary Theatre TP33520

Semester 2

Theatre, Gender And Sexuality TP33120

Performance And Architecture TP33420

Performance, Politics And Protest TP35220

Final Year Options Joint Honours Fine Art students must take either AR30130 or AR32540 in Semester 2 of the final year

Semester 2

Exhibition 1: Graduation Show AR30130

Exhibition 2: Graduation Show AR32540

Final Year Options Joint Honours Drama and Theatre students may, subject to the demands of their other scheme, take their remaining credits from the following modules:

Semester 1

Playwriting TP34600

Ensemble Project TP35520

Creative Entrepreneurship TP35700

Independent Research Project TP36000

Semester 2

Applied Theatre Project TP34240

Playwriting TP34640

Solo Production Project TP35120

Creative Entrepreneurship TP35740

Independent Research Project TP36040

Final Year Options Joint Honours Fine Art students should select from the following modules for their remaining final year credits:

Semester 1

Life Studies 3 AR31610

Painting 5 - Paint Directed Practice AR31730

Printmaking 5 - Print Directed Practice AR31930

Photography 5 - Photo Directed Practice AR32130

Book Illustration 3 AR32330


Career prospects

A degree in Drama & Theatre Studies and Fine Art will prepare you for careers working with theatre companies, film and television, and community drama, or as a professional artist, photographer or printmaker, graphic designer, fashion and textile designer, illustrator, museum and art gallery curator, researcher, conservation officer, art therapist, or in the media. Other career options include Arts and literary management, teaching (following a PGCE), public relations, personnel, and management. You may choose to pursue postgraduate study or a career in research or academia.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in Drama & Theatre Studies and Fine Art will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• effective problem-solving
• analytical and creative thinking skills
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• self-motivation and self-reliance
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
• research skills

Year in Employment scheme (YES)
The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement.

GO Wales
GO Wales is administered by the University’s Career Service, working with local businesses to create paid work placements of a few weeks’ duration for students. It gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience which will enhance your CV and make you more attractive to potential employers.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

What will I learn?

The Drama & Theatre Studies and Fine Art degree course has been carefully designed to ensure that you receive an integrated critical and creative experience through a clearly structured development programme of intellectual, practical and technical skills.

In the first year you will study a number of introductory modules combining textual, performance and production analysis with theatre history. In Art you will acquire technical competence and fluency in various media including drawing, painting, printmaking and photography.

In the second year you will take a closer look at the theatrical event, and examine key twentieth-century theatre and performance practices. You can select from a series of modules which explore the creative elements of theatre production, such as acting, improvisation, physical theatre vocabularies, directing, technical theatre, set and costume design. In Art studio options are offered in one or more of the following: drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, and book illustration. Your own art will be enriched, challenged and expanded by your growing understanding of the cultural context of the subject and the range of new techniques which you will learn during the course.

In the third year you will undertake an intensive practical drama project which will test your analytical and practical skills creatively through a full-scale production work. You will also have the opportunity to work collaboratively with other students on a full-length performance project, which can be studio-based or site-based. In addition, through an original piece of individual research you will have the opportunity to direct your studies and specialise academically in an area of particular interest to you. In Art you will further develop your artistic portfolio in your chosen media through a series of workshops and one-to-one tutorials. You will exhibit independence, experimentation and imagination and will present your art forms in a professional manner.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a complementary set of teaching and learning methods and approaches, ranging from formal lectures to technical demonstrations, from writing and artistic workshops to group-based and individual project work. You will participate in major public performances, as well as in smaller projects, which will give you plenty of experience in combining creative and critical academic work.

You will be assessed through group projects, seminar presentations, creative notebooks, sketchbooks and research materials, as well as through formal essays, examinations and dramatic productions. You will be continually assessed during your art projects, building a creative portfolio of original artwork in various media.

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

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