BA

Drama and Theatre Studies / History

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Key Facts

Code WV41
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB with B in any subject

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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Drama & Theatre studies with History at Aberystwyth University allows you to explore the historic and established forms of what drama, theatre and performance can be now and in the future, alongside a discipline that will enrich you with the broad range of historical periods, and gain an understanding of how and why the world has evolved the way it has. Through the combination of theoretical and practical explorations, you will critically examine and engage with a wide range of performative and historical practices.  

[NSS/DLHE Awards]

Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies: 87% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)

95.4% of UK/ EU undergraduates from Aberystwyth University who graduated in 2016 were in professional level jobs or graduate level further study six months after graduating (HESA 2017)

Department of History and Welsh History: 92% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)

95.4% of UK/EU undergraduates from Aberystwyth University who graduated in 2016 were in professional level jobs or graduate level further study six months after graduating (HESA 2017)

Overview

Why study BA Drama and Theatre Studies / History at Aberystwyth?

  • We are a vibrant and creative department where drama and theatre, film and media, and scenography and theatre design collide.
  • History has been taught in Aberystwyth since 1872, making our department the oldest in Wales and one of the foremost in Britain.
  • Our history degrees are innovative ensuring you can get the best qualification.
  • Across both disciplines, you will have the opportunity to discover a unique combination of creative and critical approaches.
  • You will be mentored and taught by our excellent teaching staff with a wide range of expertise in research and professional theatre-making.
  • Students on this course will benefit from our departmental connections with key industry partners, such as National Theatre Wales, Music Theatre Wales, Quarantine Theatre Company, and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. This will provide you with several networking touch points before graduating. 
  • All students have access to our superb facilities and resources for practical work: three rehearsal studios, each with flexible technical facilities; 2 large professionally-equipped studios with digital lighting rigs controlled via ETC Congo and Strand Lighting consoles, Yamaha and Soundcraft PAs, Sanyo AV systems and Strand lighting and two NXAMP; and costume and wardrobe facilities.
  • On campus and situated next door to the department is the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, one of the largest Arts Centres in Mid-Wales  which regularly presents national and international theatre and dance work.
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.

Department of History and Welsh History lecturers are all qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.

Modules

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.

Employability

What can I do with a Drama and Theatre/History Studies degree?

One of our notable and esteemed alumni is Alex Jones who is currently the longest running female presenter on the One Show. During her time at Aberystwyth University, Alex Jones studied Drama and Theatre Studies. 

Many of our students have been successful in obtaining employment in these fields:

  • Acting and performing;
  • Directing;
  • Designing;
  • Script writing;
  • Teaching and education;
  • Arts administration;
  • Marketing;
  • Management;
  • Public Relations.

What skills do I gain from this degree?

Employability is embedded in all of our activities.

Students in Drama and Theatre Studies gain the following valuable skills that are sought after by employers. These include the ability to:

  • work effectively in group settings to develop, rehearse and produce live events;
  • apply creative, imaginative and problem-solving skills in a variety of situations;
  • research, evaluate and organise information;
  • structure and communicate ideas effectively in a variety of situations and using a variety of means;
  • work independently and with others;
  • effectively organise your time and deploy your skills;
  • listen to and make use of critical advice;
  • be self-motivated and self-disciplined;
  • use a range of information technology skills and resources;
  • be entrepreneurial in developing cultural projects.

Heritage sector student placements

Our department has strong links with the heritage sector, and an established portfolio of student placements. In the past, students have spent up to three weeks at the National Library of Wales (including Welsh-medium opportunities), the Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historic Monuments of Wales, and the Society of Antiquaries of London. These placements provide the opportunity for ‘hands-on’ experience and insights into the heritage sector, and are very valuable for the CV!

Tweets from 2014 Society of Antiquaries’ placement students:

‘Got to see three copies of the Magna Carta at once today!’ ‘Kudos to Aber Uni for helping me get the placement, can't wait for tomorrow’ 

What experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

In your first year you will discover:

  • Introductory modules in making, thinking and studying
  • Contemporary approaches to studio-based and site-based theatre-making
  • Modernity and the making of Asia
  • New methods and periods
  • The First World War and Britain
  • Key historical moments, practices and methods in drama and theatre
  • The analysis of drama, theatre and performance

In your second year, you will explore:

  • Contemporary theatre-making through practical, historical and theoretical approaches
  • Full-scale production work
  • Acting, directing and dramaturgy, devising, and designing
  • European History 
  • Germany and Nazism 
  • The development of modern European Theatre
  • Shakespeare in contemporary performance
  • Theatre and contemporary society
  • The British Empire
  • New Media and performance writing

In your final year, you will have the opportunity:

  • To create independent creative work
  • To undertake a major research project and engage in advanced theoretical study
  • To extend your skills in ensemble and solo production projects
  • Gender in History 
  • British Society and the French revolution
  • Science, Religion and Magic
  • Stalin and Russia
  • To develop your entrepreneurial skills in producing and curating cultural events
  • To write your own play script
  • To study specialist modules that may address: space, place and landscape, performance and philosophy, performance, politics and protest, theatre, gender and sexuality, performance and architecture, new music theatre, and contemporary British and Irish drama.

How will I be taught?

  • You will be taught through practical workshops, small-group seminars, lectures, production projects and group based project work.
  • Our teaching is frequently mixed-mode, interrogating theory through practical investigation and practice through the lens of various theoretical perspectives.
  • You will be assessed through formal and performed essays, written and practical examinations, critical and creative portfolios, practical productions, seminar presentations and group activities.
  • You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree scheme, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You are free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

Student Views

The wide range of module choices paired with the wide variety of drama societies means we can easily be prepared for any area of drama and theatre practice. The academic and practical elements are brilliant, allowing us to either focus on one or the other and/or ground ourselves in the theory in order to better our practical exploration. The staff are always friendly and enthusiastic, always encouraging us to do more and explore further. Jemma Rowlston

Studying History at Aberystwyth has been brilliant. The ability to pick modules and cater to my tastes has allowed me to pursue what I want. If I want to study Russia I can. Alongside this the great teaching staff have a wealth of experience and knowledge who provide excellent teaching. I can approach them very easily and they are willing to give me the time and support I need. I also feel able to ask for help with essays and advice on what to read and research. Reading is key as a historian and both the Hugh Owen Library and the National Library of Wales is a great resource for getting books. In my two years of studying history I have not once regretted my choice, and going into my third year I cannot wait. Connor Lambert

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB with B in any subject

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
28-30 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
70-75% overall

Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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