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Drama and Theatre Studies

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Key Facts

Code W400
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC-BBB

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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If you are looking for an exciting, diverse and challenging programme combining theory and practice, then our Drama and Theatre Studies degree is for you. Our degree is designed to empower you to develop your skills and capacities as a theatre-maker and creative thinker, supported by internationally-recognised staff with a wide range of expertise. You will look beyond historic and established forms to explore what drama, theatre and performance can be now and in the future. Across the three years of the degree, we will engage you in a process of investigation and questioning that extends your critical and creative capacities and builds your practical skills. You will encounter and explore a wide range of contemporary theatre practices, from scripted drama to site-specific performance and from Shakespeare to experiments in new media. 

Studying Drama and Theatre Studies at Aberystwyth will prepare you for a variety of careers in the creative arts and beyond.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 15 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Drama and Dance (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

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

98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Creative Arts and Design graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why study Drama and Theatre Studies at Aberystwyth?

  • This course is an opportunity to study a unique combination of theory and practice. 
  • Students on this course can take part in two performances or production projects each year of the course. 
  • There is three hours per week scheduled for dedicated performance training in the first year. 
  • You will be taught and mentored by excellent teaching staff who have a wealth of expertise in professional theatre-making. 
  • You will be part of a department that is creative and vibrant where drama, theatre, film, media, scenography and theatre design collide. 
  • The department has connections with key industry partners, such as National Theatre Wales, Music Theatre Wales, Quarantine Theatre Company, and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. 
  • All students have access to 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.
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.

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.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Theatre in Context 1 TP11020 20
Theatre in Context 2 TP11320 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
British Cinema FM11020 20
Greek and Roman Epic and Drama CL10120 20
Introduction to Media Production (Semester 2) FM10520 20
Site-Specific Performance Project TP11420 20
Studio Theatre Project TP11120 20
Studying Communication FM10720 20
Studying Film FM10120 20
Studying Media FM10620 20
Studying Television FM10220 20
Writing Continuing TV Drama FM17320 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Contemporary British and Irish Drama TP30820 20
Ensemble Performance Project TP35520 20
Final Production Project TP38140 40
Independent Research Project TP36040 40
Musical Theatre Dramaturgies TP39020 20
Place, Space and Landscape TP32820 20
Playwriting TP34640 40
Theatre, Gender and Sexuality TP33120 20

Employability

What can I do with a Drama and Theatre 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?

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.

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:

  • Contemporary approaches to studio-based and site-based theatre-making;
  • 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 theatre production;
  • Acting techniques for stage and screen;
  • Directors' theatre and modern European drama;
  • Shakespeare in performance;
  • Theatre and contemporary society;
  • New media performance.

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;
  • 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

Drama & Theatre Studies at Aberystwyth University is dynamic, challenging, engaging and exciting. It offers students a broad range of practical modules which take place in a controlled and encouraging environment. The facilities of the Parry Williams building are second to none and offer a chance to perform a range of theatrical concepts. The course offers theoretical modules which are also engaging and offer a deeper insight into the world around us and society's relationship with the arts. The most rewarding aspect of the academic modules is that you can transfer the skills learned from study to practical work. The theory work often enhances the skills on a practical level. Working together between practical and theoretical modules the course offers students many useful skills.

Daniel Andrew Radbourne

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

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Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC-BBB

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM

International Baccalaureate:
28-30 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
65-70% overall

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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