BA

Drama and Theatre Studies

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 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.

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)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Student Views

Overview

Why study Drama and Theatre Studies at Aberystwyth?

  • A vibrant and creative department where drama and theatre, film and media, and scenography and theatre design collide.
  • Unique combination of creative and critical approaches
  • Excellent teaching staff with a wide range of expertise in research and professional theatre-making
  • Connections with key industry partners, such as National Theatre Wales, Music Theatre Wales, Quarantine Theatre Company, and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru.
  • 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
  • Close links with Aberystwyth Arts Centre, one of the largest arts centres in Wales, which regularly presents national and international theatre and dance work.
  • Aberystwyth University’s energetic student drama societies
  • Unique geographic location
  • Exciting exchange opportunities within Europe and internationally
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

Employability

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

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

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
  • 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
  • The development of modern European Theatre
  • Shakespeare in contemporary performance
  • Theatre and contemporary society
  • 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
  • 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

Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC-BBB

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
28-30 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
65-70% overall

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