If you want to take a radical and innovative approach to design in the context of making theatre and performance as well as investigating the historic and established forms that explore what drama, theatre and performance can now be and in the future, then the Scenography and Theatre Design/ Drama and Theatre studies at Aberystwyth University is the course for you. This intellectual, practical degree will allow you to develop the core transferable skills that you need in order to prepare you for a variety of careers in the creative media 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)
- Teaching & Learning
- Student Views
Why study Scenography and Theatre Design / Drama and Theatre Studies at Aberystwyth?
- A vibrant and creative department where drama and theatre, film and media, and scenography and theatre design collide.
- Complementary learning experiences where theory and practice are designed to feed into each other.
- Excellent teaching staff with a wide range of expertise in research and professional design for theatre and performance.
- 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.
- We are enthusiastically committed to the European Erasmus+ exchange scheme and have a one-year North American Exchange scheme, run in conjunction with the Universities of Pittsburgh, Kansas, Vancouver, Alabama, Washington State and a number of other North American institutions.
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.
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.
As a department, 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:
- Set and Costume design
- Production and Performance designers
- Acting and performing
- Script writing
- Teaching and education
- Arts administration
- Public Relations
What skills do I gain from this degree?
Employability is embedded in all of our activities.
Students from this degree 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
- Key practitioners, theatre theory and aesthetics
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 take a closer look at scenographic principles and compositional practices
- 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.
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.
Since graduating I have been living in London. I have worked for the multi award winning musical Wicked! at the Apollo Theatre, where I am both a Costume Assistant and Dresser. Aside from my work on Wicked! I freelance further as a Costume Assistant on a variety of theatre productions including The Railway Children (Waterloo Station) working closely with designers and costume supervisors to realise their work on stage. The flexibility and structure of the Scenography and Theatre Design degree combined with the expertise of the tutors means that not only do you feel you are getting a hand crafted, meaningful degree, but a course that teaches the skills and methodology you need to work in the industry. Aberystwyth University is an infectious place to study (and play!) with amazing staff, inspiring surroundings, endless opportunities and friends for life. I would certainly recommend it.
Typical Entry Requirements
A Levels BBC-BBB
GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh
BTEC National Diploma:
28-30 points overall
Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org