Aberystwyth University’s Joint Honours Scenography and Theatre Design / Film and Television Studies is an exciting, diverse and challenging programme combining practical and theoretical approaches to the study of a broad spectrum of media and performing arts. You will look beyond the established boundaries of set, costume, lighting and sound design to take a total view of performance space. You will also encounter a wide range of practical and theoretical modules in film and television, covering everything from fiction to documentary, and from mainstream to experimental. You will be taught by leading researchers and experienced practitioners in a department that places an emphasis on intellectual development, technical proficiency and industry partnerships. Across your three years of study, this course will prepare you for a variety of careers in the creative media, creative arts and beyond.
Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies: 87% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)
95.4% of UK/ EU undergraduates from the Department of Film and Television Studies who graduated in 2016 were in professional level jobs or graduate level further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2017)
Why study Scenography and Theatre Design / Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth?
- A radical and innovative approach to design and technical theatre combined with a diverse range of practical and theoretical modules in film and television
- Taught by a small team of internationally known designers
- A vibrant and creative department where drama and theatre, film and media, and scenography and theatre design collide.
- Excellent teaching staff who are research active and working in partnership with external organizations.
- Diverse range of practical and theoretical modules in film and television and scenography and theatre design.
- Complementary learning experiences where theory and practice are designed to feed into each other.
- Connections with key industry partners, such as the BBC, National Theatre Wales, Tribeca Film Festival, S4C, the Edinburgh Film Festival, Music Theatre Wales, Ffresh Film Festival, BAFTA, Avid, Quarantine Theatre Company, Fiction Factory, Arad Goch, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, and the National Library of Wales’s Sound and Screen Archive
- Superb facilities and resources for practical work in film and television: 3 Camera High Definition television studio and gallery with chroma key and auto-cue capability; 30 editing systems - Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro software; 50 industry standard HD cameras – P2 and AVCHD formats; DSLR and GoPro cameras available.
- Superb facilities and resources for practical work in drama and theatre: 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.
- The Sound and Screen archive at the National Library of Wales offers an unrivalled source of material relating to Wales and its people.
- The Aberystwyth Arts Centre is situated on the main campus, and is a popular venue where you can enjoy performances and screenings of all kinds.
- A unique geographic location.
- Exciting exchange opportunities within Europe and internationally.
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.
- Contemporary Television Drama
- Creative Documentary
- Creative Studio
- Digital Culture
- Documentary Screens
- Fairy Tales
- Film Genre: The Horror Film
- Hollywood Cinema (1967-now)
- Principles of Scenography
- Scenographic Composition
- Scenography Production Project
- Theatre Design Project
- Writing for Film and Television
- Advanced Scenographic Project
- Advanced Studio Practice (scenography)
- Contemporary British and Irish Drama
- Cult Cinema: Texts, Histories and Audiences
- Documentary Production
- Experimental Cinema
- Experimental Media Production
- Fiction Film Production
- Independent Research Project
- Moving Image Technologies: how Pictures Became Animated
- Performance and Architecture
- Performance, Politics and Protest
- Place, Space and Landscape
- Scriptwriting 1
- Scriptwriting 2
- Stardom and Celebrity
- Television and Society in Britain in the 20th Century
- The Surveillance Society
- Theatre, Gender and Sexuality
What can I do with a Scenography and Theatre Design / Film and Television Studies degree?
Many of our students have been successful in obtaining employment in these fields:
- Set, Costume, Lighting and Production Design
- Researchers, Editors, Floor Managers, Camera Operators, Designers and Directors for film and television production companies
- Art Direction
- Freelance Film-making
- Costume Supervision
- Marketing, Digital Media Design and Public Relations
What skills do I gain from this degree?
- Students in on this degree gain the following valuable skills that are sought after by employers. These include the ability to:
- Gather, assimilate and interpret intellectual and aesthetic material independently and critically
- Structure and communicate ideas efficiently and creatively through oral, written, visual and performative means to a range of audiences
- Apply creative, imaginative and problem-solving skills in a variety of situations
- Work effectively in group settings to develop, rehearse and produce live and recorded 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?
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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:
- Core introductory modules in the history, theory and analysis of film and television products.
- Practical skills through engaging with all stages of the media production process.
- Contemporary approaches to studio-based scenographic design.
- Key scenographic concepts, methodologies and approaches.
In your second year, you will explore:
- The four primary scenographic elements of space, light, sound and body.
- Theories and practices of scenographic exploration
- Tools and methods for scenographic composition
- Skills in studio production, documentary filmmaking and writing for film, television and performance.
- Optional modules which currently include Hollywood cinema, documentary film-making, art cinema, contemporary issues in digital culture, new media performance and design for full-scale theatre production.
In your final year, you will have the opportunity:
- To create advanced independent creative work that prepares you for professional practice
- To specialize in documentary production, fiction film, experimental media or scriptwriting and build advanced skills in this area.
- To undertake a major research project and engage in advanced theoretical study
- To study specialist subject areas that deal with histories of technology, experimental film, cult cinema, television and society in the 20th Century, stardom, place, space and landscape, performance and politics, theatre, gender and sexuality, documentary theatre and contemporary British drama.
How will I be taught?
- You will be taught through practical workshops, small-group seminars, lectures, screenings, technical demonstrations and group-based project work. The diversity of activity is essential part of our philosophy, and creates a uniquely exciting and productive learning environment.
- 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 performance projects, individual film and video projects, written essays, written and practical examinations, critical and creative portfolios, practical productions, production diaries and creative scriptwriting, reflective journals, 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.
Scenography and Theatre Design allows new, young and enthusiastic designers to take their first steps towards changing how the future is viewed. Endless opportunities to create and to challenge existing design ideologies are made available to students, allowing them to not only find the best outcome, but to discover the style of the designer they want to be. Design is everywhere. Whether a student wants to delve into the events industry, television, architecture or marketing, design is the strongest element that is required.
Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth University is brilliant. The course has a great atmosphere which you can tell from how well-connected the students and lecturers are. The academic side of the course is illuminating, touching on a wide variety of topics and dealing with each of these in detail, which works well even for those students who want to focus more on the more practical modules. In addition the department provides plenty of opportunities for work experience as well as chances for students to hone their skills out of the classroom with departmental equipment. There is also a well-supported film society.
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.
What I love about Film and Television Studies is the variety of different areas I've had the opportunity to be a part of. Last year I would never have had the confidence or know-how to organise a production team, to make and market short films and to work in a 3 camera studio. What I wanted from Aberystwyth University were the skills to become a film-maker; what I got were practical skills, knowledge of academic debates, and contacts that have given me an insight into the film and television industry.
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