Key Facts

W400
  • UCAS Tariff

    96 - 120

  • Course Length

    3 Year

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On this course you will study what theatre has been, explore what it is, and imagine all that it can be. Through an innovative combination of theory and practice, you will develop your skills as a theatre-maker and creative thinker and prepare yourself for work in the creative industries and beyond.

Theatre asks questions and opens up experimental spaces for things to unfold and happen, all in the excitement of shared time. Supported by internationally-recognised staff with a wide range of expertise, on this degree you will experiment with texts, practices and production work and encounter a wide range of historic and contemporary theatre forms, from scripted drama to site-specific performance and from Shakespeare to experiments in new media.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

100% of students agree staff value students’ views and opinions about the course for W400 Drama and Theatre Studies. (NSS 2019)

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

95% of students agree staff are good at explaining things in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies. (NSS 2019)

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?

  • You will be taught and mentored by staff who possess a wealth of expertise in re-search and/or professional theatre-making
  • You will take part in two performance or production projects each year
  • You will be part of a vibrant and exciting department where drama, theatre, film, media, scenography and theatre design collide
  • You will benefit from our connections with key industry partners, such as National Theatre Wales, Music Theatre Wales, Quarantine Theatre Company, and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru
  • Students in the department 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
  • We have close links with Aberystwyth Arts Centre, one of the largest arts centres in 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.

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.

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

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Greek And Roman Epic And Drama CL10120 20
Making Short Films 1 FM10520 20
Movements In Film History FM11120 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

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?

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. 

Learning & Teaching

What will I learn?

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
  • Devised performance
  • Shakespeare in performance
  • Theatre and contemporary society
  • New media performance

In your third 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 independent production projects
  • To write your own play script
  • To study specialist modules that include: space, place and landscape, contemporary theatre in Wales, theatre, gender and sexuality, performance and architecture, musical theatre dramaturgies, 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 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

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120

A Levels BBB-CCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-MMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-26

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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