Theatre and Performance with Film Studies BA (Hons) – 2017 entry

The lecturers are knowledgeable and very keen to see you succeed outside of the University, as well as in your studies.

What you'll study

Cinema has drawn heavily on theatrical techniques throughout its history as an art form, but what is the relationship between the two today?

This combination is a superb choice if you want to build advanced and rounded knowledge of theatre and film history, understand the similarities and differences between storytelling techniques in the two mediums, and master a variety of vital critical and analytical techniques.

Theatre and Performance as your Major

The Theatre and Performance Major will help you master a range of techniques for exploring theatre and its texts.

With opportunities to engage actively through written and practical exercises, you will explore the rich cultural histories of the locations in which we work. You will focus on understanding and using ­a range of concepts, methods and approaches for probing the social, cultural, historical and geographical contexts of texts, plays, performances and theatrical trends.

Our unique approach to your personal, professional and intellectual development means you can look forward to developing a range of specific and transferable skills for independent critical and creative practice (especially if you take the option of a Professional Training placement).

You will thus graduate with an international and cross­disciplinary perspective on theatre and performance.

Integrative module for Theatre and Performance Majors

Theatre is one of the oldest art forms, but one that constantly reshapes itself for new audiences and creative tastes. It has always embraced ingenuity and technology to provide a means to reflect upon any and every topic that an imagination can conceive.

Theatre and Performance thus possesses the ability to exchange ideas with practically every other academic discipline.

Together with your fellow Theatre and Performance Majors, you will examine how the topics that you are exploring in your Minor subjects are also explored through theatre, and vice versa.

What are the key features of theatre and performance as an academic discipline? Which of these are shared with the Minor subjects? And what can each learn from the other?

With careful prompting by your tutor, your group will engage in discussion and debate to share the personal experiences and insights into theatrical texts and performances deriving from study of each Minor subject.

Reflective essays and group presentations will give you the opportunity to crystallise your thoughts, communicate what you have learned and demonstrate your understanding of the theatre from a more complete perspective.

Film Studies as your Minor

Cinema is used throughout the world as a means of documenting, depicting, and shaping societies.

Film Studies as a Minor will therefore complement any Major in giving you the ability to analyse issues critically and place them in their proper historical, international and cultural contexts. It is also one of the most enjoyable and stimulating academic disciplines to study.

Module structure

Year 1
Major modules Theatre and PerformanceIntegrative modules Theatre and PerformanceMinor modules Film Studies

Compulsory modules:

Compulsory modules:

Year 2
Major modules Theatre and PerformanceIntegrative modules Theatre and PerformanceMinor modules Film Studies

Compulsory modules:

  • Performing Space
  • Working in the Arts
  • Theatrical Revolutions

Plus 15 credits from:

Professional Training Placement (optional)

Professional Training placement year, taken as a professional work placement and / or period of study abroad. Your activities during this period will be relevant to your Major subject (unless otherwise stated).

  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Evaluation of Placement
  • Learning Transfer of Placement Learning
Year 3
Major modules Theatre and PerformanceMinor modules Film Studies

Compulsory modules:

Plus at least 15 credits from:

Choose three modules from the following options:

How you'll split your time

You'll find your lectures and tutorials extremely stimulating, but a Surrey degree is so much more than just your classroom learning.

The information below details some of the extra opportunities and advantages of becoming a Surrey student. Naturally, many of these will be defined by your choice of Major (such as where you spend your Professional Training placement), but don't forget that your Minor will also add a valuable dimension to your Surrey experience.

Professional Training placements

Unusually for a Theatre and Performance degree, we offer you the option of a Professional Training placement, giving you valuable experience in a theatre-related organisation.

A pioneer in integrated professional training, the University has operated the placement scheme for the last 40 years and employers have been impressed by the maturity and professionalism of those who have undertaken it.

In Theatre and Performance, we have established good connections with employers, both locally and internationally but are always keen to help students identify placements with companies that are of particular interest to them individually students.

Teaching

Theatre and Performance is taught through a combination of practical classes, lectures, seminars and tutorials. Through practical modules, you establish a professional approach to performance creation.

Academic sessions develop informed thinking about theatre in a shared space that values both individual contribution and peer reflection.

You are encouraged to own your individual learning experience while at Surrey and to become familiar with building and sustaining peer networks.

Learning is fully supported by the University’s e-learning environment, and you will be able to develop skills in using academic software and become familiar with the ways in which new technologies can support work and learning.

Assessment

You will be encouraged to articulate your ideas through a range of forms and to understand key aspects of these forms, whether in practical performance, essays or presentations.

Assessment methods include:

  • Performance workshops
  • Performance analysis
  • Essays
  • Book reviews
  • Critical reflections
  • Documentation practices
  • Manifestos
  • Portfolios
  • Presentations
  • Viva voce
  • Dissertation

As a modular programme, Theatre and Performance enables you to monitor your progress throughout the degree.

Contact hours

The following represents an indicative estimate of how you can expect your time to be split on this programme, based on the information available at the time of publication (February 2016):

  • 2 per cent personal tutorial/small group teaching
  • 15 per cent medium group teaching
  • 1 per cent large group teaching
  • 82 per cent studying and revising in your own time

Facilities

Our programmes are well resourced in terms of practical spaces and library holdings. The University campus houses the state-of-the-art Ivy Arts Centre with its main theatre and studios, and a separate performance studio for audiences of 120.

Studio classes, rehearsals and workshops are run in spaces across the campus, including the purpose-built studios in the GSA building.

You will be encouraged to locate taught modules in the context of wider performance and arts practice. There are live theatre and arts events on and off campus and several student societies engaged in staging theatre and performance.

In Guildford, the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and GLive show new and canonical works, and the town is also home to an established book festival and a host of local galleries, libraries and archives.

With London only half an hour away, there is a wealth of arts and culture to explore, with theatre trips and regular reference to recent productions forming an important part of the life of the programme.

Global opportunities

In order to add an international element to your University of Surrey experience, you might decide to spend one or two semesters overseas doing a Professional Training placement abroad or studying at one our partner universities.

In previous years, students have studied at:

  • La Trobe University, Melbourne (Australia)
  • Monash University, Melbourne (Australia)
  • University of Queensland, Brisbane (Australia)
  • University of Sydney (Australia)
  • Victoria University, Wellington (New Zealand)
  • North Texas University (USA)
  • North Carolina State University (USA)
  • University of Central Florida (USA)
  • Brock University, Ontario (Canada)

Discover where our global opportunities can take you.

Career opportunities

During your time on the Theatre and Performance programme, you will have a personal tutor who will monitor progress and offer advice and guidance. You will identify an individual career path and establish a plan that will support your career aspirations.

Teaching on the programme is informed by professional practices, to support your work on the degree and to prepare you for life on the Professional Training placement and in a career after university.

Graduate prospects

Our Theatre and Performance degree will equip you with skills, knowledge and experience that are valuable for a range of careers in such areas as:

  • Performance and contemporary theatre practice
  • Arts administration and management
  • Technical production
  • Education and community arts
  • Events management
  • Cultural policy
  • Media and creative arts

Throughout your degree, you will secure goals and competencies that will help you to prepare for a specific career path.

2017 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

AAB-ABB

We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

DDD

European Baccalaureate

75 per cent-74 per cent

International Baccalaureate

35-34 points required

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

Select your country:

Required subjects

Grade A at A-level in an arts, humanities or social science subject. GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades. Suitable candidates may be invited for an audition and interview.

English language requirements

6.5 IELTS minimum overall

6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BA (Hons) 3 Years UKJ4 View KIS data set
BA (Hons) 4 Years W449 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

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Fees for UK/EU students

Tuition fees are currently set at £9,000 per year for UK/EU undergraduates starting in 2017.

Fees for overseas students

Fees for 2017/2018 entry for students classed as overseas (for fees purposes) are being reviewed and will be available shortly.

Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.

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Other Major/minor Courses

What does it mean to study a course as a major or minor?

A Major/Minor degree lets you build in-depth knowledge of one subject (your Major) while also studying another topic (your Minor). At Surrey, your Major/Minor degree also includes an integrative module that allows you to develop a unique understanding of how your two chosen subjects relate to each other.

The type and title of the degree conferred upon you will reflect your Major subject while acknowledging your Minor. For example, you could receive BA (Hons) English Literature with Psychology, BSc (Hons) Politics with Creative Writing, BMus (Hons) Music with Digital Media Arts, etc.

What are the pros and cons of studying a Major/Minor course?

A Major/Minor degree gives you the opportunity to build a much broader base of knowledge than a traditional single-subject degree, but without sacrificing the opportunity to acquire real expertise in a particular field. You will come into contact with students, academics and ideas from two disciplines rather than one.

There are a small number of careers that require graduate membership of a chartered institute, for which an accredited single-honours degree may be necessary, or which require particular postgraduate or doctoral qualifications that may only be gained after completing an undergraduate degree in a specific, single-honours subject. However, for the overwhelming majority of career paths this is not the case and in most cases there are conversion courses or equivalency allowances should you later decide you wish to follow a career with these requirements. Please speak to a careers advisor for further clarification.

What would studying a Major/Minor course mean for my job prospects?

Modern employers rarely demand a specific degree relevant to their field or sector, instead preferring culturally aware people who can place their knowledge in a wider context, who have used their time as a student to develop personally and intellectually as well as academically, and who leave university with impressive professional workplace experience already under their belt.

Because of this, it is the graduates who have combined academic achievement with the development of critical skills, who have acquired the capacity for independent learning across a range of subjects and who are comfortable dealing with a wide variety of colleagues and clients who will find themselves in greater and greater demand.

How will my time be split on a Major/Minor programme?

As you'd expect, the majority of your degree modules, exams, coursework and assessment marks will come from your Major subject. As a guideline, we would expect you to spend around 70% of your time studying for your Major, with the remaining 30% dedicated to your Minor. However, our Major/Minor framework allows you to choose from a flexible range of optional modules, so the actual balance will depend on your own preferences and requirements.

Remember also that Surrey Major/Minor degrees include our unique integrative modules, which bring you together with your fellow students to reflect on how your Major and Minor subjects complement each other.

See all Major/Minor courses

International students

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