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BA (Honours) Performance for Stage and Screen

Challenge yourself by creating and analysing performance for stage, screen and radio.

Course length 3 Years
Location City Campus
UCAS W491 Course code

Course description

What you study
Develop your understanding of performance from a variety of perspectives. Explore practical approaches to performance for both traditional and non-traditional stage spaces, for screen and for broadcast media.

As well as gaining a practitioner perspective, you consider the role of the audience and critic towards these media. Your investigations blend a practical approach with a clear theoretical understanding.

During the course you
• develop practical performance skills for stage, screen and broadcast media
• learn to apply the skills you have learnt to established theatre and non-theatre settings
• explore and analyse dramatic and cinematic works through a range of perspectives
• attend theatre productions and cinematic screenings to study the relationships between space, performance and audience
• explore your own creative and professional development and look at ways of preparing for your chosen career

While some key modules are core, others are optional. This allows you to tailor your study towards your interests and career ambitions.

Key areas include:
• performance and text • broadcast performance • study skills for stage and screen • acting for the screen • performance spaces and places • contexts and concepts • performance • applied theatre • performing classic texts • professional development and work-based learning • research skills • final show or dissertation

Specialist areas may include
• actor training • scriptwriting • devising • stand up comedy • film-making • site-specific performance • arts in education and the community • foreign language options

Teaching
Your studies are led by a core teaching staff comprising of both academics and industry professionals, supported by guest lecturers and visiting artists.

Work-based learning
As part of the course, you apply what you have learnt through working with external clients in the applied theatre module, and have the option of a work-based learning placement in an area of your choice in your final year. This is a great opportunity to gain professional work experience and enhance your CV.

Additional opportunities
We are a proud member of internationally renown theatre company Out of Joint’s Associate University Scheme, which entitles us to a number of placements and workshops for our students. We have a close relationship with local institutions, such as Sheffield Theatres, Theatre Delicatessen, and Third Angel, which provide many opportunities for you to see, and get involved with, cutting edge work.

There are also many opportunities for you to collaborate with Film and Media Production students to gain additional screen acting experience, and we are frequently contacted by external organisations to advertise a range of paid and voluntary performance and performance-sector roles and opportunities.

Facilities
The University is currently investing in a newly equipped suite of performance spaces, rehearsal studios, creative spaces and recording facilities. Films are shown in our high-tech cinema The Void or at the Showroom Cinema, adjacent to the University. You also have access to our learning centre, holding a library of appropriate books and journals as well as thousands of films on DVD, Blu-ray and videotape, plus individual viewing facilities.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

GCSE English language at grade C or grade 4 or above. We do accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following

• 104 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in film, television or theatre/performance studies. We accept AS levels. We accept General Studies.

Or

• 88 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in film, television or theatre/performance studies. We accept General Studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS average score of 6.0 with at least 5.5 in all skills.

The evidence you provide in your personal statement and reference will influence whether you are shortlisted, so please take the time to plan and complete your application form. If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to submit a piece of work as part of the selection process.

View our selection process guidance to ensure you understand the process.

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

2018 entry requirements

GCSE English language at grade C or grade 4 or above. We do accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following

• 104 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in film, television or theatre/performance studies. We accept AS levels. We accept General Studies.

Or

• 88 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in film, television or theatre/performance studies. We accept General Studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS average score of 6.0 with at least 5.5 in all skills.

The evidence you provide in your personal statement and reference will influence whether you are shortlisted, so please take the time to plan and complete your application form. If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to submit a piece of work as part of the selection process.

View our selection process guidance to ensure you understand the process.

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

Course structure

Three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Current year one modules

• performer and the text • introduction to broadcast performance • studying for stage and screen • acting for the screen • performance spaces and places • performance and the big screen

Current year two core modules

• applied theatre • approaches to classic texts • contexts and concepts of performance

Current year two options

• the actor training studio • broadcast voices • scripting a performance • devised performance

Current year three core modules

• performance • approaches to research

Current year three options

• final show • music in film • performing comedy • drama in education and the community • in situ: body, space, performance • guerrilla film-making • issues in professional development • research project • show business: or the business of making shows

Assessment
  • practical performances (for stage, screen and broadcast media)
  • group and individual presentations
  • essays
  • reflective accounts
  • blogs

Employability

Prepare for careers in areas such as • professional performance • the arts, media and entertainment industries • teaching • community development • applied theatre work • cultural industries • public sector management and administration • events management • programme scheduling.

Previous graduates have gone on to work in the screen industries, theatres and the media. Others have set up their own theatre companies, worked in theatre-in-education, arts marketing and arts management.

Some of our graduates have gone on to teach and others have chosen to continue their studies by completing postgraduate courses.

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

Additional course costs

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Additional costs information

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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