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BA in Drama & Theatre Studies/History (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , History

Course Description

Drama & Theatre studies with History at Aberystwyth University allows you to explore the historic and established forms of what drama, theatre and performance can be now and in the future, alongside a discipline that will enrich you with the broad range of historical periods, and gain an understanding of how and why the world has evolved the way it has. Through the combination of theoretical and practical explorations, you will critically examine and engage with a wide range of performative and historical practices.  

  • We are a vibrant and creative department where drama and theatre, film and media, and scenography and theatre design collide.
  • History has been taught in Aberystwyth since 1872, making our department the oldest in Wales and one of the foremost in Britain.
  • Our history degrees are innovative ensuring you can get the best qualification.
  • Across both disciplines, you will have the opportunity to discover a unique combination of creative and critical approaches.
  • You will be mentored and taught by our excellent teaching staff with a wide range of expertise in research and professional theatre-making.
  • Students on this course will benefit from our departmental connections with key industry partners, such as National Theatre Wales, Music Theatre Wales, Quarantine Theatre Company, and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. This will provide you with several networking touch points before graduating. 
  • All students have access to our 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.
  • On campus and situated next door to the department is the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, one of the largest Arts Centres in Mid-Wales  which regularly presents national and international theatre and dance work.

Drama & Theatre studies with History at Aberystwyth University allows you to explore the historic and established forms of what drama, theatre and performance can be now and in the future, alongside a discipline that will enrich you with the broad range of historical periods, and gain an understanding of how and why the world has evolved the way it has. Through the combination of...

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Course Content

In your first year you will discover:

  • Introductory modules in making, thinking and studying;
  • Contemporary approaches to studio-based and site-based theatre-making;
  • Modernity and the making of Asia;
  • New methods and periods;
  • The First World War and Britain;
  • 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 production work;
  • Acting, directing and dramaturgy, devising, and designing;
  • European History;
  • Germany and Nazism;
  • The development of modern European Theatre;
  • Shakespeare in contemporary performance;
  • Theatre and contemporary society;
  • The British Empire;
  • New Media and performance writing.

In your final year, you will have the opportunity:

  • To create independent creative work;
  • To undertake a major research project and engage in the advanced theoretical study;
  • To extend your skills in ensemble and solo production projects;
  • Gender in History ;
  • British Society and the French revolution;
  • Science, Religion, and Magic;
  • Stalin and Russia;
  • 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.

In your first year you will discover: Introductory modules in making, thinking and studying; Contemporary approaches to studio-based and site-based theatre-making; Modernity and the making of Asia; New methods and periods; The First World War and Britain; Key historical moments, practices and methods in...

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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

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%...

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Assessment Methods

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 assessed through formal and performed essays, written and practical examinations, critical and creative portfolios, practical productions, seminar presentations, and group activities.