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BA in Scenography & Theatre Design/Drama & Theatre Studies (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , Theatre Studies

Course Description

If you are looking for a radical and innovative approach to design and technical theatre in the context of theatre and performance, then our Joint Honours Scenography and Theatre Design / Drama and Theatre degree is for you. Supported by internationally-recognised staff with a wide range of expertise, you will look beyond the established boundaries of set, costume, lighting and sound design and take a total view of performance events. This degree is designed to empower you to develop your skills and capacities as a designer and theatre-maker, actively exploring what drama, theatre and performance can be now and in the future. Across the three years of the degree you will engage you in a process of investigation and questioning that extends your critical and creative capacities and builds your practical skills. You will encounter and explore a wide range of contemporary theatre and design practices, from playhouse theatre to performance installation, from scripted drama to site-specific performance and from Shakespeare to experiments in new media.

  • This course will enable you to explore a radical and innovative approach to theatre and performance design.
  • You will be taught and mentored by a team of internationally known designers and experts. 
  • We are a vibrant and creative department where drama and theatre, film and media, and scenography and theatre design collide.
  • All students benefit from our complementary learning experiences where theory and practice are designed to feed into each other.
  • As a department, students benefit from our connections with key industry partners, such as National Theatre Wales, Music Theatre Wales, Quarantine Theatre Company, and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. These creative partners provide an excellent opportunity to network and liaise with those in the industry before graduation. 
  • Students in the department 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 our campus and situated next door to the Arts Centre is one of the largest Arts Centres in Wales, which regularly presents national and international theatre and dance work.
  • Aberystwyth University’s is known for having a large number of clubs and societies, so be assured that your time will be occupied with your studies and taking part in your chosen club / society's activities.  The University has a large and energetic drama society, come and say hello during a visit to Aberystwyth. 
  • If you're looking for an experience beyond Aberystwyth, all students will have the opportunity to take part in a study abroad placement with one of our partnered Universities in Europe through the Erasmus + programme and some further afield through our International Exchange programme.

If you are looking for a radical and innovative approach to design and technical theatre in the context of theatre and performance, then our Joint Honours Scenography and Theatre Design / Drama and Theatre degree is for you. Supported by internationally-recognised staff with a wide range of expertise, you will look beyond the established boundaries of set, costume, lighting and sound design...

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Course Content

In your first year you will discover:

  • Contemporary approaches to studio-based and site-based theatre-making and scenographic design;
  • Key scenographic concepts, methodologies and approaches;
  • Key historical moments, practices and methods in drama and theatre;
  • The analysis of drama, theatre and performance;
  • The function of design within the theatrical event.

 In your second year, you will explore:

  • The four primary scenographic elements of space, light, sound and body;
  • Contemporary theatre-making through practical, historical and theoretical approaches;
  • Theories and practices of scenographic exploration;
  • Tools and methods for scenographic composition;
  • Optional modules which currently include acting techniques for stage and screen, Directors' theatre and European drama, Shakespeare in performance,  new media performance, and 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 undertake a major research project and engage in advanced theoretical study;
  • To write your own play script;
  • To study specialist modules that currently include Space, Place and Landscape; Performance, Politics and Protest; Theatre, Gender and Sexuality; Performance and Architecture; and Contemporary British and Irish drama.

In your first year you will discover: Contemporary approaches to studio-based and site-based theatre-making and scenographic design; Key scenographic concepts, methodologies and approaches; Key historical moments, practices and methods in drama and theatre; The analysis of drama, theatre and performance; The...

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

You will be assessed through performance projects, formal and performed essays, written and practical examinations, critical and creative portfolios, practical productions, seminar presentations and group activities.