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

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , Theatre Studies

Course Description

Aberystwyth University’s Joint Honours Scenography and Theatre Design / Film and Television Studies is an exciting, diverse and challenging programme combining practical and theoretical approaches to the study of a broad spectrum of media and performing arts. You will look beyond the established boundaries of set, costume, lighting and sound design to take a total view of performance space. You will also encounter a wide range of practical and theoretical modules in film and television, covering everything from fiction to documentary, and from mainstream to experimental. You will be taught by leading researchers and experienced practitioners in a department that places an emphasis on intellectual development, technical proficiency and industry partnerships. Across your three years of study, this course will prepare you for a variety of careers in the creative media, creative arts and beyond.

  • 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. 

Aberystwyth University’s Joint Honours Scenography and Theatre Design / Film and Television Studies is an exciting, diverse and challenging programme combining practical and theoretical approaches to the study of a broad spectrum of media and performing arts. You will look beyond the established boundaries of set, costume, lighting and sound design to take a total...

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Course Content

In your first year you will discover:

  • Core introductory modules in the history, theory and analysis of film and television products;
  • Practical skills through engaging with all stages of the media production process;
  • Contemporary approaches to studio-based scenographic design;
  • Key scenographic concepts, methodologies and approaches.

In your second year, you will explore:

  • The four primary scenographic elements of space, light, sound and body;
  • Theories and practices of scenographic exploration;
  • Tools and methods for scenographic composition;
  • Skills in studio production, documentary filmmaking and writing for film, television and performance;
  • Optional modules which currently include Hollywood cinema, documentary film-making, art cinema, contemporary issues in digital culture, new media performance and design for 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 specialize in documentary production, fiction film, experimental media or scriptwriting and build advanced skills in this area;
  • To undertake a major research project and engage in advanced theoretical study;
  • To study specialist subject areas that deal with histories of technology, experimental film, cult cinema, television and society in the 20th Century, stardom, place, space and landscape, performance and politics, theatre, gender and sexuality, documentary theatre and contemporary British drama.

In your first year you will discover: Core introductory modules in the history, theory and analysis of film and television products; Practical skills through engaging with all stages of the media production process; Contemporary approaches to studio-based scenographic design; Key scenographic concepts, methodologies and...

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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, individual film and video projects, written essays, written and practical examinations, critical and creative portfolios, practical productions, production diaries and creative scriptwriting, reflective journals, seminar presentations and group activities.

You will be assessed through performance projects, individual film and video projects, written essays, written and practical examinations, critical and creative portfolios, practical productions, production diaries and creative scriptwriting, reflective journals, seminar presentations and group activities.