Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: W430
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

Our Acting and Theatre Arts degree explores a range of subjects, including writing, scenography, and theatre making at our state-of-the-art technical facilities.

Our popular Acting and Theatre Arts degree blends traditional academic study with practical drama-school training.

Acting, plays, directing, contemporary drama, practitioners, playwrights and applied theatre are central to this course.

Key features

  • 100% Overall Student Satisfaction (2016 National Student Survey)
  • Our lecturers have worked at the BBC, ITV, National Theatre, Royal Exchange (Manchester)
  • Strong working links with local theatres (Lime Pictures, New Vic, Regent Theatre)
  • Regular guest lecturers from the theatre industry.
  • Industry-standard technical facilities for productions.
  • Theatre visits to London, Stratford-upon-Avon and New York.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Acting and Theatre Arts

Course content

Throughout your time with us, you’ll learn through a mixture of practical workshops and studio-based theory. Assessment is through presentations, productions, coursework or take-away papers – there are no formal exams.

In Year 1 you’ll build a firm knowledge of the theatre industry and discover the fundamental principles of Acting. We’ll also introduce you to directing and designing for the stage, creative approaches to film and theatre making as well as writing for stage and screen.

You’ll develop these skills further in your second year, where you’ll be acting in and designing full length contemporary plays. The theory and practice of performing Greek, Restoration or Renaissance dramas will also be explored.

Your final year will be unique to you. With no core modules in Year 3, you’ll be able to structure your learning to suit your own strengths and interests. This may include performing in productions, directing, creating a short film, or getting some valuable industry experience on a placement.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Movers and Shakers Compulsory
Explorations in Acting and Performance Compulsory
Principles and Practices in Theatre and Film Making Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Movers and Shakers Compulsory
Explorations in Acting and Performance Compulsory
Principles and Practices in Theatre and Film Making Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Explorations in Rehearsal Compulsory
Play Production Acting Optional
Play Production Scenography Optional
Heightened Text Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Applied Theatre Practice Compulsory
Play Production Acting Optional
Play Production Scenography Optional
Heightened Text Compulsory
The Theatre Industry (Employability) Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Drama and Theatre Arts Dissertation Optional
Applied Theatre Practice Optional
Contemporary British Drama Optional
Advanced Theatre Directing Optional
Musical Theatre Optional
Small-Scale Theatre Project Optional
Professional Placement Optional
Drama and Theatre Arts Research Presentation Optional
Drama and Theatre Arts Reseach Project Optional
Playwriting Project Optional
One Voice: Theatre Monologues Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Drama and Theatre Arts Dissertation Optional
Applied Theatre Practice Optional
Contemporary British Drama Optional
Advanced Theatre Directing Optional
The Russian Connection Optional
Small-Scale Theatre Project Optional
Professional Placement Optional
Drama and Theatre Arts Research Presentation Optional
Drama and Theatre Arts Reseach Project Optional
Staging the Classics Optional
Negotiated Creative Project Optional
Funny Ha-Ha? Comedy in Post-war British Drama Optional

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.