Page, Stage and Screen

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Key facts

UCAS code:
W434
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Duration:
3 Years
Start date:
26 September 2022

Multi-disciplinary skillset

Study diverse elements of film, theatre and storytelling to enhance your employability

Leading course provider

Top 15 for Film Production and Photography | Top 25 for Drama and Dance (Guardian League Tables 2022)

Excellent facilities

Develop your skills in our Drama Studios and Performance Centre, £11.5m Cadman Studios and Media Resource Centre

Explore the creative process from pen to production and become a master storyteller on our unique BA (Hons) Page, Stage and Screen course. Whether you want to be in front of the camera, in the theatre spotlight, or the creative mastermind behind the narrative, our multi-disciplinary course will help to get you there.

Our BA (Hons) Page, Stage and Screen degree combines the experimental art of drama and stage performance, with the critical thinking skills of storytelling. You will study both traditional and modern methods involved in the full cycle of creative and visual storytelling – from the written word to the dizzying heights of stage, television and film production.

You will apply concepts from drama and theatre, film and TV, literature and creative writing to give you a varied skillset that will enhance your employability and give you the experience you need to break into the creative and entertainment industries when you graduate.

Working alongside experienced and industry-practiced academics, including trained actors and published authors and critics, as well as influential guest lecturers from the world of film, theatre and literature, you will develop your expertise through both practical and theoretical work. You will also get the chance to collaborate with students from across our Media, Performance and Communications courses, mirroring real-world practice.

The course explores the creation, reception and consumption of contemporary media through investigation, process, and critical understanding, culminating in the development of an agile, varied and highly marketable skillset. There is also the opportunity to specialise through negotiated and personalised projects that match your interests and career goals.

What’s more, as a student of our award-winning institution, we guarantee you the opportunity of a work placement during your studies, which could give you a critical insight into the theatre, creative, education and entertainment industries and bring your learning to life.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Page, Stage and Screen

Work placements

During your course you will be given the option to undertake a work placement, which we will aid you in negotiating. You can complete your placement locally, nationally or internationally in settings like educational establishments, media and film companies, publishing houses, television, audio and radio broadcasting companies, music studios, labels, agencies, libraries, theatre and other arts and cultural organisations, or even within the university itself.

Course content

In the first year, you will look at storytelling overall; from the African campfires to the meme, gaming and TikTok narratives via theatre, film, television, novels, poems and audio constructs. You will also explore elements of directing and dramaturgy for stage and screen.

In your second year, the focus moves to political storytelling, American page, stage and screen, Shakespeare, comedy (getting to try your hand at stand-up!) and a negotiated project where you can pick your own assessment and topics of interest. This could involve developing a practical project that centres on acting for stage production or even creating a film.

The final year will involve developing your professional networks through initiating and negotiating your own work experience project, where you will deepen your knowledge in your chosen sector. You will be given the opportunity to choose an optional module in worldwide contemporary drama and stories (on stage, screen or page) or Russian storytelling via their plays, novels and films. Your final year culminates in a major negotiated project of your choosing. For example, you could create a film or theatre piece by setting up your own companies, write a short story, a script or screenplay, or research an area of your interest.

Entry requirements

We use UCAS points in our offer-making and welcome a wide range of qualifications.

  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC, CCC plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications e.g. B at AS
  • BTEC: DMM, MMM plus 16 points from other level 3 qualifications

International and mature students with different qualifications and experience are also encouraged to apply.

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

For equivalent entry requirements in your home country, please see the information on our country pages.

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Facilities

Careers

Completing a BA (Hons) Page, Stage and Screen degree will adequately equip you for a diverse range of roles within the creative, educational and entertainment sectors. Graduates of our course would be looking at future roles as:

  • Dramaturgs
  • Directors
  • Theatre-makers
  • Stage production assistants
  • Critics
  • Writers
  • Arts and cultural administrators
  • Community Artists
  • Presenters
  • Performers

Want to continue studying? Our BA (Hons) Page, Stage and Screen course will set you up for further education at Masters level.

All students have access to Career Connect, our dedicated careers team.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

The majority of the course will be on campus. There will be practical workshops and discussions. Context classes are taught in a mixed mode approach in a studio or flexible teaching space, allowing for some practice-based work, discussions, readings, viewings, micro-lectures and other creative forms of learning and teaching.

Assessment

All assessments will be authentic to the subject area. You will be assessed through practical workshops, productions, films, writing and other artefacts. Presentations, portfolios, audio-visual essays and discussions will form part of assessment also, and you can negotiate your own assessments at various points of the degree. There are no formal written exams.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Inclusion Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Feedback will be provided through the workshops themselves, as well as through your academic mentor and at the end of each module. Feedback will come in various forms written, verbal, recorded or audio. It will always suggest areas for improvement and development that you can take into your next module.

Independent learning

Independent learning will include readings, viewings, preparation for rehearsals, workshops, discussions and shoots. You will also independently rehearse, create work, write and explore. You will be given structured self-led independent briefs for the modules.

Staff

All of our teaching staff are highly qualified academics, many with practice as research, books and academic journals to their name. The staff also has practitioners of calibre, who are practicing actors, directors, filmmakers and writers.

Dr Robert Marsden

Head Of Department- Media And Perf

Dr Robert Marsden is the Head of Department of Media, Performance and Communication. Robert also works in professional theatre as a director and writer, and writes on rehearsal studies, directing practice and British pantomime amongst other topics.

Robert's profile

Richard Cheshire

Senior Lecturer

I am an experienced University lecturer in Drama and a practicing freelance professional theatre director, with a strong interest in Shakespeare, contemporary manifestations of Pantomime, Musical and Popular Theatre.

Richard's profile

Dr Agata Lulkowska

Senior Lecturer

Dr Agata Lulkowska is a Senior Lecturer in Film Production in the Department of Film, Media and Journalism. Agata’s background is in film practice, installations and photography.

Agata's profile

Derrick Cameron

Senior Lecturer

Derrick studied Drama at Liverpool Polytechnic (BA) and University of Essex (MA). Before taking up teaching full time. He's been a playwright, script reader, postgraduate researcher, and part-time drama lecturer.

Derrick's profile

Dr Melanie Ebdon

Senior Lecturer

I am a specialist in contemporary literature, in particular ecocriticism and postcolonial literatures.

Melanie's profile

Dr Mark Mckenna

Associate Professor

Dr Mark McKenna is a lecturer in Film, Television & Radio. His teaching is focused on the theoretical and critical underpinnings of film production and draws upon his research which is focused on the film and media industries.

Mark's profile

Stephen Griffiths

Course Director

Stephen's teaching centres on broadcast programme histories and media performance, especially acting on television. His research interests include broadcast light entertainment and comedy, television drama, and children's programming.

Stephen's profile

Dr Mark Brown

Course Director

As well as being Course Leader for English and Creative Writing, Mark teaches on First Year core modules and American literature modules on Crime Fiction, the Contemporary, Modernism and Beat Writing. He also supervises MA and PhD students.

Mark's profile

Dr Andrew Stubbs

Senior Lecturer

Dr Andrew Stubbs is Lecturer of Film, Media and Communication in the Department of Film, Media and Journalism. He teaches a range of subjects across Film, Television and Media.

Andrew's profile

Margaret Leclere

Senior Lecturer

I lead on modules that provide a full range of screenwriting skills, from writing silent films to literary adaptation and the development of original feature film scripts.

Margaret's profile

Paul Christie

Course Director

Paul trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland before working as a professional actor for 10 years across theatre, television and radio. He then trained as a theatre director at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and became a freelance director.

Paul's profile

Fees

For the course starting on 26 September 2022 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BA (Hons)-Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £14,500 per year of study

UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting: www.gov.uk

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

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Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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