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Are you passionate about theatre and performance? Interested in issues like the climate crisis, anti-racism, trans rights – and keen to use the arts to bring about positive change? Our new BA (Hons) in Theatre and Performance could be your springboard to a broad range of exciting careers.

This course will help you become an independent thinker and innovative practitioner. You'll not only be able to engage with the world critically, imaginatively and creatively to secure your own career ambitions, but also actively help solve complex social, political and cultural challenges. It's your chance to go beyond traditional understanding of theatre and performance - to test and push boundaries – and learn to be a leader.

The programme may be grounded in the North East, but it takes an international and intercultural approach through partnerships across the vibrant Newcastle Gateshead area. This includes working with theatre and performance practitioners, cultural venues like Northern Stage, Live Theatre and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, as well as organisations such as schools, care homes and local authorities.

You'll explore the world's big challenges by innovating through your own creative practice. So, whether your role is as performer, director, writer, designer, critic or producer, this course will support you to thrive – whether working as a creative individual or collaboratively to stage timely, ambitious and culturally aware performances.

Between your second and final years, you can undertake a year-long sandwich work placement. This placement will provide an opportunity to further develop your professional skills and knowledge through working in practice. There's also the option to apply for a year of study abroad.

Students value the Northumbria approach with 93% saying that they were satisfied overall with their course (National Student Survey 2018)

Are you passionate about theatre and performance? Interested in issues like the climate crisis, anti-racism, trans rights – and keen to use the arts to bring about positive change? Our new BA (Hons) in Theatre and Performance could be your springboard to a broad range of exciting careers.

This course will help you become an independent thinker and innovative practitioner. You'll not only be able to engage with the world critically, imaginatively and creatively to secure your own career ambitions, but also actively help solve complex social, political and cultural challenges. It's your chance to go beyond traditional understanding of theatre and performance - to test and push boundaries – and learn to be a leader.

The programme may be grounded in the North East, but it takes an international and intercultural approach through partnerships across the vibrant Newcastle Gateshead area. This includes working with theatre and performance practitioners, cultural venues like Northern Stage, Live Theatre and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, as well as organisations such as schools, care homes and local authorities.

You'll explore the world's big challenges by innovating through your own creative practice. So, whether your role is as performer, director, writer, designer, critic or producer, this course will support you to thrive – whether working as a creative individual or collaboratively to stage timely, ambitious and culturally aware performances.

Between your second and final years, you can undertake a year-long sandwich work placement. This placement will provide an opportunity to further develop your professional skills and knowledge through working in practice. There's also the option to apply for a year of study abroad.

Students value the Northumbria approach with 93% saying that they were satisfied overall with their course (National Student Survey 2018)

Course Information

UCAS Code
W405

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Arts

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2021

Fee Information

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Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Theatre and Performance. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Our learning modes are dynamic and engaging. Developing your practice lies at the heart of the course, for example through working with live briefs from creative industry partners and local employers. Stimulating workshops, lectures, seminars and performances will encourage you to work, think and perform both independently and collaboratively.

At Level 4 you'll assemble key building blocks through practical modules that encourage you to question your own pre-conceived views, as well as explore the big and urgent ideas that drive theatre and performance. You'll encounter all of the assessment formats you'll work with later at higher levels. These include solo and collaborative performances, Practice Research Projects, research presentations and essays, your response to live briefs plus 'viva voce' oral exams and final year dissertation. Our expectations in terms of research skills, critical thinking and communication are embedded throughout.

Level 5 builds up your autonomy as a self-starter, independent practitioner and thinker. Core modules will introduce you to the exciting and diverse research expertise of our staff, further evolving important research and practical skills. Assessments offer you scope to investigate areas that really interest you within open assessment briefs.

Optional modules at Levels 5 and 6 build directly on our research-rich environment, with Level 6 anchored around a staff-supervised dissertation you can complete in writing or partly through practice with a 50-50 split. An optional, supervised performance project invites you to form a mini theatre company, put projects together over the year and take them out to an audience. As the course nears its conclusion a choice of modules address moving on to the world of work.

Book an Open Day / Experience Theatre and Performance BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Theatre and Performance. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Throughout your course, you'll be taught by internationally recognised, research-active academic staff. Drawing on their backgrounds in all areas of the performing arts, your teachers bring a wealth of professional and research experience to the world of theatre and performance at Northumbria.

You'll also benefit from input from industry experts – from creative producers to professional directors – happy to share their knowledge and insights to inspire your current course activities and future direction.

Find out more here about tutor research areas.

Book an Open Day / Experience Theatre and Performance BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Theatre and Performance. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

You'll learn in dedicated studio spaces featuring state-of-the-art facilities, as well as in professional exhibition spaces. Our onsite theatre is kitted out with high quality equipment, including portable sound.

The programme also makes the most of technologies to support your learning and assessment throughout, and you'll be taught from the start to use them effectively. Our Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment is accessible 24/7, where you'll find all your programme and module materials. It also offers access to our virtual classrooms through Blackboard Collaborate, which enables you to simultaneously engage with both tutors and fellow students. To further help you when working off campus, the online University

Student Desktop provides 24/7 access to the software and library resources you'll need to study successfully.

To aid research-rich learning, each module provides access to e-reading lists which directly link you to core online reading materials. You'll also be able to engage in your own independent research via our online library with its comprehensive e-book, e-journal and wider learning resources. You'll submit written assessments and receive feedback via our E-Assessment tool.

Additional support is available via our 24/7 Student Portal - for example around IT, Ask4Help, welfare, learning and careers queries. 

Book an Open Day / Experience Theatre and Performance BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Theatre and Performance. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance has been designed from the ground up to be research-rich but always immersed in a practical learning environment. You'll engage directly with the research and practice specialisms of our internationally renowned staff to develop your critical thinking and support your journey to becoming an independent researcher, creative thinker and innovative practitioner. This is embedded at all course levels. As well as building your own research expertise, you'll encounter the exciting work of your tutors and others throughout your studies.

Following an introduction to research skills in your first year, you'll start developing them to independently and collaboratively embark upon your own research – learning to communicate your insights through performances, essays or presentations. This leads up to the Performance Dissertation module in the final year: a research project you design, with supervisor support, to investigate the things you're most passionate about. The optional Performance Project, which offers the opportunity to form a small company to design and develop a performance, is similarly research focused.

Book an Open Day / Experience Theatre and Performance BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Theatre and Performance. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Developed in consultation with a panel of creative industry professionals, this new BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance expands career horizons by developing your professional skills and knowledge through working in practice. Not only will it equip you to take on theatre-based performance roles, but also set you up for employment in a wide range of other areas. This could involve performing on stage or forming your own performance company, or working in socially engaged and community contexts. Developing a career as a producer or in arts administration, events production, marketing and communications. Or moving into teaching, further study or training. 

Northumbria students have gone on to work with diverse employers, including local authorities, Northern Stage, Live Theatre, the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and theatres nationwide. In fact, one of our graduates founded Newcastle's highly successful Alphabetti Theatre, championing original work from emerging artists.

From the beginning you'll engage directly with our professional connections and partnerships through skills training, work experience and other opportunities in professional settings. Working with regional, national, and international organisations, you'll develop transferable skills favoured by employers including networking, negotiation, communication, evaluation, co-production and reflective analysis.

For those who wish to pursue their knowledge and interest’s further, we provide a masters course in MA Theatre and Performance.

The university's Graduate Futures careers service provides in-person and online career and employability support for five years after you graduate.

 

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Book an Open Day / Experience Theatre and Performance BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Theatre and Performance. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

You will be required to attend an audition.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: TBC

International Fee in Year 1: TBC

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Scholarships and Discounts

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Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

UK Fee in Year 1*: TBC

* The maximum tuition fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by government. Tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, these are subject to government regulations and in line with inflation.



EU Fee in Year 1: **TBC

**EU fees for 2021/22 are yet to announced


International Fee in Year 1: TBC

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC



Scholarships and Discounts

Scholarships and Discounts have not been announced for 2021/22 entry, please use the links below as in indication of what schemes are available for 2020/21 entry.

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