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What makes Theatre, Acting and Performance at Worcester special?

Whether your ambitions are on stage or backstage, Theatre, Acting & Performance at Worcester is all about practical work. You learn theory through practice - in a wide range of venues, including our own drama studios, other local arts or theatre venues, unusual spaces such as nightclubs or disused churches, festivals, outdoor spaces and gardens. If you choose to, you can also have a work placement with a theatre, school or production company, or work within modules with youth or community groups, such as people with learning disabilities

As well as developing your acting skills, devising or writing your own performances and staging existing plays, you'll also cover the technical and practical side of the theatre experience, learning how to rig a light, for example. Furthermore, your wider study of the subject can prepare you for a wide range of careers alongside one in theatre (acting, directing, writing or technical theatre), such as teaching, or youth and community work.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Friendly community, with 'getting to know you' activities in Welcome Week, student societies such as Loco (musical theatre) and Spotlight (cabaret), and 'Scratch Nights' where you can try out ideas in front of an encouraging audience.
  • Supportive tutors, who are also practitioners, many with ongoing performance companies.
  • Visiting theatre companies, who perform for students and trips to a range of local and national theatres, or viewing national productions view live-stream.
  • Links with community groups, museums and youth groups, giving you a choice of real-world settings for practising your craft.
  • Opportunity to transfer to MTheatre (our four-year integrated masters programme) at the end of your first year, with an even greater focus on professional practice.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

112
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points (single and joint honours)

Including a Level 3 qualification in a related subject such as Drama, Theatre Studies, Performing Arts, English, Film Studies and Media Studies. If you are unsure if your qualifications are relevant, please contact the Admissions office. If you are a mature student returning to education, experience is taken into account as well as qualifications.

Other information

Applicants are invited to attend a workshop day with the Drama Department. This workshop allows us to get to know you better and you to get to know us better. This more in depth meeting can enable us to make a lower offer to appropriate students.

If you are an international student who does not have the relevant entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, our pathway courses at University of Worcester International College could be the right option for you and enable you to still graduate with this degree. To find out more visit the Art and Design & Creative Media pathway page.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Devising and Physical Theatre
  • Plays, Acting and Contexts
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Acting Skills

Optional

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Directed Public Performance: Research and Development
  • Directed Public Performance: Process, Production, Performance 

Optional

  • Applied Theatre
  • Plays and Playwrights: British Theatre in Times of Change
  • Devising and Adaptation
  • Theatre & Digital Media
  • Music Theatre
  • Making Theatrical Space
  • Choreography and Performance
  • Playwriting
  • Theatre, Real Lives and History
  • Directors and Directing
  • Physical Theatre

Year 3

  • Either a Final Public Performance or an Independent Research Project

Optional

  • Site Specific Performance
  • Contemporary Performance Practices
  • Theatre and Learning Disability
  • Staging Shakespeare Today
  • New Voices in Contemporary British Theatre
  • Work Placement
  • Writing for Performance
  • Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Theatre and Education
  • Sexuality in Performance
  • Scenography: Specialist Project
  • Professional Practice
  • Dance Styles

"My experience of Drama at Worcester was invaluable. The course provided me with the essential tools to pursue a career in teaching the subject."

Nicki Smith, Drama teacher, Thomas Telford School

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Study Theatre, Acting & Performance as part of a joint honours degree

As well as a single honours degree, Theatre, Acting & Performance is also available as part of a number of joint honours combinations, allowing you to combine it with another subject to match your interests and career aspirations:

English Literature and Theatre, Acting & Performance BA (Hons)

Theatre, Acting & Performance and Film Studies BA (Hons)

Theatre, Acting & Performance and Screenwriting BA (Hons)

 

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful. 

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of practical workshops, lectures and seminars. The course aims to teach theory through practice so your practical work is integrated with reference to relevant texts and journals and lectures providing a context for each module.

You will develop your performance skills (using both body and voice), investigate cultural and historical contexts, develop your creative and collaborative skills and consolidate your critical thinking. You will prepare for working professionally in the field through understanding all aspects of theatre from creative inspiration to final production.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

You have an opportunity to undertake a work placement module in the third year of the course supervised for agreed projects by a work-based mentor and a University tutor.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 16 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • 3 hours of practical workshop
  • 1 hour of lecture or group seminar

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 16 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on practical individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online and preparing coursework assignments and presentations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technicians.

Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and 75 per cent of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include essays, presentations, blogs, portfolios, vivas, reflective commentaries and individual and group performances.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1

  • 60% Individual or group performance
  • 40% Essay, presentation, blog, portfolio, viva or reflective commentary

Year 2

  • 60% Individual or group performance
  • 40% Essay, presentation, blog, portfolio, viva or reflective commentary

Year 3

  • 25% Independent Research Project or Final Performance Project
  • 12.5% Optional work placement
  • 62.5% Performance, essay, presentation, blog, portfolio, viva or reflective commentary

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate. We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Facilities

All the related spaces are located within easy access of each other and include:

  • The Studio Theatre (a 120 seat, flexible space which has been purpose-built and comprises adjoining dressing rooms, green room and storage). This has the capacity to accommodate a wide range of staging options and is linked to:
  • The Digital Arts Centre - enabling experimental work combining live and recorded performance and digital media.
  • The Dance Studio - a space similar in size to the Studio Theatre and with the advantages of being flexible. The Art Block affords usable practical spaces for work on the scenographic aspects of production.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course

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Dr Jane George

Jane George's teaching and research interests focus upon devising and contemporary performance, particularly site-related performance. She is also interested in interdisciplinary practice, particularly performance writing and multi-media performance.

Jane has worked professionally as a director, writer and dramaturg and continues to develop her creative practice in collaboration with a number of performance companies and practitioners including contemporary performance company Reckless Sleepers, choreographer Lizie Giraudeau (formerly of Siobhan Davies Dance Company) and Pegasus Theatre, Oxford.

Jane is Course Leader for BA Drama & Performance.

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Stuart Currie

Stuart Currie's main teaching specialisms are in scenography, shadow puppetry and theatre adaptation.

His latest production is The Kitchen by Arnold Wesker with a cast of thirty-two in collaboration with movement director, Mollie Guilfoyle and The Swans director and voice coach, Ben Humphrey.

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Alison Reeves

Alison Reeves’ main teaching specialisms are Applied Theatre and Theatre in Education.

Her most recent productions are an updated version of Euripides’ The Trojan Women and an adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories which toured to local arts venues with invited primary school audiences.

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Dr Daniel Somerville

Daniel Somerville is an artist practitioner, senior lecturer and practice researcher. His research interests are in the fields of performance, theatre, gender and opera studies, with particular focus on the concept of the ‘operatic’ and how it manifests in terms of movement, performance practice and convention, and how this may be applied to contemporary performance making. As an artist practitioner he has choreographed, directed and performed nationally (including at Edinburgh Fringe, The Place, Chisenhale Dance Space and Duckie in London, and for Birmingham Rep) and internationally (including National Theatre Namibia, Market Theatre - Johannesburg, Liberdade Provisoria - Lisbon and on a tour of the Czech Republic).

Previous academic positions include as a research assistant and visiting tutor at Goldsmiths (BA and MA students), as a visiting lecturer at Laban (MA students), as visiting lecturer and mentor (BA students) at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and as a visiting lecturer at University of Wolverhampton (BA and MA students), and as an online tutor in Opera Studies at Rose Bruford.

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Professor Claire Cochrane

Claire's teaching and research interests range very widely, reflecting her commitment to the creative and social value of all aspects of contemporary theatre practice. As the former Head of Theatre and Performance, she has laid the foundations for the current strengths of the undergraduate courses in public performance, applied theatre and real-world  engagement in the workplace. As a researcher, Claire has published very widely on different aspects of  twentieth and twenty first century theatre practices and audiences right across the UK. 

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Dr Paul Golz

Paul is an experienced teacher, choreographer, dancer and researcher. Following his initial training at the Centre for Professional Dance Training in Edinburgh he trained as a Graham dancer, however it is somatic based technique that remains his true passion, especially in contact improvisation and creative partner work.

Paul has worked professionally with Misfitted Dance and Birmingham Opera. In 2011, he set up his own company, Ephemeris Dance following his interest in Dance and Digital. He has choreographed work in this arena under Arts Council grants for both his own company and ReadySaltedCode.

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Dr Ildiko Rippel

Ildiko’s research focuses on new technologies in contemporary performance and the virtual presence of “non-performers” in theatre.

She is co-founder and artistic director of Zoo Indigo, Nottingham, which has been creating and touring innovative contemporary theatre in collaboration with new media artists since 2002. Through the use of humour and the reprocessing of cultural images, Zoo Indigo's work explores the accidental, anecdotal and autobiographical, with a focus on interactive new technology.

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Tim Wheeler

Tim is a theatre maker, arts consultant and lecturer with a particular interest in socially engaged practice. His main focus at Worcester is the Integrated Masters programme. He also teaches on the Undergraduate and MA programmes.

A specialist in theatre and learning disability, and mental health, Tim is co-founder and was artistic director of award winning Mind the Gap for 26 years, creating 18 national touring productions, 10 site-specific specific works, and 100+ educational and training programmes. He has started 4 arts companies, 2 of which are still operating. He also led the development of a £2.2m inclusive artists workspace.

A full biography of Tim's work with Mind the Gap can be found in a chapter in British Theatre Companies 1995 to 2014 by Dave Calvert, Bloomsbury 2014.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability 

There are excellent career opportunities for our graduates. These are both in drama-related areas, such as theatre, education, and the media, and in a wide range of other fields of employment made accessible through skills learned on the course in presentation, performance, critical thinking and writing.

A proportion of our students always progress to postgraduate study to gain higher academic or professional qualifications. Former students often set up their own businesses, for example as small scale touring theatre companies or drama education providers.

Past students are now working as actors, producers, stage managers and directors for employers across the areas of theatre, TV, radio and film. Teaching and lecturing are very popular career choices for our graduates, as are arts administration and marketing.

Earn as you learn

Drama students get the opportunity to take part in regular fee paying performance projects. This year these have included tours of specially commissioned theatre productions to schools and colleges across the region plus drama workshops for children and community groups. Students in all year groups can audition for these productions, which are led by professional directors.

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Jordan Smith

Jordan Smith achieved First Class Honours in his Drama and Performance degree.

“It was the best three years of my life and it is fantastic that the hard work paid off,” said the 21-year-old, from Milton Keynes.

“For many years I have wanted to become a secondary school teacher - as I have a real passion for education and inspiring young people. That is certainly something I will look to go into in the future.”

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"I learnt how to develop vocal and physical skills, and experiment with sound, light and projections all of which I continue to use in my current work as a professional theatre maker."

Michelle Pogmore, Performer with Reaction Theatre Makers and Founder/Director of Red Dress Theatre Company

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students registering in the academic year 2021/22 is £13,100 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2021/22 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £108 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £184 per week (2021/22 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

"I loved how well everybody worked together and felt excited and dedicated to the class. It was a privilege to work with a group of people who cared."

Jacob Fazzio, 2nd year exchange student from University of Minnesota Duluth, USA

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:

Drama & Performance BA - W400

Joint Honours:
Please visit the individual joint honours course pages for UCAS links:
English Literature and Theatre, Acting and Performance BA (Hons) - WQ43
Theatre, Acting and Performance and Film Studies BA (Hons) - WP4H
Theatre, Acting and Performance and Screenwriting BA (Hons) - WW48

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS Code

W400

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Stuart Currie

Admissions tutor