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What makes Theatre, Acting & Performance and Screenwriting at Worcester special?

These subject areas share an interest in many of the media through which writers and performers interact to create drama and narrative (TV; film; radio; online). Studying them as Joint Honours is therefore full of possibility. Both are 'practice-based': you learn primarily through 'doing' - through performing, making theatre and writing.

If you are looking for academic study primarily through the development of creative, practical work - and if telling stories and making, thinking and writing for and about theatre and performance are where your interests lie - then this Joint Honours programme may be your perfect choice.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Screenwriting modules on craft and voice, creativity and collaboration and professionalism and employment
  • Focus on developing craft capability, industry awareness, production experience and employer engagement
  • Theatre, Acting & Performance element predominantly taught in two state-of-the-art drama studios, fully equipped with lighting, sound, video and projection facilities
  • Earn-as-You-Learn opportunities
  • One Theatre, Acting & Performance course strand addresses the needs of students interested in teaching, theatre in education, youth theatre and community theatre
  • Tailor your course to your individual needs with a joint honours degree 
Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

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UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com

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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

  • Scriptwriting: Ideas and Development
  • Story Design and Analysis
  • Plays and Contexts
  • Devising and Physical Theatre

Year 2

Mandatory

  • TV Scriptwriting: Concept and Development

Options

  • Developing the Feature Film
  • Writing for Radio
  • Writing for Interactive Media
  • Script Editing
  • Screen Adaptation: Texts and Platforms
  • Playwriting
  • 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

Mandatory

  • Industry, Practices and Applications

Options

  • Dissertation
  • Screenwriting Final Project
  • Screenwriting Extension Module
  • Radio and Television Comedy
  • Career Portfolio
  • Writing for Performance
  • Final Performance Project
  • Independent Research Project (Dissertation equivalent module)
  • Site Specific Performance
  • Contemporary Performance Practices
  • Theatre & Learning Disability
  • Staging Shakespeare Today
  • New Voices in Contemporary British Theatre
  • Work Placement
  • Writing for Performance
  • Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Theatre & Education
  • Sexuality in Performance
  • Scenography: Specialist Project
  • Professional Practice
  • Dance Styles
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Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

All Theatre, Acting & Performance modules are 'practice-based' (ie you learn primarily through participation in performance). All students have opportunities to direct, write, devise and design performance work. Alongside, you examine the cultural contexts of drama and the theories that have spurred its development and informed how we understand it.

There are opportunities to explore the diverse 'applications' of drama (in TV, live theatre, film and online), its social and historical significance, and roles in community and education. Leading theatre companies and practitioners regularly visit to work with students, to provide workshops and to grow your understanding of the profession in support of your employability. Recent visitors have included Punchdrunk, Stan's Café, Idle Motion, Shared Experience and award-winning children's dramatist, David Wood.

The course explicitly addresses the needs of students who, on graduating, are interested in theatre (performance, technical theatre, writing, directing, theatre/arts administration) or in teaching, theatre-in-education, youth theatre or community theatre. Students are regularly involved in public performance and the course's networks of professional and community contacts generate numerous opportunities for 'earn while you learn' paid work.

Screenwriting nurtures your love of story and aims to develop your skills as a writer and media practitioner for the 21st century. It provides creative, challenging approaches to writing for the screen and performance from initial conception to production. You are taught by lecturers with both academic and professional, industry backgrounds who are well placed to offer you expert advice and to support your development of original writing. The course provides you with many opportunities to network with industry contacts, supporting your developing understanding of how your writing skills are transferable to employment within the media industries.

For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Theatre, Acting & Performance and Screenwriting.

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 documents for Theatre, Acting & Performance and Screenwriting.

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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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.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

The opportunity to be introduced to current industry contacts in Screenwriting is an essential element of the progression of your work across the three years, giving you a unique insight into how your skills can transfer into employment within the media industry. There are many career path options including working in the digital arts industries, in film and television and arts organisations, and taking up university and school teaching or postgraduate academic and creative writing courses.

There are excellent career opportunities for Drama & Performance 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, creativity, confidence and communication. 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. A proportion of our students always progress to postgraduate study to gain higher academic or professional qualifications.

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Careers and Employability

Our Graduates pursue exciting and diverse careers in a wide variety of employment sectors.

Find out how we can support you to achieve your potential.
Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2022/23 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

* subject to changes in the government regulated fee cap.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2022/23 academic year is £13,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

* subject to changes in the government regulated fee cap.

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 2022/23 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20-credit module, £2,312 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.

* subject to changes in the government regulated fee cap.

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.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Part-time applications

If you would like to apply to study this course part time, please complete our online application form.

Applying through UCAS

Theatre, Acting & 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

WW48

Get in touch

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

Dr Jane George

Course contact