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BA/BA (Hons) Theatre and Film


Duration: 3/4 years

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Theatre, film and television are at the heart of the creative industries globally and make a significant contribution to the UK economy. This course offers you the opportunity to study these creative industries as both commercial and artistic enterprises.

The academic scope of this course enables students to understand the histories of theatre and cinema and their industries and explores the critical debates concerning the cultural and political influences of theatre and film. The
course also explores the spaces of the stage and studio, stage and screen performances and the genres, narratives and authorship of plays and screenplays. We also study the economics and management of theatre and cinema within the creative industries.

The study of these two artistically and economically important cultural forms side by side enables students of this course to appreciate the connections and distinctions between them and to meet the challenges of employment in a society in which the creative industries play an important role.

In Year One, modules provide a broad understanding of how theatre and film work as creative industries, introduce the study of theatre and film narrative and performance, and provides experience of creative production. Year Two examines questions of genre and creativity alongside the theory and practice of stage performance. Years Three and Four look at key periods, movements and practitioners in theatre and film drama, alongside modules in areas such as adaptation, comedy, playwriting, and Hollywood cinema. As part of your course, you are able to create your own production projects and to choose additional, optional subjects like photography or arts journalism.

Learning and teaching methods vary: lectures, seminars, individual work and group work, where you will be producing a range of performance events and production material. While the course isn't primarily performance or production based, you will engage in these activities from Year One and can specialise in practice areas in later years.

You can opt to study for an Honours degree over four years or an Ordinary degree over three years. You will complete a range of modules, as outlined, each year and a dissertation in Year Four.

  • This innovative course is unusual in providing theoretical and practical education in both drama and film.

  • The vibrancy of the Scottish, and specifically the Edinburgh, theatre and media scene makes QMU an ideal place to study theatre and film.

  • StudentsÂ’ films are exhibited annually at an end of year show at the Edinburgh Filmhouse.

  • Each 20 credit module has a notional 200 hours of learning achieved through class contact time in lectures, seminars and workshops, directed learning and independent study. A student usually takes six modules each year.

  • Year One: Notions of Theatre/ Introduction to Film Studies/ The Origins of Theatre/ Play and Performance/ Media Production 1/ Narrative and Representation in Film and Media

    Year Two: Place, Space and Performance/ Film and Creativity/ Performance Project 1/ Theatre in the World (20th and 21st Centuries)/ Media Production 2/ Film Genre

    Year Three: Contemporary Hollywood Cinema/ British Drama (1945-present)/ World Cinema/ Independent Research Project/ Plus two options (see year four options)

    Year Four: Modernity on Screen/ Dissertation or Project/ Creative Entrepreneurship/ Plus two options-

    Year Three and Four options may include:
    Contemporary Performance/ Film and Family/ Arts Management/ Video Production/ Community Theatre/ Photography and Visual Culture/ Arts Journalism/ Screenwriting/ Playwriting/ Page to Stage/ Television Drama/ Critical Perspectives in Radio/ Popular Music/ New Enterprise Creation

    Scottish Higher: BBBB or 260 UCAS Tariff points

    A Level: BCC or 260 UCAS Tariff points

    Irish Leaving Certificate: BBBCC or 295 UCAS Tariff points

    International Baccalaureate: 28 points

    Required Subjects: We also prefer you to have a good pass in English, Drama
    or Media Studies at Scottish Higher/ A Level. Maths and Eng at S/Int2/N5/GCSE level are preferred.

    Mature/Access: Access to Humanities/ Arts/ Business/ Social Sciences/ Film and Television. Applications welcomed from mature students with relevant qualifications/ experience.

    Advanced Entry: Year 2 - Scottish Higher: BC at Advanced Higher in relevant subjects plus BB at Higher. A Level: BBB in relevant subjects. Years 2 & 3 - HNC & HND: relevant qualifications will be considered for advanced entry

    International: IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each element..

    You may use your studies as a basis for professional practice within theatre, film and allied industries, using the specialisms as a stepping stone to a variety of careers in: theatre industry; film industries; professions requiring skills in communication and creativity; drama teaching; and postgraduate study.

    for further information, contact:
    +44 (0)131 474 0000

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