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 related 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 provide 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 isnt primarily performance or production based, you will engage in these activities from Year One and can specialise in practice areas in later years.
The modules listed here are correct (as at April 2016) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2017.
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 theatre and media scenes makes QMU an ideal place to study theatre and film.
- Students 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.
Notions of Theatre/ Introduction to Film Studies/ The Origins of Theatre/ Play and Performance/ Media Production 1/ Narrative and Representation in Film and Media
Place, Space and Performance/ Film and Creativity/ Performance Project 1/ Theatre in the World (20th and 21st Centuries)/ Media Production 2/ Film Genre
Contemporary Hollywood Cinema/ British Drama (1945-present)/ World Cinema/ Independent Research Project/ Plus two
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
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Pre 2017: BBBCC
2017 onwards: H2, H2, H3, H3
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.
Access to Humanities/ Arts/ Business/ Social Sciences/ Film and Television. Applications welcomed from mature students with relevant qualifications/ experience.
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.
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.