BA/BA (Hons) Theatre and Film


If you love theatre and film you can study them both in depth on the only course of its kind in Scotland. You’ll enjoy practical work-based learning opportunities and the chance to study overseas for a semester.

And… ACTION! Film and theatre are thriving industries, both creatively and commercially. This course gives you a unique chance to study these two exciting disciplines in depth and in tandem, developing your passion for live and recorded dramatic performance and preparing yourself for a rewarding career.

See the foot of the page for some student case studies/ staff profiles


Why QMU?

  • Learn academic theory and practical production skills for two disciplines on this innovative course – the only one of its type in Scotland.
  • See your film work screened on the big screen at the end of year show at the Edinburgh Filmhouse (subject to selection).
  • We have superb on-campus resources: performance spaces, rehearsal studios, a film editing suite and TV studio.
  • The creative and cultural powerhouse of Edinburgh is right on your doorstep – inspire yourself at its film festivals, theatrical productions, and the International Festival and Fringe. There are plenty of internships available for you to learn real-world skills.


About the course

And… ACTION! Film and theatre are thriving industries, both creatively and commercially. This course gives you a unique chance to study these two exciting disciplines in depth and in tandem, developing your passion for live and recorded dramatic performance and preparing yourself for a rewarding career.

You’ll learn about the histories of theatre and cinema, and examine the key critical cultural and political debates. You’ll explore 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.

Year One modules will give you a broad understanding of how theatre and film work as creative industries. You start your study of theatre and film narrative and performance, and gain experience of creative production.

Year Two examines questions of genre and creativity alongside the theory and practice of stage performance. In Years Three and Four you’ll look at key periods, movements and practitioners in theatre and film drama, alongside modules in areas such as adaptation, comedy, playwriting and Hollywood cinema. You can create your own production projects and choose additional, optional subjects like photography or community theatre.

Alongside the course’s academic core you will have plenty of opportunity to gain production experience 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 each year as outlined.



Year One

  • Introduction to Film Studies
  • Text and Performance 1 & 2
  • Narrative and Representation
  • The Origins of Theatre
  • Media Production 1

Year Two

  • Film and Creativity
  • Space, Performance and the Spectator
  • Theory, Drama & Audiences
  • Film Genre
  • British Theatre Since 1945
  • Media Production 2

Year Three

  • Contemporary Hollywood
  • Contemporary Scottish Theatre in Debate
  • Independent research project
  • plus three options

Year Four

  • Modernity on Screen
  • Dissertation (general, video, screen writing or photography)
  • Creative Entrepreneurship
  • plus two options

Year Three and Four options may include: Video Production/ Screen Writing/ Photography and Visual Culture/ Community Theatre 1/ Community Theatre 1/ Playwriting 1/ Playwriting 2/ Contemporary Performance 1/ Experiential Learning/ Film and the Family/ Television Drama/ Photography Practice/ Storytelling in Convergent Media/ Contemporary Performance 2/ Community Theatre 2/ Page to Stage/ The Only Way is Ethics: Art, Participation and Ethics/ New Enterprise Creation Critical Perspectives in Radio

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Feb 2019) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2020 following revalidation in March 2019. Please check the website for any updates.


Frequent work-based learning opportunities will help you build your theoretical studies into invaluable real-world skills.


*Exchange opportunities

In Year Three you have the opportunity (subject to availability) to study for one semester at a university overseas. For more information, see www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/international-students/exchanges-and-study-abroad/

Please note that exchange opportunities are subject to availability. In addition, please note that where exchange opportunities are arranged in the EU, Erasmus+ funding is available subject to the UK remaining in the Erasmus+ scheme.



Our graduates have used the specialist skills they learned on the course as a springboard to careers in theatre, film, teaching, postgraduate study and professions demanding communication and creativity. This course will give you the confidence and skills you need to direct the story of your own life.

Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: Standard AABB, Minimum: BBBB

A Level: BBB

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H3 H3 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 30 points 

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5.

Required subjects: We prefer you to have a good pass in English, Drama or Media Studies at Scottish Higher/ A Level. English required and Maths preferred at Nat 5/ GCSE.

Mature/Access: Related Access course — see www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications

We welcome applications from mature students with other relevant qualifications and/or experience.

Direct Entry:

Year Two

  • HNC/ HND: HNC/ HND in a related subject with B/CB in the graded unit
  • Scottish Higher: BC at Advanced Higher in relevant subjects plus BB at Higher

A Level: BBB in relevant subjects

Year Three HND in a related subject with CB in the graded unit may be considered.

For details of related HNC and HND courses, see www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications.



Associate student places


Professional registration/ accreditation


Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body

QMU. For more information, please see ‘External Review’ section on the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2020/21 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Special Information for EU Applicants: EU students starting their studies up to and including academic year 2020/21 will have the costs of their tuition fees met by the Scottish Government for the duration of their course. For more information, see https://www.qmu.ac.uk/brexiteu-student-funding-update/

Teaching staff may be subject to change.


Course Overview

3/4 years
Start Date
September 2020
On campus
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Fees & Funding

A Student Story - more at foot of page

Jamie Cutt - BA/BA (Hons) Theatre and Film "Working together with all of our different opinions and experience created a piece of theatre that we were all proud of." Read my story...