BA/BA (Hons) Theatre and Film

What is theatre and film?

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.

About the Course

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 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.

Course Structure

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.

Entry Requirements

Scottish Higher: BBBCC

A Level: BBB

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H3 H3 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 30 points

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

Mature/Access: Access to Humanities/ Arts/ Business/ Social Sciences/ Film and Television. We welcome applications 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 with B/ CB in the graded units

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element below 5.5.


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/ Researching Documentary/ Independent research project/ plus two options

Year Four

Modernity on Screen/ Dissertation/ Creative Entrepreneurship/ plus two options

Year Three and Four options may include, for example: Video Production/ Screen Writing/ Photography and Visual Culture/ Community Theatre 1/ Playwriting 2/ Contemporary Performance 2/ Arts Journalism 1/ Arts Management/ Experiential Learning/ Contemporary Scottish Theatre in Debate/ Film and the Family/ Popular Music/ Television Drama/ Photography Practice/ Storytelling in Convergent Media/ Contemporary Performance 1/ P1/ Community Theatre 2/ Arts Journalism 2/ Page to Stage

NB The modules listed here are correct at time of the printing of our Undergraduate Prospectus 2018 (Feb 2017) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2018. Please check the website for any updates.


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.

Quick Facts

  • 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.

Learning and Teaching

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.

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Study Abroad

It is possible to study for a period of time at a university overseas.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2018/19 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Special Information for EU Applicants:   The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2017/8 and 2018/9 academic years will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland for the duration of their course. Those assessed as eligible will remain so for the duration of their course. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website.


Course Overview

3/4 years
Start Date
September 2018
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Fees & Funding

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