BA/BA (Hons) 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.

Focusing on academic enquiry and also offering opportunity for practical production experience, this course enables the student to appreciate the connections and differences between theatre and film. It can act as a stepping stone to a variety of careers.


Why QMU?

  • 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.
  • This course combines academic enquiry with opportunity for practical production.


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 community theatre.

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 should you wish.




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 modules

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

Year Two modules

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

Year Three modules

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

Year Four modules

  • 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 / New Enterprise Creation Critical Perspectives in Radio

The modules listed here are correct at time of print (Feb 2018) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2019 following the next revalidation. Please check the website for any updates.




Exchange opportunities*

In Year Three you have the opportunity 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/

*Subject to availability


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.


Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: BBBCC

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 S/Int2/N5/GCSE level.

Mature/Access: See related Access courses. We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications/ 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 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

 Special Information for EU Applicants The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2019/20 academic year 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 2019
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...