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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 will enjoy practical work-based learning opportunities.

And… ACTION! Film and theatre are thriving industries, 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.

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

You will learn about the histories of theatre and cinema, and examine the key critical cultural and political debates. You will explore the spaces of the stage and studio, stage and screen performances and the genres, narratives and authorship of plays and screenplays. We 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 will 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 such as 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

  • Media Production: Skills and Techniques
  • Introduction to the Study of Theatre and Performance
  • Introduction to Theatre Production
  • Studying Cinema
  • The Origins of Theatre
  • Media Production: Video Project

Year Two

  • Media Production: Storytelling
  • Contemporary Scottish Theatre in Context
  • Film Genre
  • British Theatre since 1945
  • Client Project
  • Creative Writing for New Media

Year Three

  • Current Debates in Performance Theory
  • Arts Funding in its Policy Context
  • Designing a Research Project
  • Global Film Cultures
  • plus two options

Year Four

  • Modernity on Screen
  • Creative Enterprise in the Performing Arts
  • Dissertation
  • plus two options

Years Three and Four options:

  • Photography and Visual Culture
  • Screenwriting
  • The Video Essay
  • Student Initiated Module
  • Experiential Learning Placement
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
  • Scotland on Screen
  • Popular Music
  • Film and the Family
  • Radio and Audio Media
  • Photography Practice
  • Storytelling in Convergent Media
  • Television Drama
  • The American West in Popular Culture
  • Film Festivals
  • Food in Film and Media
  • Problematic; Criticism, Culture and Social Justice
  • The Only Way is Ethics: Art, Participation and Ethics
  • Performance Art Practice (by application only)
  • Site and Sound
  • Writing for Radio
  • Creative Learning and the Community
  • Producing for the Stage
  • Directing for the Stage
  • Directing, Designing and Performing Shakespeare
  • Directing, Designing and Performing Contemporary Plays
  • Decoding Dress: The Cultural Significance of Costume
  • Staging the 20th Century: How Scenography Built the Modern Imagination
  • Advanced Theatre Production

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (April 2021) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2022. Please check back here for any updates.

Teaching, learning and assessment

You learn through lectures, seminars, individual work and group work, where you will be producing a range of performance events and production material. Assessment methods include portfolios, presentations, essays, short films, screenwriting and playwriting, amongst others. 



Frequent work-based learning opportunities will help you to 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, visit Exchanges and Study Abroad.

On December 24th 2020, the UK Government announced that as an outcome of Brexit negotiations, the United Kingdom would not be seeking to participate in the Erasmus+ successor programme.

From 2022/23 Queen Margaret University will no longer operate under the Erasmus+ scheme. Over the coming year we will be working with new and existing partners on study abroad and exchange opportunities for the 2022/23 academic year and beyond.


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. Visit our Advice for College Leavers and Mature Students page for more details.

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

Direct Entry:

Year Two

  • 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, visit our Advice for College Leavers and Mature Students page



Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

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

Awarding body

Please note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2022/23 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

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Course Overview

3 or 4 years full-time
Start Date
September 2022
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Fees & Funding