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Undergraduate

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. The course combines practical work-based learning with a solid grounding in critical studies.

Why QMU?

  • Learn academic theory and practical production skills for two disciplines on this innovative course.

  • We have superb on-campus resources: performance spaces, rehearsal studios, a film editing suite and TV studio.

  • See your films screened on the big screen at the end of year show at the Edinburgh Filmhouse (subject to selection).
  • The creative and cultural powerhouse of Edinburgh is right on your doorstep, get inspired by the many  theatrical productions, and the International Festival and Fringe. There are plenty of internships available for you to learn real-world skills.

  • QMU is ranked in the top 12 amongst UK universities for Drama and Dance (Guardian University Guide 2023).

On this course you will: 

  • Experience a unique chance to study these two interrelated disciplines in depth and in tandem, developing your knowledge of live and recorded dramatic performances and preparing yourself for an exciting career.
  • Learn about the histories of theatre and cinema, and examine the key critical cultural and political debates. 
  • Explore the spaces of the stage and screen performances and the genres, forms and narratives of plays and screenplays. We also study the economics and management of theatre and cinema within the creative industries.

And… ACTION! Film and theatre are thriving industries, creatively and commercially. This course will give you the confidence and skills you need to enter careers in theatre, film, teaching and professions demanding communication and creativity. ​

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

You will:

  • Gain a broad understanding of how theatre and film work as creative industries.
  • Start your study of theatre and film form and performance, and gain experience of creative production.

Modules

  • 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

You will: 

  • Examine questions of genre and creativity alongside the theory and practice of stage and screen performance.
  • Get a chance to work with real-life clients in the creative industries

Modules

  • Media Production: Storytelling
  • Making Theatre
  • Film Genre
  • British Theatre since 1945
  • Client Project
  • Creative Writing for New Media

Year Three

You will: 

  • Look at key periods, movements and practitioners in theatre and film, alongside modules in areas such as playwriting, animation and global cinema.
  • Create your own production projects and choose additional, optional subjects such as photography or community theatre.
  • Have had plenty of opportunities to gain production experience from Year One and Two, and can specialise in practice areas. 
  • Have the opportunity (subject to availability) to study for one semester at a university overseas. For more information, visit Exchanges and Study Abroad.

Modules

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

Year Four

You will:

  • Look at the unique relationship between theatre and film in a core module on Adaptation, alongside optional modules that can shape your ambitions in creative entrepreneurship.
  • Design and create your own production projects and choose additional, optional subjects such as photography, the video essay or community theatre.

Modules

  • Adaption: Stage and Screen
  • Creative Enterprise in the Performing Arts
  • Dissertation
  • plus two options

Year Three and Four module options

  • Photography and Visual Culture
  • Photography Practice
  • Screenwriting
  • The Video Essay
  • Experiential Learning Placement
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
  • Scotland on Screen
  • Popular Music
  • Film and the Family
  • Film Festivals
  • World Animation
  • Communication, Arts and Activism
  • The Only Way is Ethics: Art, Participation and Ethics
  • Performance Art Practice (by application only)
  • 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
  • Staging the 20th Century: How Scenography Built the Modern Imagination

Teaching, learning and assessement

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. 

Placements

You will not go on a placement as such but frequent work-based learning opportunities will help you to build your theoretical studies into invaluable real-world skills.

You will work with live clients on the 'Client Project' module in Year Two.

Exchange opportunities

Yes. The 'Year Three' tab of this page contains more information.

Careers

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.  Examples careers include TV production, freelance video production, festival curation, setting up their own theatre production company, assistant director, drama teacher, administrative work in creative industries.

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: English, Drama or Media Studies preferred at Scottish Higher/A Level. English required and Maths preferred at Nat 5/GCSE.

Am I a Widening Access student?: We apply the minimum entry criteria to applicants who meet one or more contextual factor. To see if this would apply to you, please refer to the access and application page.

Mature/Access: Related Access course. Visit our College Leavers and Mature Students Advice page for more information. 

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 College Leavers and Mature Students Advice page

Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

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

Awarding body

QMU. More information is in the ‘External Review’ section of our ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.

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Please note:

  • The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Feb 2022) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2023. Please check back here for any updates.
  • The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2023/24 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).
  • Teaching staff may be subject to change.

Course Overview

Duration
3 or 4 years full-time
Start Date
September 2023
Location
On campus
Study Abroad
Yes
School
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Division
Fees & Funding
UCAS Code
WW46