BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance Studies - BA (Hons) Degree
The University of Warwick
School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies, Coventry, Millburn House, University of Warwick, CV4 7HS
Tel: 02476 523020
Senior Teaching Fellow: Dr Wallace McDowell
Head of Department: Dr Nicolas Whybrow
We believe that theatre and performance occurs not only in theatre buildings, but also in cities, on streets, in rituals and daily life, and in spaces real, virtual and imagined. This course allows you to engage creatively and critically with contemporary social, political and aesthetic issues through the lens of Theatre and Performance Studies.
You will learn in an intimate and supportive environment, taught by academics at the forefront of internationally significant research. Teaching is delivered through both practical and seminar-based modules (e.g. Performance and Contemporary City, Food and Performance, African and South African Theatre, Intercultural Performance, Writing for Performance, Dramaturgy, Marketing, Theatre History and Historiography) and you can also pursue individual research projects.
You will also benefit from our outstanding resources and connections to the theatre industries and creative sector, with visits and guest workshops by renowned practitioners. You will develop valuable transferable research, analytical, organisational and communication skills alongside the ability to think and work creatively.
The first year consists of four modules - Contemporary Performance Practice, Introduction to Theatre and Performance Studies, From Text to Performance, and Performance Analysis - which provide you with core practical, critical and writing skills and subject knowledge. Your second and third years offer various practice and seminar-based modules, with freedom to choose options to match your interests. In your third year, you will either complete a 10,000-word research dissertation or a creative practice project. Warwick Arts Centre, located on campus, provides exciting opportunities for you to develop your projects further.
Teaching is delivered via lectures, small-group seminars and studio-based explorations, supplemented by theatre visits, field trips, guest lectures and workshops. Contact hours vary from student to student as we encourage you to follow modules that best suit your interests and abilities. As a guide, our seminar-based modules normally involve 2 contact hours per week and modules with a strong practical component are normally 4 hours per week.You will be assessed through practical projects, creative logbooks, essays, individual and group presentations, and exams. You will receive regular feedback on your work as an integral part of teaching and learning. Your final degree classification is based on the results of your second and third years, which carry equal weighting.
We support student mobility through study abroad programmes and all students have the opportunity to apply for a year abroad at one of our partner universities.