Northumbria University Newcastle - Theatre and Performance BA (Hons)

Northumbria University Newcastle

Theatre and Performance BA (Hons)

Our BA Theatre and Performance degree will help you become a well-rounded, independent, and innovative theatre practitioner.

You will:

  • Learn from award winning and internationally celebrated academics in a student-led teaching environment
  • Be supported in developing your performance techniques and knowledge through practice-based assessments
  • Work directly with industry professionals and gain real-world experience that prepares you for work after graduation
  • Set up your own theatre company and tour to local and national venues

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

Applicants may also be required to attend an audition and provide examples of work.

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*)

Career Prospects

The BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance expands career horizons by developing your professional skills and knowledge through working in practice. Not only will it equip you to take on theatre-based performance roles, but also set you up for employment in a wide range of other areas. This could involve performing on stage or forming your own performance company or working in socially engaged and community contexts. Developing a career as a producer or in arts administration, events production, marketing and communications. Or moving into teaching, further study or training. .

From the beginning you'll engage directly with our professional connections and partnerships through skills training, work experience and other opportunities in professional settings.

Course Details

Our Theatre and Performance degree is firmly and proudly practice-based, with most of your assessments involving performing, directing, writing, and designing devised performances.

Developing your practice lies at the heart of the course. You will have the opportunity to work on live briefs from creative industry partners, as well as local employers. You will learn through practical workshops and seminars, whilst also making your own solo and group performances.

  • In first year, you'll assemble key building blocks through practical modules that develop your skills as a theatre maker. You'll explore the 'big ideas' that shape contemporary theatre and performance
  • In second year, you get to refine your specialism. We personalise your study to focus on what really matters to you.
  • Then your final year is all about getting you industry ready. We will support you to set up your own theatre company and tour to local and national venues

Year One

Big Ideas in Theatre and Performance (Core,20 Credits)
Theatre and Performance Encounters (Core,40 Credits)
Performance Explorations (Core,40 Credits)
Urgent ideas in Theatre and Performance (Core,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Arts (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Year two

Tragedy (Optional,20 Credits)
Literature and Adaptation (Optional,20 Credits)
Hollywood Cinema (Optional,20 Credits)
Media Cultures (Optional,20 Credits)
Cultural Identities on Screen (Optional,20 Credits)
Arguments for Theatre and Performance (Core,20 Credits)
Contemporary Theatre Making (Core,20 Credits)
Performance, Politics and Power in Contemporary Society (Optional,20 Credits)
Applied Theatre Practice (Optional,20 Credits)
Investigating Theatre and Performance (Core,20 Credits)
Performance and the City (Core,20 Credits)
Performance and Digital Cultures (Optional,20 Credits)
Performer Training: Practitioner Perspectives (Optional,20 Credits)

Year Three

Arts Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)
Arts Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)
Year in International Business (This is made up of modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)
Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation (4 modules studied in Amsterdam (Semester 1) & Newcastle (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)

Year Four

The Black Atlantic: Literature, Slavery and Race (Optional,20 Credits)
Twenty First Century Literature: Writing in the Present (Optional,20 Credits)
Contemporary British and Irish Cinema (Optional,20 Credits)
Performance Dissertation (Core,40 Credits)
Performance Project (Optional,40 Credits)
Performer Training: Future Practices (Optional,20 Credits)
Popular Performance (Optional,20 Credits)
Performance and the Politics of Fear (Optional,20 Credits)
Digital Futures (Optional,20 Credits)
Advanced Applied Practice (Optional,20 Credits)
Performance and Creative Economies (Optional,20 Credits)

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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