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Theatre and Professional Practice BA (Hons) 2019/20 entry

Course code:

W440

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019

 

Fees:

2019/20 fees - TBC
2018/19 fees - £9,250

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Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222


Overview

The Theatre and Professional Practice BA is a highly practical course, exploring the creative potential of collaborative processes alongside the development of the individual actor and theatre practitioner.

With multiple opportunities to invent and create your own style of live theatre, this course is designed to help equip you with the knowledge and experience to enter the theatre and creative industries beyond university.

You can gain hands-on experience of a variety of different and exciting approaches to making and performing live theatre – from scripted, collaboratively devised work and improvisational approaches to performance, to mask work and puppetry, acrobatics and stilt work, physical theatre and digital performance. You’ll also be encouraged to create a professional scale work as a final project.

You’ll be taught by our experienced faculty, some of whom are theatre directors and applied theatre practitioners, as well as invited professional guest practitioners who have previously included Frantic Assembly, the RSC, Théâtre Sans Frontières, Mandala Theatre, Theatre Absolute, Big Brum The Desperate Men, Acrojou, and The Fabularium.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

What our students say

The course allows me to experiment and become more creative, enhancing skills in the various roles within the industry, whether that be acting upon the stage or focused backstage on creating the most professional production possible. The lecturers also have such extensive backgrounds to their careers that their advice to us, as we head towards working in the performing arts, is invaluable."

Eliott Sheppard, BA Theatre and Professional Practice, current third year student 2016/17

Course information

Study here and you’ll join a vibrant, multicultural creative learning community with a focus on vocational and professional practice linked to the demands of the current performing arts industry.

On this course, we teach the skills of theatre making to help students develop a strong portfolio of practice from many practical exercises, all the while developing reflective awareness of your own discipline and practice. 

100%

of our students are satisfied by the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

During your first year, you’ll be introduced to the tools to create and critique performance. Through practical exercises and classes, we’ll cover various processes and techniques used by performers and companies in the telling of stories on the stage. We’ll explore the devising process, the performer-audience relationship, the mixture and balance of roles needed to fill the ‘empty space’.

Through the study of key texts, you will have the opportunity to explore the history of Western theatre making from Ancient Greece to the present day. You will also look at a range of theatre skills and techniques needed to work as a facilitator within a variety of applied theatre settings. We will also introduce you to technical skills used in theatre including lighting, sound and projection for performance.

Modules

  • The Empty Space

  • Devising Performance Texts

  • Acting: Roots & Routes

  • Naturalism and the Revolt Against it

  • Theatre in Social Contexts

  • Introduction to Theatre Technologies

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In the second year, we examine theatre in its local, national and transnational contexts through the performance of fully staged productions for public audiences, analysis of dramatic texts, theatre criticism and other performance events in digital settings and outdoor spaces.

We will investigate how theatre practices from across the globe, (such as Japanese, Asian and African) have influenced Western theatre making.

You will also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement or engage in an area of study of your own choosing.

Modules

  • Directed Performance

  • Global Theatres: Research Enquiry

  • Outdoor Performance

  • Experimental & Digital Performance

  • Negotiated Study, providing options for self-study including:

    • Artists in Education and Community settings placements
    • Work placements
    • Collaborative Performance investigations
    • And other focussed areas agreed through proposals submitted to tutors

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

After your second year, students have an opportunity to apply for a sandwich year, studying abroad or on professional placement.

Overview

In your final year, you will be expected to work on an intensive ‘Live Brief’ with a professional director or theatre company. You will also have the opportunity to create and present a substantial piece of your own creative work in collaboration with others. Past students have utilised this work for platform events at The Belgrade Theatre, at the National Student Drama Festival and for national touring to outdoor festivals. Final project work has also resulted in the formation of new theatre companies such as Noctium Theatre, Simpatico Theatre and Strongbox Theatre Co, all of which have continued making work together beyond the University degree period.


Career preparation and planning is a key part of the final year, you will explore future paths in the wider world of the creative industries including further study possibilities, the practicalities of setting up as an independent artist or forming a new company, backstage, front of house or applied roles with existing venues, or using your talents in other lines of work.

Modules

  • Live Briefs

  • Strategic Project Planning

  • Extended Essay

  • Business Matters

  • Final Major Project

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

13th

We are ranked as the 13th best University in the United Kingdom - Guardian University Guide 2019

In more detail...

  • Exceptionally high levels of overall student satisfaction- 100% in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.
  • Strong track record of graduate employability with 95% of graduates in work or further study after six months (DLHE 2014/15).
  • Dedicated technical support for theatre and dance performance, wardrobe needs and music technology, as well as a range of equipment available on loan, such as video, recording, sound and lighting.
  • Taught by staff with a broad range of experience and expertise with staff members still engaging in professional development activities and continuing to perform, create or contribute to the wider theatre research culture through publications and performances.  
  • Excellent links with industry, some of whom provide placements as well as collaborating with professional partners to create, tour and facilitate live applied theatre projects, both locally and globally. Current partners include The Belgrade Theatre, Theatre Absolute, Strangeface Theatre Co, Midlands Arts Centre and Warwick Arts Centre.
  • Access to facilities, including: a dance performance space with lighting/sound control rooms and comprehensive and up-to-date technical equipment, two dance studios, theatre workshop space, wardrobe facilities and storage with around 3,500 costume items and 1,500 accessories, dressing rooms and box office facilities. Booking may be required for some facilities.

Our main study themes are:

  • Professional theatre skills and performance: We explore the devising process and the mixture and balance of roles needed to create performance. This is considered practically and theoretically, relating performance practice to its global, historical and cultural context. Skills areas investigated include voice, movement and methods of actor training, including script work, improvisation, acrobatics, equilibristic and acro-balance, mime, games, mask work and puppetry. You will also have the opportunity to explore technical aspects of production including lighting, sound, projection, costume and prop making, and digital and experimental theatre practices.

  • History and Theory: Teaching covers skills in historical/critical analysis and cultural awareness; focusing on the history and development of theatre from Ancient Greece to the present day and investigates theatre practices from across the globe exploring how elements of theatre practice from other cultures can relate to performance in terms of concepts, cultural awareness and stylistic presentation.

  • Professional practice and industry preparation: Each year our students will have the opportunity to engage with a number of performance projects which mirror the performance industries beyond, and in this way professional practice is at the heart of the degree. Through documenting their own practice, researching contemporary companies, coupled with career preparation and planning, students will develop an action plan for career paths and life after university.

The course normally lasts three years when studied full-time and four to six years part-time. Students successfully completing the first two years of the course can apply to take a Professional or International Enhancement module, spending a year out between the second and third years on placement or study abroad. Past students have spent a year studying at Valencia in Spain, Berlin, Nicosia in Cyprus, and Long Beach, California.

Your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

As well as having the option of a year-long work placement following second year, in your final year, you will have the chance to form a company and create an applied theatre project as part of the performing arts degree show festival.

Teaching methods include: practical classes and workshops with associated lectures and seminars.

Meet our staff

Glenn Noble

Glenn Noble is a highly skilled and versatile theatre arts practitioner, having seventeen years experience of devising and directing professional theatre and teaching within Higher Education.

Read full profile

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include practical or project work, coursework and essays.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

Our aim on successful completion is that you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: histories, forms and traditions of performance within a global context, and theoretical explanations of those histories and traditions; and the processes by which performance is created, realised and managed, such as the processes of rehearsal, writing, scoring, devising, scenography, improvisation, choreography, performer training techniques and production arts.
  • Demonstrate awareness of key practitioners and practices; theorists, which may include writers, actors, composers, critics, dancers, performance artists, directors, choreographers, designers and producers; and applied and community theatre practice.
  • Analyse and critically examine diverse forms of cultural and artistic discourses and their effects on representation in the arts in an international context.
  • Critically analyse your own performance, and that of others, in a range of creative contexts.
  • Demonstrate a keen critical awareness of the main research methods used to collect and analyse data.
  • Apply a range of key components of performance within the disciplines: text, movement, aural and visual environment, and the performer as resource.
  • Engage creatively and critically with the creation and/or production of performance through a developed and sensitive understanding of appropriate performance vocabularies, techniques, crafts, new technologies, structures and working methods.
  • Engage creatively and critically with the skills and processes of production, design and rehearsal by which performance is created, and have an ability to select, refine and present these in performance. 
  • Engage creatively and critically with the possibilities for performance implied by a text, movement, notation or score and, as appropriate, to realise these sources sensitively through design and performance.  

95%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DLHE 2014/15

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 18 ‘contact’ hours of teaching.

This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: a 1-hour smaller tutorial each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 12 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 5 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 17 hours per week of self-directed studying, coursework and revising in your own time.

There is a strong focus on international influences to this degree course and we offer opportunities to apply for an international placement, which in the past has included working with organisations in Italy, North America and Portugal. Graduate residency opportunities also exist in Berlin during October/November following completion of your degree in collaboration with Stefan Reibel at Das Institut für Alles Mögliche. We are also currently developing new collaborations with New York University Education Theatre Department, the Viljandi Culture Academy, Estonia, and Qendra Multimedia (Children’s Theatre), Kosova. Residency opportunities require students to submit a successful investigation project or idea proposal.

The content of the course includes modules addressing a range of international contexts, diverse cultural practices and traditions. For example, international trends in theatre and theatre practices are examined through the ‘Global Theatres: Research Enquiry’ module and students regularly explore and publicly perform plays by international playwrights. We run a range of international field trips (additional costs and availability may apply), which in recent years have included visits to see Brecht’s ‘Mother Courage’ at the Berliner Ensemble, Robert Wilson’s ‘The Black Rider’ at the Betty Nansen Theatre in Copenhagen, Woyzeck at the Russian Theatre in Tallinn, Estonia. Our trip to Paris, France, to performances at the Comédie Francaise (Cyrano de Bergerac), Theatre De La Ville (James Thiérrée’s Tabac Rouge) and Théâtre de l'Œuvre included backstage tours and masterclasses from international directors and producers.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days. 

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17



21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say

The course allows me to experiment and become more creative, enhancing skills in the various roles within the industry, whether that be acting upon the stage or focused backstage on creating the most professional production possible. The lecturers also have such extensive backgrounds to their careers that their advice to us, as we head towards working in the performing arts, is invaluable."

Eliott Sheppard, BA Theatre and Professional Practice, current third year student 2016/17

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: AHU018
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBC to include one from Drama, Theatre or Performing Arts DMM in Theatre or Performing Arts 29 points to include Theatre Arts at Higher level Minimum 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language, or specified equivalents

Portfolio

You may be required to submit a portfolio/show reel/written work (as appropriate for the particular course) and you may be asked to attend an interview if it is practical to arrange.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

A pass in the Access Diploma, plus GCSE English Language at grade A*-C, or a specified equivalent.International.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2019.

What our students say

The course allows me to experiment and become more creative, enhancing skills in the various roles within the industry, whether that be acting upon the stage or focused backstage on creating the most professional production possible. The lecturers also have such extensive backgrounds to their careers that their advice to us, as we head towards working in the performing arts, is invaluable."

Eliott Sheppard, BA Theatre and Professional Practice, current third year student 2016/17

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

2019/20 fees - TBC
2018/19 fees - £9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

2019/20 fees - TBC
2018/19 fees - £9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2019

2019/20 fees TBC
2018/19 fees - £14,850 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

As well as covering UK field trips, key materials and laser print, the fees for this course also include:

  • Specified workshops


The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

What our students say

The course allows me to experiment and become more creative, enhancing skills in the various roles within the industry, whether that be acting upon the stage or focused backstage on creating the most professional production possible. The lecturers also have such extensive backgrounds to their careers that their advice to us, as we head towards working in the performing arts, is invaluable."

Eliott Sheppard, BA Theatre and Professional Practice, current third year student 2016/17

Career prospects

There is a strong emphasis within the course on our students’ future career paths, aimed not only to help students to explore what your chosen career path might be, but also to help build a professional level of business skills and knowledge.

The ‘Business Matters’ module in particular is designed to encourage you to develop an appreciation of the nature of professionalism in the context of the performing arts industry and to recognise the relationship between professional arts practice, critical reflection and personal planning. We will cover the career structures relevant for your field, including companies, free-lance, small businesses and sole trader, and the commercial structures within which you may eventually work. We will also look at the possible market places for different skills and creations, which includes areas such as self-promotion, marketing and publicity.

Our Creative Futures employment team is on hand to offer tailored career and enterprise advice to support if you wish to gain employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course specific industries. Our dedicated enterprise officers also offer valuable assistance on how to begin as a freelancer/entrepreneur. 

On successful graduation, there are many options you could possibly pursue including careers in teaching following further training, socially engaged and community arts organisations and theatre in education contexts.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

95%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DLHE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have gone on to work in the education departments of theatres including The Belgrade Theatre, The Birmingham Rep, Old Vic Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent, The Roundhouse in London. Others have found roles with a range of organisations, such as supporting national community cohesion at The Challenge, managing TEFL (Teaching of English as a Foreign Language) programmes with Dramatic English in Hong Kong, working alongside schools at specialist SEN agencies or with Live and Local promoting arts in rural Warwickshire.

£18K

Our graduates earn an average salary of £18,000 six months after the course (DLHE 2014/15)

What our alumni say

Acting is where my heart is and this course helped me to see what the acting industry is really like. The staff are really helpful and try to bring out your best, they really care.

Kayode Ewumi, Theatre and Professional Practice BA graduate in 2015, now actor/writer, winner of BAFTA Breakthrough Brit Award 2016
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.