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Frequently asked questions

If you are thinking of studying Theatre Studies at Warwick, there are a number of questions you might be asking yourself. We have tried to answer frequently asked questions below. If you can't find the answer to something you need to know, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions team by email at ugadmissions at warwick dot ac dot uk or telephone +44 (0)2476 523723.

How will I be taught?

Our teaching is delivered via lectures, small group seminars and studio-based explorations supplemented by theatre visits, field trips, guest lectures and workshops with practitioners. Contact hours vary from student to student as we encourage them to follow modules that best suit their interests and abilities. As a guide, our seminar based modules normally involve two contact hours per week and modules with a strong practical component are normally four hours per week.

How will I be assessed?

Students are assessed through practical projects, creative logbooks, essays, individual and group presentations, and exams, and receive regular feedback on their work as an integral part of teaching and learning. The percentage each year contributes to the final degree classification is as follows: 1st year = 0%; 2nd year =50%; 3rd year = 50%

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

All students have the option of spending a year at a University in continental Europe under the Erasmus scheme, between the 2nd and 3rd year. We also have a partnerships with the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia and Monash University in Australia and students are able to apply to spend their 2nd year at one of these partner institutions.

What careers can a Warwick degree in Theatre Studies lead to?

Graduates of Theatre and Performance Studies have been extremely successful in finding employment in a range of sectors including the theatre, publishing, teaching, arts administration, social community work, media and creative industries. Many have also gone on to complete MAs and PhDs, or to specialise further at Drama Schools in the UK, Europe and USA.

What study options do I have?

We offer one course where Theatre Studies is the primary focus: Theatre and Performance Studies.

We also offer several courses where Theatre Studies are taught alongside English Literature or a modern language:
English with Theatre Studies; French with Theatre Studies; German with Theatre Studies; Italian with Theatre Studies; Hispanic and Theatre Studies; and Theatre and Performance Studies with Global Sustainable Development.

Theatre and Performance Studies

UCAS Code: W440 BA/ThPS

Theatre and Performance offers a way to engage critically and creatively with various aspects of human behaviour and with a variety of contemporary social, political, and aesthetic issues. It offers a set of analytical, communicational and practical skills applicable to a variety of areas from performing arts, creative industries, and art administration to jobs in media, journalism and education.

How is the Course Structured?

In your first year you will study the following modules:

  • Contemporary Performance Practices: Through tutor-led workshops, seminar discussions, and presentations, this first-year module focuses on a range of contemporary devised performance practices.
  • Introduction to Theatre and Performance Studies: This module enables all students to grasp the clear links between these two inter-related disciplines of theatre studies and performance studies, allowing a greater understanding of how one informs the other.
  • From Text to Performance: This practical module explores key European theatrical movements, theatre practitioners and plays/performance texts from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
  • Performance Analysis: This module introduces key methodological skills in performance analysis and how you write about theatre and performance.

In your second year you will select options from a range of practice and seminar-based modules. These may change on a yearly basis, but examples have included: Theatre in the Community, Writing for Performance, American Theatre, African theatre, Pantomime, 20th Century Irish Theatre, and Performing Ethnicity.

In your third year you will pursue an independent piece of practice-based research or a 10,000 word research topic that you define, and on which you are supported by a dedicated supervisor. You also choose module options from a range of research-led modules that draw specifically on the research expertise of staff, for example Theatre and National Identities, Intercultural Theatre, Theatre of the ‘New’ Europe, Food and Performance, Dramaturgy.

Contact us


Wallace McDowell
Admissions Tutor
Wallace dot B dot McDowell at warwick dot ac dot uk