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Theatre and Performance Studies BA (UCAS W440)

General entry requirements

A levels

ABB.

Please also see our additional requirements below.


IB

34.

Please also see our additional requirements below.


BTEC

We welcome applications from students taking BTEC qualifications, either alone or in combination with A levels.

Our typical BTEC offers are as follows:

  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate plus 2 A levels: D plus AB, or D* plus BB
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma plus 1 A level: DD plus A, or D*D plus B
  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: D*DD

Please also see our additional requirements below.


International qualifications


Language requirements

All applicants have to meet our English Language requirements. If you cannot demonstrate that you meet these, you may be invited to take part in our Pre-sessional English course at Warwick.


Additional requirements

Please note, applicants are typically invited to attend Applicant Days. Applicants not living in the UK may be offered one-to-one online discussions in place of this.


Frequently asked questions

Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria.

Differential offers will usually be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer.

All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only).

Find out more about standard offers and conditions for the IFP.

We welcome applications for deferred entry.

Additional requirements

Please note, applicants are typically invited to attend Applicant Days. Applicants not living in the UK may be offered one-to-one online discussions in place of this.


Course overview

Theatre and Performance Studies at Warwick takes pride in its national and international reputation for research and teaching excellence. As a student, you will be taught by world-leading scholars, industry professionals and artists who are as passionate about the power of theatre and performance as you are.

You will explore how drama, theatre and performance are used to share stories, to laugh, to feel, to understand more deeply, and to change things.

You will have the ability to curate your own distinctive degree, on a course that’s designed to empower you. The foundational first-year consists of four core modules which balance theory and practice. The second and third years are defined by optionality with the opportunity to select from a wide range of modules designed by our diverse team of specialist staff.

You will join a Department that fosters a strong sense of community and will work with your peers to continually design, make, discuss and debate theatre and performance. Staff will see, understand and develop you as an individual, helping you to create a pathway through the course to achieve your ambitions.


Warwick Arts Centre

Beyond the course, you will be encouraged to see work and get involved at Warwick Arts Centre, one of the largest multi-artform venues in the UK, and join one of the many award-winning performance-based student societies.

We believe that it is the unique combination of our course, with the practical experience in the creation and production of work within student societies, and the professional environment that Warwick Arts Centre has to offer, which makes our graduates so successful.


Study or work abroad

As part of your degree you have the option to apply to do an intercalated year studying with one of our partner institutions overseas.

In 2020/21 these partners included University of Toronto in Canada; Monash University in Australia; and a number of Universities in Europe, including in Helsinki, Lisbon, Ljubljana, and Dublin. The locations that you can travel to are confirmed in November of the preceding academic year to when you would be travelling and these locations can change each year.

There will also be opportunities for you to apply to have short periods of study, work, research and/or volunteering overseas during vacation periods in order to gain international experience without adding a year to your studies.

The Student Mobility Team offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.

Core modules

The first year of your Theatre and Performance Studies degree consists of four core modules: two that are practice-based and two that are theory-centred. These modules will develop your understanding of the important relationship between theory and practice and will introduce key concepts for a diverse range of performance-making possibilities.

In your second year there’s one core module, and in your final-year you must choose from one of two optional core modules. You can select to do a traditional research project, which ends with the submission of a ten-thousand word written dissertation. Or, you can do a practice-based research project, which will culminate in the public presentation of a piece of practical work.

Beyond these core modules, you’re empowered to tailor your degree to suit you, by selecting whichever optional modules you’d like to take. This means that everyone’s experience of the course is unique. If you thrive in the studio, then you can select more practice-based modules, or if you have a future career path in mind, you can specialise by selecting the modules which best-fit your plans.

You’re also able to select optional modules outside of our department, meaning that you don’t have to give up on other areas of interest. In addition, we offer several joint-honours courses with Theatre Studies taught alongside English Literature or a modern language, and you can study Theatre and Performance alongside Global Sustainable Development.


Year One

Theatre and Performance in Context

This module introduces key concepts in theatre and performance studies, uncovering what theatre and performance can tell us about our cultures, societies and identities. These understandings are applied to case studies from around the world, which include ‘canonical’ events and alternative practices, both from within theatres and beyond them. The module hones your academic writing, research and presentation skills, which will serve you throughout your degree.

From Text to Performance

Through practical exploration of a number of selected plays and texts, in this module you will investigate the process of taking material from page to stage or performance, and the relationship between theory and practice. You will have the opportunity to experiment practically with realising multiple texts in performance, considering aspects such as staging, genre, narrative structure, performance strategies, dramaturgical thinking and directorial conceptualization, as well as the changing role and function of the audience.

Performance Analysis

As part of this module you will experience a variety of productions at some of the most significant performance venues in our region, including the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the Belgrade Theatre, the Birmingham REP and Warwick Arts Centre. You will develop the basic strategies, methodologies and tools of analysis that you need to ‘read’, respond and write about theatre and performance.

Contemporary Performance Practices

In a series of tutor-led workshops, you will be introduced to an array of contemporary performance practices, such as site-specific performance, devising, clowning, performance art, physical theatre, improvisation, and various forms of multimedia performance. You will explore these through the study of a range of leading practitioners and theatre companies, which may include Spymonkey, Jacques Lecoq, Pina Bausch, Frantic Assembly, Mark Ravenhill, Akram Khan and Gob Squad. The module will conclude with presentations of your own devised work influenced by the various approaches investigated during the module.

Year Two

Inter-Performance

Part practical and part theoretical, this module works with colleagues from a number of departments across the institution to identify the intersections between Theatre and Performance Studies and other disciplines, including Law, Philosophy, Politics, Global Sustainable Development, Life Sciences and Computer Science. In the first term, these intersections are explored through lectures, seminars and discussion. This is followed by a term of innovative practice-based work which culminates in a practical realisation of a specific issue or enquiry in which performance intersects with a non-arts discipline.

Year Three

In your final-year you must choose from one of two optional core modules:

Research Project

On this pathway you’ll carry out independent research into an area of theatre and performance studies that you’re passionate about and will write an extended dissertation on your findings. Throughout the research and writing process you’ll be supported by structured class activities and regular one-to-one supervision meetings with a member of the academic team. To aid the development of your work, you’ll present your research as an academic poster and at a departmental undergraduate conference during the year.

or

Practice-based Research Project

On this pathway you’ll develop practical work that is grounded in research. This may take a range of forms, including (but not limited to) live theatre, participatory workshops, an installation, a video, a written play, a space or a production’s costume design. You’ll be supported through in-class workshops, supervision meetings, and work-in-progress showings. Your final work will be showcased as part of the Department’s Verge Festival at Warwick Arts Centre, after which you’ll write a critical reflection on your creation process and performance.


Optional modules

Optional modules can vary from year to year. Example optional modules may include:

  • Acting in Character
  • Contemporary European Theatre
  • Mad, Bad Sad: Madness and Cultural Representation
  • Performing Gender and Sexuality
  • Theatre and National Identities
  • Theatre and the Creative Industries
  • Theatre in the African Context
  • Theatre in the Community
  • You, the Performer
  • Video-Making
  • Writing for Theatre and Performance

Take a look at our full list of modules.

Assessment

During your degree you will be assessed through a variety of methods, including:

  • Practical projects
  • Creative logbooks
  • Portfolios
  • Essays
  • Individual or group presentations

All of our assessments place an emphasis on real-life outputs. For example, you’ll produce a marketing campaign for a piece of theatre for the Audience Development and Marketing module, or you’ll create a piece of theatre and an accompanying workshop for offenders to take into a prison environment for the Community Theatre module.

Throughout your degree you’ll receive regular feedback on your work which will be integral to your development.

Teaching

Our teaching is delivered via studio-based explorations, small-group seminars and interactive lectures, supplemented by theatre visits, field trips, guest lectures and workshops with visiting academics, artists and companies.

You will be taught by a range of practitioners including:

  • Anna Harpin: Co-Artistic Director of Idiot Child theatre company
  • Saul Hewish: one of the UK’s leading artists working to create theatre for and with those in the judicial system
  • Caroline Griffin: a freelance specialist in audience development and arts marketing

Research expertise

Our teaching is research-inspired, striking a balance between providing a broad understanding of the discipline and giving you access to the distinct specialisms of our academic staff. We offer areas of expertise including:

  • Applied and community theatres
  • Theatre for social change
  • Theatre history
  • Popular, political and avant-garde theatres
  • Writing, acting and directing
  • Theatre and national identities
  • Contemporary British, Irish, European, and North American theatres
  • Theatre in the African context
  • Post-colonial and intercultural theatre and performance
  • Theatre and representations of mental health
  • Performing gender and sexuality
  • Theatre production in digital environments and film

Class sizes

What makes Theatre and Performance Studies at Warwick particularly special is the ethos and culture of the Department.

Each year we aim for a cohort size of around 40 students. This allows each year-group to work as a cohesive ensemble throughout their three years, enabling them to confidently share ideas, debate and experiment. Our boutique nature also means that we have an excellent staff to student ratio, allowing staff to have a close investment in you, your work and your aspirations.

Throughout the degree class sizes will vary depending on the nature of the module and whether students are split into groups. Typically, you’ll be in groups of 10-24 in a class.


Typical contact hours

As you are encouraged to curate your own path through the degree, contact hours will vary depending on the modules you have selected.

As a guide, our seminar-based modules normally involve two contact hours per week while modules with a strong practical component are normally four contact hours per week.

You will also need to allocate time for independent study: rehearsing, doing group work, seeing performances, and preparing assessed work.


A typical week

In your first year, a typical week may look like this:

Monday

  • Your Toolkit module (2 hours)
  • Theatre and Performance in Context Lecture (1.5 hours)
  • Theatre and Performance in Context Seminar (1.5 hours)

Tuesday

  • Contemporary Performance Practices Studio-Based Workshop (6 hours)

Wednesday

  • Performance Analysis Lecture (1.5 Hours)
  • Performance Analysis Seminar (1.5 Hours)

Thursday

  • From Text to Performance Studio-Based Workshop (6 hours)

Friday

  • Independent Study

Tuition fees

Tuition fees cover the majority of the costs of your study, including teaching and assessment. Fees are charged at the start of each academic year. If you pay your fees directly to the University, you can choose to pay in instalments.

Undergraduate fees

If you are a home student enrolling in 2021, your annual tuition fees will be £9,250. In the future, these fees might change for new and continuing students.


2+2 course fees

If you are a home student enrolling in 2021 for a 2+2 course through the Centre for Lifelong Learning, your annual tuition fees will be £6,750. In the future, these fees might change for new and continuing students.


How are fees set?

The British Government sets tuition fee rates.

Learn more about fees from UCAS.

Undergraduate fees

If you are an EU student enrolling in 2021, the tuition fee will be charged in line with government policy and therefore the same as Overseas Tuition Fee rates.

For details please see Overseas students section below.

Undergraduate fees

If you are an overseas or EU student enrolling in 2021, your annual tuition fees will be as follows:

  • Band 1 – £21,220 per year (classroom-based courses, including Humanities and most Social Science courses)
  • Band 2 – £27,060 per year (laboratory-based courses, plus Theatre and Performance Studies, Economics, and courses provided by Warwick Business School, with exceptions)

Fees for 2022 entry have not been set. We will publish updated information here as soon as it becomes available, so please check back for updates about 2022 fee rates before you apply.


Fee status guidance

We carry out an initial fee status assessment based on the information you provide in your application. Students from 2021 entry will be classified as Home or EU/Overseas fee status. Your fee status determines tuition fees, and what financial support and scholarships may be available. If you receive an offer, your fee status will be clearly stated alongside the tuition fee information.

Do you need your fee classification to be reviewed?

If you believe that your fee status has been classified incorrectly, you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire. Please follow the instructions in your offer information and provide the documents needed to reassess your status.

Find out more about how universities assess fee status.


Additional course costs

There may be extra costs related to your course for things such as stationery, books, materials and field trips.


Further information

Find out more about tuition fees from our Student Finance team.


Scholarships and bursaries

Learn about scholarships and bursaries available to undergraduate students.

We offer a number of undergraduate scholarships and bursaries to full-time undergraduate students. These include sporting and musical bursaries, and scholarships offered by commercial organisations.

Find out more about funding opportunities for full-time students.

If you are an international student, a limited number of scholarships may be available.

Find out more information on our international scholarship pages.


You may be eligible for financial help from your own government, from the British Council or from other funding agencies. You can usually request information on scholarships from the Ministry of Education in your home country, or from the local British Council office.


Warwick Undergraduate Global Excellence Scholarship 2021

We believe there should be no barrier to talent. That's why we are committed to offering a scholarship that makes it easier for gifted, ambitious international learners to pursue their academic interests at one of the UK's most prestigious universities. This new scheme will offer international fee-paying students 250 tuition fee discounts ranging from full fees to awards of £13,000 to £2,000 for the full duration of your Undergraduate degree course.

Find out more about the Warwick Undergraduate Global Excellence Scholarship 2021.

We provide extra financial support for qualifying students from lower income families. The Warwick Undergraduate Bursary is an annual award of up to £3,000 per annum. It is intended to help with course-related costs and you do not have to pay it back.

Find out more about your eligibility for the Warwick Undergraduate Bursary.

As part of the 'City of Sanctuary' movement, we are committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for those seeking sanctuary from war and persecution. We provide a range of scholarships to enable people seeking sanctuary or asylum to progress to access university education.

Find out more about the Warwick Undergraduate Sanctuary Scholarships for asylum seekers.

Further information

Find out more about Warwick undergraduate bursaries and scholarships.

Eligibility for student loans

Your eligibility for student finance will depend on certain criteria, such as your nationality and residency status, your course, and previous study at higher education level.

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Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover your tuition fees. It is non-means tested, which means the amount you can receive is not based on your household income. The Loan is paid directly to the University so, if you choose to take the full Tuition Fee Loan, you won’t have to set up any payments.

Maintenance Loan for living costs

You can apply for a Maintenance Loan towards your living costs such as accommodation, food and bills. This loan is means-tested, so the amount you receive is partially based on your household income and whether you choose to live at home or in student accommodation.

Find out more about government student loans for home students residing in England.

Tuition Fee Loan

For the 2020 academic year, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover your tuition fees if you’re from an EU country. It is non-means tested, which means the amount you can receive is not based on your household income. The Loan is paid directly to the University so, if you choose to take the full Tuition Fee Loan, you won’t have to set up any payments.

Help with living costs

For the 2020 academic year, you may be eligible for help with your living costs if you’ve lived in the UK for more than 5 years before the first day of the first academic year of your course.

If you are starting a course on or after 1 August 2021, you must have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme to get student finance.

Find out more about government student loans for EU students.

Repaying your loans

You will repay your loan or loans gradually once you are working and earning above a certain amount (from April 2021 the repayment threshold is £27,295 and is expected to rise each year). Repayments will be taken directly from your salary if you are an employee. If your income falls below the earnings threshold, your repayments will stop until your income goes back up above this figure.

Find out more about repaying your student loan.

Placements and work experience

Employability is embedded in Warwick’s Theatre and Performance Studies degree allowing you to think about your future from an early stage.

You will encounter performers, directors, playwrights and arts administrators from the industry throughout your degree in seminars and practical workshops.

The optional Theatre and the Creative Industries module brings professionals and experts into the classroom on a weekly basis to discuss the principles and practices for areas such as:

  • Running an arts venue
  • Programming and commissioning work
  • Setting up and running your own theatre company
  • Making touring arrangements
  • Identifying funding opportunities

A placement or internship is also offered as part of the course. In recent years these have been hosted by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, The Space (Isle of Dogs, London), Rosie Kay Dance Company, Fierce Festival (for live art), Talking Birds (Coventry), Trestle (Mask Theatre, St Albans), Collide Theatre Company (London), Birmingham REP and elsewhere.

Alongside their degree, many of our students gain valuable industry experience at Warwick Arts Centre, working in a wide range of roles including Youth Theatre Leaders, Performance Stewards, or as interns for the Marketing and Programming Teams.

Students also regularly produce shows at Warwick Arts Centre as part of their activity in student societies, meaning that they are working in a professional arts venue from the get-go.

Your career

With a diverse range of careers in the creative and cultural sectors and beyond, our extended family of alumni are testimony to the fact that the sky is your limit with a Theatre and Performance Studies degree from Warwick.

We are exceptionally proud of our extended family of alumni and the diverse career paths that they've taken after their degree.

Recent graduates work within the arts and creative industries as actors, directors, producers, screenwriters, set designers, and as arts administrators.

They work for organisations such as:

  • Merlin Entertainments,
  • Sadler’s Wells
  • The Birmingham Hippodrome
  • The National Theatre
  • The Royal Court Theatre.
  • The RSC
  • The Southbank Centre
  • Ticketmaster

Recent graduates work beyond the sector in:

  • Marketing
  • PR
  • Journalism
  • Recruitment and HR
  • Education
  • The law
  • The Civil Service

Helping you find the right career

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant to support you. They offer impartial advice and guidance, together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Careers workshop for Theatre and Performance Studies Students
  • Discovering Careers in the Creative Industries
  • Careers in Radio Film and Television
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • A history and DIY Guide to setting up and running a Theatre Company

Find out more about careers support at Warwick.

Theatre and Performance Studies

Explore the world through the lens of Theatre and Performance Studies with one of the top departments in the UK.

Offering academic rigour, practical skills and connections with the industry, this degree has career prospects both within the arts sector and far beyond. You’ll be taught by world-leading academics and cutting-edge theatre practitioners.

Get to know us better by exploring our departmental website


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