• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2018

Course Overview

In this course you will learn that there are many ways to be a performer. We will give you hands-on experience with the latest technology allowing you to explore the full range of screen, audio and inter-media possibilities, whilst having access to industry professionals who will help you shape your work.

This exciting interdisciplinary degree programme fuses theatre, film, television and audio media placing the performer at the heart of creative process. You'll develop a broad understanding of the industry and spend time focusing on all aspects of production. We're looking for self-motivated and enthusiastic applicants who can demonstrate a strong interest in the arts.

What will this course cover?
During this course you will study a number of practical modules and learn physical and vocal performance skills. You’ll be taught by a range of professional experts, and once you master the core elements of performing, you’ll begin to look at unusual and experimental approaches to performance.

In the theoretical and practical perspectives modules, you’ll look at the various ways that performance can be conceived and consider its importance in society, and have the opportunity to research into areas that interest you.

Throughout this degree you’ll create a series of shows, films, short scenes and devised performances. In your third year, you’ll set up your own theatre company and devise a production that you will manage from conception through to venue booking, marketing and performance.

You can take optional modules, which give you the chance to specialise in an area of your choosing. This could be directing for performance or devising and writing. You’ll also be able to learn about how to work with cameras and gain invaluable knowledge of editing and filming.

BA Performing Arts (Film, TV & Stage)

Course Details

UCAS CODE: WW45

Our team of experienced academic-practitioners has a wealth of industry and academic experience and will nurture your learning and professional development throughout your time with us. We place performance making at the centre of this course. This makes sure you get a much better understanding of the practices that surround film, stage and television performances.

We also aim to support you to reach your full potential. We pride ourselves on being a friendly department where staff and students work together to create exciting and ground-breaking work.

Perform at professional venues
This performing arts degree benefits from strong industry links that include the High Wycombe Swan Theatre and London’s Courtyard Theatre. In your third year, you’ll have the opportunity to perform at professional venues.

You’ll be able to explore a variety of performance opportunities through Bucks and work on a number of exciting projects. Previous students have worked with a range of theatre companies including Paper Birds on devising theatre, Out of Joint on contemporary texts, Mark McGann on acting for camera, Station House Opera on intermedial theatre, and Dreamthinkspeak on interactive and site-specific theatre.

We are passionate about giving our students as many opportunities as possible. Our students regularly perform beyond the university, with several students going on to join the National Youth Theatre and to perform at the National Student Drama Festival, where our students performed in 2016 and 2018. Modupe Salu, won the Buzz Goodbody Student Director Award and the Spotlight Most Promising Actress Award at the National Student Drama Festival, 2016.

A hive of collaboration
As well as taking part in a number of workshops, you’ll also have the chance to collaborate with students from other courses. This may include working on projects with those studying Film and TV Production, Creative Advertising, or the Audio and Music programmes.

How will I be taught and assessed?

Assessment is varied; catering for different learning styles and enabling you to develop a wide range of academic and performance skills. We do not have any written exams and where possible encourage you to develop your own response to open briefs, giving students a choice over their work.

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Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning. The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Overall workload

Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.

Year 1: 28 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 336 hours
Independent learning: 864 hours

Year 2: 28 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 336 hours
Independent learning: 864 hours

Year 3: 19 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 233 hours
Independent learning: 967 hours

Assessment

You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.

Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.

Balance of assessment

The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose. Assessments are broken down into coursework, written exams or practical. Coursework covers both written work such as essays and reports and practical work such as the preparation of a portfolio and project outputs completed on many art and design programmes. Exams include both formal written exams and in-class time-constrained assessments or TCAs. Practical assessments largely consist of oral presentations and contributions to seminars, and competency-based activities such as clinical or lab skills.

Year 1

30 percent coursework 0 percent written exams 70 percent practical

Year 2

30 percent coursework 0 percent written exams 70 percent practical

Year 3

30 percent coursework 0 percent written exams 70 percent practical

Please note: The percentages above do not include any pass/fail elements as these do not contribute to the overall degree classification. All modules must be successfully completed for credit to be awarded.

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.

Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 80-96. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

Suitable candidates will receive an audition invitation

All suitable candidates will be invited to discuss their work during an audition and interview that will last approximately 15 minutes. The interviewing tutor will be looking for:

  • the ability to articulate your views on your own work
  • a commitment and enthusiasm for the subject
  • the potential for sustained professional development
  • the ability to form and present opinions on other performing art work, either as a performer or audience member.

Your audition piece

At interview, you will be required to perform one short monologue (either modern or classical) lasting between 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 minutes. You should prepare your piece from a published play of your choice. The chosen piece needs to be prepared in advance of the audition so it is ready to be performed on the day. The audition is an opportunity to show your skills and development potential in these areas. However it is more important that you display the correct attitude, rather than aptitude. All candidates will also need to display their motivation, enthusiasm and work ethic.

What you must bring with you

For the audition please ensure that you are wearing appropriate clothes and footwear. Formal attire is not required.

Information for overseas students

Please note, students who live overseas and are unable to attend an interview/audition should submit a DVD or YouTube/Vimeo link in place of attending in person. The chosen piece needs to be prepared in advance, recorded and sent over to us electronically at least one week before your interview slot.

Your audition piece can be emailed to admissions@bucks.ac.uk. A telephone or Skype interview will be conducted during your allocated slot. Please ensure that you email the contact details that will be used to carry out your interview to admissions@bucks.ac.uk along with your electronic portfolio.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1 Modules

  • Introduction to Production
  • Performance Skills 1
  • Performance Theory and Practice
  • Performance and Screen

Year 2 Modules

  • Arts Marketing and Creative Entrepreneurship (optional)
  • Devising and Writing (optional)
  • Directing for Performance (optional)
  • Film & Theatre Production
  • Performance Skills 2
  • Theoretical and Practical Perspectives 1
  • Theoretical and Practical Perspectives 2

Year 3 Modules

  • Independent Production
  • Performing Arts Practical Dissertation (optional)
  • Performing Arts Written Dissertation (optional)
  • Strategic Professional Practice
  • Transferable and Employability Skills
  • Viva and Research Proposal

Fees

How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU: £9,250 per year

Full Time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020
student.centre@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow

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Student Testimonials

Our students are our best ambassadors and their voices here will provide you with a clear sense of their Bucks experience.

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Ben Coleman

Being a student at Bucks has taught me a variety of key skills that are essential in today's ever-adapting performing arts industry. The mixture of film, TV and stage has provided me with a unique opportunity to further my acting ability whilst teaching me new techniques such as working behind the camera. I have been offered numerous opportunities on the course and have often been able to focus my educational pathway to specific areas such as acting, directing and filmmaking - a freedom not offered by many other establishments.

The course is cleverly blended to ensure academic writing is linked with practical performances allowing for a well-rounded university education. Due to its welcoming and collaborative nature, I have made numerous lifelong friends at Bucks and I know we will all leave with skills that will help us on whatever venture we may choose.

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Jamie-Lee Douglas

I love the other students, the lecturers and the variety of what is studied. I really love working behind the camera as well as performing in front of it, which has expanded my understanding as an actor and maker.

The course certainly fulfills my practical training and aspirations as a performer, developing new practical skills, including new depths of acting when working with second year directors.

I love that we get to try different things in performance, including immersive theatre and intermedial practice as well as more conventional theatre acting.

Employability

What are my career prospects

When you finish this course you’ll have become a thinking practitioner in the performing arts. You’ll have also developed the necessary skills and experience for a successful career across the arts and media sectors. As well as acting and performance, this might include working in theatre in education, outreach groups and arts marketing . Our graduates enjoy careers in performance, and have taken further training to set up their own theatre companies or become teachers or dramatherapists.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?
Throughout your time with us we'll support you on the route to your chosen career. We'll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and a good leader. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employment pages to find out more.

Awards

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Industry partners

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The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.