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.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
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. 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.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org along with your electronic portfolio.
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.
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
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, September 2019: £9250 per year
Full Time International, September 2019: £12,000 per year
Full Time Home and EU, February 2020: £9250 per year
Full Time International, February 2020: £12,000 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks
Our students are our best ambassadors and their voices here will provide you with a clear sense of their Bucks experience.
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.
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 fulfils 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.