School of Creative Studies and Media

Media Studies with Theatre BA (Hons)

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Course facts

  • UCAS code: P3WK
  • Bangor code: BA/MSWTh
  • Course length: 3 years

This degree allows you to study Theatre and Performance together with Media. In common with the other degrees offered by the School of Creative Studies and Media, this degree is structured around a balance between theory and practice. On the Theatre side of your degree you will have the opportunity to study subjects such as the history of performance, national and international dramatic traditions, theatre and society, performance and identity, live performance, acting and performance skills, scriptwriting for theatre and television and screenwriting. In each case the study of different theoretical aspects of the discipline will be brought together with opportunities to create original performance both as an individual and as a member of an ensemble.

The BA in Media Studies with Theatre adds a variety of disciplinary pathways into the mix, including digital media and games, media culture, television drama and media practice, as well as equipping you with a critical understanding of the way the media works and the relationship between media, culture and society. With this degree you will have the option in your final year to produce either an individual dissertation or a piece of groupwork, both of which have performance-based options. 

Career Prospects

Graduates work in fields such as creative writing, professional writing and publishing; print and/or broadcast journalism; television programme production; advertising and the marketing industries; radio, as presenters, as well as in programme production; podcasting, web and new media production and multimedia industries. There are also postgraduate opportunities.

Practical modules will be assessed both on practical output and on the individual's ability to reflect critically on their practice. Other modules are assessed by exam and assignment and frequently also offer the opportunity to submit practical work as an element of assessment. As you progress through the degree, much of your study will be done in small teaching groups with an emphasis on learning both group work skills and the ability to carry a piece of work through yourself from initial concept to completion.

What will I study?

Have a look at the descriptions of the Media Studies degree in the School to view the modules you might study for this element of your degree. On the Theatre and Performance sude of the degrees, modules you might take include:

Year 1

  • Creative Practice
  • Theatre and Performance: Introduction
  • Media Culture
  • Moving Image
  • Introduction to Media Studies
  • Development of the Moving Image

Year 2

  • Theatre and Performance: Society
  • Writing for Film and Television
  • Media Practice: Factual
  • Film Theory/Film Culture
  • Theatre Practice
  • Cultural Economy of the Media

Year 3

  • Theatre Practice
  • Writing for Performance
  • Visual Culture 3: Race and Gender
  • Dissertation
  • Final Year Group Project

Modules for the 2014–15 academic year:

Programme Specification

  • The School of Creative Studies and Media is unique in its close integration of academic and theoretical approaches with hands-on creative practice. Students in the School have the opportunity at all levels to combine a study of their chosen field with practice-based outcomes such as writing, performance, and media/digital media production.
  • The School specialises in a number of key areas: Professional Writing and Journalism; Media and Digital Communication; Film Studies; Performance Studies; Creative and Media Practice. The School has research interests in all areas of Film Studies, with research programmes running in several key areas.
  • We have excellent links with theatre companies, newspapers and the television industry. We also work with Technium CAST in Bangor, which focuses on visualisation-related technologies.
  • Many members of staff in the School are practising professionals, who work on joint projects and act as consultants to industry.
  • The School has a fully-equipped media centre with editing suites, production studios, media and digital media equipment available to students.
  • Bangor has been the location of a number of festivals, and is the site of a range of Creative Industries conferences, video conferences and events. It is a regular site for visiting creative writers, filmmakers, journalists, designers, dramatists, new media makers and more, and encourages students to engage widely with their creative interests beyond the realms of the formal coursework.
  • Sponsorship and scholarship opportunities are available on a competitive basis.

Entry requirements

  • 280-300 points, no specific subjects required.
  • We consider mature students with non-standard qualifications and Access students.

Contact us:

Dr Stephanie Marriott
School of Creative Studies and Media
Tel: 01248 388591 / 01248 383207

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