About This Course
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.
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
- 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.
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 you study on this course?
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. Modules you might take include:
- Creative Practice
- Theatre and Performance: Introduction
- Media Culture
- Moving Image
- Digital Communication
- Development of the Moving Image
Years 2 & 3
- Theatre and Performance: Self
- Writing for Film and Television
- Media Practice: Factual
- Film Theory/Film Culture
- Professional Practice
- Cultural Economy of the Media
- Genre Fiction: Theory & Craft
- Adapting for Film & Media
- European Cinema
- Final Year Group Project
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Media Studies with Theatre and Performance Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
Necessarily Incurred Costs:
Students are encouraged to purchase core texts for modules; the price for the core texts is typically between £20 and £50 per 20-credit module. All software is provided on University systems, but students may choose to purchase copies from software distributors for personal use.
Students may need to purchase theatre tickets at reduced prices arranged with Pontio.
These can include School graduation events, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
General University Costs
Home (UK) students
- The cost of a full-time undergraduate course is £9,000 per year (2021/22 entry and 2022/23 entry).
- The fee for all placement, international and sandwich years is £1,350 (2021/22 and 2022/23).
- More information on fees and finance for Home (UK) students.
International (including EU) students
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for additional guest tickets (c.£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
For 2021 entry:
Offers are tariff based, 80 - 120 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g:
- A Levels (no specific subjects required)
- International Baccalaureate Diploma
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMP - DDM
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical/ Extended Diploma: considered on a case by case basis
- Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.
International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements), details here.
We also welcome applications from mature applicants.
*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.
General University Requirements
To study for a degree, you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com.
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more information about studying as a mature student, see our Studying at Bangor section of the website.
EU and International Students' Entry Requirements
For detailed guidance on the entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor University International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.
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.
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)
The BEA is a comprehensive online course that you can work through at your own pace, taking you through all the steps you need to take to explore, prepare and apply for your dream career.
Bangor University runs a paid internship scheme within the university’s academic and service departments.
Volunteering widens your experience and improves your employability. Find out more about the volunteering on the Students’ Union’s website.