Media Studies with Theatre and Performance BA (Hons)
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.
Key Facts from UniStats
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.
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.
Employability and Creative Studies and Media degrees
Creative Studies and Media courses offer a number of career paths for you to choose from once you graduate. They emphasise the importance of creative exploration, and actual university-level critical understanding. These things - the ability to be creatively adaptable, consider the tools at hand and apply creative thinking, the importance of innovation and a combination of practical and critical knowledge - make Creative Studies and Media graduates ideal employees or, indeed, creative entrepreneurs in their own businesses.
Creative Studies and Media courses have seen graduates involved in both academe and in industry, including work in:
- Creative Writing, Professional Writing and Publishing;
- Performance and the Theatre, both on and behind the stage;
- Print and/or Broadcast Journalism;
- Actors, presenters and in television programme production;
- Advertising and the Marketing industries;
- Radio, as presenters, as well as in programme production;
- Digital, Web and New Media production;
- Multi-media industries.
A number of graduates have likewise continued to Postgraduate study.
Some have followed careers in teaching, lecturing, politics and public relations.
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA) and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)
The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.
The HEAR is a final graduation report that all undergraduates receive. The report itemises all academic achievements and additional extra and co-curricular achievements. Academic achievements appear on the report automatically and students are able to note their eligible activities by using the online platform ‘My Employability Hub’. This ensures that future employers are made aware of the additional skills the student has gained outside of the curriculum.
The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.
Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.
Internships offer valuable experience in a professional workplace and there are a range of internships you can get involved in.
Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.
The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.
TARGETconnect - Working while you StudyThe Skills and Employability Service offers support to students searching for employment during and after their studies.
- Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
- Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
- Work experience / internships
- Voluntary opportunities
TARGETconnect advertises the following opportunities:
For 2017 entry (new UCAS tariff for courses starting in September 2017):
- 120-104 tariff points from a level 3 qualification. These include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
- We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).
For 2016 entry:
We aim to interview all candidates.
- 300-260 points
- We consider mature students with non-standard qualifications.
General University entry requirements
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.
To study a degree, diploma or certificate course 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 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 help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.
Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.
EU and International students' entry requirements
For information and further detailed guidance on 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 International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.
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- Full time: £9,000 per year
- Part time: £750 per 10 credits
When coming to University, you will have two main costs, Tuition Fees and Living Costs.
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 guest tickets (£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.
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.
How to apply for Undergraduate programmes
You can apply to study at Bangor directly by using the online application form or through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.)
Option 1 – Applying directly to Bangor
- Read through the Guidance Notes before you begin the online application form
Once you have read the guidance notes...
- Visit the online application system and create a login id and password.
Need help applying?
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Option 2- Applying to study at Bangor through UCAS
UCAS is an online application system allowing students to apply for up to five courses in the UK through one application. You can apply for more than one programme at a specific university, for example you could apply to study BA Psychology and BSc Psychology with Clinical and Health Psychology at Bangor. Find out more about how to apply to Bangor University through UCAS
If you have applied through UCAS already then you may wish to visit the International Student pages of UCAS website for further information.
Why study a Creative Studies and Media degree?
Research and practice
- Our courses combine elements of research and practice.
- You have the opportunity to create and produce in all media fields under the supervision of staff that have many years of experience working in the media.
- We have excellent links with theatre companies, newspapers and the television industry. BBC Wales’ television and radio centre is literally next-door, and there are many independent producers nearby.
- Students will be able to take advantage of the new Pontio centre, which includes a theatre, a cinema, a design and innovation centre, and spacious lecture rooms.
- Our students play a prominent role in many creative projects, such as Student Cut Films, two student newspapers – Seren and Llef – and a radio station, Storm FM.
- We have a dedicated Media Centre with with editing suites, production studios, and digital media equipment.
- We also have a professionally equipped Radio studio with the latest digital equipment.
- The Centre has Avid, Matrox and analogue editing suites, and digital sound editing suites.
- We have a large performance space, computer lighting system and digital sound for rehearsal and performance work.
- We have a digital cinema with first-rate projection equipment and Dolby Surround Sound.
- Our staff have many years of experience working in the media, so can offer students practical guidance
- We have research active staff who are world-experts in their fields, providing advice to governments, corporations and NGOs
- We're a close-knit department and give individual attention to our students to help their development
Studying at Bangor
Rated Gold for teaching
We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.
A top 10 university
The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.
Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK
Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.
Award-winning clubs and societies!
Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019.
Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.
Bangor is the most affordable place in the UK to be a student (TotalMoney 2019).
Investment in facilities
Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.
Guaranteed accommodation in award-winning halls of residence
We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as their Firm Choice. Our accommodation has been named the best in the UK at the 2018 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.
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