In your first year, you will learn how to analyse performance and plays, developing practical skills in theatre design and production. You will participate in small-group tutorials to discuss performances you have seen and issues that impact across the disciplines of theatre, film and music.
In your second and third years, you will choose from a range of options that deepen your analytical, critical, practical and historical expertise.
Your degree culminates in an independent-study project. This can take the form of group or individual performance, extended essay and/or an industrial placement. Placement partners include the Bristol Old Vic and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Students can also undertake placements elsewhere, including overseas.
Theatre and Performance Studies at Bristol is characterised by the way we blend historical and theoretical study with practice-based investigations. You will encounter a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical workshops.
You will study historical contexts, consider critical perspectives and engage in practice-based activities, using our two in-house theatres for your presentations. You will also have access to our museum-accredited theatre archive and twenty-four hour rehearsal space. Facilities include the professionally equipped Wickham Theatre, sound and design studios, and a costume workshop.
The first year introduces histories, contexts, ways of analysing performance, and practical skills in theatre production. In the second and final years, optional units will deepen your expertise around particular performance contexts and practical skills in theatremaking.
The Department of Theatre has strong links with a wide range of arts organizations and theatre companies. In your final year, you can undertake an industrial placement within the creative industries.
You can apply until:
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The course is suitable for those interested in the practice, history and theory of theatre and performance.
You should be able to demonstrate a commitment to the study of theatre and performance in an academic context, eg through extra-curricular reading. You will also be motivated and have evidence of achievement in performance and theatremaking, eg by participation in extra-curricular or community drama productions.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Schedule IELTS
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Minimum required score (Grade B):
C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
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