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Theatre and Professional Practice BA (Hons) 2017/18 entry

Clearing 2017

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Reasons to make us your clearing choice

  • No. 12 UK University - The Guardian University Guide 2018
  • Awarded Gold in the Teaching and Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • 1st for overseas student experiences in 2015/16 - HESA 2017
  • UK’s top new university - The Guardian and the Complete University Guides 2018
Course code:

W440

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017

 

Fees:
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Overview

The stage is the place where we can challenge convention. Theatre and Professional Practice can prepare you for this creative industry.

With multiple opportunities to invent and create your own style of live theatre, this course is designed to help equip you with the knowledge and experience used within the theatre industry. 

Students’ gain hands-on experience of a variety of different and exciting approaches to making and performing live theatre – from scripted, collaboratively devised work and improvisational approaches to performance, to mask work and puppetry, acrobatics and stilt work, physical theatre and intermedial performance. You’ll even be encouraged to create a professional scale work as a final project.

You’ll be taught by our experienced faculty, some of whom are theatre directors and applied theatre practitioners, as well as invited professional guest practitioners who have previously included Théâtre Sans Frontières, Kiln Theatre, Mandala Theatre, Theatre Absolute, Big Brum The Desperate Men, Acrojou, and The Fabularium.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

What our students say

The course allows me to experiment and become more creative, enhancing skills in the various roles within the industry, whether that be acting upon the stage or focused backstage on creating the most professional production possible. The lecturers also have such extensive backgrounds to their careers that their advice to us, as we head towards working in the performing arts, is invaluable."

Eliott Sheppard, BA Theatre and Professional Practice, current third year student 2016/17

Course information

Study here and you’ll join a vibrant, multicultural creative learning community with a focus on vocational and professional practice linked to the demands of the current performing arts industry.

On this course, we teach the skills of theatre making to help students develop a strong portfolio of practice from many practical exercises, all the while developing reflective awareness of your own discipline and practice. 

100%

of our students are satisfied by the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

During your first year, you’ll be introduced to the tools to create and critique performance. Through practical exercises and classes, we’ll cover various processes and techniques used by performers and companies in the telling of stories on the stage. We’ll explore the devising process, the performer-audience relationship, the mixture and balance of roles needed to fill the ‘empty space’.

Students are guided in physical and movement training strategies and offered approaches to devising text and movement. These include: tableaux storyboarding; the shaping of space for environments; set and object work via mime practices; physical theatre as a means of scene transition and space transformation; and the exploration of ensemble storytelling via narrator functions and placements from the work of Mike Alfreds.

Modules

  • The Empty Space

  • Devising Performance Texts

  • Acting: Roots & Routes

  • Naturalism and the Revolt Against it

  • Theatre in Social Contexts

  • Introduction to Theatre Technologies

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In the second year, we examine theatre in its local, national and transnational contexts through the performance of fully staged productions for public audiences, analysis of dramatic texts, theatre criticism, historical documents and other performance events in digital settings and outdoor spaces.

We will investigate how theatre practices from across the globe, (such as Japanese, Asian and African) have influenced Western theatre making. We’ll consider the ethical implications and responsibilities involved in reading and representing theatrical and performative practice emanating from an ethnic identity other than your own.

Modules

  • Directed Performance

  • Global Theatres: Research Enquiry

  • Outdoor Performance

  • Experimental & Digital Performance

  • Negotiated Study, providing options for self-study including:

    • Artists in Education and Community settings placements
    • Work placements
    • Collaborative Performance investigations
    • And other focussed areas agreed through proposals submitted to tutors

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

After your second year, students have an opportunity to apply for a sandwich year, studying abroad or on professional placement.

Overview

Then, in your final year, our students work on an intensive ‘Live Brief’ with a professional director or theatre company and have the opportunity to create and present a substantial piece of your own creative work in collaboration with others. Past students have utilised this work for platform events at The Belgrade Theatre, at the National Student Drama Festival, for national touring to outdoor festivals. Final project work has also resulted in the formation of new theatre companies such as Noctium Theatre, Simpatico Theatre and Strongbox Theatre Co, all of which have continued making work together beyond the University degree period.

Modules

  • Live Briefs

  • Strategic Project Planning

  • Extended Essay

  • Business Matters

  • Final Major Project

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

12th

Coventry University has climbed the rankings again to 12th in the UK Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • Exceptionally high levels of overall student satisfaction- 100% in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.
  • Strong track record of graduate employability with 91% of graduates in work or further study after six months (DLHE 2014/15).
  • Dedicated technical support for theatre and dance performance, wardrobe needs and music technology, as well as a range of equipment available on loan, such as video, recording, sound and lighting.
  • Taught by staff with a broad range of experience and expertise with staff members still engaging in professional development activities and continuing to perform, create or contribute to the wider theatre research culture through publications and performances.  
  • Excellent links with industry, some of whom provide placements as well as collaborating with professional partners to create, tour and facilitate live applied theatre projects, both locally and globally. Current partners include The Belgrade Theatre, Theatre Absolute, Strangeface Theatre Co, Midlands Arts Centre and Warwick Arts Centre.
  • Access to facilities, including: a dance performance space with lighting/sound control rooms and comprehensive and up-to-date technical equipment, two dance studios, theatre workshop space, wardrobe facilities and storage with around 3,500 costume items and 1,500 accessories, dressing rooms and box office facilities. Booking may be required for some facilities.

Our main study themes are:

  • Professional theatre skills and performance:  We explore the devising process and the mixture and balance of roles needed to create performance. This is considered practically and theoretically, relating performance practice to its global, historical and cultural context. Skills areas investigated include voice, movement and methods of actor training, including improvisation, acrobatics, equilibristic and acro-balance, mime, games, mask work and puppetry.
  • Theatre roots and routes: Teaching covers skills in historical/critical analysis and cultural awareness; focusing on the history and development of theatre from Ancient Greece to the present day.
  • Professional practice and industry preparation:  Through documenting your own practice, researching  contemporary companies and career preparation and planning students can begin to develop an action plan for life beyond university. 

The course normally lasts three years when studied full-time and four to six years part-time. Students successfully completing the first two years of the course can apply to take a Professional or International Enhancement module, spending a year out between the second and third years on placement or study abroad. Past students have spent a year studying at Valencia in Spain, Berlin, Nicosia in Cyprus, and Long Beach, California.

Your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

As well as having the option of a year-long work placement following second year, in your final year, you will have the chance to form a company and create an applied theatre project as part of the performing arts degree show festival.

Teaching methods include: practical classes and workshops with associated lectures and seminars.

Meet our staff

Glenn Noble

Glenn Noble is a highly skilled and versatile theatre arts practitioner, having seventeen years experience of devising and directing professional theatre and teaching within Higher Education.

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Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve the various learning outcomes, which will be clearly set out on all project briefs.

Coursework is assessed using a variety of methods including: presentations, portfolio reviews, essays, reports, reflective logs, e-journals, blogs, displays and exhibitions.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Practical or project work: 70%
  • Coursework, essays: 30%

In order to qualify for the award of Bachelor of Arts, a student must satisfy the University requirements of 300 credits. A student who does not wish to progress to a subsequent year of study may apply for an intermediate award of Diploma of Higher Education if they pass a minimum of 240 credits. A Certificate of Higher Education may be awarded to a student with minimum of 120 credits.  

70% assessed by practical or project work

Our aim on successful completion is that you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: histories, forms and traditions of performance within a global context, and theoretical explanations of those histories and traditions; and the processes by which performance is created, realised and managed, such as the processes of rehearsal, writing, scoring, devising, scenography, improvisation, choreography, performer training techniques and production arts.
  • Demonstrate awareness of key practitioners and practices; theorists, which may include writers, actors, composers, critics, dancers, performance artists, directors, choreographers, designers and producers; and applied and community theatre practice.
  • Analyse and critically examine diverse forms of cultural and artistic discourses and their effects on representation in the arts in an international context.
  • Critically analyse your own performance, and that of others, in a range of creative contexts.
  • Demonstrate a keen critical awareness of the main research methods used to collect and analyse data.
  • Apply a range of key components of performance within the disciplines: text, movement, aural and visual environment, and the performer as resource.
  • Engage creatively and critically with the creation and/or production of performance through a developed and sensitive understanding of appropriate performance vocabularies, techniques, crafts, new technologies, structures and working methods.
  • Engage creatively and critically with the skills and processes of production, design and rehearsal by which performance is created, and have an ability to select, refine and present these in performance. 
  • Engage creatively and critically with the possibilities for performance implied by a text, movement, notation or score and, as appropriate, to realise these sources sensitively through design and performance.  

90%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 18 ‘contact’ hours of teaching.

This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: a 1-hour smaller tutorial each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 12 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 5 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 17 hours per week of self-directed studying, coursework and revising in your own time.

There is a strong focus on international influences to this degree course and we offer opportunities to apply for an international placement, which in the past has included working with organisations in Italy, North America and Portugal. Graduate residency opportunities also exist in Berlin during October/November following completion of your degree in collaboration with Stefan Reibel at Das Institut für Alles Mögliche. We are also currently developing new collaborations with New York University Education Theatre Department, the Viljandi Culture Academy, Estonia, and Qendra Multimedia (Children’s Theatre), Kosova.

The content of the course includes modules addressing a range of international contexts, diverse cultural practices and traditions. For example, international trends in theatre and theatre practices are examined through the ‘Global Theatres: Research Enquiry’ module and students regularly explore and publicly perform plays by international playwrights. We run a range of international field trips, which in recent years have included visits to see Brecht’s ‘Mother Courage’ at the Berliner Ensemble, Robert Wilson’s ‘The Black Rider’ at the Betty Nansen Theatre in Copenhagen, Woyzeck at the Russian Theatre in Tallinn, Estonia. Our trip to Paris, France, to performances at the Comédie Francaise (Cyrano de Bergerac), Theatre De La Ville (James Thiérrée’s Tabac Rouge) and Théâtre de l'Œuvre included backstage tours and masterclasses from international directors and producers. 

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say

The course allows me to experiment and become more creative, enhancing skills in the various roles within the industry, whether that be acting upon the stage or focused backstage on creating the most professional production possible. The lecturers also have such extensive backgrounds to their careers that their advice to us, as we head towards working in the performing arts, is invaluable."

Eliott Sheppard, BA Theatre and Professional Practice, current third year student 2016/17

Clearing places available on this course

During Clearing, the tariff points for this course may change. Clearing tariff points will be published 14th August.

Know your results? See if we could offer you a place

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What our students say

The course allows me to experiment and become more creative, enhancing skills in the various roles within the industry, whether that be acting upon the stage or focused backstage on creating the most professional production possible. The lecturers also have such extensive backgrounds to their careers that their advice to us, as we head towards working in the performing arts, is invaluable."

Eliott Sheppard, BA Theatre and Professional Practice, current third year student 2016/17

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£14,104 (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

As well as covering UK field trips, key materials and laser print, the fees for this course also include:

  • Specified workshops


The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

What our students say

The course allows me to experiment and become more creative, enhancing skills in the various roles within the industry, whether that be acting upon the stage or focused backstage on creating the most professional production possible. The lecturers also have such extensive backgrounds to their careers that their advice to us, as we head towards working in the performing arts, is invaluable."

Eliott Sheppard, BA Theatre and Professional Practice, current third year student 2016/17

Career prospects

There is a strong emphasis within the course on our students’ future career paths, aimed not only to help students to explore what your chosen career path might be, but also to help build a professional level of business skills and knowledge

The ‘Business Matters’ module in particular is designed to encourage you to develop an appreciation of the nature of professionalism in the context of the performing arts industry and to recognise the relationship between professional arts practice, critical reflection and personal planning. We will cover the career structures relevant for your field, including companies, free-lance, small businesses and sole trader, and the commercial structures within which you may eventually work. We will also look at the possible market places for different skills and creations, which includes areas such as self-promotion, marketing and publicity.

Our Creative Futures employment team is on hand to offer tailored career and enterprise advice to support if you wish to gain employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course specific industries. Our dedicated enterprise officers also offer valuable assistance on how to begin as a freelancer/entrepreneur. 

On graduation, there are many options you could possibly pursue including careers in teaching follwoing further training, socially engaged and community arts organisations and theatre in education contexts. 

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

90%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have gone on to work in the education departments of theatres including The Belgrade Theatre, The Birmingham Rep, Old Vic Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent, The Roundhouse in London. Others have found roles with a range of organisations, such as supporting national community cohesion at The Challenge, managing TEFL (Teaching of English as a Foreign Language) programmes with Dramatic English in Hong Kong, working alongside schools at specialist SEN agencies or with Live and Local promoting arts in rural Warwickshire.

£18K

Our graduates earn an average salary of £18,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our alumni say

Acting is where my heart is and this course helped me to see what the acting industry is really like. The staff are really helpful and try to bring out your best, they really care.

Kayode Ewumi, BA Theatre and Professional Practice, graduate in 2015, now actor/writer, winner of BAFTA Breakthrough Brit Award 2016
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.