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BA Theatre and Performance

Year 1

(Award available for year: Certificate of Higher Educ)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:

demonstrate a familiarity with the basic concepts, information, practical competencies and techniques within the discipline of theatre and performance;
use basic generic and subject specific intellectual qualities in theatre and performance i.e. be able to communicate creative and theoretical work to a range of audiences using different modes of delivery; be able to access, select and interpret basic theatre and performance research; present a structured and coherent argument (in both written and spoken form); be able to critique and evaluate live performance;
understand the cultural, historical and social contexts of particular performance practices and practitioners;
understand a range of key components of performance (e.g. text, movement, aural/visual elements, performers, audience, space etc.)
evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to problem solving in theatre and performance practice, theory and research; understand processes by which performance is created, realised and managed; contribute to the group processes involved in the creation of original work;
appreciate their strengths and weaknesses as learners; reflect on their progress and make appropriate adjustments to their working practices;
apply basic academic research skills;
demonstrate an awareness of professional and disciplinary boundaries and of ethical considerations relating to theatre and performance.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:
qualities and transferable skills necessary and related to working in the field of theatre and performance - the ability to write in concise and accurate English; to work collaboratively as part of a team; to respond imaginatively and flexibly to a creative brief; to access and utilise appropriate information; to problem solve; to communicate effectively in a variety of forms and to various audiences; to work independently and in groups; to collaborate effectively in pursuing goals with others;
skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility – organisational skills; self-motivation; working to a deadline; punctuality and attendance; awareness of health and safety procedures; awareness of ethics.


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:

demonstrating the knowledge and application of standard concepts, information and techniques relevant to theatre and performance through group presentation, individual essay, practical performance and reflective log;
work that covers a restricted area of the discipline – responding to a creative brief; working collaboratively with peers; critiquing basic performance concepts, responding to live performance, analysing the cultural, historical and social context of various practices and practitioners.;
demonstrating emerging abilities, skills and competencies in the discipline of theatre and performance.


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