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Theatre and Performance
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Theatre and Performance

International Scholarships available

Overview

If you are passionate about creating exciting, innovative and cutting-edge theatre and performance, this degree is for you. Throughout your time on the course, you will be taught by a team of experienced and professional theatre and performance makers to produce exciting work for stage, galleries and festivals.

In addition to gaining real-world professional experience through public showings and work-based learning placements, you will also explore theories of theatre and performance from researchers at the top of their field.

Upon graduating from this course, you will be confident with the processes of making, performing and analysing theatre and performance, which will help you find employment within the creative industries.

You will be engaged in practical events in the city in theatres, galleries and more unusual sites. You will also have the opportunity to work creatively at festivals in the UK and abroad. Our performing arts students and staff have performed their work together at Latitude, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Light Night here in Leeds.

We showcase student work internationally and have exchange agreements and partnerships with a range of international festivals and universities. Previous student performances have been taken to the 'Graduates' Festival in London, Dionysus Festival in Croatia and Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Romania.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

Visit our Distance Learning Website

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

92.9%
Student Satisfaction
Student satisfaction*
*National Student Survey 2018

Course Features

  • Placements
  • Expert careers service
  • University accommodation
  • Study abroad option
  • 24/7 Library
  • TEF Silver Award
Play BA (Hons) Performance - Gillian Dyson-Moss, Senior Lecturer Video
BA (Hons) Performance - Gillian Dyson-Moss, Senior Lecturer

Entry Requirements

120
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 120 points required. (Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Interview:
Applicants who meet the academic entry requirements will be invited to attend a selection day where you will be interviewed individually and take part in a Group Performance Workshop. You are assessed for suitability to the course, on your background skills and knowledge, and on your ability to contribute constructively to a working ensemble. The selection days are scheduled for 15 November, 29 November, 6 December, 10 January, 31 January, 14 February and 28 February. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further details.
International Baccalaureate: 26
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:120 points required. (Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Interview:
Applicants who meet the academic entry requirements will be invited to attend a selection day where you will be interviewed individually and take part in a Group Performance Workshop. You are assessed for suitability to the course, on your background skills and knowledge, and on your ability to contribute constructively to a working ensemble. The selection days are scheduled for 15 November, 29 November, 6 December, 10 January, 31 January, 14 February and 28 February. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further details.
International Baccalaureate: 26
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Rob Green

Careers

Teaching and learning

Develop yourself as a performance and creative artist on this interdisciplinary degree as you study wider, practical notions of performance practice, including skills acquisition and development in theatre, live art, sound, voice and body. You will be able to develop meaningful and sustainable partnerships with the creative and cultural industries.

The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload is indicative and may be subject to change.

Practical workshop sessions introduce you to the working vocabularies of performance practice and the diverse kinds of practices and strategies that exist within this field. Your first year also focuses on tutor-led making and developing performance work, and gives the opportunity for you to build upon your pre-existing skills and knowledge with the support of practicing artist tutors on the programme.
Overall workload
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360 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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840 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
80%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
20%
Core Modules

Develop the creative skills necessary to generate material for performance. This heavily practical module is focused on establishing physical vocabularies, compositional strategies and the building of performer confidence.

Study the physical vocabularies introduced in Performance Strategies 1 in more detail and develop your own practice in response to tutor-led workshops. This module is highly practical and includes showings of your work and feedback sessions that will help you enhance your ability to discuss your work and offer critique.

An introduction to the lineage of contemporary performance practices within the 20th and 21st centuries, particularly those that have emerged from the formal and artistic experiments of the 1960s.

In this second of a set of four critical modules, you will focus in on the performance practices that have emerged from the formal and artistic experiments of the 1960s, exploring seminal companies and artists framed within social and historical contexts.

Explore a range of cultural performance practices. You will address the use of digital technologies and look at global approaches to performance practice. You will be exposed to a variety of artists that operate within a number of digital, sub/counter-cultural global performance contexts and will be expected to respond creatively to your experiences of engaging with this work.

Develop and present a practical solo or group project that focuses on the notion of identity within a given cultural topic selected by the module leader. Such topics could include, but are not limited to, gender, post-structuralist performance, modernism, and Dadaism.

Develop your skills acquired in the first year in a more professionally driven context. Your creative, theoretical and technical development gradually shifts towards a more mentored student-led approach. You will also engage in three large scale performance projects (each addressing a specific performance concern – 'ensemble', 'collaboration' and 'the self') directed by the professional artist tutor.
Overall workload
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360 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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840 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
47%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
53%
Core Modules

Create a new performance work under the direction of an in-house artist. You will focus on the idea of the 'performing ensemble' and take part in a substantial amount of group work, both physical and vocal, exploring the performative potential of a 'whole group' performance.

This module has the spirit of collaboration at its core and consequently you will have the opportunity to collaborate with other artists/students across different disciplines. By the end of the module you will have been introduced to a range of voice and body-based skills and disciplines that allow for the successful creation of a performance.

Generate performance work from autobiographical material. Your work may be solo, small or large group, but will emphasise the subject as an object of study and consequently you will take an increased responsibility for the work you create.

Further develop the knowledge gained during your first two critical contexts modules as you gain the ability to make complex and nuanced readings of live performances. You will learn to evaluate and analyse work through the critical lens of various key theories, and engage with theoretical texts and live and mediated performance works.

This final critical contexts module will develop your ability to interrogate performance works at a deep critical level paying significant attention to social, cultural, historical and theoretical contexts.

Gain experience of employment in the creative sector as you undertake a 40-hour placement within the cultural industries in Leeds, regionally or nationally. You could work at a gallery, with artists' groups, performance or theatre companies, at a festival or music venue. You will record your learning journey and keep a portfolio of written reflections on the activities, research and learning you have undertaken.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Undertake independent research and investigation that incorporates reflection and presentation of a chosen area of study. You will focus your independent interests and prepare for your professional/academic life after graduation. You will also undertake a work placement in a professional environment.
Overall workload
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284 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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876 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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40 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
67%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
33%
Core Modules

Building on your introduction to the different employment opportunities associated with the creative industries, this module will help you develop a portfolio of work that outlines your career goals after graduation and identifies what you might need to do in order to achieve them.

Work in close collaboration with a contemporary artist or practitioner of (inter)national standing to create an innovative and sophisticated performance product.

Produce a piece of work in the form of a conference paper that reflects your own performance interest. You will present the conference paper and the research that informed it will form the basis for an extended research project in Publishing Project 2.

Develop your research interests in greater depth through the creation of a substantial document that evidences your extended research and analysis. You will work with your supervisory team to decide the best form for your submission, which could include (but is not limited to) an essay, a series of lecture videos or a blog.

The first of two modules during which you will develop your final performance work of the course. This module will involve an in-depth investigation of your practice, using the knowledge you have gained throughout the course. You will pool your practical experience to develop your final work, which will then be showcased in Lift Off 2.

Hone and polish the material you developed during Lift Off 1 in preparation for your final performance. You will showcase your work at the Lift Off festival in front of an invited audience.

Gillian Dyson Moss
Gillian Dyson-Moss
Senior Lecturer

Gillian Dyson is Senior Lecturer in Performance, with Leeds Beckett University since 2009. Gillian was Course Leader of BA Performance 2012 to 2016, and previously the Course Leader MA Creative Enterprise, and Course Leader for BA Contemporary Performance Practices top up course.

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BA (Hons) Performance - Gillian Dyson-Moss, Senior Lecturer

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of studio spaces on campus and with our professional partners.
  • Study materials – we provide all core materials during your studies. This includes any costumes or props.
  • Travel, accommodation and subsistence for compulsory educational visits.
  • If you choose to take up a placement where a DBS check is required, we will cover the cost of the DBS check.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific compulsory costs

  • When undertaking work placement opportunities, you will need to pay for your travel expenses to and from that placement.

Course-specific optional costs

  • You may wish to purchase additional study materials, but this is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.
  • Travel, accommodation and subsistence for optional educational visits
    (The nature and cost of these visits will vary from year to year)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets). 

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of studio spaces on campus and with our professional partners.
  • Study materials – we provide all core materials during your studies. This includes any costumes or props.
  • Travel, accommodation and subsistence for compulsory educational visits.
  • If you choose to take up a placement where a DBS check is required, we will cover the cost of the DBS check.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific compulsory costs

  • When undertaking work placement opportunities, you will need to pay for your travel expenses to and from that placement.

Course-specific optional costs

  • You may wish to purchase additional study materials, but this is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.
  • Travel, accommodation and subsistence for optional educational visits
    (The nature and cost of these visits will vary from year to year)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets). 

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Performance spaces
    Performance spaces

    You will benefit from access to our performance and black box rehearsal studios, so you can perfect your practice.

  • Beckett dance studios
    Beckett dance studios

    Our Leeds Beckett performance spaces include dance studios at Headingley Campus and black box spaces at City Campus.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

Location

Headingley Campus

Headingley Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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