support and interact with the core of the three year programme, choreography. Our approach to teaching and learning is innovative and constantly updated. Each member of staff within the Dance Department brings a wide range of professional experience to the course to create a student experience that is both unique and challenging (there's also an exciting schedule of visiting choreographers and artists). Our current areas of research include film, collaborative and interdisciplinary performance practice, and the role of digital technology within the landscape of performance. We see you, the student, as an empowered partner in these investigations. Finally, you will develop an individual choreographic and performance style and the imagination, confidence and ability to apply your knowledge, experience and skills to a wide range of employment contexts. Careers Typically, Dance graduates from Bath Spa go on to become choreographers, performers, arts administrators, dance leaders in the community, film and interdisciplinary performance specialists, teachers (primary/ secondary education subject to PGCE), dance therapists and freelance artists - or undertake postgraduate study. In addition, you will have the opportunity during your three years of study to make important professional connections and may, after graduation, take advantage of our Graduate Mentoring Scheme that provides help and advice as you embark upon your career. Spa it had everything I wanted! We get the opportunities to see lots of shows and there's a comedy module which is great because I want a career in comedy later on. I like the fact that there's open space at Bath Spa and that you can always find somewhere quiet to study. And I like the fact that all the tutors are really friendly and helpful too." Bath Spa University School of Music and Performing Arts 44 / 45 Dance Drama Studies BA (Hons) BA (Hons) Why choose this course? Bath Spa University is a leader within the cross-arts dance context and has a reputation for innovation. Dance at Bath Spa focuses on technique and practical choreography, but also offers you the possibility of being involved in inter- and multi-disciplinary study both within the department and in collaboration with other students and professionals. You will have the opportunity to show work in different venues and will be encouraged to make A unique chance to explore choreography, performance, screendance, dance and digital technology and interdisciplinary work. Drama Studies offers students an exciting introduction to the world of theatre and performance. Through critical investigation, practical workshops and textual study, students explore the ways in which theatre today, and through the ages, has contributed to cultural discourse. 01 Dance performance at Green Park Station, Bath02 At the Newton Park campus01 Rebecca Hadland, Drama Studies student02 Marivaux's The Dispute directed by Drama students Alexandra Boughton02Course InformationCourse locationNewton Park campusCourse length3 years full-time; part-time availableNo. of applicants (2010) 274No. of places (2010)25 (additional places are available as part of a Combined Award)More informationwww.bathspa.ac.uk/ugrad/www.bathspampa.comNational Student Survey Score (2010)89% satisfaction with teachingEntry CriteriaTypical offers240-300 UCAS Tariff points (eg BCC; BB+AS a) including A -Level Drama, Performance Studies or Theatre Studies at grade B. See page 20Course InformationCourse locationNewton Park campusCourse length3 years full-time; part-time availableNo. of applicants (2010) 279No. of places (2010)30 (additional places are available as part of a Combined Award)More informationwww.bathspa.ac.uk/ugrad/www.bathspampa.comNational Student Survey Score (2010)88% satisfaction with teachingUCAS CodeDanceW500Popular CombinationsDrama (as part of Creative Arts - see page 26) - WW5K Music (as part of Creative Arts - see page 26) - WW53 Creative Writing (as part of Creative Arts - see page 26) - WW95 Education - WX53 For a full list of courses you can combine with Dance, see page 63. Entry CriteriaTypical offers240-280 UCAS Tariff points (eg BCC; BB+AS a) with min 80 points from Dance or Performing Arts preferred; Or dance experience outside education. See page 20 Eligible candidates will be asked to attend an audition. UCAS CodeDrama StudiesW400Popular CombinationsDance (as part of Creative Arts - see page 26) - WW5K Creative Writing (as part of Creative Arts - see page 26) - WW4Y Education - XW34 English Literature - QW3L For a full list of courses you can combine with Drama, see page 63.work of the highest standard. In addition to your studies you will undertake a work placement that will prepare you for the dance related industries and also enable you to investigate an area of specific interest. About the course The main focus of this course is on practical choreography, which is underpinned and enhanced by theoretical studies and a strong programme of dance and performance techniques. Your creative and imaginative skills will be developed alongside your performance skills as you learn about generating and structuring movement. You will consider issues of representation and meaning through theoretical study and through your own personal investigations, referring to the work of a range of known artists. Study areas include: digital technology (sound and film), technique and performance skills, somatic practice, and criticism and analysis. These vital strands Graduate ProfileLaura Polson, graduated 2010-"W hat a fantastic degree! It has made me the creative teacher and performer that I am today! After graduating, the support from all of the dance staff is still extremely strong. The staff are always at the other end of an email or the phone and genuinely still care about all we decide to do!"010201you can gain experience in "issue based" work, and practically enhance your dramaturgical skills and knowledge of theatre design. In your final year of study you have a chance to extend your skills and knowledge base through an exciting range of module choices including Comedy Production, Experimental Performance, Musical Theatre and Site-Specific Performance. Single Hons students also complete a Dissertation. Sample modules: Year 1: Introduction to Performance Year 2: Applied Theatre; American Actors and Acting; Stand up Comedy; Commedia Year 3: American Drama; Devising New Theatre; Staging Gender; Staging Shakespeare Careers The Drama Studies programme will equip you with writing, presentational, communication, and collaborative skills that are invaluable in many other professional and vocational areas. Following graduation, some students choose to pursue their interests further into postgraduate study or vocational training. Others use the knowledge gained to launch careers working with theatre companies and in television, or go on to find employment in the media world.Student ProfileRebecca Hadland, Drama Studies (Year 1)- "I chose this course because Drama is what I always wanted to do and after seeing a lot of universities none of the courses matched what I wanted. But when I came to Bath Why choose this course? You can choose from a wide range of offerings incorporating content ranging from theatre history to physical theatre and extending to encompass such areas as experimental theatre and site-specific performance. The approach to teaching Drama Studies at Bath Spa combines academic study with practical and workshop-based sessions that help bring theoretical ideas to life. Facilities include the purpose built University Theatre building which incorporates a fully equipped theatre and three studios. You'll be taught by distinguished staff who are practising theatre and performance artists. About the course In the first year you'll be introduced to textual analysis, theatre history and performance theory. You'll explore the relationship between theatre and society through the ages, look at diverse theatrical forms and engage in an appreciation of theatre in its widest context. You'll examine ideas that range from dramatic texts to scenography and performance conventions. In the second year, you are given the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge of some of the major dramatic genres that continue to dominate stage performance today. Critical appreciation of key directors' approaches are enhanced through Directing workshops. Additionally,
Bath Spa University School of Music and Performing Arts www.bathspa.ac.uk Music BA (Hons)A programme in classical music and jazz. The course emphasises creativity through performance and composition, and students have the option of taking part in opera and musical theatre modules.Why choose this course? There is a strong practical element to the course. Each year there are music-making opportunities ranging from large works for choir and orchestra (such as Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, Faure's Requiem, and Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms) through to opera and musical theatre productions (including Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Mozart's Don Giovanni, Glass's Satyagraha Sondheim's Company and Weill's Threepenny Opera). There are regular opportunities for students to perform in prestigious venues off campus. Facilities on campus are superb, and include a purpose-built concert hall (the Michael Tippett Centre), a suite of sound-proofed practice rooms, a wide range of specialist instruments (including three Steinway grand pianos), networked music technology labs, digital recording studios, band rehearsal rooms and a well stocked music library. You will be taught by distinguished full-time staff who are all practising performers, composers and musicologists, as well as by visiting staff (many with international reputations). Recent visiting performers and composers have included Dame Emma Kirkby, Ensemble Bash, the Smith Quartet, Jason Rebello, Andy Sheppard, Gavin Bryars, Graham Fitkin and Mark-Anthony Turnage. About the course In your first year you will concentrate on three main areas: Performance Studies consists of one-to-one instrumental or vocal lessons, with workshops on performance techniques, aural awareness, and conducting. Students can opt for classical or jazz performance. Creative Forum is a composition skills module which includes free composition while focusing on a range of compositional techniques, notation, arranging, orchestration, and the use of music technology. Music in the West and Global Musical Styles include study and research skills for musicians, analytical skills and the close study of landmark musical works and genres from medieval to pop, with a series of seminars around cultural and musicological issues in music today. As you progress to Year 2 you will continue to develop your musical skills, and increasingly you will specialise in areas of particular strength and interest - for example in performance, composition or musicology in classical or jazz styles. There is a wide choice of modules, ranging from Performance to Music Analysis. In Year 3 you have the freedom for creative output in specialisms such as performance or composition together with the choice of a wide range of supporting modules, from the Opera Project to Music Psychology and Music in Action (which is a community music module). Practical UCAS CodeMusicW300Popular CombinationsDance (as part of Creative Arts - see page 26) - WW53 Drama (as part of Creative Arts - see page 26) - WW3K Education - XW33 For a full list of courses you can combine with Music, see page 63. Entry CriteriaTypical offers240-300 UCAS Tariff points (eg BCC; BB + AS a), preferably including Music at minimum grade B, plus a good standard of practical instrumental/vocal performance at Grade 8 (ABRSM) or equivalent. Single Hons applicants will be interviewed. See page 20Course InformationCourse locationNewton Park campusCourse length3 years full-time; part-time availableNo. of applicants (2010) 326No. of places (2010)42 (additional places are available as part of a Combined Award)More informationwww.bathspa.ac.uk/ugrad/www.bathspampa.comNational Student Survey Score (2010)90% satisfaction with teaching98% overall satisfactionworkshops in performance and composition are a key feature of the course, and every week a day is dedicated to ensemble performance and related activities for students in all years. Ensembles include choir, chamber choir, orchestra, wind band, string orchestra, big band, experimental music group and gamelan. Careers During the course you will explore the 02030101 University Orchestra and Choir02 University Georgian Band03 Andy Sheppard, jazz musician and composerconstantly changing needs of the employment market, and you will undertake a placement in Year 2. (Recent placements have included the Bath International Music Festival, Bath Philharmonia, the BBC Proms, Welsh National Opera, BBC Music Magazine, Dorling Kindersley and Real World). Career possibilities include performing and teaching, music in the community, composing for concert, screen, stage and education, arts management, music promotion and publishing.