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.
Bath Spa University School of Music and Performing Arts 46 / 47 Performing Arts Theatre Production BA (Hons) BA (Hons)Why choose this course? Do you want a career in the exciting and diverse world of theatre production? This highly practical programme gives you the chance to study in a 'proto professional' environment, which is underpinned by strong and demonstrable links with industry. Any subject-area or skill that you will find backstage in a theatre, you will find on this programme. Subject areas include stage lighting, sound design and operation, costume, stage management, production management, scenic design, scenic construction, scenic art and prop making.About the course The course is run across a variety of venues, including Main House Theatre Royal, Bath, Ustinov Studio, and The Egg, as well as our two campus venues, The University Theatre, The Michael Tippett Centre, and our new Arts Centre, Burdall's Yard in Bath city centre. Particular emphasis is placed on project and production work, with students also In association with Theatre Royal Bath and Salisbury Playhouse.01 How to Disappear Without Even Trying - Ustinov Theatre 201002 Michael Budmani, Course Leader in Technical TheatreUCAS CodePerforming ArtsW490Entry CriteriaTypical offers240-300 UCAS Tariff points including two A-levels at BB (one in drama or theatre studies) Entry is by audition only. See page 20National Student Survey Score (2010)88% satisfaction with teachingUCAS CodeTheatre ProductionW431Entry CriteriaTypical offers240-280 UCAS Tariff points (eg BCC; BB +AS a) plus a demonstrable interest in some aspect of theatre production. See page 20 Course InformationCourse locationNewton Park campus, Theatre Royal Bath, Burdalls Yard Arts CentreCourse length3 years full-timeNo. of applicants (2010) 43Course InformationNo. of places (2010)20 (Note: course previously available as a Foundation Degree; first year as a full honours course)More informationwww.bathspa.ac.uk/ugrad/www.bathspampa.comCourse InformationCourse locationNewton Park campusCourse length3 years full-timeNo. of applicants (2010) 414No. of places (2010)45More informationwww.bathspa.ac.uk/ugrad/www.bathspampa.comThis course aims to produce performing arts pioneers equipped to reinvent form, uncover new content and win new audiences. Why choose this course? The course will provide you with a highly stimulating, vocationally centred programme of intensive performer training situated within the academic rigour of a university renowned for its teaching-led practice. A primary feature of the course is its ever-expanding links with the industry. These links are fostered through the extensive use of industry specialists as visiting tutors in students' curricular training, through extensive links with industry partners such as the Egg theatre in Bath and the Salisbury Playhouse, and also through the prolific work of the departmental theatre company - Full Tilt Theatre Company. This company tours and performs at national and international levels and has enjoyed critical success at venues from the Minack Theatre in Cornwall to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Please note that this practical actor-training course is focused primarily upon non-musical theatre traditions. If you are interested in a degree programme specifically addressing musical theatre, please see our Foundation Degree in Musical Theatre, based at Weston College on page 60. About the course The actor training at Bath Spa University has a very distinctive flavour that shapes our students as imaginative, creative, pro-active 'knowing' performers. Taught by a highly experienced, internationally active body of academic staff and practitioners, the course places a strong accent on adventure and innovation. The course is practice- based with a strong critical/ theoretical component aimed at fostering a self awareness in the wider context of artistic production. In Year 1 you will be introduced to the 'art of playing' as an overarching framework for gaining and practising performance skills and for understanding performance in modules such as Performance Workshops. You will compose and perform work throughout your first year in modules such as Acting Laboratory. Year 2 concentrates on extending the idea of ensemble in the work and extending the reach, focus and application of your instrumental skills, orientating them towards production contexts. You will develop your understanding through practical and theoretical research and dramaturgy, producing increasingly challenging work in the Production and Performance modules. The third year is devoted to experiential training in theatre and focuses on your professionalisation. In the module Into Industry you'll receive a masterclass series, putting you in contact with industry specialists, (casting directors, producers, agents) which focus on developing your industry awareness. In tandem with these classes you will investigate classical theatre and its relationship with the contemporary. In doing so, you'll develop your voice as an emerging performer. The training culminates in a thesis production in which you will drive the creative process, creating work which then acts as a graduating showcase. Thesis productions have previously toured locally, nationally and internationally. Careers During your third year you will begin to investigate professional pathways in the industry and gain the necessary tools to enter into the wider profession. To date our graduates have enjoyed a multitude of successes: previous career destinations include small scale touring companies, national and international touring and performance, radio work, script writing, high profile direction, artistic direction, theatre workshop leaders, freelance practitioners and further training in higher education.Student ProfileChris Draper, Performing Arts (Year 2)-"T he Performing Arts course provides intense vocational training, taught by industry professionals, in a great university atmosphere! Everybody at Bath Spa is so friendly; lecturers and students are always helpful whenever and whatever your problem is. And there's plenty going on - awareness campaigns, music events, shows at the theatre, SU events - always something to do! I plan to go on to a career in acting, preferably musical theatre, and feel that the 3rd year proto-professional feel to the course will help me towards my goal." 01020201 Student performance02 Chris Draper, current Performing Arts studentundertaking practical workshops, seminars and directed study. There are no exams!All lecturers are leading specialist theatre production practitioners, ensuring that your learning is to current industry standard. There is strong interaction with the professional theatre industry, culminating in a professional industry work placement of four weeks. Professional placements are available at Salisbury Playhouse and Theatre Royal Bath, amongst many more.Sample modules: Stage Management and Production Process; Lighting Sound and AV; Stagecraft; Scenic and Costume Design; Meeting Industry.Careers Career opportunities include the areas of stage management, scenic construction, prop making, lighting technician, lighting designer, sound technician, sound designer and costume technician. 01Staff ProfileMichael Budmani - Course Leader -"M y professional theatre career spans 24 years as a Stage, Production and Technical Manager. I was Stage Manager for the RSC, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Scottish Opera, as well as Head of Technical for Scottish Opera. We have superb and up to the minute facilities for teaching Theatre Production over a variety of fantastic spaces. My fellow lecturers and I are passionate about what we do. Working in the arts is a vocation and a privilege. I am paid to do what I'd do in my spare time. How lucky am I?"