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?"
Bath Spa University School of Science, Society and Management www.bathspa.ac.ukSchool of Science,Society and Management Professor Rob Mears, Head of School"Our central aim is to provide high quality academic and vocationally oriented programmes that will challenge and inspire you, and will prepare you for your future career. All our subjects have been reviewed favourably by external quality agencies, and we have extensive contacts with national subject centres dedicated to developing excellence in teaching and research, so you can be assured of the highest standards of teaching. You will be taught by experts in their disciplines who aim to ensure that your time here is both productive and enjoyable."