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BA (Hons) Contemporary Theatre and Performance

College
WIMBLEDON
Start date
September 2019
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
W442

Course summary

BA Contemporary Theatre and Performance at Wimbledon College of Arts is for students who are interested in making performance.

You will have the opportunity to pursue this through directing, writing, devising, as well as performing. You will work collaboratively to create contemporary theatre productions and to develop innovative forms of performance.

The course will enable you to work in an ensemble and to form a company or collective. You will plan, design, develop and deliver performance projects for a range of theatrical and non-theatrical locations and contexts, ensuring your work is engaged with contemporary culture.

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Course details

    This course is subject to validation. Validation is a process that makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During validation there maybe be some changes to course content and structure. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

    What you can expect

  • To develop practical and critical skills to produce solo and group performances
  • To be able to make performance across a range of creative forms and disciplines
  • To investigate critical approaches to contemporary theatre and post-dramatic performance
  • To make your own work and be able to perform in group productions
  • To study the theory and practice of performance composition
  • To have the opportunity to develop your own compositional practices
  • To gain an understanding of performance in relation to text, image and action
  • To investigate different performance environments
  • To look at performance in a cultural, political and historical context
  • To examine global theatre practices, post-colonial narratives, and socially-engaged performance
  • To learn about digital, participatory and relational performance practices and collaborative production
  • To have access to Wimbledon's shared workshops. View the Wimbledon facilities

Course units

Year 1

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Performance
  • Unit 2: Devising Lab
  • Unit 3: Performance in Context
  • Unit 4: Representing the Real

Year 2

  • Unit 5: Global Theatre Practices
  • Unit 6: Collaborative Production
  • Unit 7: Digital Performance Lab
  • Unit 8: Contemporary Theatre-making

With optional Diploma in Professional Studies: Theatre and Performance or Diploma in Creative Computing

Year 3

  • Unit 9: Performance Research
  • Unit 10: Ensemble Performance

Learning and teaching methods

  • Collaborative work
  • Group and individual tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Introductions and inductions to university, college and course resources
  • Investigative seminars
  • Lectures and visiting speaker talks
  • Practical performance projects
  • Practical workshops
  • Performance analysis of live theatre and digital screenings
  • Performance labs
  • Production projects
  • Project based learning
  • Staff and student led seminars and discussions
  • Studio, external venue and other visits
  • Training for performance sessions
  • Use of resource venues and institutions

Assessment methods

  • Critical and creative portfolios
  • Essays
  • Live presentations - pitches, proposals, papers
  • Performance etudes
  • Performed and digital essays
  • Process workbooks and reflective journals
  • Production roles and ensemble contribution
  • Project proposals, plans and reports
  • Written and performed dissertations

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are one or a combination of the following qualifications:

  • 2 A Levels at grade C or above
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Merit, Pass, Pass (MPP) at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Or equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • And 3 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C)

Entry to this course will also be determined by the quality of your application, looking primarily at your portfolio of work, personal statement and reference.

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference
  • A combination of these factors

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English language requirements

All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

Selection criteria

We look for:

  • Interest in, commitment to and motivation for studying the subject
  • Ability to work imaginatively and creatively individually and in groups
  • Ability to create, develop and respond to new ideas and to work with new creative forms
  • Desire to learn
  • Ability to investigate and develop ideas independently
  • Ability to communicate ideas physically, verbally and in writing
  • Aptitude for creative problem solving
  • Ability to self-direct and critically evaluate work
  • Willingness to think critically about the relationship between performance and public / social life
  • Openness and responsiveness to other’s ideas

Making your application

You must apply through UCAS, where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W442

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application deadline is 15 January.

Following your UCAS application to this course all home / EU applicants will be invited to choose a date for a selection event.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15 January for equal consideration.

However, this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

This course will give consideration to deferred entry application. This course does not accept entry into year 2.

What happens next

Communicating with you

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Initial application check

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you’ll be invited to or asked to book onto a suitable date to attend an interview selection event.

Interview selection event

The event will involve a performance-based workshop and an interview with academics. It will also give you a chance to take a tour of the college and see the facilities.

More details about your selection event will be emailed to you once you have chosen your selection event date.

For the selection events you should bring along an image of either:

  • A performance you have been in or have been involved in making

or

  • A performance you would like to have been in or would like to have been involved in making

We will then discuss your choice at the interview. For example, we want you to think about things such as:

  • What inspired you about the performance?
  • How did it make you think and feel?
  • What did it teach you about performance?

Selection for Home/EU applicants happens in a variety of different ways:

  • In person at Wimbledon College of Arts
  • By phone or Skype

If you choose phone or Skype, you will be sent an email requesting that you upload a digital portfolio using UAL’s online portfolio review system.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the final outcome of your application through UCAS track.

Please note that applicants for this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

There are 3 ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Wimbledon College of Arts:

If you are applying via UCAS you will need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W442

You can only apply to the same course once per year whether you are applying via UCAS, UAL representative or using the UAL online application system. Any duplicate applications will be withdrawn. Read the UAL international application advice for further information on how to apply.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15 January for equal consideration.

However, this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

This course will give consideration to:

  • Applications for year 2 entry, subject to places being available
  • Deferred entry application

What happens next

Communicating with you

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Immigration history check

Whether you’re applying online via UCAS, through a UAL representative or by direct application you will need to complete an Immigration History Check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL. If you don’t complete the check we won’t be able to proceed with your application.

Initial application check

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you’ll be invited to or asked to book onto a suitable date to attend an interview selection event.

Interview selection event

The event will involve a performance-based workshop and an interview with academics. It will also give you a chance to take a tour of the college and see the facilities.

More details about your selection event will be emailed to you once you have chosen your selection event date.

For the selection events you should bring along an image of either:

  • A performance you have been in or have been involved in making

or

  • A performance you would like to have been in or would like to have been involved in making

We will then discuss your choice at the interview. For example, we want you to think about things such as:

  • What inspired you about the performance?
  • How did it make you think and feel?
  • What did it teach you about performance?

Selection for international applicants happens in a variety of different ways:

  • By phone or Skype
  • In your country, if your application was made through one of our official representatives
  • In person at our international office based at Chelsea College of Arts

If you choose phone or Skype, you will be sent an email requesting that you upload a digital portfolio using UAL’s online portfolio review system.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

  • If you applied through UCAS you will receive the final outcome of of your application through UCAS track
  • If you applied directly or through an agent, we will notify you through the UAL portal

Please note that applicants for this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

Study Abroad

Through the Study Abroad programme international students can apply to join an undergraduate course.

For information on how to apply visit the Study Abroad section.


Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2019/20).

Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

International fee

£19,930 (2019/20).

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

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Careers and alumni

Upon completing this course you will be:

  • Equipped with a range of specialist performance-making and transferrable performance-related skills. These will enable you to work within the theatre, creative and cultural industries
  • Able to communicate effectively through the medium of performance
  • Confident about your ideas and ability to transfer them into a professional environment
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively
  • Connected and engaged with critical communities of performance related debate and research
  • Prepared for postgraduate study

Find out how careers and employability helps our students and graduates start their careers.

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