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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT-22

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Pursue your passion for film and theatre in a course that combines critical approaches and the opportunity to create films and performances.This course allows you to combine your study of theatre and film, and offers the opportunity to engage with television, enabling you to specialise in line with your developing interests. You'll experience all three mediums through practice, and be given opportunities to collaborate in the production of films, television programmes or theatre performances. You will also have the option of following a critical-only route.Your first year will introduce you to the breadth of film and theatre, giving you a grounding in the histories and critical frameworks that inform each medium. You will begin to develop a range of academic and practical skills (for both film and theatre) that will prove invaluable throughout the degree and beyond.You'll watch, interpret and debate a wide range of film and television, including documentary, Soviet cinema and the work of Alfred Hitchcock. You will also explore a variety of 'channels of communication', and be introduced to work across Chinese, Greek, Shakespearean and Noh theatre. Throughout your first-year practical work, you will explore how theatre, film and television have been affected by different social and historical contexts.The second year of the degree examines work within and beyond classical and conventional narrative traditions, from both theoretical and practical perspectives. This enables you to understand the application of theory and how it impacts the creative process. Optional modules allow you to explore a variety of areas, from nationhood and identity in performance to genre and authorship in Hollywood – as well as avant-garde, political and radical work from across the world. Throughout, you'll engage with group-based practical work in either theatre or film/television, which will develop your ability to creatively respond to different movements, practitioners and historical periods, and allow you to develop your own storytelling and practical skills.The final year allows you to diversify, or to further develop your knowledge in a chosen specialism. Modules are based around our academics’ current research and are all discussion-based, allowing you to engage with cutting-edge thought. Your practical work will culminate in either a collaborative 10-minute film, a 40-minute theatre piece or a written dissertation. You'll try out different production roles and develop a range of skills and techniques, while developing a strong academic knowledge of their histories and meanings.This degree is designed with the interaction between theory and practical work at its core, giving you plenty of opportunities to develop both your critical and technical skills. You will be based in Minghella Studios, a purpose-built study environment.A key benefit of studying at Reading is our close proximity to London – the UK’s premier hub for all things film and theatre. London is only 30 minutes away by train, meaning it’s easy to see a show or visit one of its many independent cinemas in your own time.**Careers**97% of our graduates are in work or further study within 15 months of graduating (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18; First Degree responders from Film, Theatre & Television).Our degrees are designed to develop the skills valued by both creative and commercial industries, providing you with a wide range of career opportunities afer graduation. Many of our alumni work in the creative industries and their roles include:* theatre directors* actors* playwrights* film producers and directors* visual FX experts* cinematographers* television producers* critics.Graduates also go on to work in:* commercial marketing and media* advertising* journalism* teachi

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 19,500per year

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University information

University of Reading

  • University League Table

    36th

  • Campus address

    University of Reading, Whiteknights House, PO Box 217, Reading, Wokingham, RG6 6AH, England

The University of Reading is an international community with more than 23,000 students from around 160 countries.
Reading is a lively town just 22 minutes from London Paddington by train, and 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport by coach. Windsor and Oxford are also close by.
Reading supports undergraduate, master's and doctoral students to maintain, improve and develop their academic English.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    46th out of 103 10

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    123 65%

    51st

    20
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    54.0 54%

    47th

    9
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.56 71%

    97th

    16

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