During this course you will study a number of practical modules and learn physical and vocal performance skills. You’ll be taught by a range of professional experts, and once you master the core elements of performing, you’ll begin to look at unusual and experimental approaches to performance.
In the theoretical and practical perspectives modules, you’ll look at the various ways that performance can be conceived and consider its importance in society, and have the opportunity to research into areas that interest you.
Throughout this degree you’ll create a series of shows, films, short scenes and devised performances. In your third year, you’ll set up your own theatre company and devise a production that you will manage from conception through to venue booking, marketing and performance.
You can take optional modules, which give you the chance to specialise in an area of your choosing. This could be directing for performance or devising and writing. You’ll also be able to learn about how to work with cameras and gain invaluable knowledge of editing and filming.
Our team of experienced academic-practitioners has a wealth of industry and academic experience and will nurture your learning and professional development throughout your time with us. We place performance making at the centre of this course. This makes sure you get a much better understanding of the practices that surround film, stage and television performances.
This performing arts degree benefits from strong industry links that include the High Wycombe Swan Theatre. In your third year, you’ll have the opportunity to perform at professional venues.
You’ll be able to explore a variety of performance opportunities through Bucks and work on a number of exciting projects. Previous students have worked with a range of theatre companies including Paper Birds on devising theatre, Out of Joint on contemporary texts, Mark McGann on acting for camera, Station House Opera on intermedial theatre, and Dreamthinkspeak on interactive and site-specific theatre.
We are passionate about giving our students as many opportunities as possible. Our students regularly perform beyond the university, with several students going on to join the National Youth Theatre and to perform at the National Student Drama Festival, where our students performed in 2016 and 2018. Modupe Salu, won the Buzz Goodbody Student Director Award and the Spotlight Most Promising Actress Award at the National Student Drama Festival, 2016.
As well as taking part in a number of workshops, you’ll also have the chance to collaborate with students from other courses. This may include working on projects with those studying Film and TV Production, Creative Advertising, or the Audio and Music programmes.
When you finish this course you’ll have become a thinking practitioner in the performing arts. You’ll have also developed the necessary skills and experience for a successful career across the arts and media sectors. As well as acting and performance, this might include working in theatre in education, outreach groups and arts marketing . Our graduates enjoy careers in performance, and have taken further training to set up their own theatre companies or become teachers or dramatherapists.