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Whether you see yourself as a director, performer, designer or administrator, this course will prepare you thoroughly for a career in theatre.
Over a period of three years you’ll explore movement and physicality, as well as the opportunities created by fusing and connecting movement/dance, new media techniques, physical theatre and contemporary theatre practice.
There’ll be every opportunity to ‘learn by doing’. We’ve exclusive access to the studio performance theatre, rehearsal studio, lecture room and other facilities of the Key Theatre in Peterborough – so you can put what you’re learning into practice, whether on stage or front and back of house.
Industry professionals and physical theatre experts teach the course and typically you’ll study six modules a year, covering theory and practice. Here are some of the learning and teaching methods we use:
- practical sessions
- practitioner demonstrations
- group work and projects
- seminar-based activities
- observing or shadowing industry professionals
- academic presentations, workshops, performances, dissertations and tutorials.
We’ll help you develop the skills you’ll need to work independently with texts and other resources, such as digital media, production elements, and site-specific execution – just as you’ll be doing in your career.
By the time you graduate you’ll have a sound understanding of Performance Arts theory, practice, technologies and specialisms, as well as the ability to critically evaluate your own, and others’, work.
You’ll also be able be ready to join the working theatre and contribute to the production, design, rehearsal and other aspects of developing performances, using professional terminologies, techniques, structures and working methods.
Additionally you’ll have a range of transferable skills such as communication and presentation, team working, IT literacy and project management.
Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in theatre practice, teaching, performing, arts administration, directing, theatre project management, design and more.
Modules & Assessment
Year one, core modules
Performance Skills 1A
Performance Skills 1B
- Performance Practices
Year two, core modules
The Body in Performance
New Media Performance
- Performance Skills: Improvisation
Performance Skills 2A
- Interdisciplinary Performance
Year three, core modules
Performance and Identity
Enterprise in the Creative Arts
We’ll assess your progress using your written blogs and journals, essays, portfolios, practical work, presentations and live performances.
Where you’ll study
In the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, we use our expertise and connections in Cambridge and beyond to nurture creativity through experimentation and risk-taking, and encourage critical thinking, in order to educate, entertain, inspire and understand, as well as to improve people’s lives.