Theatre Studies (2022)

The Theatre Studies Programme consists of papers that integrate practice and theory. The programme takes a practice-led approach to teaching and learning different aspects of theatre. We encourage students to explore and develop their performance practice, while thinking through what theatre does and can do in the world.

Theatre Studies is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Arts (BA). Theatre Studies may also be taken as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Theatre Studies as a single major for the BA, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Theatre Studies, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete THSTS101.

To complete Theatre Studies as part of a double major for the BA or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Theatre Studies, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete THSTS101.

To complete a minor in Theatre Studies, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Theatre Studies major, including at least 30 points above 100 level.

Note: Students are encouraged to contact the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences Office for programme advice.


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  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(TheatSt) and GradDip(TheatSt)

    A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Theatre Studies at an advanced level in their first degree.

    For further details, contact the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences Office.

  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(TheatSt), PGDip(TheatSt), BA(Hons) and MA

    To complete a BA(Hons) in Theatre Studies, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally THSTS591) and at least 60 points from THST coded papers listed for Theatre Studies.

    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MA in Theatre Studies, a student should have completed either:

    a) a BA with a major in Theatre Studies (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B grade average across the 300 level papers, or for a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, or

    b) a BA(Hons) in Theatre Studies (or equivalent) with at least second class honours (second division).

    Completion requirements for the MA in Theatre Studies vary according to admission criteria:

    Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including a research foundations paper, and either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.

    Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

  • Prescriptions for the MPhil

    The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

  • Prescriptions for the PhD

    The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    DANCE101Dance, Movement and Culture15.022B (Hamilton)
    This paper provides practical experience with different forms of dance, an introduction to choreography, and a critical examination of how dance is influenced by societal and cultural issues.
    ENGLI101Adapting Stories15.022A (Hamilton)
    This paper explores the art of adaptation, examining the process of transformation that occurs when creative artists reimagine and retell stories in new ways and new media.
    THSTS101The Practice of Theatre15.022A (Hamilton)
    A practical/theory paper introducing theatre as an ongoing, integrated practice, deeply rooted in time and place. Through examining some of the major theatrical movements, viewing live and mediated performance and practical performance exercises, students engage with theatre as a living, growing practice.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    EDART201Dance In Educational Contexts15.022A (Block)
    The paper explores dance education through exposure to a range of dance skills, knowledge and teaching strategies. It embraces current dance practices through practical experiences and guided inquiry.
    ENGLI202Shakespeare's Worlds15.022C (Hamilton)
    This paper explores Shakespeare's worlds in performance and in print, examining his plays and poems in the context of the dynamic cultural outputs from many other Renaissance artists.
    THSTS212Developing Text and Action15.022B (Hamilton)
    This paper develops performance and writing for performance skills. Using techniques based on contemporary/postdramatic methods in theatre and performance, students will engage with the creation and performance of new theatrical work, leading to performance assessment.
    THSTS260Exploring the Physical in Theatre15.022A (Hamilton)
    This paper charts the use of the term 'physical theatre', providing an overview of the areas of debate in the field. Workshops are contextualised by theoretical readings exploring the landscape from which the term emerged.
    WRITE202Creative Writing: Voice and Image15.022B (Hamilton)
    This course explores the basic elements of imaginative writing - image and voice - concentrating the student's attention on the central writing practices of 'seeing' and 'saying.'
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    THSTS301Play Production30.022A (Hamilton)
    This paper develops the relationship between a conceptual and a pragmatic understanding of theatre by mounting a play for public performance. Students form an ensemble group and contribute to all aspects of the production process; research, rehearsal, props, marketing.
    THSTS308Creating Theatre30.022B (Hamilton)
    A practical paper, supported by theory and research, which utilises performance techniques to develop, devise and create a public performance at the end of the semester. Students will contribute to all aspects of the production process.
    THSTS390Directed Study15.022A (Hamilton) & 22B (Hamilton)
    This paper offers students the opportunity to undertake advanced research on a specific topic within Theatre Studies.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    THSTS560Special Topic: Applied Performance Practice30.022A (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces the nature, contexts and purposes of applied performance practice. Students will explore how performance practices can be used as a tool for critical enquiry, empowerment and social change.
    THSTS561Special Topic30.022B (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    THSTS590Directed Study30.022A (Hamilton) & 22B (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
    THSTS591Dissertation30.022A (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    THSTS592Dissertation60.022X (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    THSTS593Theatre Studies Thesis90.022X (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    THSTS594Theatre Studies Thesis120.022X (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
  • 800 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    THSTS800Theatre Studies MPhil Thesis120.022X (Hamilton)
    No description available.
  • 900 Level

    Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
    THSTS900Theatre Studies PhD Thesis120.022I (Hamilton), 22J (Hamilton), 22K (Hamilton) & 22X (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    THSTS901Theatre Studies Creative Practice PhD Thesis120.022X (Hamilton)
    No description available.

2022 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 16 September 2021 6:58pm

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