Theatre Studies (2020)

The Theatre Studies Programme consists of both practical and theory papers. The practical papers involve group-based studies and focus on both the practice and the theory of performance. The theory papers, while often including practical work, focus more on writing by and about significant theatre practitioners and theatre performance.

Theatre Studies is available as a major for the Bachelor of Arts. Theatre Studies may also be taken as a second major or as a minor, subject to academic approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Theatre Studies as a single major, 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, 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 who commenced a major in Theatre Studies in 2016 or prior and are undertaking their third year in 2018 will do so using existing 20 point papers. Students are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 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 Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

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

    To be eligible for enrolment in graduate Theatre Studies papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in the best three of their 300 level Theatre Studies papers. Honours students will be required to complete a minimum of 90 points from THSTS coded papers.

    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 Occurrence / Location
    DANCE101Dance, Movement and Culture20B (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.
    ENGLI101Adaptations20B (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.
    INTLC101International Languages and Cultures20B (Hamilton) & 20G (Online)
    A cultural perspectives paper with a thematic focus on languages and cultures of China, France, Japan, Spain and Latin America.
    THSTS101The Practice of Theatre20A (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 Occurrence / Location
    ENGLI202Shakespeare's Worlds20C (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.
    THSTS202Theatre Workshop20B (Hamilton)
    An advanced theoretical and practical study of the work of leading contemporary theatre practitioners and actor training methodologies.
    THSTS212Developing Text and Action20B (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 assessment.
    THSTS260Exploring the Physical in Theatre20A (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.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    THSTS301Play Production20A (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 Theatre20B (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 Study20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
    This paper offers students the opportunity to undertake advanced research on a specific topic within Theatre Studies.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    THSTS544Embodiment and Performance20B (Hamilton)
    Advanced practical and theoretical study of interdisciplinary perspectives on embodiment and performance for theatre studies and dance. Creative practice research methodology and qualitative methods will be discussed and applied in workshops.
    THSTS560Special Topic: Applied Performance Practice20A (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 Topic20B (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    THSTS590Directed Study20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
    THSTS591Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    THSTS592Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    THSTS593Theatre Studies Thesis20X (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    THSTS594Theatre Studies Thesis20X (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
  • 800 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    THSTS800Theatre Studies MPhil Thesis20X (Hamilton)
    No description available.
  • 900 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    THSTS900Theatre Studies PhD Thesis20X (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    THSTS901Theatre Studies Creative Practice PhD Thesis20X (Hamilton)
    No description available.

2020 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 3 September 2019 10:51am

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