BA (Hons) Creative Performance

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UCAS Code:P267
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time, 6 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2018
Department:Department of Performing Arts
Location:Edge Hill University

Subject to validation. The first intake to this programme is for September 2018 entry. 

For September 2017 entry, you should refer to course information for our BA (Hons) Performing Arts.

  • Learn to create and reflect upon contemporary performance practices including physical and visual theatre, creative ensemble work, and the use of multimedia;
  • Work towards professional standards in high quality facilities alongside professional practitioners;
  • Design your programme around a broad spectrum of contemporary performance interests.

If you have an enquiring mind and want to develop your own distinctive voice as a creative and experimental performer, then this innovative Creative Performance degree is for you. Devised for those who wish to push boundaries from the conventional concepts of theatre, the programme captures elements of performance which fall outside the traditional disciplines of acting, dance and song and brings visual, physical and multimedia performance into the limelight. Combining theoretical study with practical creativity to enhance technique, you will have the opportunity to create collaborative ensemble productions in our professional theatre spaces and have access to a wide range of optional modules including circus arts, technical theatre and design. You will develop as a reflective and articulate practitioner equipped with skills that are highly sought after by employers.

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Course in Depth

What will I study?

In Year 1 you will acquire a foundation knowledge of the varied practices and theories of contemporary performance. You will develop the practical techniques and skills of the contemporary multidisciplinary performer in various areas, including physical theatre, devising, puppets, masks and performance technologies.

In Year 2 you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of contemporary performance. Compulsory modules examine key practitioners in the evolution of performance studies and the application of practical skills and ideas in full-scale production work. Compulsory modules are complemented with optional opportunities to explore disciplines such as aerial performance, circus arts, musical theatre, multimedia technologies and work-related learning. You can also opt to study modules from our degrees in Dance and Drama.

In Year 3 you will advance your knowledge and understanding of contemporary multidisciplinary performance. Compulsory modules examine current theoretical work in the field of performance studies and the embodiment of practical skills and ideas in a contemporary ensemble production. You will also undertake an independent performance dissertation project. Optional opportunities can deepen your experience in aerial performance, circus arts, musical theatre and visual theatre. As in Year 2, you can also opt to study modules from our degrees in Dance and Drama.

How will I study?

Through a wide range of formal lectures and seminars, practical workshop classes, production projects, independent ensemble work and personal research, you will acquire critical and creative skills which will be of use in a wide range of future careers. Alongside your study programme, you will maintain personal reflective journals and prepare practice CVs for employment. Throughout your programme you will be supported by dedicated sessions in personal development planning.

Our lecture programme includes workshops, tutorials and seminars, which provide an opportunity to study a range of disciplines and to interrogate ideas in the theory and practice of contemporary performance. Some of our optional modules include opportunities for industry experience.

Through full-scale production modules you will have the opportunity to develop your practical skills, and test your knowledge and understanding of live performance in front of audiences in fully-equipped professional theatre spaces.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through a mixture of practical and written work, including essays, reflective journals, workshop performances, seminar presentations and full productions. In performance, practical work and theoretical research go hand-in-hand, so you can expect to be tested on both your practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding. You will also be encouraged to reflect critically on your learning in each assessment, and use journals to reflect on your personal development through the three years of study.

Who will be teaching me?

The Creative Performance team works closely together in an acknowledgement of the collaborative nature of performance. Our academics, practitioners and technical staff, together with visiting industry professionals, offer a wide range of expert learning experiences.

A Great Study Environment

BA (Hons) Creative PerformancePerforming Arts students at Edge Hill University enjoy industry-standard teaching and learning facilities. The £7million redeveloped Arts Centre houses the University’s Performing Arts Department in addition to the Rose and Studio Theatres.

The department’s outstanding resources ensure you gain practical experience to a professional standard. Contemporary performance environments include dance studios, black box drama studios, rehearsal rooms, a theatre construction workshop, costume construction workshop, scene dock, theatre design studios, digital sound studio, digital design suite, music technology room, music practice studios, a recital room and an outdoor amphitheatre. The Studio Theatre also functions as a fully-equipped aerial performance space.

The Arts Centre hosts a diverse range of high quality productions and performers, including comedy, dance, drama and music, designed to supplement Performing Arts programmes and entertain both students and the local community.


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Level 4 (Year 1 of Full-Time Programme)

PAR1101 Introducing Performance (20 credits)

Introducing Performance outlines the essential theoretical and practical contexts and debates that underpin the field of performance studies. You will examine the multiple uses and definitions of the term ‘performance’, develop a lexicon of performance studies terms and concepts, reflect on the historical evolution of the study of performance, and assess the value and status of performance today.

PAR1103 Introducing Visual Theatres (20 credits)

Introducing Visual Theatres concerns itself with the study of the practice and theory of the animation of objects associated with traditional forms of visual theatre. As well as exploring the skills and techniques associated with the use of objects in contemporary visual performance, the module offers an introductory theoretical examination of, and practical engagement with, objects in performance. The module addresses fundamental questions such as what is visual theatre, how did it originate and develop, and what are its performance potentials.

PAR1105 Devising Performance: Imagining, Improvising, Creating (20 credits)

Devising Performance: Imagining, Improvising, Creating provides a performance laboratory environment in which you can begin to experience the creation of small-scale devised projects. The practical work is informed both by the research into, and study of, a range of strategies and methodologies employed by practitioners creating original work from a variety of sources. You will explore both traditional and innovative approaches to improvisation, devising, composition, rehearsal and presentation of performance.

PFA1102 Physical Theatres: The Body Speaks (20 credits)

Physical Theatres: The Body Speaks provides an overview of the areas of debate concerning the appropriation of the term ‘physical theatre’ and its subsequent definitions. The module will introduce a range of associated physical theatre forms within contemporary practice and place these forms into an historical context. It addresses, at an introductory level, both the practices and the developing theoretical perspectives related to the creation of physical theatre performance.

PFA1104 Introduction to Multimedia Performance (20 credits)

Introduction to Multimedia Performance outlines and examines key terms and concepts in the field of multimedia and intermedial performance, providing a historical context, as well as rudimentary application of aspects of theoretical perspectives via practical workshop activity. The module will consider the foregrounded use of technologies within performance, explore a range of critical commentaries and case histories of the role of technology in live and virtual performance, and analyse the historical role that technology has played and continues to play in the cultural creation and communication of meaning in contemporary multimedia performance.

You will select one of the following modules:

PFA1106 Performance Skills Workshops 1 (20 credits)

Performance Skills Workshop 1 provides a structure for the practice and study of the techniques of performance. The module entails a series of workshops delivered by specialist staff in a range of skills such as mask performance, clown and physical comedy, balance and equilibristics, acrobatics, contact improvisation, voice and singing, and digital technology in performance. The module will equip you with basic technical ability in the creation of theatrical work and help you to begin to identify the skills that contribute to the creative processes and the making of theatrical performance.

TEC1100 Introduction to Technical Theatre (20 credits)

Introduction to Technical Theatre provides you with an overview of the technical equipment used in the areas of theatre lighting and sound. The module will enable you to work practically with equipment in a range of theatre production contexts. You will be introduced to the idea of the role of the theatre technician as a theatre artist supporting performance, while the foundations of safe working practices within the performing arts industry will also be covered.

Language modules in French, Spanish or Mandarin, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied instead of either PFA1106 Performance Skills Workshop 1 or TEC1100 Introduction to Technical Theatre.

Level 5 (Year 2 of Full-Time Programme)

PAR2101 Approaches to Performance (20 credits)

Approaches to Performance involves a deeper exploration of the various disciplinary approaches and major theoretical movements that have influenced and informed the evolving practice and study of performance since the 1960s. The module will develop your critical skills through applying distinct theoretical concepts to examples of postmodern and contemporary performance. The module will also break down the simple notion that theory is something to be ‘applied’ to practice, seeing it rather in historical context as continually interconnected and often inseparable from practice. Additionally, you will reflect on how art movements have articulated social concerns and discourses, dwelling on questions of efficacy, responsibility and ethics.

PAR2104 Performance Production (20 credits)

Performance Production focuses on the practical exploration and critical interrogation of the evolution of multidisciplinary performance and the associated design, making and performance skills required to construct it. Projects might explore historical, theoretical and socio-cultural dimensions of multidisciplinary performance from any time in the nineteenth or twentieth centuries, requiring you to critically engage with these themes in relation to your own creative and practical experiences in the context of a performance production.

PFA2102 Physical Theatres: Practitioners (20 credits)

Physical Theatres: Practitioners explores a range of practices associated with the term physical theatre, with particular attention to a number of influential practitioners. The practitioners will be studied through practical workshops exploring some of their methods and discussing the philosophies upon which their methodologies are based. This will enable you to develop and apply your critical ability to the exploration of your own chosen research related to modern practitioners. The module particularly emphasises the integration of theory and practice and the development of practice as research.

PFA2103 Multimedia Performance 2 (20 credits)

Multimedia Performance 2 is an examination and analysis of critical concepts and practical emanations of multimedia and intermedial performance. The module is designed to build a detailed knowledge and understanding of the role technology has played in the cultural creation and communication of meaning in contemporary multimedia and virtual or online performance. Particular focus will be given to the interaction and intersection of presence and absence, as well as live-ness and mediated performance. You will also look at the interaction and intersection between the human and technology in intermedial performance.

You will select two of the following modules:

CIR2102 Clown (20 credits)

Clown provides you with a basic introduction to the art, techniques, philosophies and theories associated with contemporary red-nose clowning, with a strong emphasis on solo practical work. The module provides skill-based teaching of clown performance and extensive workshop performance opportunities. You will be encouraged to reflect upon your own process of learning and development in relation to current popular and scholarly thinking about clowning. The importance of adopting an holistic approach to clowning as a technique that is broadly applicable in a wide range of performance genres and non-performance contexts will be emphasised.

CIR2103 Contemporary Circus (20 credits)

Contemporary Circus provides a broad-based introduction to the diverse contemporary field of circus, allowing you to develop a basic level of circus skills in the context of a thorough historical and social exploration of the significance of contemporary circus. The module focuses in particular on the current state of the field of circus arts and the multiple forms and guises in which circus appears in contemporary culture. This will include developing your awareness of the breadth of potential employment opportunities within the growing field of clowning, in addition to furthering your understanding of the routes and means by which those employment opportunities could be attained.

CIR2104 Aerial Dance: Breaking Ground (20 credits)

Aerial Dance: Breaking Ground introduces you to the core skills (physical, technical and creative) in aerial performance and familiarises you with the evolution of contemporary aerial performance. You will also be taught the correct use of basic aerial equipment and different types of harness and discover their uses in performance. The module has a particular focus on the physical training and skill acquisition necessary to perform bungee-assisted dance, with some time dedicated to learning about the specialised equipment involved. You will also receive a comprehensive outline of the evolution of aerial dance and undertake independent research into contemporary practices in aerial performance.

CIR2105 Aerial Circus Performance (20 credits)

Aerial Circus Performance introduces you to the practical, creative and safe acquisition of aerial skills in the context of contemporary circus. Due to the severe technical demands of aerial circus performance, this module will be heavily weighted towards physical skill development. A training regime will run alongside skills tuition in order to increase personal strength levels to help execute the techniques you will learn. A range of traditional circus equipment will be used to encourage the transference of skills between different but related apparatus. Alongside the development of skills, you will also learn to interpret and analyse aerial circus performance in relation to the history of circus and its evolution in the twentieth century.

DAN2107 Dance Theatre Performance (20 credits)

Dance Theatre Performance focuses on the practical exploration and critical interrogation of contemporary dance theatre. The module explores choreographic and creative strategies while also enabling the acquisition and development of embodied knowledge and skills through the context of a tutor-led production. Relevant historical, theoretical and socio-cultural perspectives will be considered and you will be required to critically engage with these themes in relation to your own creative and practical experiences.

DAN2108 Movement for the Singing Actor (20 credits)

Movement for the Singing Actor interrogates the practical movement skills required by the performer to build your understanding of the collaborative nature of song, dance and acting for the musical theatre performer. The module provides you with a developed level of practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of the skills, technique and role of the musical theatre performer within the genre. You will examine the role of the performer from a movement perspective, experiment with a variety of movement styles from pedestrian movement to basic jazz dance and contemporary dance practices, and experience a variety of approaches to the analysis, rehearsal and realisation of staging and choreographing a song and dance repertoire.

DES2101 Visual Dramaturgy (20 credits)

Visual Dramaturgy concerns itself with the practice and theory of scenography. The module will look at the ways in which space, time, light, sound, colour and form can be composed and used to influence and communicate with the spectator. You will consider and experiment with how emerging new technologies, combined with a shift from text-based culture to a new media age of images and sound, has influenced the visual landscape of live performance. The aim is to open up the possibilities of scenography as visual dramaturgy and to engage you in a visual and creative response to music, text, character and shapes.

DES2104 Costume for Performance (20 credits)

Costume for Performance engages with the impact and role of costumes within theatre and live performance. You will research the wider notion of costume and examine the social, cultural and artistic context of costume. The module will guide you in exploring different aspects of interpretation and entail the research-informed construction of costumes for live performance.

DES2105 The Body in Costume (20 credits)

The Body in Costume engages you with body, space and costumes and focuses on twentieth century performance and modernism. You will experiment, through practice, with the relationship between form, space and body, and assess the impact that the modernist movement has had on the performing costume. Researching a wide notion of the body in costume and exploring different aspects of construction and interpretation of costumes as performative objects, you will engage with the development and construction of costumes which amplify the performing body and gain an understanding of the performative role of costume within theatre and live performance.

DES2107 Introduction to Prosthetic Make Up (20 credits)

Introduction to Prosthetic Make Up familiarises you with with the diversity of prosthetic SFX makeup used within theatre, film and television. You will focus on how the human anatomy relates to sculpture and be introduced to a range of processes beginning with initial flat plate-sculpting and mould-making of scars, tears and wounds. This will be followed by the process of silicone moulding, application, colouring and finishing. The prosthetics colouring and blending will include wounds, realistic dead and alive skin tones, bruising and skin disease. The aim is to create the most realistic effects to enhance and mask the performer, engage with a number of artworks and conduct laboratory experiments, developing a technical vocabulary and exploring critical understanding of prosthetics and the body.

DRA2105 Imagining Better Worlds: Theatre, Learning and Development (20 credits)

Imagining Better Worlds: Theatre, Learning and Development examines the histories of performance interventions in local and global contexts and explores critically, using historical and contemporary case studies, the consequences and meanings of those interventions. There will also be opportunities for observation and practical experience of group creative projects. The module provides an essential introduction to creating performances and facilitating workshops in response to the identified needs of a specific community, a particular community grouping. You will experience and interrogate theatre practice in diverse cultural, social and political contexts as you focus on theatre making that takes place in a range of settings.

DRA2107 The Art and Craft of the Playwright (20 credits)

The Art and Craft of the Playwright is a practical and theoretical interrogation of the historical and cultural significance of the playwright, in addition to the idea of the play-text. The module provides you with a developed level of practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of the idea of the play. You will learn about the art of the playwright, subject that art to close analysis, and put your learning into practice. Investigating the historical and contemporary role of the writer in the context of live performance, the module will enhance your appreciation of what the scripted play does and how its elements function in the theatre, informing your own critical interpretations and supporting your individual creative attempts to grapple with the making of a play-text.

DRA2108 The Art of the Actor and Rise of the Director (20 credits)

The Art of the Actor and Rise of the Director interrogates the cultural significance of acting and directing in the modern era of drama. The module will enhance your practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of the skills, technique and role of both the actor and the director in modern theatre. You will further your insight into the nature of theatrical performance, from the perspective of acting for live performance, and at the same time build your critical awareness of the historic rise of the role of the director in the context of live performance. The aim is to examine the role of the actor and director, experiment with the diverse processes of acting and directorial strategy, and scrutinise a variety of approaches to the analysis, rehearsal and realisation of text-based dramatic work.

DRA2109 English Renaissance Tragedy: The Theatre of Sweet Violence and Wild Justice (20 credits)

English Renaissance Tragedy: The Theatre of Sweet Violence and Wild Justice will be of particular relevance if you are interested in examining the genre of tragedy in drama. The module focuses on plays from the Renaissance period of English history. You will investigate the nature and meaning of the idea of tragedy on stage in a particular historical context and also interrogate the continuing power and resonance of English Renaissance Tragedy in our own time and across contemporary cultures.

DRA2110 The Dramatic Art of Comedy: Making Purposeful Laughter in the Theatre (20 credits)

The Dramatic Art of Comedy: Making Purposeful Laughter in the Theatre will be of particular relevance if you are interested in examining the genre of comedy in drama. The module focuses on plays and other forms of comic dramatic practice through the course of theatre history and across cultures. The module investigates the nature and meaning of the idea of comedy on stage in a range of historical contexts, interrogating the continuing power and resonance of the comic dramatic arts.

MUS2105 Popular Musicals (20 credits)

Popular Musicals explores the idea and form of the popular musical. Referring to an art form being ‘of the people’, attaining commercial success or being presented according to a ‘pop’ aesthetic, the idea of the popular will be discussed and explored through analysis of selected musical theatre works. From politically charged works aligned with folk and Marxist notions of ‘the people’ to the popular megamusical, differing concepts and diverse realisations of the popular will be explored through forms of musical theatre. You will develop a perspective on the idea of the popular in alignment with exemplary musical theatre works.

PFA2101 Site Specific Performance (20 credits)

Site Specific Performance enables you to engage with the practice and theory of site specific performance. In this context, site specific is used as a generic term relating to work that arises from and responds to its immediate environment and surroundings outside of the traditional theatre context. The various forms and categories of response to site will be addressed and can be expected to include dance, performance, multimedia installation, art installation, and scenography. You will participate in workshops concerning devising for, and performing in, various spaces. The module culminates in practical site-specific work and the submission of a viva providing evidence of the influences and objectives of the performance, as well as the significance of your research.

PFA2104 Light and Projection in Performance (20 credits)

Light and Projection in Performance explores the performative and scenographic relationships between light, projection and live performance. You will study the histories of light and projection technologies, discover contemporary key practitioners, and participate in practical, small-scale experiments, performances and installations. The module will deepen your awareness and understanding of the ‘lit’ scenographic environment, examine how light builds meaning in space, and consider how moving, mediated imagery can compete with and augment live performers and performance. The aim is to develop your aesthetic awareness, as well as basic technological skills, in order to design and manipulate simple lit environments and/or performances incorporating projected moving imagery.

PFA2105 Nineteenth Century Popular Performance (20 credits)

Nineteenth Century Popular Performance is of particular relevance if you are interested in examining the historical rise of ‘popular performance’ and the origins of folk rituals and customs. The module charts the origins and development of various genres of performance styles from rural Britain through to the changing landscape brought about by the Industrial Revolution. You will gain a detailed knowledge and understanding of the experience of popular performance from the perspectives of both the performer and the spectator.

PFA2106 Performance Skills Workshop 2 (20 credits)

Performance Skills Workshop 2 provides a structure for the practice and study of the techniques of performance. The module entails a series of workshops delivered by specialist staff in a range of skills such as mask performance, clown and physical comedy, balance and equilibristics, acrobatics, contact improvisation, voice and singing, and digital technology in performance. The module will enhance your skills in, and understanding of, the artistry, craft and techniques involved in the preparation and creation of contemporary performance.

PFA2107 Multimedia Shakespeare (20 credits)

Multimedia Shakespeare examines the multimedial, intermedial and virtual strategies by which an canonical Shakespearian text might be interpreted and realised in order to expose significances resonant to contemporary performers and audiences. The aim of the module is to re-interpret old texts with new technologies. As such, the module examines how archetypal and mythopoeic patterns of words from one era might be interpreted for contemporary audiences through the new archetypes and technological images of another.

TEC2100 Developing Technical Theatre Skills (20 credits)

Developing Technical Theatre Skills enhances your skills, knowledge, understanding in the uses and functions of technical equipment in the areas of theatre lighting and sound. The module will enable you to develop your technical skills working practically with equipment in a range of theatre production contexts. The module also seeks to enhance your perception of the role of the theatre technician as a theatre artist supporting performance creatively, as well as furthering your understanding of safe working practices within the performing arts industry.

If you studied a Language module in Year 1, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 2. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

Level 6 (Year 3 of Full-Time Programme)

PAR3101 Researching Performance (20 credits)

Researching Performance cultivates an awareness of theoretical, methodological, and artistic debates that may provide the framework for conducting an independent research project. The module is structured around key methodological questions and concerns that need to be considered when formulating a research project, with particular reference to research into contemporary performance practices, from live art to dance theatre in the late 20th and early 21st century. You will consider what constitutes research, look at how to design a research project and how to write a research paper, and explore current trends in performance research. The module also introduces practice-as-research and practice-based research.

PAR3103 Ensemble Production Project (20 credits)

Ensemble Production Project immerses you in producing creative work that investigates and interrogates approaches to theatre and performance making in the contemporary era. You will examine the work of key performance practitioners in the contemporary field of performing arts and make ensemble productions that respond to the aesthetic directions being taken in contemporary performance practice, or which are inspired by a contemporary production ethos.

PAR3104 Dissertation (20 credits)

Dissertation provides the opportunity for you to undertake an independent investigation of an identified area of interest within relevant fields of current practice. You will identify areas of inquiry according to your own interests and strengths, and negotiate the parameters for independent study with your appointed supervisor. You will apply your research to the creation of a dissertation, which may take the form of a performance, creative, applied or written project.

PFA3102 Interdisciplinary Ensembles (20 credits)

Interdisciplinary Ensembles examines interdisciplinary performance practice from the 1960s to the present, with particular focus on ideas and strategies regarding contemporary ensemble practice. The module is designed to be an inspiring examination of the work of some of the key ensembles in the field of contemporary interdisciplinary performance, enabling you to interrogate some of their aims, principles and styles of performance.  You will investigate the aims, principles and styles of performance of these ensembles and apply this insight to form a distinctive, imaginative vision of contemporary ensemble practice.

You will select two of the following modules:

CIR3102 Applied Circus (20 credits)

Applied Circus develops your understanding of key ways in which circus arts may be used in educational, therapeutic and community settings to support the specific needs of client groups in those contexts. You will become familiar with a range of existing practice in the fields of social and community circus and circus education, construct a convincing and professional proposal for a hypothetical applied circus project, and deliver selected elements of the proposed project (in a group workshop setting with your peers) with specific client groups in mind.

CIR3103 Circus and Silent Movies (20 credits)

Circus and Silent Movies enables you to research specific topics relating to physical comedy and clowning. You will analyse an aspect of physical comedy practice and demonstrate considerable depth of knowledge and understanding of its past and present forms. You will subsequently apply this research and relevant performance methodologies to the devising of a group or individual physical comedy performance. In doing so, the aim is to extend basic clowning skills and encourage you to develop your own imaginative and creative visions within the field of comic performance.

CIR3104 Independent Aerial Projects (20 credits)

Independent Aerial Projects is a module that enables you to develop your personal vision of aerial performance and explore this creatively in the context of contemporary practice. A written proposal/outline for a project will be required, detailing the main aims, creative ideas and type of apparatus that you wish to focus on. You will be guided and assisted through the creative process with technical and artistic support. On completion of the project, you will be invited to discuss and share aspects of your research and explain the critical perspectives adopted.

DAN3104 Jazz Dance (20 credits)

Jazz Dance introduces you to the cultural and performance aspects of jazz dance, studying the historical context of the form alongside focused studio practice. The module interrogates jazz dance from a traditional perspective, looking at its origins in New Orleans, to its development as concert dance in New York, and its impact on American theatre dance. Practical and theoretical approaches are used to identify and discuss the work of key artists in relation to historic practices, concepts and contexts. This will include tap dance, social/concert dance, and modern jazz dance influences.

DES3101 The Scenographic Space (20 credits)

The Scenographic Space investigates the ever-expanding notions of contemporary space. The module will enable you to experiment with the possible implications and ramifications of this changing reality upon the role of designing for live and intermedial performance in the 21st century. You will analyse a self-selected, defined area of contemporary scenographical practice, experiment with notions of a scenographic landscape and scenography as dramaturgy, and engage with the use of multimedia as a means of exploring the performative possibility of space.

DES3103 Scenographic Costumes (20 credits)

Scenographic Costumes engages with the impact and role of costumes within scenography and live performance to enable you to master the design, development and construction of a variety of scenographic costumes. You will research the wider notion of scenography and costume and explore different aspects of the interpretation and construction of costumes. The module places you at the forefront of contemporary thinking about costume for performance and the performing costume and enables you to investigate the blurring boundaries between site, body and costumes.

DES3104 Advanced Prosthetic Make Up and Special Effects (20 credits)

Advanced Prosthetic Make Up and Special Effects will deepen your knowledge and understanding of the uses of prosthetic make up and SPX within the field of theatre, film and TV in order to explore and interrogate the usefulness of its various applications and techniques. The module will incorporate introductory historical and theoretical perspectives on some of the key examples in the field of prosthetic make up and SPX used in live and recorded performance. You will develop skills in sculpting and moulding your own makeup prosthetics, focusing on how the human anatomy relates to sculpture, thus creating the most realistic effects to enhance and mask the performer. You will engage with a number of artworks and conduct laboratory experiments, developing a technical vocabulary and critical understanding of prosthetics and the body.

DES3105 Practice as Research in Costume (20 credits)

Practice as Research in Costume explores the blurring boundaries between architecture, the body and costumes through the completion of an independent critical and practical research project. You will select the specific line of inquiry but areas of potential study may include scenographic costumes, performing costumes, ephemeral costumes and the in-depth study of particular styles and periods. The area of study chosen must be something that you have not studied in a previous or simultaneous module, unless the project can be demonstrated to be a further extension of previous investigation.

DRA3103 Acting and Directing Reconsidered (20 credits)

Acting and Directing Reconsidered entails both reconsidering and re-evaluating modern conceptions of the art and cultural significance of the actor and the director in the theatre. The module also introduces contemporary theories and practical strategies relating to the art, craft and role of the theatre actor and director in contemporary cultures. You will investigate and interrogate their respective identities and working relationships in the context of live theatrical performance today.

DRA3104 Theatre, Gender and Sexual Politics (20 credits)

Theatre, Gender and Sexual Politics explores a range of different types of dramatic text and theatrical experience linked to the fundamental themes of gender and sexual politics.  The module interrogates themes of gender and sexual politics and examines the ways in which playwrights and practitioners have sought to use theatre as a forum to challenge gender roles and sexual ideology.

DRA3105 Theatre of War: Ideological Conflict and Political Commitment in Drama (20 credits)

Theatre of War: Ideological Conflict and Political Commitment in Drama explores a range of different types of dramatic text and theatrical experience linked by the fundamental theme of war. The module examines ways in which playwrights spanning the history of world theatre have sought to dramatise ideological conflict, political commitment, ideas about nation, and responses to colonialism and imperialism. The social, political and ethical roles and responsibilities of the playwrights who respond to war through the making of play-texts will also be debated.

DRA3106 Postcolonial Theatres (20 credits)

Postcolonial Theatres has a transnational and trans-historical focus. The module offers you the opportunity to engage with the complex of discourses around postcoloniality and its inflection in and through theatre practices. You will encounter plays from a range of historical moments in which tensions around colonial and imperial projects were specifically foregrounded. The aim is to inform the creation of theatrical performance with critically evaluative insights into theories of postcoloniality.

DRA3107 On the Road: Enabling Better Worlds (20 credits)

On the Road: Enabling Better Worlds enables you to experience and interrogate interventionist theatre practice in diverse cultural, social and political contexts. Working as part of a group, you will have the opportunity to plan, create and implement a company-based practical project. This will involve all aspects of conceptualising, forming a sustaining an interventionist theatre company. You will generate an original company profile and devise a clear company purpose and intent. From applying for funding, through to project completion and evaluation, you will design and implement placement-based events which explicitly address the needs of an agreed target audience or client group.  Viable creative and administrative structures will also need to be established.

DRA3108 Event Planning and Management (20 credits)

Event Planning and Management enables you to develop key vocational skills and understanding in the areas of event management, project design and business planning. These key themes of the module will be placed in the wider context of arts management and arts funding. You will explore and examine all that is involved in the professional planning and management of events in the field of the performing arts. The module also examines the practical strategies which make creative concepts succeed. You will work through speculative creative ideas and proposals, and consider the ways in which creativity can be facilitated through appropriate and comprehensive planning and management. This will ultimately enable you to put the theory of event planning and management into practice.

MUS3103 American Musicals (20 credits)

American Musicals explores the emergence and development of American musical theatre throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. With musical theatre established as a global form, American musical theatre retains a distinctive and influential identity. This module focuses specifically upon a critical examination of the historical relationship between American musical theatre and identity formation from the national to the personal. While principally situated within the context of American national, subcultural and personal identity formation, the study of American musical theatres necessarily examines the global reach and impact of this specific form of musical theatre.

PAR3106 Arts and Enterprise (20 credits)

Arts and Enterprise is a theory and practice-based module where you are expected to demonstrate independence in the creation and implementation of an applied performance project. You will utilise skills of an independent practitioner, such as enterprise, pitching for work, project management and the articulation of current arts funding and strategies involved in the planning and delivery of a project. You will devise and deliver projects in a real world context and experience challenges in unfamiliar settings which will enhance your skills in problem solving, negotiation, collective decision making and liaising with client groups.

PFA3103 Installation and Immersive Performance (20 credits)

Installation and Immersive Performance explores and interrogates contemporary, innovative and avant-garde practice in areas such as video art, installation art, performance art and immersive performance. The module will develop an advanced knowledge and critical perspective on specific areas of your choice within the subject area and provides you with the opportunity to create live art work manipulating your own creative relationship between ‘body’, visual technologies, critical-scenographies and live performance. The aim is to challenge the conventional definitions and boundaries of current understanding of what constitutes performance.

PFA3104 Drag Kings and Drag Queens (20 credits)

Drag Kings and Drag Queens analyses the relationships between performance, gender, sexualities and identity and studies the ways in which performance might be deployed in the service of specific political and cultural agendas. Through a consideration of the performativity of drag performance, the module will consider a variety of topics which may include, but are not limited to, drag performance, costume, lipsyncing and the use of humour. The module is also underpinned by wider theories and histories of sexuality, performativity, gay and lesbian theatre, trans-identities, drag, HIV/AIDS, and activism. Additionally, you will consider the ways in which performance intersects with other identity-forming discourses such as gender, ethnicity and class.

PFA3106 Autobiographical Performance (20 credits)

Autobiographical Performance explores and examines autobiographical performance and engages with experience linked by the fundamental theme of Identity.  You will investigate the ways in which some contemporary practitioners have exploited stories about themselves and made theatre out of the idea and nature of the individual self. The module also explores earlier interpretations of autobiographical performance and the ways in which we utilise various methodologies to create fresh and exciting approaches to performing identity.

PFA3107 Contemporary Popular Performance (20 credits)

Contemporary Popular Performance explores and examines the variety of contemporary forms of performance that speak to notions of ‘popular culture’. This might mean, for example, that they specifically address audiences from a broad range of class, gender and racial backgrounds, that they intentionally engage with settings and environments beyond the conventional places of performance, or that they use forms and tackle content that are seen as more democratic, accessible, everyday, oppositional, critical, or political. The aim is to analyse the meaning and significance of ‘popular performance’ in contemporary cultures, examine the history, development and current status of ‘popular performance’, enabling you to understand the ways in which it can speak to, but also challenge, the meaning of the idea of ‘popular entertainment’ today.

PFA3108 Dancing Anarchy (20 credits)

Dancing Anarchy analyses non-mainstream dance practice and examines its relationship with established and traditional forms. The module questions how dance might be deployed in the service of specific political, social and cultural agendas. Using a wide range of non-mainstream performance practices, you will analyse and create hybrid forms of dance. You will also develop dance-performance vocabulary in terms of appreciating and producing dramatically visual choreography.

TEC3100 Advanced Technical Theatre Skills (20 credits)

Advanced Technical Theatre Skills equips you with the advanced skills, knowledge and understanding required to creatively exploit the theatrical possibilities of technical equipment in the areas of theatre lighting and sound. The module enables you to enhance your practical skills, working independently with equipment in a range of theatre production contexts. It also seeks to enhance your experience of the role of the theatre technician as a theatre artist realising performance creatively and equips you with an advanced understanding of safe working practices in the performing arts industry.

If you studied Language modules in Years 1 and 2, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 3. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

120 UCAS Tariff points, preferably to include Performing Arts, Drama, Theatre Studies or a related subject.

Relevant experience will be taken into account and all offers are made on the basis of an audition workshop.

Example Offers

Some typical examples of how you can achieve 120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Levels – BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) – Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – 45 credits at Level 3, for example 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

International students should visit for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

You will be qualified to seek a career in the theatre, research, media, teaching (further training required), community or social work, professional companies, theatre administration, community arts and postgraduate study. Some of our graduates have set up their own independent performance companies in fringe and community arts.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Sandwich Year – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement as part of your programme (usually the third year of a four year degree) and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend an additional year (usually the third year of a four year degree) studying or working abroad;
  • Language Learning – you may be able to select language modules in French, Spanish or Mandarin, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as an integral part of your degree (for which you will gain academic credits). Alternatively, it may be possible to select the language modules as additional study.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or study abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.


Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this programme in academic year 2018/19, tuition fees are still to be announced by the Government. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

Financial Support

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this programme in academic year 2018/19, financial support arrangements are still to be announced by the Government. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.


ScholarshipsEdge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible full-time UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit


How to Apply

If you wish to study full-time, apply online through UCAS at Visit to find out more about the application process.

If you wish to study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University at

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

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Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective undergraduate students, including monthly campus tours, at

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Get in Touch

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Course Changes

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