The Bachelor in Performing Arts (Hons) is aimed at students interested in pursuing a combined degree in the Performing Arts with an emphasis on an interdisciplinary approach. This course allows candidates to take study-units from three different performance disciplines – Dance Studies, Music Studies, and Theatre Studies – and follow a programme of study according to their aspirations by registering for specific study-units on offer in the course catalogue. This approach at combining resources from the three disciplines in the School of Performing Arts (SPA) allows students to formulate and follow tailor-made programmes of their own personal choice. Students will be required to register for 60 ECTS credits every year, which will be divided approximately equally from the three areas of study offered by SPA (Dance, Music, Theatre). Any conditions pertaining to prerequisite study-units will apply, and there will be no synoptic examinations in the final year. The students will however be required to write a dissertation in combined performing arts involving at least two, or all three named disciplines.
Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.
Applicants considered as “Adult Learners” (mature applicants) in terms of paragraph (c) of regulation 6 of the Admissions Regulations must be in possession of those qualifications and/or experience that would satisfy the Board that they have reached the academic standard required to follow the course with profit. Such applicants shall be required to submit with their application a letter written in English giving their motivation for applying for this Course together with a copy of their Curriculum Vitae (C.V.). The eligibility of applicants referred to in this paragraph shall be decided by the Board, following an interview conducted by a board appointed for the purpose.
The interviewing board appointed by the Board shall be composed of at least three members.
The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.
For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.
UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.
Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.
After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.
No fees apply
Fee per academic year: Eur 8,500
The three-year programme will be taught in a balanced mix of classroom-based and studio-based study-units, most of which combine ‘theoretical’ and ‘practical’ experiential approaches and assessment. The Bachelor in Performing Arts (Hons) provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills, and other attributes, in the following areas:
(a) Subject Knowledge and Understanding of
1. key practitioners, practices and theorists of performance, which may include writers, critics, directors, producers, actors, dancers, musicians, composers, designers, choreographers, etc.; 2. historical and contemporary contexts of the production and reception of theory and performance; 3. the relationship of performance (its making and reception) to its material, cultural and historical contexts, forms and traditions of performance (and other disciplines contributing to performance), and theoretical explanations of their impact; 4. traditional and contemporary critical perspectives on performance, and of relevant theories, issues, and debates informing performance and the academic subject; 5. the interplay between theory and practice; 6. the processes and components by which theory and performance are created, realised and managed; 7. the impact of dance, music, and theatre within a range of social, educational and community contexts; 8. the reading, analysis, documenting, and interpreting of combined performance; and 9. the performance and production skills necessary to communicate with audiences.
(b) Intellectual Development and Skills
1. to read, understand and engage analytically with a range of texts, performances, and other source material; 2. to foster critical thought and critical analysis; 3. to research, evaluate, and apply information from a number of sources (written, visual, aural) in order to develop and present a coherent understanding of the theory and practice of combined performance studies; 4. to evaluate performance events; 5. to undertake and manage extended independent and creative research; 6. to understand processes of creativity and appraise them; 7. to analyse and document the theoretical/practical processes of performance; 8. to understand and apply appropriate interdisciplinary practices, concepts and skills; 9. to present coherent arguments, verbally and in writing, especially involving interdisciplinarity; 10. to understand the relationships of performance within a range of critical, historical, and cultural frameworks for its production and reception; 11. to engage in local/international debates on the performing arts, combined productions and interdisciplinarity, cultural policy and funding; 12. to engage in archive/library/internet research; and 13. to strengthen and promote the aspects of performance as research.
(c) Key / Transferable Skills
1. work with others, collaboratively, utilising a variety of team structures and working methods, and understanding group dynamics and handling interpersonal issues; 2. develop and pursue creative projects within specified resource constraints of time, space, and/or budget, thus developing problem solving skills; 3. manage workloads to meet deadlines, and sustain focus for extended periods working on independent creative projects, developing autonomy and self-management; 4. develop the ability to use information resources and technology, gathering and critically evaluating material; 5. negotiate effectively with a variety of agencies (within and outside the Programme) thus developing interpersonal skills; 6. communicate effectively in a variety of ways, verbally and in writing, using appropriate communication and presentation technologies; 7. constructively develop self-reflection by exploring strengths and weaknesses; 8. foster autonomy in learning leading to a continuous and steady progress in professional development; and 9. enhance communication and group interaction within an interdisciplinary environment.
(d) Other Skills relevant to Employability and Personal Development
1. to comprehend, analyse and critically interpret policy documents, funding and job applications that are generally addressed to the creative industries; 2. to appraise and produce informed and specialised documentation about public events; 3. to trace, assess and collate information from a range of sources, both primary and secondary, printed, electronic, and other; 4. to undertake research, including bibliographical and documentation techniques, performance and textual analysis, as well as other research methodologies that are particular to the performing arts, individually, collectively and interdisciplinary; 5. to use libraries and archives (digital and non-digital), texts, electronic technology and other knowledge resources; 6. to support creative work with research, appropriate documentation and conceptual consideration; 7. to communicate effectively across a wide range of socio-cultural scenarios involving popular and high-culture events (such as opera – an example par excellence of dance-music-theatre interaction); 8. to take effective decisions about any aspects of combined arts and cultures; and 9. to enhance their organisational skills by setting aims and objectives for individual and collective projects.
The programme is aimed at students who want to pursue a combined undergraduate degree in the performing arts of dance, music, and theatre. The course is particularly targeted at students wishing to work within areas relevant to the performing arts, education, as well as arts and cultural management.
We hope that our graduates will shape the creative arts and educational sectors of the future. We work hard to maintain strong links with professionals in the performing and cultural sectors, nationally and internationally. Our study-units are designed and taught to international standards of excellence. We believe that the range and quality of the study-units we offer give our students an advantage in a competitive world.
The Honours degree in combined Performing Arts is intended for persons in search of interdisciplinary skills and knowledge in dance, music, and theatre. It is a flexible undergraduate programme that promotes theoretical and practical hands-on learning that enables students to seek employment opportunities, both locally and abroad, in a wide variety of areas. These include teaching, arts and cultural industries, performance companies, broadcasting, journalism, archiving, academic research, publishing, scriptwriting and proof-reading. Such careers provide enough opportunities for the integration of interdisciplinary research techniques with innovation aimed at the creation of projects employing the performing arts. The programme is also conceived as one of the pathways for students aiming for a career in academia.
The Bachelor in Performing Arts provides a direct undergraduate pathway to the already-existing postgraduate programme, MA by Research in Performing Arts.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.
Last Updated: 7 October 2020
The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication. The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints. Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice. Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.