Bachelor in Theatre (Honours)

Bachelor in Theatre (Honours)

Course information

Course title Bachelor in Theatre (Honours)
Course code UBTHRHFT
Postnominal B.Thr. (Hons)(Melit.)
Level of qualification First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 3 Years
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 180
Coordinator Mario Frendo
Delivered by School of Performing Arts
The Bachelor in Theatre (Hons) programme is aimed at giving students a wide perspective of the practices as well as the histories and theories related to theatre and performance.

The Bachelor in Theatre (Hons) offered by the School of Performing Arts differs from the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies (Hons) offered by the Faculty of Arts by having more practice-based study-units in Year 1 with a focus on a range of essential knowledge and basic skills necessary in staging practices, such as lighting, sound, stage design, scenography, prop-making, costumes, as well as risk assessment and health and safety awareness.

The first year of study equips students with foundational knowledge and skills for more in-depth study later in the course, including: practical units in performance and staging skills, acting styles and approaches, as well as historical perspectives of theatre. Years two and three focus on more specialised subjects, including training and composition processes, theories of acting, performance criticism, applied/community performance, focused aspects of theatre history and theory, as well as arts and cultural management. In year three, students are given the opportunity to write a dissertation and research further any area of theatre and performance of their own choice.

Throughout Years 1 to 3, students are taught in a balanced mix of classroom-based and studio-based study-units, combining theoretical and practical experiential approaches and assessment. A diverse range of teaching methods are employed, including:
• seminars and workshop sessions focused on prescribed reading or other learning assignments
• practical studio teaching, including the development of creative performance projects
• independent learning on set projects of creative academic study
• lectures
• screenings
• visits to theatres and performance events
• work-based learning and placements.

Learning is assessed by:
• Submission of written work in a variety of formats to provide the most appropriate means of testing learning outcomes on individual study-units
• Written examinations for some study-units, including two synoptic papers in year 3
• Oral presentation, often supported by visual material
• Contributions in class, including oral, intellectual, practical and creative contributions and evidence of preparation
• Observation of group and individual process on practical projects
• The presentation of practical/creative work through public and/or in-class performances.

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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 admitted as “Adult Learners” under 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.

The eligibility of applicants referred to above 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.

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Local/EU/EEA Applicants: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Fee per academic year: Eur 8,500
The Bachelor in Theatre (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, actors, artists, designers, ensembles, and producers,
2. historical and contemporary contexts of the production and reception of 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 performance, or elements of performance, are created, realised and managed: including the reading of written text and other source material; processes of rehearsal; writing and dramaturgy, devising, directing, design, stage and technical management, and producing,
7. the impact of theatre and performance within a range of social, educational, and community contexts,
8. the reading, analysis, documenting, and interpreting of performance,
9. the role of the audience: 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 research, evaluate, and productively 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 performance,
3. to critique performance events and processes, both their own and of others,
4. to undertake and manage extended independent and creative research,
5. to understand processes of creativity and deploy and critique these in their own work,
6. to document, and analyse processes of making performance,
7. to understand and apply appropriate interdisciplinary practices, concepts, and skills,
8. to present coherent arguments, verbally and in writing,
9. to understand the relationship of performance to a range of critical, historical, and cultural frameworks for its production and reception,
10. to engage with current debates on theatre arts, productions, cultural policy, and funding.

(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. use information retrieval skills, involving the ability to use information resources and technology, gathering and critically evaluating material,
5. identify health and safety issues and undertake risk assessments,
6. negotiate effectively with a variety of agencies (inside and outside the programme) thus developing interpersonal skills,
7. communicate effectively, to a professional standard, coherent arguments and propositions in a variety of media, verbally and in writing, using appropriate communication and presentation technologies,
8. undertake basic design, set/prop-construction, and technical work,
9. reflect on their own learning and development, identifying strategies for development, exploring strengths and weaknesses and developing, as the programme progresses, autonomy in learning and continuous professional development.

(d) Other Skills relevant to Employability and Personal Development
1. to comprehend, analyse, and critically interpret texts, policy documents, funding and job applications, as well as equipped to generate the same, especially but not exclusively in the creative industries,
2. to appraise and produce informed and specialised documentation about public events,
3. to trace, assess, and synthesise information and data 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,
5. to use archives, 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 and expectations, spanning from local, town-level activities, to national popular culture events (e.g. religious celebrations and Carnival), to ‘high culture’ occasions (e.g. opera).
8. to take effective decisions about many aspects of art and culture.
The programme is aimed at students who want to pursue an undergraduate degree in Theatre, Performance Studies, or the Performing Arts. The course is particularly targeted at students wishing to work within areas relevant to the theatre and performing arts, education, as well as arts and cultural management.
We expect great things of our students and 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 throughout the industry, in Malta and abroad. Our study-units are designed and taught to international standards of excellence, as evidenced by the teaching staff’s qualifications and experience, as well as by the input and academic auditing of international professionals. We believe that the range and quality of the study-units we offer give our students an advantage in a competitive world.

Past students of Theatre Studies have found jobs at universities (in Malta and abroad), in various schools and sixth forms, in the media, as well as in the cultural industries, including government agencies in education and culture, the Malta Arts Council, the Manoel Theatre, St James Cavalier, Drama Centre, Drama Unit, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, V18 Foundation, and the Malta Arts Festival.

Other graduates have used skills and knowledge learnt during their course to develop careers in diplomacy, management, and private enterprise. A good number of our students have continued with their studies at postgraduate level, including PhDs, in Malta and abroad.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the first semester of the second year of the course.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 30 September 2020

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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.

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