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The award
MA

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
7400

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
October

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Performing Shakespeare at Bath Spa University

A practical and contextual course for aspiring performers, directors and teachers.

  • Unique flexible delivery - study full-time, part-time or by distance learning.
  • Taught by highly regarded specialists.
  • Excellent industry links.

 

If you're interested in the performance of Shakespeare and want to study original and contemporary professional practices, then this MA is for you. You'll take part in actor training and research seminars, leading to presentations and performances using our indoor and outdoor theatres on campus and in Bath city centre.

You'll develop production and networking skills, building a theatre company and a professional profile. We'll give you opportunities to take your work to external venues as part of your studies. With opportunities to work with BA Acting and Drama students, you'll get experience as an actor who can lead workshops and a researcher who can work in productions.

What you'll learn

Overview

We place emphasis on practice-based work. You'll take part in workshops on voice, text, movement and directing in our state-of-the-art studios.

In addition, you'll explore current research methods at Masters level and examine Shakespeare's theatre through theoretical, historical, and cultural contexts.

Course structure

Trimester 1
From the start of the course you'll be immersed in a practical training, leading to performances of monologues, duologues, and scenes. You'll also get a grounding in current research methods, completing practical or scholarly research. This leads to a presentation and an essay.

Trimester 2
We'll give you the opportunity to train at Shakespeare's Globe in London. You'll develop your training into a professional portfolio. Alongside this you'll develop a theatre company with fellow students for public performances.

Trimester 3
You can choose to undertake a more traditional written dissertation, a performance based dissertation or a mixture of the two. Previous students have undertaken productions, workshops, and research into stage and screen productions as part of their dissertation.

You can choose to work on your dissertation on-campus or by distance learning. You'll benefit from one-to-one tutorials which can take place in person or online.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments could include performances, essays, literature reviews, written documentation of work, presentations, portfolios, leading workshops, written evaluations, reviews, rehearsal and practice blogs, written dissertations, practical dissertation projects, and critical play reviews.

How will I be taught?

The degree is delivered through a variety of workshops, lectures, seminars, master classes, off-site visits, performance and production work, and through the Virtual Learning Environment, Minerva. We get professional actors and directors in to work with you; we have ever-expanding list of lecturers, specialists, artists and guest scholars.

The Master's is taught in the evenings in three hour workshops. If you're looking for a more flexible learning option, we also offer part-time and distance learning modes.

Opportunities

Field trips

You'll have the opportunity to see a lot of theatre, as well as visit museums and theatres. Previous destinations have included Bath, Bristol, Stratford upon Avon and London. Other field trips may give you the chance to work with professional theatre groups and actors; we've previously rented studios in London for this purpose.

Some trips are subsidised, however, you may have to contribute to fund travel and tickets.

Intensive training at The Globe

We currently give all students the opportunity to take place in a two week residency at Shakespeare's Globe. You'll benefit from intensive, full-time training, leading to a production on the Globe's stage.

Distance learning

If you're unable to come to us, we offer a distance learning route. We'll support you with tutorials and our Virtual Learning Environment, Minerva. You'll also have access to our library's vast range of online databases and materials.

You'll share your performances with us by video, and we'll encourage you to visit us on campus. We'll also give you advice and support, helping you to find resources to support your training in your local area

Careers

Our graduates have become:

  • Producers
  • Actors
  • Teachers
  • PhD students

Other students have set up their own theatre companies.

Combat certification

You'll have the opportunity to gain an accreditation in combat. We provide the training but you'll have to pay a small fee to gain this certification.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

You'll have access to performance studios and spaces such as the University Theatre at Newton Park, Burdall's Yard in central Bath, and Corsham Court. We also have links with the Theatre Royal Bath, the Rondo Theatre, The Egg, The Ustinov, the Tobacco Factory, Circomedia, The Scoop @More London, and the Salisbury Playhouse, which you may take advantage of as a Performing Shakespeare student.

As a student you'll also be able to take advantage of our:

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees 7400International course fees find out
  • The awardMAHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees 7400International course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

Fees

UK and EU students full time

Course fees

2018/19 entry £7,400 2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019 2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

UK and EU students part time

Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

2018/19 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 £3,700 Year 2 Published Jan 2019

2019/20 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2019 Year 2 Published Jan 2020

2020/21 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2020 Year 2 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

Course fees

2018/19 entry £14,400 2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019 2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

Entry requirements

What we look for in potential students

We're looking for individuals with a flair for performance and a clear passion for Shakespeare's work. Training is hands-on, so you'll need energy, drive and the motivation to transform your ideas into productions.

You'll need a good first degree (2:1 or above) in an area relating to performance. We also accept individuals with relevant professional experience.

What students think about Bath Spa University

    Yasmina Van De Peer, BA (Hons) English Literature and Film Studies, Spain

    Where to start with this year? There have been so many new friends, a new life-style with freedom and no muYasmina Van De Peerm bossing me around. My year has not been easy but I would do it all again, life challenges you in many ways and this experience definitively has.

    When I arrived in September, I felt like a lost girl trying to find something that I could grasp and change my life forever. My first year in a foreign country was fantastic and thanks to the creative writing department, I will never forget my second year as I have the privilege of studying in Chicago for a full academic year! However, this has no real connection with why I chose Bath Spa University.

    I worked as an ambassador for this University and a lot parents have asked the same question, why did I choose it? After 50 parents it gets tiring- especially when I was unsure. As everyone else I want to succeed in life. I have dreamt about going to Oxford, Harvard or any well known University. But the one thing that I have learnt in life is that you can be successful and come from the smallest place in the world. The key to success requires determination to reach your goal.

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    Even though I live in Greece, I'm familiar with many British Universities, as I work for some English Examination Boards for Music and I've attended some Summer Schools in UK over the years. Bath Spa University's reputation in Songwriting and Commercial Music was known to me for a long time. Being a guitarist and working for the RGT at the same time, I have heard stories about Bath being the birthplace of guitar magazines and other music and artistic events. I was accepted to study Commercial Music as an undergraduate student about 4 years ago, but due to some sudden accidents I have to decline my offer. After this unfortunate event, I decided to become better Musician and Songwriter, so that I can return as a postgraduate applicant. When I noticed that there was a distance learning degree, MMus Songwriting, I knew I had to do this. Meanwhile, I did my research, which only lead me to ensure my initial decision to study at Bath Spa University.


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    I would describe Bath Spa University in three words as: Innovative, modern, artistic.


    Once I have my degree, I am really hoping to become a successful songwriter. Being inspired mainly by British Songwriters, I would really like to write songs for the UK and international market. In addition, I will probably become one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece. Last, but not least, as I'm already collaborating with several English musicians, I'm considering in my future plans to apply for a PhD and probably seek for more collaborations in UK, which might extend my visits there.


    My advice I would you give to other international students who want to study in the UK would depend on the ethics and societal context of each county. So, a general advice I would give is "Do not be afraid of failure, do your best and apply to the courses that you really like!"

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