Taught by the School of Performance and Cultural Industries and Leeds University Business School, this innovative course will develop your knowledge and understanding of both theatre and performance, and entrepreneurship.
You'll develop your own practice in our professional theatre, stage@leeds, and have the chance to work outside the theatre with particular external partners and community groups. You'll also explore the role of theatre and performance in society over time, innovations in practice, performance design, arts management, cultural theory, performance technologies, composition and devising and impact of the cultural industries. At the same time, you'll study modules in planning, managing innovation in business, development, creativity and social enterprise with the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies at Leeds University Business School.
The School is based in stage@leeds, a purpose-built, landmark building that sits at the heart of the campus.
It houses two professional standard, publicly licensed theatres. The main space seats 180 and is equipped with the latest technologies. It hosts a range of work by students and visiting theatre companies. The other theatre studio provides a technically advanced performance research facility. The building also contains a dance studio, dressing rooms, box office and meeting rooms.
Other facilities in the School include rehearsal rooms, two black-box studios, costume construction and wardrobe stores, design studio, scenic workshop, computer aided design and video-editing and sound recording suites.
Your first year will lay the foundations of the degree, with core modules introducing you to theories and approaches in theatre and performance and allowing you to explore them through different modes of practice. You'll also choose from optional modules on different aspects of business and social enterprise, and explore further aspects of the cultural and creative industries.
In the following year you'll continue with your theoretical examination as well as creative practice, exploring a variety of creative industries and enterprise contexts. You'll also learn to apply different research methods and think about the political, historical, social and cultural contexts of performance practitioners. Compulsory study of enterprise includes modules dealing with entrepreneurship theory and practice and planning. You'll choose from a range of optional modules to explore your interests, from dance to arts marketing or cultural history.
By your third year you'll have more independence in your practice and research, producing a self-directed independent project and choosing how you'll be assessed. You'll try your hand at an enterprise project, which may provide a springboard to a future career. Other modules will allow you to explore important issues in the contemporary arts and cultural sector, with social aspects of enterprise involving networking and consultancy.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
This should normally include at least 2 arts and humanities subjects e.g. Drama, English, Performing Arts, Theatre Studies, History. We don't accept General Studies.
Read more about Employability and Careers in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries
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Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
Year in Enterprise
If you have a workable business plan, you can also apply to spend a year developing your business. The year in enterprise works just like the year in industry - you extend your degree by a year and spend the third year benefiting from the Leeds Enterprise Centre's support to get it off the ground.
Read more about Year in Enterprise
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