BA (Hons)

Theatre and Performance

Teaching & Learning

Develop yourself as a performance and creative artist on this interdisciplinary degree as you study wider, practical notions of performance practice, including skills acquisition and development in theatre, live art, sound, voice and body. You will be able to develop meaningful and sustainable partnerships with the creative and cultural industries.

The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload is indicative and may be subject to change.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we are currently unable to advise on the mode of teaching for September 2021, however we will keep you updated and provide more information as soon as we can. We continue to follow government guidance and your teaching and learning will reflect the restrictions in place at the time of delivery. We currently anticipate that you may experience a blended approach – this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus and online teaching and learning. You can keep up to date with teaching and learning at Leeds Beckett via our Covid-19 website. Updated course specifications will be available in August 2021. In the meantime, our existing course specifications are available.

What you'll learn

Explore key concepts of making theatre through practice using studio spaces and in technical workshops. This module will provide the foundations for you to become an independent, creative and intelligent maker of theatre and performance.
Study a range of cultural performance practices that reflect the contemporary contexts of the creative industries. You'll look at culturally and historically important practitioners and movements to inspire your own performance making.
This module will introduce you to key artistic movements, artists and performances. You'll explore, through practice, theatre, performance and dance lineages, and how these have impacted on contemporary modes of performance making and thinking.
This module will introduce the importance of health and wellbeing and its relationship to artistic practice.
Explore key concepts of making theatre through practice using studio spaces and in technical workshops. This module will provide the foundations for you to become an independent, creative and intelligent maker of theatre and performance.
Study a range of cultural performance practices that reflect the contemporary contexts of the creative industries. You'll look at culturally and historically important practitioners and movements to inspire your own performance making.
This module will introduce you to key artistic movements, artists and performances. You'll explore, through practice, theatre, performance and dance lineages, and how these have impacted on contemporary modes of performance making and thinking.
This module will introduce the importance of health and wellbeing and its relationship to artistic practice.

What you'll learn

Your first opportunity to embark on a journey of self/group-determined practical study, you will learn how to creatively pool your practices toward the realisation of a creative performance project.
Explore the diverse range of written texts that may be generated specifically to be performed. You'll build a portfolio of short texts for performance, or 'Textracts', each focusing on a different approach to writing. You'll then select pieces of writing for performance and rehearse them independently for delivery at a 'Textracts' concert.
Examine the ways in which performance and art can be used by artists and protesters to make political statements. Drawing upon practitioners from the 20th and 21st Centuries, such as the Viennese Actionists, Guerrilla Girls, Pussy Riot, Banksy, and Extinction Rebellion, you'll make theatre and performance events that articulate your own political beliefs.
Discover the multiple career pathways within the professional creative sector that form a part of the organisational infrastructure that creative and educational practice.
Examine the dual role of the intelligent performance maker who is able to read performance effectively: both as a spectator (a thinking body) and as a maker of performance (a body that thinks). This module will enable you to develop a questioning and curious approach to performance analysis.
Your first opportunity to embark on a journey of self/group-determined practical study, you will learn how to creatively pool your practices toward the realisation of a creative performance project.
Explore the diverse range of written texts that may be generated specifically to be performed. You'll build a portfolio of short texts for performance, or 'Textracts', each focusing on a different approach to writing. You'll then select pieces of writing for performance and rehearse them independently for delivery at a 'Textracts' concert.
Examine the ways in which performance and art can be used by artists and protesters to make political statements. Drawing upon practitioners from the 20th and 21st Centuries, such as the Viennese Actionists, Guerrilla Girls, Pussy Riot, Banksy, and Extinction Rebellion, you'll make theatre and performance events that articulate your own political beliefs.
Discover the multiple career pathways within the professional creative sector that form a part of the organisational infrastructure that creative and educational practice.
Examine the dual role of the intelligent performance maker who is able to read performance effectively: both as a spectator (a thinking body) and as a maker of performance (a body that thinks). This module will enable you to develop a questioning and curious approach to performance analysis.

What you'll learn

Work in close collaboration with a contemporary artist or practitioner of (inter)national standing to create an innovative and sophisticated performance product.
Consider your future self as a self-employed, freelance practitioner within the creative industries. You'll be encouraged to identify, plan and prepare for a portfolio career after graduation by recognising your own developmental needs.
The first of two modules during which you will develop your final performance work of the course. This module will involve an in-depth investigation of your practice, using the knowledge you have gained throughout the course. You will pool your practical experience to develop your final work, which will then be showcased in Lift Off 2.
This module will provide the opportunity to refine your material for final presentation and showing. You'll then contribute to a showcase of your work to an invited audience.
This module will provide the opportunity to pursue an independent research project that engages with the cultural and critical contexts of contemporary performance.
Work in close collaboration with a contemporary artist or practitioner of (inter)national standing to create an innovative and sophisticated performance product.
Consider your future self as a self-employed, freelance practitioner within the creative industries. You'll be encouraged to identify, plan and prepare for a portfolio career after graduation by recognising your own developmental needs.
The first of two modules during which you will develop your final performance work of the course. This module will involve an in-depth investigation of your practice, using the knowledge you have gained throughout the course. You will pool your practical experience to develop your final work, which will then be showcased in Lift Off 2.
This module will provide the opportunity to refine your material for final presentation and showing. You'll then contribute to a showcase of your work to an invited audience.
This module will provide the opportunity to pursue an independent research project that engages with the cultural and critical contexts of contemporary performance.