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What makes Touring Theatre at Worcester special?

This four-year course allows you to enter at undergraduate level but graduate with a masters-level award in Touring Theatre. Meaning you’ll stand out in the competitive theatre industry.

You’ll get hands-on experience of touring theatre and develop the related business, financial and marketing skills to be successful in this career.

Key features

  • You'll gain all the skills and understanding you need to set up your own touring theatre company, or establish yourself as a solo practitioner/performer, with a body of work ready to take on tour at the end of the course
  • You'll make exciting and high quality performance work for a range of venues, organisations, communities, festivals and events throughout the four years
  • The course has been planned and will be delivered in collaboration with theatres, venues, touring networks, companies, directors and producers throughout the West Midlands region. Throughout the course you will be encouraged and assisted in developing professional networks that will help you in your career           
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

112

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points (Single Hons).

We also welcome mature students, for whom there is a negotiated acknowledgement of relevant prior experience as equivalent to qualifications.

Acceptance on the course will be dependent on an interview and audition process in which we will be looking for student’s creative ability, commitment, adaptability and collaborative skills alongside performance skills.

This course is offered as a Single Honours only course. It may be possible to transfer into this course at the end of the first or second year from the BA Drama & Performance, or from other Drama courses at other Universities, subject to discussion and audition process. However, it is not possible to join the course for the final (fourth year) only.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com   

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Mandatory           

  • Making Performance: Devised Performance, Production and Scenography
  • Staging Plays: Reading, Research and Performance

Optional

  • Singing for Performance
  • Production and Meaning
  • The Actor, Voice and Solo Performance
  • Acting for the Stage   
  • Puppetry and Visual Theatre
  • Mask Acting
  • Introduction to Devising
  • Theatre and Communities
  • European Theatre Practices
  • Pop-up Performance in Public Places

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Directed Public Performance: Research and Development
  • Directed Public Performance: Process, Production, Performance

Optional

  • Programming Touring Theatre
  • Applied Theatre
  • Plays and Playwrights: British Theatre in Times of Change 
  • Devising and Adaptation
  • Theatre and Digital Media
  • Music Theatre
  • Making Theatrical Space
  • The Actor and Poetic Text
  • Choreography and Performance
  • Adaptation: From Stage to Screen
  • Playwriting
  • Theatre, Real Lives and History
  • Directors and Directing
  • Physical Theatre

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Community Outreach
  • Festival Performance: Development
  • Professional Practice
  • Touring Theatre to Schools and Colleges

Optional

  • Solo Performance
  • Youth Theatre Practices
  • Site-Specific Performance
  • Contemporary Performance Practices
  • Theatre & Learning Disability
  • Staging Shakespeare Today
  • New Voices in Contemporary British Theatre
  • Work Placement
  • Writing for Performance
  • Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Theatre & Education
  • Sexuality in Performance
  • Scenography: Specialist Project
  • Performances of Protest
  • Dance Styles & Techniques

Year 4

Mandatory

  • Festival Performance: Production & Review
  • Community Project
  • Performance Lecture
  • Independent Touring Project

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of practical workshops, lectures, seminars and productions. There is a strong emphasis on ‘real world’ experience, so productions will tour to theatre venues and festivals. Students will engage with every aspect of theatre practice from acting to marketing, from devising a show to designing sets, lighting, video and sound.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

You have an opportunity to take an original production to a high profile festival such as Edinburgh, in the summer between your 3rd and 4th year.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 16 contact hours of teaching.  The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study. 

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • 3 hours of practical, creative work
  • 1 hour of lecture or group seminar

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 16 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve group work and rehearsal, independent research, study and development of ideas and practices.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes professional theatre-makers, writers, designers and producers.

Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and a number of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include productions (both performance and other non-performance tasks e.g. technical/scenographic/stage management); the creation of tour and marketing packs for productions, completion of funding applications; blogs and research presentations into the landscape of contemporary touring theatre.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1
60% Individual or group performance
40% Essay, presentation, blog, portfolio, viva or reflective commentary

Year 2
Example 1: 100% Group Production
Example 2: 60% practical /40% Essay, presentation, blog, portfolio, viva or reflective commentary

Year 3
Example 1: 100% Group Production (including non-performance tasks such as marketing, technical design, education packs)
Example 2: 60% Small group practical/40% research presentation

Year 4
100% Group Production (including marketing, technical design etc)

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Careers

Where could it take you?

This course involves extensive real world experience of researching, preparing, producing, promoting and performing in a number of touring theatre projects in a variety of professional and community venues.

You'll be equipped with all the skills necessary (including administration, organisational, technical, financial, marketing, tour booking, outreach, workshop facilitation as well as performance skills) to launch yourself into a career as a touring theatre company or solo practitioner.

Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2018/19 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2018/19 will be £12,100 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2018/19 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £98 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £159 per week (2018/19 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours: MTheatre in Touring Theatre (integrated masters) - UCAS code W440

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS CODE:

W440

Apply now via UCAS

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk  

Course Leader

Dr Jane George
01905 855507
j.george@worc.ac.uk