This degree programme examines the nature and function of the theatrical event and theatre culture from a range of critical, historical and practical perspectives.
This programme aims to develop a theoretical and critical approach to theatre and performance. You will analyse individual performances with an awareness of their historical, material and cultural context. You will also explore theatre, drama and performance through a range of methodologies.
The first year will focus on two subject areas.
- Reading the stage – will introduce you to different critical frames of performance theory and analysis, facilitating the application of these to contemporary performance practice.
- Theatre and society – will explore the historical and contemporary role of theatre in society, giving you an understanding of some social, political and economic issues affecting theatre practice in a range of historical and geographical locations including Scotland.
You will also study two other subjects of your choice in year 1: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
The following year, you will pursue a historical investigation into theatre and dramaturgical practices.
- Classical to modern – a historical and critical survey of the dominant forms of theatre practice in Europe before 1900.
- Modernism to postdramatic – an introduction to European and American practitioners whose radical approaches to acting, directing, scenography and dramaturgy have reoriented performance and redefined our understanding of the theatrical event.
You will also study two other subjects in year 2: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
Years 3 and 4
If you successfully complete the courses in first and second years, you may progress to Honours (years 3 and 4).
Compulsory courses examine performance theory and analysis, as well as contemporary issues in theatre. Optional courses include directing, playwriting, advanced practice and work placement, and applied theatre practices, as well as courses on documentary theatre, space and place, Renaissance theatre, performing memory, Victorian & Edwardian theatre, Samuel Beckett, mapping the America(s) and modern German theatre, among others.
Your studies will be based in an outstanding building that includes a flexible-stage theatre, performance studio, design studio, workshops and wardrobe facilities, and a cinema.
Our close connections with the theatre industry mean there will be ample opportunities to work with practitioners of national and international standing. We have excellent relationships with many professional theatre makers based in Glasgow (often Glasgow graduates) who lead seminars and hold workshops with students on a regular basis.
A number of opportunities exist for you to spend one of your undergraduate years, or part of a year, studying abroad. Our students have chosen to study at a range of universities in North America, Australia and Europe. We have particularly close connections with the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, the University of California, and Berlin’s Free University.
Our graduates have gone on to a wide range of careers, some of which are closely connected to theatre provision and production, and some of which are very different.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2014
Highers: AAAA or AAABB (including English and a humanities subject or a language (including Gaelic) at grades A/B or B/A) in first sitting = unconditional offer.
Applicants who achieved AAAB or AABBB at their first sitting may receive a conditional offer dependent upon them attaining enough Highers and/or Advanced Highers to bring their total attainment to six or more Highers/Advanced Highers by the end of their second sitting. Please note that Advanced Highers in subjects where grades A or B have already been attained at Higher will not be double-counted. English and a humanities subject/language at grades A or B, if not attained at first sitting, will be required.
Additional offers, either conditional or unconditional, MAY be made to applicants who achieved AABB or ABBB at their first sitting. A decision re these applications will be made in March 2014 once all applications have been reviewed.
Higher applicants to Arts MA degrees must attain, or have attained, grades A/B or B/A at Higher in English Higher AND another humanities/language Higher subject at their first sitting to have their application considered. The accepted humanities/languages Higher subjects are listed below.
- Art & Design
- Business Management
- Chinese Language and Culture
- Classical Greek
- Classical studies
- English for Speakers of Other Languages
- Media Studies
- Modern Studies
- Personal and social education
- Religious Education
- Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies
A-levels: Applicants will receive an offer conditional on attaining AAB. Applicants who achieve AAB are guaranteed entry. Applicants who achieve grades less than AAB but higher than BBB will be considered for entry once all results have been received and reviewed in August 2014.
IB: A minimum of 34 points is required to be considered for an offer. Actual offers will specify subjects and grades to be attained at Higher Level.
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
my academic qualifications are below the requirements?
Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.