Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Theatre and Performance: Summer School Course THEATRE3010

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

An introduction to theatre and performance with a particular focus on theatre in Scotland. It is both theoretical and practical in focus and will include visits to performances. This course is aimed at an international market and is open to everyone interested in theatre - provided they fulfil the requirements of entry.


Teaching will take place over a three-week period between 23 July and 10 August 2018 with classes taking place every morning in the James Arnott Theatre (Gilmorehill Halls).

Requirements of Entry

This course is only available to students taking part in the International Summer School.

Excluded Courses



Presentation (15 minutes duration) with 5 minutes question and answer session - 100%

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The course aims to:

■ introduce students to concepts of drama, theatre and performance and explore these concepts both theoretically and practically

■ familiarise students with some fundamentals in theatre historiography with a particular focus on British and Scottish theatre history

■ introduce students to Scotland's vibrant theatre scene, including trips to performance venues in Glasgow, Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ critically analyse and confidently discuss key historical, theoretical and practical issues of theatre and performance

■ present ideas critically, clearly and coherently in a presentation, developing well-structured arguments

■ exhibit critical openness to unfamiliar genres and repertoires

■ deliver work to tight deadlines

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.