The Theatre and Film BA merges cinematic and performance languages, explored through practice and theory. Develop the skills required for successful employment opportunities within the international film and television industries, and within theatre and performing arts.
London is an undisputed global hub for the creative industries, theatre and film in particular. This course combines practical and theoretical approaches to explore this area and, where possible, capitalises on our London location to help you to directly engage with prospective employers. London Met’s theatre and film and related courses enjoy world-class collaborations with internationally acclaimed organisations such as Complicite, Project Phakama, The Heritage Arts Company and the British Film Institute. Our graduates have won awards in film festivals including Cannes, starred in BBC and CBS series, formed acclaimed theatre and film production companies across the globe, featured in long-running West End shows and worked successfully in all aspects of the theatre, film and television industries.
Studying this course, you’ll build a versatile approach, responding to the increasingly changeable nature of the theatre and film industries. You’ll develop skills in performing, writing for stage and screen, directing, producing and critically engaging with the language of cinema and live performance.
Assessment on this course is both practical and written. It includes live presentations, video and multimedia projects, essays and portfolios.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Film, Photography and Media Extended degree.
Mature students with previous relevant experience are encouraged to apply.
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
Students are required to attend an interview workshop as part of the application process. Skype interviews can be arranged for those living outside of the UK.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
Year 1 modules include:
This module offers a practical exploration of the languages of theatre and film, seen side by side. Focusing on different roles (e.g. acting, directing, writing) and on a range of case studies of play texts and films, the conventions of cinematic and live experiences will be closely compared and reflected upon. Students will engage in practical tasks exploring live performance ideas and alternating these with filming and viewing experiences. In doing so, as according to the Learning Outcomes stipulated below, the module aims to promote a comparative exploration of theatre and film, making connections between practices and providing a foundation for linking the various subjects included in the degree.
This module aims to expose students to the skills and strategies necessary for devising performance. Students will engage in practical exploration and debate the content and forms of individual and group devised contemporary theatre practice. Through this they will work with improvisation techniques in the development of original interdisciplinary material towards the creation of ensemble devised performance. Students will negotiate and analyse the process of collaboration towards building knowledge and ability in working inclusively, discursively and proactively in diverse collaborative environments.
This module introduces students to a range of photographic and digital video and sound practices, through a variety of practical exercises. This will provide them with a range of potentially employable skills. Through this practical engagement with digital video and photographic technologies, students will also reach a greater understanding of a number of theories and histories relating to photography and to the moving image and sound.
This module explores a cross-disciplinary approach to art and cultural studies, centred in the concept of performance as a starting point. It will introduce key questions in performance, art and film theories and relate these to a selection of historical and contemporary practitioners. The module is intended to provide students with an introductory range of critical and creative strategies, which is to inform their development across the whole course, both in BA Theatre and Performance Practice and in BA Theatre and Film.
Through a range of activities, this module will examine links and parallels between artistic disciplines and broader cultural questions and introduce students to an interdisciplinary approach to research, promoting links between theoretical and creative practices in the field. The module will provide an introductory range of critical strategies and knowledge that can be transferred to a variety of subjects across the programme and develop academic skills (e.g. essay writing, study skills, assignment presentation), applicable across the course.
Year 2 modules include:
Extending the range of ideas previously explored in Comparing Theatre and Film, this module will look at ways in which the languages of live performance and film may be combined in interdisciplinary practice. Through creative projects and references to contemporary practice in multimedia art and entertainment (e.g. Complicite, Secret Cinema, Punchdrunk etc.), the module will provide a range of opportunities to appreciate how the fusion of theatre and cinema may be used to engage the public in immersive and innovative experiences. In doing so, it promotes an interdisciplinary exploration of theatre and film, through direct practical experience, as well as theoretical analysis, developing connections between theory and practice and provide a foundation for linking the various subjects included in the degree. It also encourages students to experiment with analytical and experiential ways in which to envision innovations in the languages of theatre and film.
This module will enable students to explore a range of film and television moving image texts through practical exercises, experimentation, observation, analysis and documentation. Focusing on a series of key texts, through screenings, lectures, workshops and seminars, students will gain an enhanced understanding of how the key construction aspects – production development, cinematography, design, performance, sound, television studio work, editing, post-production and effects – shape a work’s narrative, language, genre, ideology, construction of reality, appearance and reception contexts.
Equally, this module will engage with a range of aspects of television production, providing the opportunity for students to experience television studio operation. This will include opportunities to assume specialised operational and technical roles required in ‘live’ television and gallery production, such as director, floor manager and camera operator. The module also takes account of freelance operating models and emerging technology. This practice-led work will be underpinned by a carefully critical approach to television conventions and analyses of television products, in order to extend students' theoretical knowledge. Students will be encouraged to work as self-motivated reflective practitioners, operating effectively within the team to produce a live television programme.
Developing from Performance, Art and Film Ideas 1, this module will investigate social and cultural issues that are both enacted and questioned by established texts (“texts” in the broader sense of the term, to include works in theatre, cinema and fine art). Informed by critical theory perspectives, a key emphasis here is on social interactions, as explored in the communication strategies between artwork and spectator, in the social function of a work, and in the political and ideological context depicted in this or embedded in its creation. The module will also establish a sociological study of performance institutions and their organisation within the professional industry.
The aims of this module are to evaluate the social context of performance, art and film, as it is consciously depicted by this or latently inherent to it; to refer to a variety of theoretical perspectives, ranging from critical theories, to sociological concepts, in the analysis of such practices. The learning strategy and indicative syllabus will promote innovative ways of exploring the subject in question, making use of inter-disciplinary, blended learning, field research and creative practice.
This module provides an opportunity to study across text, performance and creative writing. Students will study the formal characteristics of screenplays and the political, social and philosophical concerns of the societies in which they have developed. This will be combined with a study of film performance and production where students will examine how writing and performance intersect, inform, and inspire each other. Students will develop specialist skills both in the critical and theoretical analysis of films and screenplays, and in creative writing of scripts for screen.
This module will be delivered in combination with the 30 credit, Level 5, Scripting Performance for Screen and Stage module.
This is a practice-based module that provides students with the key techniques and creative skills required for different professional pathways in theatre and performance. Students will develop their understanding of industry specialisms such as:
4. installation and site-responsive work;
6. workshop leadership.
Students will undertake a combination of workshops, exercises and presentations to advance their knowledge of different areas of theatre and performance from the particular perspective of an identified professional role or practice. Students will also develop the qualities required to realise group projects and/or successfully complete independent creative tasks, drawing from theoretical and historical awareness to create their own original work and/or learn how to nurture others through different creative processes. A selection of these specialisms will be offered each year to students at levels 5 and 6, providing the opportunity to work alongside each other and collaborate on a variety of studio based activities and projects.
Year 3 modules include:
The Festival Showcase represents the student’s final piece of practical work, the equivalent of a dissertation, and will be a culmination of all the work undertaken on the course. It consists of a programme of short theatre, performance, and multimedia productions, which will be presented to a public audience in a professional context. It is designed to allow students to develop their chosen specialisms, both within creative and production roles.
The module will enable students to apply creative and production skills, and knowledge learned on the course, to complete a professional level work. It will utilise the ability to work both collaboratively and independently within a self-managed ‘festival’ setting and provide the opportunity for students to develop professional skills fostering their potential employability.
The module includes the following areas of work-related learning:
- creating and presenting original performances to an external audience;
- marketing, including the professional use of social media;
- box office and audience management;
- logistics of setting up a company;
- pitching work to producers and programmers;
- writing an agenda and keeping minutes of meetings;
- creating a timetable.
Performance Research & Development is a module designed to complement SM6P10 Festival Showcase. It enables students to undertake intensive research and development (R&D) projects leading to the sharing of two consecutive works-in-progress: draft performances presented for feedback to an invited audience. The notion of R&D is a vital aspect of the professional industry, increasingly required by funding bodies and an integral part of producing venues’ programmes. Students will work collaboratively, to tight deadlines, in accordance with the creative guidelines provided by the tutor. This will develop their ability to create rapidly within given briefs, encompassing such approaches as adapting existing dramatic texts and devising new material from stimuli. Students will engage self- and peer-evaluation skills throughout the module.
This is a practice-based module that provides students with the key techniques and creative skills required for different professional pathways in the performing arts. Students will develop their understanding of industry specialisms such as:
• creating installations and site-responsive work;
• workshop leadership.
Students will undertake a combination of workshops, exercises and presentations to advance their knowledge of different areas of the performing arts from the particular perspective of an identified professional role or practice. Students will also develop the qualities required to realise group projects and/or successfully to complete independent creative tasks, drawing from theoretical and historical awareness to create their own original work and/or learn how to nurture others through different creative processes. A selection of these specialisms will be offered each year to students at levels 5 and 6, providing the opportunity to work alongside each other and collaborate on a variety of studio based activities and projects.
This is a 30 credit module that runs over a period of 15 weeks. Building on the skills and awarenesses developed over the course of the BA Theatre and Performance Practice and BA Theatre and Film degree paths, this core module will join students from both strands and create an opportunity for an intensive collaboration. The work will be centred in the creation of a film project that tackles social issues within a local or global community.
Students will explore collaborative strategies across disciplines, centred in a film-based project and develop areas of interest and specialism within group collaborations; exploring creative ways in which to address local or global issues through the medium of film and collaborative practice.
This module allows students to explore in depth a theory, theory and practice or practice topic of their own choice, arising out of their study at levels 4 and 5 (subject to supervisor approval). Their individual study is facilitated by a tutor assigned to the project according to subject specialism.
This module is mainly self-managed by the student with facilitation by a specialist in the chosen subject. Students’ individual work is supported by regular consultation and feedback from their tutor and peer-led workshops.
The project incorporates both formative and summative assessment. Students will present their project plan orally in a subject specific workshop and in written form to their project supervisor. The summative assessment consists of the actual project, either a written project or a film and/or performance project with outline, treatment and theoretical statement.
This course focuses on producing versatile theatre and film professionals. Our graduates have been successful in the following areas: performing, writing, directing, producing, forming production companies, broadcasting, working on education and outreach programmes, and working in the broader cultural industries. Graduates have also continued with postgraduate study in the arts and culture.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
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8th-13th April 2019
Cass PhD student Chiara D'Anna presents one woman show at Tristan Bates Theatre.
Cass student works with lecturer at British Council festival of science and creativity in Hong Kong.
11-16 December 2018
Cass lecturer Jacek Ludwig Scarso leads participatory experience at Tate Modern reflecting on the meaning of waiting.
13th December, 5pm-8pm
Festive fine art open studio at Aldgate Bauhaus promises a feast of student creativity
4 and 5 December 2018
Exhibition of live art and digital installations will see twelve young artists reimagine The Cass Atrium as a metaphorical waiting room.
27 November 6pm
Public panel event as part of Making a Living Week explores what – and how – we create for children.
28th November 6pm
In conversation event with the Artistic Director of the Barbican, as part of Making a Living Week at The Cass
15 and 17 November
Cass PhD student Chiara D'Anna presents one woman show at Cockpit Theatre.
Dr Jacek Scarso creates new work inspired by Ikebana, the ancient Japanese tradition of flower arrangement.
Latest yearbook celebrates student work and achievements in 2017-18 academic year.
Lecturer Rishi Trikha is currently taking part in the Circus 50:50 programme and is undertaking a director’s residency at the Roundhouse and at the New Vic Theatre.
Special Guest Lecturer Takaya Fujii gives students insight into contemporary work inspired by ancient Japanese tradition.
10-12 May 2018
Graduation showcase by Theatre and Performance students at Chelsea Theatre
Caroline Clayton, a development producer who has worked on several high-profile documentaries, came into the University to offer her knowledge to students.