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Department of Film, Theatre & Television – University of Reading

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  • Challenging ideas, creative practice

    Tegan Hopgood describes the personal and creative opportunities students enjoy at Minghella Studios

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    Exploring Social Media as Immersive Performance

  • Becoming a better film maker

    How combining theory and practice has helped film maker Dominic Lees enhance his approach to work.

  • Commonality through conflict

    Using objects and archival materials to tell meaningful stories through performance.

Department of Film, Theatre & Television

How do film, theatre and television makers transform ideas into performances, sounds and images? How do screens and stages shape debate about our society and politics? What histories and traditions are influencing creative minds in the contemporary arts?

Our teaching and research focuses on the histories and meanings created by theatre, film and television, and you'll explore these through both critical and creative processes.

Moving image, performance and critical thinking

Our Department has a long history of exploring film and theatre alongside one another. This is reflected in our BA Film & Theatre degree, which allows students to engage with both forms, to reimagine the boundaries between film and theatre, and to make the most of the wide range of expertise and activities at Minghella Studios.

Make your mark through theatre

As a theatre student you'll study every area of performance – including devising, designing, producing, writing and directing – from a practical and a critical perspective. Over the duration of the course you'll acquire a well-rounded skill set, analyse how performance is made, and be challenged to think about how theatre reflects and informs vital aspects of contemporary culture.

Explore film and television techniques and their meanings

Studying at Reading means you get more than just technical training; you develop a strong set of practical skills - scriptwriting, cinematography, TV-studio production - within their historical and theoretical contexts. You'll also learn how to write about stories, style and politics in moving-image culture, from Hollywood blockbusters to experimental documentaries, and encounter exciting and important movies from around the world.

Strong community of academic experts

Our Department is home to world-leading experts, active in academic research and cutting-edge practice. We cover a variety of specialist topics across film, theatre and television, including style and technology, translation and adaptation, ecology and environment, documentary, children's and youth media, representation and performance, Samuel Beckett and world cinema.

This means that you get to study a diverse curriculum, and we encourage you to consider a variety of critical approaches in both your written and practical work. You'll get to experience a rich culture of extracurricular events, such as exhibitions, festivals and talks by visiting speakers.

Image credits

  • Banner image 2: User Not Found: Exploring Social Media as Immersive Performance. Photography by Justine Jones
  • Banner image 3: The Blood That Binds Us : Year 2 film directed by Sherie McCormick
  • Banner image 4: Surviving Objects: Practice-as-research performance by Dr Teresa Murjas

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