With its exceptional facilities, supportive learning environment and strong connections to industry, the Department of Film, Theatre & Television at Reading has helped develop undergraduate student Tegan Hopgood into a better film and theatre practitioner.
A critically informed approach to creative practice
One of the highlights of Tegan's degree has been the study of film theory and how it can inform practice to produce better work.
"I have loved learning and understanding the theory side of film and theatre and this has allowed me to critically inform every piece of work I create. We create so many practical pieces over the three years that there is always an opportunity to develop your skills and create work you can be really proud of."
Minghella Studios: the ideal study space for film
All Film, Theatre & Television students are based in Minghella Studios, our £11.4m purpose-built study environment. It is equipped with multifunctional performance spaces and specialist production areas and equipment.
The building has been specifically designed around the way in which the Department approaches film, theatre and television, and enables students such as Tegan to be unapologetically creative in their work.
"Minghella Studios is probably the most wonderful part of being a Film, Theatre & Television student at Reading. We are so lucky to have our own bespoke building, filled with resources and equipment that make anything possible."
There's more to Minghella Studios than the physical spaces and equipment within it. It's a truly supportive environment to study in, where students meet to socialise, deepen their knowledge of film and theatre theory, and bond through truly creative practical projects.
Exposure to established theatre companies and practitioners
Throughout her degree, Tegan has gained a first-hand insight from real-world theatre companies and practitioners who have visited the University. These industry professionals share their expertise and knowledge through seminars and workshops, providing an advanced preview of what working in the field is really like.
"This is always an opportunity for us to ask all questions we may have about every aspect of theatre. Being able to discuss various ways of working that have proved effective for others also gives us the chance to understand who we are as practitioners."
The first-year module, "Making Meaning", which all Film, Theatre & Television students study, helped prepare Tegan for the rest of her degree. The module comprises a series of workshops and small group practical projects designed to introduce you to the principles of critical practice in theatre performance and screen-based production.
"There is a freedom of creativity on this module that sets you up for modules in later terms and years that have more technical demands and are longer in both process and finished project. This module taught me that every idea I have is possible. This building, making use of its light, sound, props, and costumes can do anything you need it to."
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