Study BA Film and Theatre and pursue your passion for film and theatre in a course that combines critical approaches and the opportunity to create films and performances.
Drawing from the same varied and creative options offered on BA Film and BA Theatre, this course allows you to combine your study of theatre and film, and includes the opportunity to engage with television, enabling you to specialise in line with your developing expertise and interests. You will experience all three mediums through practice, and be given a variety of opportunities to collaborate in the production of films, television programmes or theatre performances. You will also have the option of following a critical-only route.
Your first year will introduce you to the breadth of film and theatre, giving you a grounding in the histories and critical frameworks that inform each medium. You will begin to develop a range of academic and practical skills (for both film and theatre) that will prove invaluable throughout the degree and beyond.
For example, you will have the opportunity to watch, interpret and debate a wide range of film and television, including documentary, Soviet cinema and the work of Alfred Hitchcock. You will also explore a variety of 'channels of communication', and be introduced to work across Chinese, Greek, Shakespearean and Noh theatre. We provide you with a thorough understanding of theatre conventions in order that your own experiments can have an even stronger impact. Throughout your first-year practical work, you will explore how theatre, film and television have been effected by different social and historical contexts, developing your responses to this in group-based projects.
The second year of the degree will examine work within and beyond classical and conventional narrative traditions from both theoretical and practical perspectives. This enables you to understand the application of theory and how it impacts the creative process. Optional modules allow you to investigate a variety of areas in detail, from nationhood and identity in performance to genre and authorship in Hollywood – as well as avant-garde, political and radical work from across the worlds of theatre and film. Throughout this you will engage with group-based practical work in either theatre or film/television, which develops your ability to creatively respond to different movements, practitioners and historical periods, and allows you to develop your own storytelling and practical skills.
The final year presents you with the choice to diversify your focus or further develop your knowledge in your chosen specialism. These modules are based around our academics’ current world-leading research and are all discussion-based, allowing you to rigorously engage with cutting-edge thought. Your practical work across the degree now culminates in either a collaborative 10-minute film, a 40-minute theatre piece or a written dissertation.
This degree is designed with the interaction between theory and practical work at its core, giving you plenty of opportunities to develop both your critical and technical skills. You will be based in Minghella Studios, a purpose-built study environment that reflects the way in which we think about and teach film, theatre and television. Your practical work allows you to try out different production roles and develop a range of skills and techniques while also developing a strong academic knowledge of their histories and meanings.
A key benefit of studying at Reading is our close proximity to London – undoubtedly the UK’s premier hub for all things film and theatre. You will have numerous opportunities to visit theatres and see performances as part of your degree; London is only 30 minutes away by train, meaning it’s easy to see a show or visit one of its many independent cinemas in your own time. Please be aware theatre tickets and travel are additional costs for any theatre module and you should plan accordingly.
Select Reading as your firm choice on UCAS and we will guarantee you a place if you achieve one grade lower than the published offer.
All suitable applicants will be interviewed.
30 points overall
Extended Project Qualification
In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) provides to students for University study, we can now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
Core modules include:
EITHER Screen Production Roles and Creative Screen Practice OR Community and Collaborative Practice
EITHER Film Forms and Cultures OR Identity, Performance and Culture Placements and Employment Skills.
Optional modules include:
EITHER Fim Forms and Cultures OR Identity, Performance and Culture
Screen Storytelling and Criticism
Performance Skill: Acting and Directing
Television and Contemporary Culture Identity, Performance and Culture B
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
Advanced Filmmaking project/Ensemble Performance OR Creative Research Project Choose from a range of optional modues which vary in response to developments in film, television and theatre research, and student demand. Some include elements of practical work. Recent examples have included:
Choose from a range of optional modules, which vary in response to developments in theatre, film and television research, and student demand. Some include elements of practical work. Recent examples have included:
Identity, Agency, Adovocacy
Cinema, Spectacle and Technology
Representing Conflict on Stage and Screen
Theatres of Crisis
Placements and Employment Skills
New UK/Republic of Ireland students: £9,250* per year
New international students: £17,320 per year
* UK/Republic of Ireland fee changes
UK/Republic of Ireland undergraduate tuition fees are regulated by the UK
government. These fees are subject to parliamentary approval and any decision on
raising the tuition fees cap for new UK students would require the formal approval of
both Houses of Parliament before it becomes law.
Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources.
You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students
from the UK may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more
information on what's available.
* UK and EU Fee Changes
Subject to the Government passing legislation to raise the minimum fee cap, we will raise undergraduate tuition fees from £9,000 to £9,250 for new UK/EU students applying to start courses in the 2017/18 academic year. You will not be affected by this rise if you have deferred entry to the 2017/18 academic year. The Government will confirm future arrangements for EU students in due course.
The tuition fee will remain £9,000 per year for the full duration of this course if you start in the 2016/17 academic year or have accepted an offer but deferred your entry until the 2017/18 academic year. This is unlike other institutions who are planning to raise fees midway through courses.
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
What career can you have?
97% of our graduates are in work or further study within 15 months of the end of their course .
Our flexible degrees are designed to develop the confidence and skills valued by both creative and commercial industries, providing you with a diverse range of career opportunities following graduation.
Our degrees are designed to develop the skills valued by both creative and commercial industries, providing you with a wide range of career opportunities following graduation.
Careers learning, an emphasis on professional skills, and work-based modules are built into the course to prepare you for your future career.
Many of our alumni work in the creative industries and their roles include the following:
film producers and directors
visual FX experts
Graduates also go on to work in:
commercial marketing and media
 Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18; First Degree responders from Film, Theatre & Television.