Buckinghamshire New University
Performing Arts (Film, TV and Stage) BA (Hons)
Buckinghamshire New University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

This exciting interdisciplinary degree programme fuses theatre, film, television and audio media placing the performer at the heart of the creative process. So, if you're a self-motivated and enthusiastic performing arts lover, this course could be the perfect path for you.

During your time on this course you'll develop a broad understanding of the industry and spend time focusing on all aspects of production. As well as this you’ll have the opportunity to write, create and perform group and independent productions.

Why study this subject? Whether you specialise in Film, TV or Stage, with this degree you'll be able to play a key role in storytelling. Become the protagonist of your career and help create inspiring characters for your audience to fall in love with.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? On this course you'll learn that there are many ways to be a performer. We'll give you hands-on experience with the latest technology allowing you to explore the full range of screen, audio and inter-media possibilities, whilst having access to industry professionals who'll help you shape your work.

With London’s theatre world only a short train journey away, we're perfectly placed for acting and performing arts opportunities, placements and theatre visits. There’ll be lots of other performance opportunities open to you, during and after you graduate.

We frequently draw on our strong industry links, including:

  • Swan Theatre, High Wycombe – students from each year perform in this professional theatre every year.

  • Courtyard Theatre, London – this leading fringe venue hosts our final year showcases as well as our second-year productions.

  • Court Theatre Training Company – this leading drama school is a partner institution of the University, and we share industry practice with them.

  • Out of Joint – this leading UK theatre company has hosted workshops and talks with our students, and Catriona Craig, a permanent member of BNU, also works as Literary Manager for the company.

  • Paines Plough – James Grieve, Artistic Director of the company was awarded an honorary MA in 2016 for his work with our students, helping advise lecturers on texts and organising opportunities for our students to interview leading playwright Alistair McDowall.

Students regularly perform beyond their time with BNU, with several going on to join the National Youth Theatre.

What will I study? Our team of experienced academic-practitioners has a wealth of industry and academic experience and will nurture your learning and professional development throughout your time with us. We place performance making at the centre of this course so you'll get a much better understanding of the practices that surround film, stage and television performances.

During this course you'll study a number of practical modules and learn physical and vocal performance skills.

How will I be taught and assessed? We know the importance of catering for different learning styles and enabling our students to develop a wide range of academic and performance skills. We don't have any written exams and we encourage you to develop your own response to open briefs, giving you independence and creative control over your work.

In the theoretical and practical perspectives modules, you’ll look at the various ways that performance can be conceived and consider its importance in society through conducting research into different areas that interest you.

Throughout this degree you’ll create a series of shows, films, short scenes and devised performances. In your third year, you’ll set up your own theatre company and devise a production that you'll manage from conception through to venue booking, marketing and performance.

What facilities can I use? You’ll use our drama studio on site, with moving lights and fully-equipped sound system and projection. We also use the professional venue at Wycombe Town Hall, which is less than two minutes from our campus.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 8 graduates of Performing Arts (Film, TV and Stage) BA (Hons) at Buckinghamshire New University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Film Studies.

Overall student satisfaction
92 /100
8 total respondents
The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates of Performing Arts (Film, TV and Stage) BA (Hons) at Buckinghamshire New University

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Performing Arts (Film, TV and Stage) BA (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £19000 £18500 £23500
25-75 percentile range £18000 - £24000 £14000 - £23500 £18500 - £29000

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Performing Arts (Film, TV and Stage), BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Performing Arts (Film, TV and Stage) BA (Hons) at Buckinghamshire New University

20% Managers, directors and senior officials
10% Sales occupations
10% Teaching Professionals
10% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Administrative occupations
5% Skilled trades occupations
5% Teaching and Childcare Support Occupation
5% Artistic, literary and media occupations
5% Web and Multimedia Design Professionals
5% Sports and fitness occupations

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score of 88 - 112. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year.

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All other courses
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
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Tuition Fees Performing Arts (Film, TV and Stage) BA (Hons)

EU £9250 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
International £12500 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of Buckinghamshire New University in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of Buckinghamshire New University in related subject specific rankings.

Journalism & Media Studies

    • #76 
    • #89 
    Communication & Media Studies
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]

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About Buckinghamshire New University

Buckinghamshire New University, also known as Bucks, was founded in 1893, in the town of High Wycombe, South East England. This university has chosen to divide its academic offerings into seven separate schools, which is reflected in that learning resources such as libraries are located in their relevant areas to reduce crowding and also increase the ease of looking for the materials the student needs. Bucks has been the recipient of numerous awards, among which we can find the Silver Award from TEF.

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Where is this programme taught

High Wycombe Campus
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