Arabic and Theatre and Performance BA (Full time) 2018 start
UCAS code: T6W4
Start date: September 2018
4 years full time
Typical A-level offer: ABB
UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component
Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: No
This exciting and diverse degree allows you to study performance in workshop conditions while learning a language. You’ll acquire a critical and practical understanding of theatre while becoming proficient in your chosen language and exploring its culture and history.
Core modules focus on theatre and language. You’ll study performance with reference to specific texts, events and cultural organisations in their historical, social and political contexts, and develop fundamental practical skills for the stage. You’ll also develop skills in your language of choice by studying grammar and contemporary topics relevant to the areas where that language is spoken.
You’ll build on your knowledge by choosing from a wide range of optional modules on the practice, histories and industrial aspects of performance, and on the culture, history, politics and society of your language. Some language disciplines offer optional modules on the theatre of that language, allowing you to combine your subjects.
Leeds offers great facilities for language students. Our fully-equipped Language Centre hosts digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). Our Interpreter Training Suites also offer you the chance to explore a career in interpreting, and our Electronic Resource Information Centre houses specialised computing facilities to support translation studies.
Our world-class library resources include a huge variety of books and academic journals around the areas of Middle East studies and the politics, societies and cultures of the Middle East, as well as a wealth of audio-visual materials. The University Library runs a full training programme to help you exploit them. In addition, our archives contain 500 Arabic manuscripts and 10,000 archaeological artefacts, ranging from Pharaonic to early Palestinian eras.
The University also has four performance and rehearsal spaces, fully equipped with lighting and sound, which are used for teaching and group work on theatre studies modules as well as performances. In addition, our fully-equipped Language Centre hosts digital language labs, audio/visual practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL).Back to top
In your first year, you’ll study compulsory modules in performance which introduce you to the core questions of this field, both critical and practical. This will allow you to develop your skills in analysing text and performance, and to participate in a group performance project. You’ll also follow a compulsory language course that combines classroom study of grammar, oral classes, and autonomous study. These issues are routinely approached through the study of a particular aspect of the culture or history of that language.
You’ll develop this base of knowledge and skills at Level 2. Core modules will encourage you to think about the historical context of performance (both text and event) and enable you to progress further as regards your use of your chosen language. Optional modules will allow you to broaden your knowledge with study of the production, consumption and reception of performances, and of the cultures and societies of your chosen language.
In addition to a compulsory language module in your final year, you’ll have the opportunity to study optional modules in small groups with specialists in a variety of areas, many of which focus on performance. On the performance side of your studies, you‘ll also undertake the compulsory Independent Research Project, which allows you to carry out research on a performance-related topic of your own choice.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
You’ll choose from a wide range of optional modules while maintaining a balance across your subjects. Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more example optional modules and the full course structure.
|Beginning Arabic 1||20 credits|
|Beginning Arabic 2||20 credits|
|Early and Medieval Islamic History||20 credits|
|IT for LCS Students||5 credits|
|Introduction to Audio-Visual Culture||20 credits|
|Performance Perspectives||20 credits|
|Performance Project 1: From Text to Performance||20 credits|
|Year Abroad||120 credits|
|Advanced Arabic Grammar and Translation||20 credits|
|Essential Skills in Practical Arabic||20 credits|
|Interpreting Theatre and Performance Histories||20 credits|
Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.
|Introduction to Modern Arabic Literature||20 credits|
|Culture and Society in the Arab World||20 credits|
|Contemporary Arabic Media||20 credits|
|Creative Practice and Performance Contexts||20 credits|
|Theatre Directing||20 credits|
|Exploring Musical Theatre||20 credits|
|Advanced Skills in Arabic Language||20 credits|
|Arab Drama on Stage and Screen||20 credits|
|Final Year Project|
|Arabic Stylistics||20 credits|
|Advanced Media Arabic: Translation Skills in Text Typology||20 credits|
|Contemporary Issues in Arts and Culture||20 credits|
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
We use a variety of teaching and learning methods so you can benefit from our tutors’ expertise. Small group teaching is at the heart of both theatre and language learning. All of your modules will include a combination of lectures and seminars. Theatre modules and language modules also include practical workshops.
Tutorials and one-to-one supervisions may also be part of some modules, including practical essays. Independent study is crucial to your degree, too, in that it allows you to develop your research skills and critical thinking.
At the same time, we use different forms of assessment to help you develop a wider range of skills. Exams, essays, group presentations, and shorter pieces of writing are among the most common, but practice pieces, performance work and group presentations are also likely to be used in performance modules.
Some modules will also use online exercises such as wikis or podcasts. We offer plenty of support – for example you’ll be able to attend extra classes and complete on-line tutorials on exam technique, public speaking, structuring essays and other issues.Back to top
Entry requirements, fees and applying
Access to HE Diploma
Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview will be required and we may request a written piece of work.
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM. Other BTEC qualifications are also considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
M1, M1, M1.
34 overall including 16 points at Higher Level.
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
H2, H2, H2, H3, H3, H3
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
BB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or B in Advanced Highers and AAABB in Highers, or AABBBB in Highers.
The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.
European Baccalaureate: 77%
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
When an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be BBB at A Level and grade A in the EPQ.
Suitable candidates will be invited for interview before we decide to offer a place.
We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.
Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.
Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBC at A Level and pass Access to Leeds
We accept a wide range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies admissions team.
English language requirementsIELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.
How to apply
Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If youre unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250.
The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.
The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.
The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.Back to top
This programme will equip you with an understanding of performance, its contexts and uses as well as practical skills for the stage, along with knowledge of a world language. It will also equip you with valuable skills that will serve you well in a wide range of careers.
You’ll have excellent presentation and communication skills, both verbally and in writing. You’ll be confident working in a team or independently. You’ll also be able to think critically and creatively about a situation from different perspectives and have a high level of cultural awareness.
We intend that this new programme will give you the skills to succeed in a wide range of careers in the UK and further afield. These may include writing, performing, production and directing, community arts work, education, the media, marketing, PR, events management, arts administration, teaching, dramatherapy or language-specific roles such as translation or interpreting.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.Back to top
You’ll spend your second year at the Arabic Language Institute in Fes (ALIF), Morocco.
It’s a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture, and when you’re not in your intensive language classes there will be plenty of time to travel and explore the region. For many of our students, it’s the highlight of their course.Read more about Residence Abroad in Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
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