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Thai Studies and Theatre and Performance BA (Full time) 2018 start

Key facts

UCAS code: T3W4

Start date: September 2018

Duration/Mode
4 years full time

Typical A-level offer: ABB

UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)

Language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component

Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: No

Overview

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.

Specialist facilities

Leeds has fantastic facilities for theatre and language students. We have extensive library and on-line resources, such as the world-class Brotherton Library.

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).

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Course content

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.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Basic Thai Language and Culture 1 20 credits
Basic Thai Language and Culture 2 20 credits
IT for LCS Students 5 credits
Introduction to Audio-Visual Culture 20 credits
Performance Project 1: From Text to Performance 20 credits
Performance Perspectives 20 credits

Optional modules

History and Culture of Early Imperial China 10 credits
Chinese Culture in the Twentieth Century 10 credits
Introduction to Religious and Philosophical Texts of East Asia 20 credits
Introduction to East Asian Religions 20 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Year Abroad in Thailand 120 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

The Making of Modern Thailand 20 credits
Intermediate Thai Language and Culture 1 20 credits
Intermediate Thai Language and Culture 2 20 credits
Interpreting Theatre and Performance Histories 20 credits

Optional modules

Creative Practice and Performance Contexts 20 credits
Researching Theatre and Performance 20 credits
Cultural Flashpoints in the Performing Arts 20 credits
Arts Marketing 20 credits
Industry Study 20 credits

Year 4

Compulsory modules

Advanced Thai Language and Culture I 20 credits
Advanced Thai language and Culture II 20 credits
Independent Research Project 40 credits

Optional modules

Energy Security: Global and Asian Perspectives 20 credits
South East Asia in the Global Context 20 credits
Buddhism: A Lived Tradition 20 credits
Contemporary Issues in Arts and Culture 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Thai Studies and Theatre and Performance BA in the course catalogue

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.

Assessment

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.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: ABB

  • 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

    BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM. Other BTEC qualifications are also considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    M1, M1, M1

  • International Baccalaureate

    34 points overall including 16 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

  • Welsh Baccalaureate

    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.

  • Other Qualifications

    European Baccalaureate: 77%


Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Suitable candidates will be invited for interview before we decide to offer a place.

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.

We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

Alternative entry

We’re 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.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 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 you’re 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.

Admissions policy

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Undergraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 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 starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

The UK government has also 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, you’ll 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.

Financial support

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.

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Career opportunities

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.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s 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.

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Placement opportunities

Residence abroad

After your first year, you’ll spend a year at Chiang Mai University in Thailand to benefit from expert teaching in Thai language and culture. It’s a fantastic way to develop your knowledge and language skills. But between classes, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to travel and explore the country, getting a real insight into life in Thailand.

Read more about Residence Abroad in East Asian Studies

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