Thai Studies and Theatre and Performance BA (Full time) 2018 start
UCAS code: T3W4
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 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).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.
|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|
|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 Abroad in Thailand||120 credits|
|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|
|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|
|Advanced Thai Language and Culture I||20 credits|
|Advanced Thai language and Culture II||20 credits|
|Independent Research Project||40 credits|
|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|
Broadening your academic horizons
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 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
European Baccalaureate: 77%
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.
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 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.
How to apply
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.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
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.
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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