Bath Theatre Academy offers a full-time UAL Level 3 Course in Performing and Production Arts.
Split over three full days of practical and theoretical work, this course is like doing your A Levels, but at a theatre, working with some of the best practitioners in the South West and beyond.
Who are Bath Theatre Academy?
Drawing on 10+ years of Theatre Royal Bath’s creative endeavours, plus years of educational expertise from the college, our collaboration strives to create the optimum conditions for art and learning to thrive.
We want to serve the students on our course by ensuring that they are exposed to the industry’s most exciting and innovative thinkers and makers – all of whom are united by the shared vision to radically readdress common misperceptions about the work young people are capable of making.
We are passionate about empowering the next generation of theatremakers to go boldly.
Where is the Bath Theatre Academy?
Bath Theatre Academy students benefit from two campuses in the heart of the city: the Bath College City Centre campus, and the purpose-built theatre spaces at Theatre Royal Bath.
Over at the theatre, learning takes place in The Egg, a purpose-built theatre for young people. The building comprises of a stunning rooftop rehearsal room, a versatile and fully accessible auditorium and a relaxed cafe.
Bath College offers two further rehearsal and performance spaces. TEMPA is a multi-functionary space which allows a number of audience configurations within it. A smaller studio space is mostly used as a rehearsal venue but can be transformed into a performance space for smaller projects. Our fully equipped Dance Studio acts as another rehearsal space for students.
The College also has a host of recording studios, media suites and film & TV equipment, which is available to our students.
The course is delivered across the two campuses over a three/four-day timetable. Following the terms found in academic study, we will work to three terms in a year, breaking for Christmas, Easter and summer – with half-term breaks for study (and rest!).
We provide students with the best opportunities to succeed on their course by delivering a combination of classes, seminars, rehearsals, specific tutorial sessions and self-directed study.
The course delivery is broken down into a structured timetable mirroring a drama school model.
Our sessions are divided as follows:
Weekly time and space to work with a practitioner on a long-term project or unit; this could take the form of developing a scratch piece, understanding auditions, or rehearsing a specific production for that term. These are practical sessions where students will be up on their feet.
Our tutors are industry professionals, who will always begin their work with our cohort by explaining their route into the industry and the path they have taken to become a professional. Not only do we support our students through steps towards further education, we also support varied routes into the industry.
In order to be the best theatre maker, you need to have access to as many different skills as possible. Our Skills sessions aim to equip learners with a diverse and robust range of theatre making techniques. Working with specialists enables our students to begin to understand where their own particular interests lie.
Past skills sessions have included: stage combat, verbatim theatre, acting for screen, puppetry, and an introduction to sound design.
Our movement sessions with contemporary dance practitioners are structured around the idea of acting through movement. Students learn to understand their own movement style, the ways their bodies work, and the tools they are using. They will be challenged to think about their movement as an extension of their acting, and pushed to explore all forms of movement.
A weekly class in a core strength practice (Pilates or yoga) offers our students a way to develop their own core strength, a skill that is key to the success of a performer. This session also allows students to develop an awareness of their own mindfulness techniques.
In Voice lessons, each student will receive a ‘diagnostic’ in which their tutor identifies key areas they need to work on (diction, projection, pace). Over time, we work towards strengthening vocal quality for performance.
These classes give students the support they need to access the academic elements of the course. Theory tasks will be explored and unpicked to aid the understanding of the units being studied. All theory tasks relate to the practical work that students are doing in their Project lessons. Theory sessions can take the form of: a one-to-one session, small group discussions, or larger seminar styles.
There will also be a chance for students to have access to a tutor, who they will meet with at least once a week. The role of the tutor is to look after the pastoral needs of the students, ensuring they have access to any support they need to aid their learning.
We believe that theatre-going is as important as theatre-making. Watching theatre makes up a significant part of our course; last year our students watched 27 plays in Bath, Bristol and beyond. We subsided the cost of the tickets, so all these trips were free to students.