About Us

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, part of the Institute of Arts and Humanities, is uniquely located to provide high-quality learning, teaching and research opportunities for students drawn from Wales, the United Kingdom, Europe and beyond.

As one of the largest and most significant Departments of its kind, its historic mission is to address the diverse needs and aspirations of its stakeholders and constituents. The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies plays a key role in developing talented individuals who go on to excel within the Creative Industries.

So why choose TFTS at Aberystwyth University?

At a student you will be living in a vibrant, cosmopolitan bilingual university town, between the rolling Cambrian mountains and the stunning coastline of Cardigan Bay. You will be part of a campus university with its own sports centre, a busy Arts Centre; and you will be next door to the National Library of Wales, only one in five copyright libraries in the UK.

Our department has an excellent reputation for the quality of its teaching, learning environment and the cultural experience we provide for our students. In the 2017 National Student Survey, our department has achieved 94% student satisfaction for our W400 Drama & Theatre Studies degree scheme and 93% student satisfaction for our WW64 Film & Television Studies / Drama& Theatre Studies degree scheme. We are committed to provide a student experience that is memorable and cherished. 

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth University is the highest rated Arts and Humanities Department in Wales, according to the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 60% of research submitted was rated world-leading. 

The department is proud of its well-established and active relationships with key industry partners, such as the BBC, S4C, Arad Goch, National Theatre Wales, Music Theatre Wales, Boom Pictures, Fiction Factory, the British Council Wales and Wales International. The department is a certified AVID Learning Partner. 

As a department, your future is very important to us. All second year film and television students take a core work placement module, with companies including the BBC, ITV, Eon Films, Kenty County Council Film Unit amongst others. Fiction Factory film the BBC drama series Y Gwyll/ Hinterland in the area. During the filming of the series, 40 of our students have taken part in placements, gaining the hands on experience that is valuable for any CV. 

 

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Facilities

Since April 2000 the Department has been based at the Parry-Williams Building. The Department offers a range of professional facilities and resources, which include: 

  • 3 large professionally equipped studios;
  • 3 rehearsal studios;
  • Costume and wardrobe facilities; 
  • 3 Camera High Definition Television Studio and Gallery with chroma key and auto-cue capability; 
  • Digital media suite designed specifically for work in digital production and editing; 
  • 30 editing systems - Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro software; 
  • Member of the Avid Learner Partner Programme; 
  • 50 industry standard High Definition Cameras – P2 and AVCHD formats; Canon C100, DSLR and GoPro Cameras available; 
  • Digital sound studio with advanced multi-track digital recording;

The Department is within close proximity to, and partnership with, the National Library of Wales, one of the five copyright deposit libraries of the UK, including the specialist National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales. Students also have access to additional facilities  through our partnerships with Boom Pictures, Wales’s largest independent television production company; Aberystwyth Arts Centre (based next to the department on the Penglais Campus); Theatr Arad Goch, an Aberystwyth-based theatre organisation which has benefited from substantial recent investment.

The BBC’s Mid Wales offices and studios are also housed within the department’s Parry Williams Building.

In and around the town of Aberystwyth, there are many other formal and informal playing areas which are utilised for productions throughout the year. These spaces in conjunction with the facilities of the Arts Centre are capable of meeting the wide variety of needs required by student, staff and guest practitioners.

Theatr y Werin, on the campus, also provides a varied programme of professional productions from companies like Hull Truck, Cambridge Theatre Company, Theatr Clwyd and Volcano Theatre. 

Office Hours

The Departmental Office is open at the following times:

Monday

  9.30am - 4.30pm

Tuesday

9.30am - 4.30pm

Wednesday

9.30am - 4.30pm

Thursday

9.30am - 4.30pm

Friday

9.30am - 3.30pm

Saturday

     Closed

Sunday

     Closed