Drama and English Language BA(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Theatre studies, contemporary drama, playwrights and dramatists, language and linguistics: we take a broad approach and help you develop your creativity.

It’s not too late to apply for September 2018. Find out more

Start date

17 September 2018

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

See full entry requirements

UCAS Code

W401

Places available (subject to change)

18

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 478405

About the course

If you want to investigate and understand how performance works, if you enjoy the thrill of live stage performance and love the English language, this course could be for you. We’ll take a very hands-on approach to give you the chance to get involved in staff and student-led performances, and focus on helping you develop your creativity.

On the course we’ll give you the chance to gain a deep understanding of contemporary approaces to drama, alongside English Language. Recent partners have included Slung Low, IOU Productions and Northern Broadsides. Professor Sir Patrick Stewart, John Britton, Andrew Morrish and Nicolás Núñez have all visited the department and worked with our students.

We want to help you draw on your own creativity to produce intelligent, thoughtful and innovative work. We’ll encourage you to develop principles and approaches that could carry you through your chosen career and help you reach your full potential.

On the English language side of the course, we’ll cover a broad range of topics in English language and linguistics, all with the aim of furthering your understanding and helping you gain useful and transferable skills. We’ll look at literary and linguistic approaches to texts and interaction to help you build up your analytical and interpretive abilities.

In your second year, you’ll also have the opportunity to take a placement for five weeks, looking at ‘Language in the Workplace.’ You’ll have the chance to see how the language skills you’ve learnt on the course can be applied to communication in the working environment.

Placements


The course offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects. In your second year, you’ll also have the opportunity to take a placement for 5-weeks, looking at ‘Language in the Workplace.’ You’ll have the chance to see how the language skills you’ve learnt on the course can be applied to communication in the working environment.

During my placement,  I worked as a Production Manager for the Third Year Festival. The thought at first daunting, but I got into the hang of it with help from my tutors. It really put me in good stead for when I’m faced with the ‘real world’!

daniella ryalls

Daniella Ryalls, Drama BA(Hons) in 2016

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level including a minimum grade B in two relevant subjects, preferably in Drama, Theatre or Performance Studies and in English

120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum grade B at A Level in two relevant subjects, preferably in Drama, Theatre or Performance Studies and in English

  • DM in a BTEC Diploma in Performing Arts or related subject and minimum grade B at A Level in English
  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above, to include modules in Drama, Theatre or Performance Studies and in English
  • 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications which should include modules in Drama, Theatre or Performance Studies and additionally English.

Applicants will be invited to attend a Selection Day, at which they will participate in a workshop by way of audition. Some applicants may also be invited to interview.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

You must provide evidence of practical and theoretical interest in drama.

Hear from our students


Flo is studying Drama BA(Hons). She describes her time at the University of Huddersfield as the most incredible years of her life. Watch Flo rehearse in the Drama facilities and hear how performing with a professional theatre company has shaped her future career ambition

Course Detail

Drama

Option modules:

Models and Theories of Performance Practice 1B

This weekly workshop/lecture/seminar introduces you to a range of historical performance practices from the late-Victorian period to the present. The seminars are designed to encourage you to probe and debate the issues raised with reference to texts taken from a range of cultures and periods. Each week you will be asked to examine theatrical play texts and performances in historical context using theories of performance. You will have the opportunity to gain insight into how conceptions of character and plot converge and/or diverge over time and explore how social, political, and artistic ideas have affected theatre over time. The assessment of this module is based entirely on coursework consisting of written and presentational assignments.

Text into Performance

You’ll have the opportunity to explore the ways in which a play script can form the basis for a live theatre production through working together as a company to stage a short text. Questions of character, structure, meaning and dramaturgy can be explored through the challenge of staging the work. Assessment takes the form of the practical project and a written report or portfolio.

English Language

Core module

Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics

This module introduces you to the structure of language as a system. You'll be able to explore the basics of linguistic description, using mostly, but not only, the English language to illustrate. The module focuses on the fundamental linguistic concept of ‘levels’ of language, starting from the smallest (sounds) and building up to sentence structure. Emphasis is on the development of practical skills in analysing language structure. This module will be assessed by a mixture of coursework assessments and formal examinations.

Option modules:

Choose two from a list which may include:

Approaches to Language Study

This module introduces you to a number of theoretical, analytical and methodological advances that have had a significant impact on the development of linguistics as a discipline. You will be introduced to principal ideas in linguistics and practical issues in carrying out research into language. The module thus acts as a precursor to many of the issues that will be explored in greater detail in years 2 and 3 of the course, and is designed to enthuse you about the value of studying language.

History of English

This module introduces you to the history of the English language from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day. You'll have the opportunity to focus on how English has developed historically, from its earliest origins in the Old English period, through its development into Middle English and then Early Modern English, to its present-day status as a global language. The key theme of the module is how English varies over time, and you'll be encouraged to examine how intra- and extra-linguistic factors have caused this.

Introduction to Stylistics

This module introduces you to the linguistic analysis of literary and other texts. The focus is on describing and explaining the relationship between linguistic choices and poetic effects in the three major literary genres of poetry, drama and prose fiction. In the lectures you are introduced to a range of analytical tools for describing and explaining meaning and effect, and in seminars you are given the opportunity to test out your understanding by applying these tools to the analysis of a number of extracts from literary texts. The emphasis throughout the course is on you developing practical analytical skills.

Teaching and assessment

21% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops etc. You'll experience practical workshops and performance projects in the three theatre/studio spaces, lectures and seminars, and one-to-one tutorials with specialist staff. Assessment of your work includes essays, research based practical presentations, creative practical working processes, performance, scripts and plays, and a dissertation. You submit work for assessment at intervals throughout the year.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (either written and/or verbal) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

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Your Career


Drama graduates have gone on to work in the performing arts, in television, touring theatre, and running their own performance companies.

*Percentage of graduates from these subject areas at Huddersfield who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2014/15 and 2015/16 aggregated).

85-89%Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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