23 September 2019
3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year
A Level - BBB
BTEC - DDM
Perhaps you love going to the theatre and you have a natural ability to perform and entertain. You also have a desire to investigate and understand how performance works in all its various settings. You want to get behind the scenes to know more about what goes into making a performance successful. You might even have ideas for a script that you want to develop. We’ll look at drama, theatre and performance from every angle, investigating and analysing the subject to help you go on to be successful in your chosen field.
On the course we’ll investigate everything from contemporary theatre to historical performance practice. We'll give you the chance to develop your skills and knowledge and understanding of what goes into a performance.
Your lecturers have come from a professional background in drama, theatre and performance. There’s constant activity taking place, including productions put on by the staff and students, visits from practitioners and residencies from internationally known companies like Slung Low, IOU Productions and Northern Broadsides.
Our bespoke converted Drama space houses state-of-the-art facilities including three adaptable studios with sprung floors and state of the art multimedia projection equipment. The building is a hive of activity, where rehearsals, performance, discussion and research takes place and helps you create new ideas and collaborations.
On the course you’ll have the chance to work with a professional theatre company, collaborating with fellow students and professionals to put on a major performance. All in all, we aim to make it a rich and inspiring three years for you to develop your creativity and understanding.
We give you the chance to realise your ambitions and go on to work in the theatre, performing arts, media and education. Previous students have gone to work for BBC drama, ITV, Channel 4, BBC 6 Music, The Royal National Theatre, The Old Vic, Lawrence Batley Theatre and Point Blank Theatre Company.
You’ll have the opportunity to experience a range of workshops in creative and performance practices which are intended to develop your ability to create performance material collaboratively and from a range of starting points other than traditional play scripts. Assessment takes the form of one or more practical projects and a written report or portfolio.
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.
Choose two from a list which may include:
What is performance? How do we read performances? What place do performance and theatre have within the broader culture? This module is designed to introduce you to a range of important analytical and theoretical perspectives used in the interpretation of performance. The module aims to help you to be able to critically analyse a variety of theatrical and performance practices, and their relationship to different cultural, economic, historical and political contexts. A weekly workshop/lecture/seminar will introduce you to the theories that will underpin the rest of your studies. The assessment of this module is based entirely on coursework consisting of written and presentational assignments.
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.
This module focuses on the analytical study of contemporary performance practices. Through a series of workshops, lectures and seminars, you will be encouraged to use particular critical concepts to analyse and critique the work of a range of innovative theatre practitioners, including companies, directors, writers and performers. The assessment of this module is based entirely on coursework consisting of written and presentational assignments. Practitioners previously studied include Marina Abramović Forced Entertainment, Nicola Canavan, Ariane Mnouchkine, Tim Crouch, IOU Theatre, Mojisola Adebayo, Orlan, Split Britches, Augusto Boal and the Wooster Group.
You’ll be asked to choose from a range of production projects, each offering the opportunity to specialise in a different aspect of theatre, drama or performance. Each project will culminate in a live public production or equivalent event; for example, a performance of an existing playtext, or a devised physical theatre piece or a series of theatre-in-education workshops delivered in schools. Assessment takes the form of the practical project and a written report or portfolio.
You’ll be asked to choose to undertake a training project in one of a range of theatre skill areas, such as directing, performing, writing for performance, technical theatre, or workshop facilitation. A programme of training will help to prepare you to undertake an independent project which demonstrates your skills and understandings. The assessment of this module is based entirely on a skills presentation and a practical project.
Choose one from a list which may include:
This module concentrates on the uses of theatre. You will have the opportunity to explore new practical and theoretical material including a range of Applied Theatre practice and ideology, introduced through lecture-workshops. You’ll then be encouraged to go on to develop researched case studies of contemporary practitioners and practices, concentrating on the uses of Drama, Theatre and Performance. You are encouraged to develop knowledge of practitioners and practices that sit outside of mainstream theatre and performance culture. The assessment of this module is based entirely on coursework consisting of written and presentational assignments.
The placement will relate to your course of study and/or desired career It will provide opportunities for the development of a range of personal, interpersonal and professional skills, dependent upon the nature of the working environment and whether the student is working as an individual or within a team. You will be expected to identify a suitable placement for yourselves but will be assisted by the Module Tutor and the Employer Engagement Administrator. It is expected that you will undertake formal recruitment and selection procedures and will be required to prepare a Curriculum Vitae, write cover letters, attend assessment centres and interviews as necessary.
The aim of this module is to allow you to engage in depth with a single staff directed process and performance. You will be expected to feed into your work the most relevant areas of skill and knowledge which you have gained elsewhere on your course. In preparing and rehearsing for one or more performances, you will be expected to practise, to extend, to contextualise and to develop the physical, creative, intellectual and practical skills necessary. Assessment takes the form of an individual contribution to a final performance event or other presentation and an individual portfolio.
This is a lecture and seminar series which presents you with a range of critical perspectives on examples of contemporary drama, theatre and performance. You’ll be encouraged to develop research in two areas of interest and assessment is based on coursework.
This module takes the form of a Working Party research process in which you’ll have the opportunity to individually research a particular focussed topic and then collectively design and deliver your research in a group panel session within a student organised conference. Research methodologies can include practice-as-research – using studio-based or fieldwork explorations. You’ll be asked to present the results of your research as part of a group within a Year 3 symposium. You will be assesses on a concise written summary of your research, an individual presentation within the symposium and your group's overall curatorship of their part of the symposium.
Plus choose one from a list which may include:
The Final Year Project is an opportunity to demonstrate practical skills in a significant theatre or performance role. Building on skills developed through earlier study, you will be able to negotiate a practical project that may focus on performing, directing, applied theatre practice, writing or technical and production skills. With input from a supervisor, you will then be asked to work largely independently to deliver the agreed project. Many of the practical projects appear in the Department’s annual Festival. Research and critical reflection on the practice is also developed in the module, which is assessed through a creative practical presentation and a written portfolio.
This course provides you with an opportunity to engage in the process of practical and/or theoretical research at an advanced level and to plan and write a critical analysis of an area of drama/theatre/performance practice which reflects your individual academic and/or vocational interests. The dissertation will include an understanding of the intellectual, philosophical and societal contexts of the work, and an engagement with appropriate and relevant discourses.
At any year of study, one module outside the named degree programme, but offered within the School of Music, Humanities and Media, may be taken as an alternative to any of the option modules listed above where feasible and subject to timetabling restrictions and the approval of your Course Leader.
Teaching and assessment
16.33% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops etc.
Given the diverse nature of the experiences offered by a Drama degree, assessment takes a range of forms. There are no written examinations, but rather an emphasis on coursework. You submit work for assessment at intervals throughout the year. Most modules have elements of both written and practical assessment with the balance between these varying according to the learning outcomes and content.
Practical work takes several different forms; for example you'll experience practical workshops and performance projects lectures and seminars, and one-to-one tutorials. You'll demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the subject through a range of assessments: performances and other creative practical working processes, research-based practical presentations, essays, scripts, portfolios and working notebooks or dissertations. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
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.
BBBat A Level including a minimum grade B in a relevant subject, preferably Drama, Theatre or Performance Studies
120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a minimum grade B at A Level in a relevant subject, preferably Drama, Theatre or Performance Studies
DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts or related subject and the demonstration of good critical analytical ability
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.
You must provide evidence of practical and theoretical interest in drama.
Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.
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. You can study this course on a part-time basis but, as this is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.
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.
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