About the course
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.
- QS World University Subject Rankings 2019 ranked the University of Huddersfield 25th in the world for 'Performing Arts'.
- 97% student satisfaction ranking us 2nd in the country (NSS 2018).
- State-of-the-art facilities including three adaptable studios with sprung floors and state of the art multimedia projection equipment.
- Dedicated rehearsal rooms.
- Teaching by industry professionals and guest appearances from the likes of Professor Sir Patrick Stewart, Natalie Gavin, John Britton, Nicolás Núñez, Chloe Beale, Nicci Topping, Anna Helena McLean, and David Crowley.
- Production based programme along with visits from practitioners and residencies from internationally known companies like Slung Low, IOU Productions and Northern Broadsides.
- You'll investigate everything from contemporary theatre to historical performance practice.
- The Drama building is a hive of activity, where rehearsals, performance, discussion and research takes place and helps you create new ideas and collaborations.
Drama, Theatre and Performance have much to contribute to the way in which we understand and create the world we live in. Studying in the Drama Division at the University of Huddersfield will help you to develop both your practical and your critical skills. All of our staff have extensive experience of working in the field of performance in various contexts and work together to provide the best possible learning experience for you. We believe that a thorough understanding of the history, theory and discourse of drama, theatre and performance will enhance your practical and of course provide an integrated mix of both. We also have many contacts with many companies and practitioners who contribute to the course by giving performances, running classes, or providing placement opportunities.
Nik Taylor, Subject Leader, Drama, Theatre and Performance
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.
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. Training in acting, voice, and the physical can be explored through the challenge of staging the work.
Choose two from a list which may include:
Models and Theories of Performance Practice 1A
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.
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.
Models and Theories of Performance Practice 2a
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. 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.
Theatre and Performance Making
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.
You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a training project in one of a range of theatre skill areas, such as directing, performing, physical theatre, 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.
Choose one from a list which may include:
Models and Theories of Performance Practice 2b
This module concentrates on the uses of theatre, introduced through lecture-workshops. You’ll then have the opportunity 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 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.
Process and Performance Project
In this module, you will have the opportunity to take part in a full-scale performance production. Production options generally include classical and contemporary texts, devised physical work, and immersive theatre work. In preparing and rehearsing for the performances, you will be expected to practise, to extend, to contextualise and to develop the physical, creative, intellectual and practical skills necessary. Past performances include: Cabaret, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Last Supper, A Little Match Girl, and Phantasmagoria.
Critical Context: Perspectives on Contemporary Drama, Theatre and Performance
This is a lecture and seminar series which presents you with a range of critical perspectives on examples of contemporary drama, theatre and performance. Colour-blind casting, gender equity, and the place of the Creative Arts in society are some of the areas that have been discussed. You will then have the opportunity to choose one of these topics to develop arguments for a series of live debates.
Practice and Research 3
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.
Plus choose one from a list which may include:
Final Year Project
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 Common Grounds Festival.
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.
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.
22.4% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops etc. The remainder of the time will be spent on independent study.
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.
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. 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.
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. Read our guidance for more information. Some applicants may also be invited to interview.
You must provide evidence of practical and theoretical interest in drama.
If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.
Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.
- 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).
- 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).
- Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
- 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.
- 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.
*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
**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.
Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. Our staff are recognised as leading figures in their fields, as evidenced by, publications and performances.
Over the past seven years, Drama, Theatre and Performance (DTP) at Huddersfield has gradually developed its research culture, attracting a range of internal and external funding for research projects and developing international contacts. DTP at Huddersfield is home to three peer-reviewed Open-Access academic journals: The Journal of Embodied Research(JER), Performance Magic, and Performance and Mindfulness and staff regularly contribute to a number of other journals including Theatre, Dance and Performance Training as well as various edited collections.These research outputs are firmly rooted in various the performance practices of the team which include, but aren’t restricted to,performance magic, psychophysical performance training, disability and performance, and performing aging, Over the past three years our staff and students have presented performances, workshops, and papers in the UK, Chile, Poland, Canada, USA, Panama, Mexico, Brazil, China, Malta, Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Australia, Republic of Ireland.
For more information, please refer to our research pages.
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