Drama at Newman scored 91% for overall satisfaction in the 2012 National Student Survey.
Why Study Drama?
This course is for students who enjoy drama and want to understand more about how the art form has developed over time and is used in various ways to reflect and explore some of the most important questions in society today. Visit the SCUDD website to learn about Drama graduates' career prospects and the wide-ranging benefits of a Drama degree. Click here too to watch a video on the importance of a drama degree in the working world.
What does the course cover?
The course is structured in such a way that theory arises out of practice – you will work practically through a wide range of dramatic structures covering both improvisational and scripted work, and have the opportunity to take part in at least one major production each year. The first half of the course covers the history and development of Drama from the Ancient Greeks to the violence and shock of present day Postmodern theatre.
The second half of the course looks at the different ways in which you can use drama in your career, with modules on Drama and Theatre in Education, Drama as Therapy, Writing for Theatre and Community Drama. You will study aspects of Drama such as character development and setting through studying film, television and staging your own productions. Finally, you get to decide how you would wish to use Drama and begin to set out on your own path.
How will I be assessed?
The course offers variety of assessment to suit the experience of the module studied, and will range from presentations, productions and written work, essays, reviews and log books.
What is noteworthy about the course?
One of the main attractions for students on this course is the close personal attention you receive from tutors. As classes and workshops are held in small groups, the tutors can observe your development and help you to improve your skills an individual basis. The lecturers have experience of both the academic and theoretical sides of drama and its practice. In addition, Newman has excellent links with a wide variety of people currently working in the industry, who advise students and know what is required to be successful in the theatre.
This course is one of the few drama degrees in the UK which is vocation centred. Modules offered include the history of drama. Live theatre is seen as a vital aspect of the course and the whole department will usually make a visit to the theatre at least once a term. There is a large element of practical work such as workshops, field trips and work experience to help you define your career plans and gain vital work experience in the theatre. There is also the opportunity to be involved in applied drama projects in schools, hospitals and community venues as part of Newman's Community & Applied Drama Lab (CAD Lab). In recent years, Drama students have taken placements at the Birmingham Rep, Birmingham Hippodrome and The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, amongst others.
What careers can I consider after this degree?
This degree, because of its practical nature, offers you a wide variety of career possibilities. You could become an actor, director, or writer; working in theatre in education, community theatre or mainstream theatre. You could also become a teacher or youth worker, or undertake further study of drama at postgraduate level. In addition, you will acquire a range of skills including developing ideas and constructing arguments, and the capacity to present them in appropriate ways which will be useful in a number of careers.
A minimum of 280 UCAS points including grades BC or above at A2 level, BTEC National Diploma with an overall grade of Distinction Merit Merit, or an Access Diploma with a minimum of 39 credits with Merit or Distinction. If you have a relevant HND or foundation degree qualification you may progress onto the final year of the degree. You will also need five GCSEs at grade C or above, including GCSE English Language, or a recognised equivalent. All applicants will be invited to prepare a short audition piece. For alternative qualifications please see our entry requirements page.
As well as covering essential, foundational subject knowledge, the first year of the course has been very carefully designed to build in the development of a range of skills necessary for success in HE. Greater choice of modules are available in Years 2 and 3, to enable you to particularly develop your interests in some areas of the subject if you wish.
The compulsory Work Placement is intended to give you relevant experience in a career of your choice.
Words and Bodies 1 /Ways of Reading (20 credits)
Production Project 1 (GS) (40 credits)
Applied Drama – Practitioner Skills (PS) (10 credits)
Preparation for placement (10 credits)
'Rhyme's Infection'?: Introduction to Poetry ( 20 credits)
Year 2 - Semester 1 & 2
Words and Bodies 2 (KK) (20 credits)
Placement (20 credits)
Semester 1 only
English Literature 1 or Elective* (20 credits)
English Literature 2 or Elective* (20 credits)
Semester 2 only
Production Project 2 (BC) (40 credits)
Year 3 - Semester 1 & 2
Dissertation (40 credits)
Semester 1 only
English Literature 3 (20 credits)
Words and Bodies 3 (KK) (20 credits)
English Literature 4
Writing for Theatre (GS)
Semester 2 only
Production Project 3 (GS) (40 credits)