Drama full-time top-up award BA (Hons)

Course length: 1 year full-time


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.

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 range of dramatic structures covering both improvisational and scripted work, and have the opportunity to take part in a major production.

The course also looks at the different ways in which you can use drama in your career, with modules on Drama for Therapy and Well-being, and Writing for Theatre.  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 a 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. 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 and field trips to help you define your career plans. 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).

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.


Entry requirements

All applicants will need to have 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 in a relevant Foundation Degree or HND.

All applicants will be invited to prepare a short audition piece.


Fees for academic year: 2017/18 

Full-time UK/EU Students: £9,250*

* 2018/19 tuition fees may rise in line with inflation

Finance information

Drama full-time top-up award

Level 6 modules

Writing for Theatre

The module will focus on developing your understanding of dramatic structure, your use of basic devising techniques, and your experience of the creative process in devising or writing a piece of original theatre. The teaching sessions will be a combination of the study of dramatic structure, and the development of your own dramatizations.

Production Project (double module)
This double module allows students to select a historical period, theatrical style or practitioner studied on the course, and research, realise and reflect on that area. The module has the practical implementation of theory as its focus, and you are encouraged to in turn reflect on the adequacy of theory as a result of the practical work. The module will give you scope to use and extend your expertise in any area covered by the course.

American Drama
Students studying this module look at three main areas of 21st century American drama: the years between the two World Wars; the war and post-war years up to the election of President J. F. Kennedy in 1960; and the years between 1960 and 1990. Attention will be paid to representative playwrights and plays. Key texts are selected to introduce students to some of the main themes of American plays such as the American dream, materialism, the fragmentation of society, race, and the role of women in society.

Introduction to Drama as Therapy
This module will introduce students to how drama can be used as a therapeutic intervention with groups and individuals within a variety of contexts. It is intended that this course will offer an overview of a range of therapeutic approaches within Drama therapy and other creative arts interventions. Self-directed study and the assessed assignments will offer students the opportunity to explore areas of particular interest in more depth. Beginning with an exploration of how drama and theatre can be therapeutic, this module will then outline the history of drama as a healing process before focusing on the contemporary application of Drama therapy and creative arts processes in current practices.

Dissertation (double module)
The dissertation provides an opportunity for a sustained and focused study on a particular area of Drama, Performance, or Theatre. By the end of the module, students should be able to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of a wide range of concepts, theories and methodologies. The dissertation must reflect critical reading and independent research. Wherever possible and appropriate, the writing should relate theoretical studies to practice.

Postmodern Culture
Students studying this module will learn how to define postmodern elements within chosen texts and show understanding of how postmodern culture relates to other subject areas. Students will gain a richer understanding of our postmodern society in the UK today and contribute this knowledge in lectures. Students will also be expected to create a piece of postmodern work and have the ability to be able to critically evaluate and analyse its context, as well as contextualise the views and ideas of a postmodern artist.

Moving Image Arts
In this module students will be trained in the use of advanced digital video editing techniques using industry standard software and develop technical and creative confidence in the non-linear editing process. The aim is to prepare students for moving image production work.

Course code

Single Honours: 100% Drama full-time top-up award

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Applications for flexible learning courses are made via Newman.

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