Drama, Theatre and Applied Performance BA (Hons)

Course length: 3 years full-time

Overview

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.


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Entry requirements

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

 

September 2018 Entry Requirements

You must achieve either at least 96 UCAS points including a minimum of CC at A level or equivalent (e.g.MM at BTEC Diploma), or a total of 88 points from a maximum of 3 A levels.

Access Students can achieve the requirements with the following combination of Distinction, Merit and/ or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course. 96 UCAS Points: D21-M3-P21; D18-M9-P18; D15-M15-P15; D12-M21-P12; D9 M27-P9; D6-M33-P6; D3-M39-P3; D0-M45-P0.

5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English or a recognised equivalent, are also required.

 

Fees

Fees per academic year: 2017/18 

Full-time UK/EU Students: £9,250*

* Please note for 2018/19 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Finance and Scholarship information

Additional costs:

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is not required for entry into this programme, although it is in many cases required by employers before students can begin their Year 2 (level 5) work placement.  The cost of the DBS is currently £55 (including processing fee) with the option of subscribing to the update service which is currently £13 per year.  For more information on your DBS application please click here.

As a full time student, you will study a total of 120 credits each year. Credits are made up of mandatory modules and you may have a list of optional modules to choose from. Not every programme offers optional modules and when an optional module is available it will be clearly marked. All modules are listed below and you may not be required to complete all of these modules. Most modules are 20 credits and dissertations are 40 credits. Please note that not all optional modules run every year. For further information please email admissions@newman.ac.uk.

Year 1 modules


THE TERRIBLE TRUTH: ANCIENT GREEK AND EARLY MODERN TRAGEDY AND COMEDY


MODULE TITLE : THE TERRIBLE TRUTH: ANCIENT GREEK AND EARLY MODERN TRAGEDY AND COMEDY

MODULE CODE : DRU401


MODULE SUMMARY :

This ‘Introduction to Drama’ module will explore the essential dramatic tropes of Comedy and Tragedy from the Ancient Greek and British Early Modern periods. Students will read selected plays from the two periods and explore traditional methods of staging them, to understand how the spoken text and performing body can combine to elicit the power of the tragic or comic response from an audience. The module will normally include a field trip to the theatre. 

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 48.00
Independent : 152.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Acquaint students with selected plays from the Ancient Greek and Early Modern canon.
  • Explore how Tragedy and Comedy were staged; how these tropes varied and evolved.
  • Begin to examine how Drama brings words and bodies together in different ways.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Recognise, and identify, how different dramatists approach comic and tragic drama in different ways.     
  • Explore, discuss and experiment with ways in which staging impacts on audience reception.
  • Present findings verbally and performatively.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 30% ABSTRACT 1000 WORDS, EXC. BIBLIOGRAPHY

Component 2 - 70% PERFORMANCE (FIVE MINS PER STUDENT INVOLVED)

APPLIED DRAMA 2 - PRACTITIONER SKILLS


APPLIED DRAMA 2 - PRACTITIONER SKILLS: details currently unavailable

PRODUCTION PROJECT 1


MODULE TITLE : PRODUCTION PROJECT 1

MODULE CODE : DRU404


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module will develop students’ ability to use theories acquired regarding acting and directing, technical aspects of signing in theatre, analysing text and developing character. It will involve the production of a play, or part of a play, normally (but not exclusively) in the realist tradition.  The module is practically-based, but also encourages students to be reflective about their own practice. It utilises a range of theatrical methodologies, but draws particularly on the ideas of Stanislavski.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 72.00
Independent : 328.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  400.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to enable students to apply their knowledge and understanding of:

  • Key practitioners including writers, directors and designers
  • The cultural and historical contexts of such practitioners and practices
  • Utilise and apply a range of methodologies to analyse text
  • Utilise and apply a range of methods to analyse and develop character
  • Processes, by which performance is created, realised and managed
  • The reading of written texts and of how to effect transitions from page to stage
  • The performance and production skills necessary to communicate with an audience.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of key practitioners, such as Stanislavski, their theoretical and practical ideas
  • Document the processes an actor or director might use to analyse and develop theatrical characters
  • Realise a script or performance technique
  • Use a range of techniques and methodologies to analyse text and develop character.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 40% Log Book (3000 words)

Component 2 - 60% Realisation of a Performance or Production Skill

APPLIED DRAMA 1: INTRODUCTION TO THEORY AND PRACTICE


APPLIED DRAMA 1: INTRODUCTION TO THEORY AND PRACTICE: details currently unavailable

SOUND AND PERFORMANCE


SOUND AND PERFORMANCE: details currently unavailable

INTRODUCTION TO WORK RELATED LEARNING


INTRODUCTION TO WORK RELATED LEARNING: details currently unavailable

Year 2 modules


MODERN DRAMA


MODULE TITLE : MODERN DRAMA

MODULE CODE : DRU500


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module follows on from ‘The Terrible Truth’, at Level 4, which explores Ancient Greek and Early Modern Tragedy and Comedy. It will focus on changes to comic and tragic tropes in selected Naturalist/Realist, Formalist/Epic, and Cruelty/Absurd plays, to bring students into the era of Post-structuralism. Digital literacy and scholarship methods will be embedded in this module in preparation for Dissertation and higher study. The module will normally include at least one field trip to the theatre. 

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 24.00
Independent : 76.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  100.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Introduce students to selected plays from the Modern canon.
  • Explore, and develop their knowledge and critical understanding of the different effects of Modernism on comic and tragic tropes, understanding how this knowledge influences their analyses, arguments, and interpretations.
  • Teach students how to research and write a mini literature review, structure an argument, and write an abstract.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Identify the impact of key dramatists and practitioners and the range of techniques they introduced to undertake a critical analysis of the development of drama in the Modern era.
  • Workshop, discuss and communicate argument and analysis regarding the staging of Modernist plays; solving problems, taking decisions, and communicating outcomes.
  • Research and present arguments using own work, demonstrating critical understanding of key modernist techniques in drama.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Essay (2000 words) with Abstract (150 words) & Correctly Compiled Bibliography

APPLIED DRAMA AND DEVISED PERFORMANCE 1: COMMUNITY DRAMA


MODULE TITLE : APPLIED DRAMA AND DEVISED PERFORMANCE 1: COMMUNITY DRAMA

MODULE CODE : DRU503


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module will be focused on Community Theatre, its practical and critical understanding of the role, purpose and effectiveness of various theatre projects in the community. The module will, for example, focus on the process of devising and creating an example of community theatre for a particular community audience based on a topic. In the teaching sessions, the students will be introduced to the current practice of community theatre in the UK, and will work on case studies from particular groups of people, when possible, to produce originally devised representations of authentic life stories.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 46.00
Independent : 154.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Study the concept of ‘community’ and develop an awareness of the history of Community Drama.
  • Research the needs, concerns and interests of a particular community audience
  • Create theatre that can give voice to community groups.
  • Create devised theatre (based on case studies and authentic lives to make stories) and/or verbatim theatre (when scripts/performances come from transcripts of interviews).
  • Enable students to work towards the creation of a short piece of devised work about a particular community group and, possibly perform it or parts of it to a particular community setting.
  • Study the practicalities of setting up community projects such as subsidy and venues.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theory and practice of community theatre.
  • Demonstrate the processes by which community theatre is created: researched, realised and managed.
  • Use techniques associated with key community theatre practitioners.
  • Engage in independent research into the needs concerns and interests of a particular community group, and devise / create an original theatre piece which could be a series of dramatic episodes, monologues based on case studies to be performed for a specific audience.
  • Communicate ideas and research findings by effective devised material, visual and verbal means in performance.
  • Prepare devised work and performance in a given time frame.
  • Develop their personal body and voice projection, work successfully on face and gesture expression to convey meaning and, build a confidence on stage in front of audiences.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Presentation of Originally Devised Monologues (10 minutes, 3000 word equivalent)

APPLIED DRAMA AND DEVISED PERFORMANCE 2: THEATRE IN EDUCATION


MODULE TITLE : APPLIED DRAMA AND DEVISED PERFORMANCE 2: THEATRE IN EDUCATION

MODULE CODE : DRU504


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module will be focused on Theatre-in-Education (TiE), a form of educational theatre that falls in the taxonomy of Applied Drama/Theatre. The students will learn the history, theoretical development, and methodologies of TIE; investigate how TIE relates to both theatrical (alternative and political theatre) and educational contexts (teaching and learning); its aims and objectives; where possible observe it in practice or watch DVDs; and apply its techniques and methods for themselves. Special focus will be given on the devising process (preliminary research; selecting themes; devising episodes; preparing a teachers’ package; creating material students will need for their TiE programmes.)

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 46.00
Independent : 154.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to introduce students to: 

  • The history (1965-2000), theoretical development, and distinctiveness of Theatre in Education;
  • The contribution of TiE key practitioners and theorists;
  • TIE devising methodology;
  • Investigate the interplay between theory and practice in TIE, pedagogy & praxis;
  • Where possible, give students experience of a professional TIE programme;
  • Allow students to apply TIE methodology for themselves.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Develop an understanding of the principles and values of TiE theory and practice.
  • Develop an understanding of mapping pedagogies and encouraging reflection on existent TiE practices.
  • Watch examples TiE projects and discuss the educational/cultural/political contexts within which these exist.
  • Take part in a practical activities related to TiE.
  • Use performance techniques associated with TIE to devise an original (short) TIE performance/programme that may be presented to a school environment.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Group Presentation (20 minutes, 3000 word equivalent)

PRODUCTION PROJECT 2


PRODUCTION PROJECT 2: details currently unavailable

POSTMODERN DRAMA


POSTMODERN DRAMA: details currently unavailable

WORK PLACEMENT


MODULE TITLE : WORK PLACEMENT

MODULE CODE : PLU502


MODULE SUMMARY :

This year-long module offers learners the opportunity to apply and explore knowledge within a work-based context, through the mode of work place learning. The placement supervisor in the work place will negotiate the focus for the learner’s role on placement, with the learner. Students complete 100 hours in the work setting. The learner will reflect critically on different dimensions of the work place setting.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 10.00
Independent : 90.00
Placement : 100.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Encourage students to take responsibility for initiating, directing and managing their own placement in a workplace setting.

  • Encourage students to work constructively with their workplace supervisor and university placement tutor, taking ownership of the placement and of their independent learning throughout the experience.

  • Enable students to negotiate the relationship between academic theory and their understanding of workplace settings and their roles within those settings.

  • Encourage students to reflect critically on their experiences.

  • Encourage students to produce a reflective digital resource aimed at an external audience, to contribute towards work and study transitions.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have had the opportunity to: 

  1. Secure, negotiate and undertake a specific role in a workplace setting.

  2. Evaluate features of the workplace setting and their role within it.

  3. Critically evaluate the learning opportunities provided by the workplace experience and understand that learning will benefit current and lifelong learning, values and future employability.

  4. Present a creatively engaging argument within an appropriate digital medium for an external audience, which critically reflects upon an issue or interrelating issues affecting the workplace setting.

 

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - % PLACEMENT REGISTRATION FORM

Component 2 - 60% WORK PLACEMENT REFLECTION (2500 WORDS)

Component 3 - 40% WORK PLACEMENT EVALUATION: DIGITAL RESOURCE (1500 WORDS EQUIVALENT)

Year 3 modules


FINAL PRODUCTION PROJECT


FINAL PRODUCTION PROJECT: details currently unavailable

DISSERTATION - optional module


MODULE TITLE : DISSERTATION

MODULE CODE : DRU601


MODULE SUMMARY :

The dissertation provides an opportunity for a sustained and focused study on a particular area of Drama, Theatre and Applied Performance.  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 applied methodologies, and/or practice. The written work should establish clear lines of original enquiry in independent research.  Academic conventions are essential – elegant and lucid writing desirable.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 12.00
Independent : 388.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  400.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to offer an opportunity to: 

  • Produce an extended piece of work on a topic of the students own choice
  • Foster an independent approach to learning
  • Develop research skills
  • Successfully gather, sort, synthesise and critically analyse a large amount of material from a range of literature or language sources
  • Construct rational, coherent and sustained arguments using a wide range of evidence, largely from secondary sources
  • Work autonomously, setting goals and deadlines as appropriate in order to complete set tasks
  • Communicate clearly, coherently, fluently and with structure in writing employing the standard referencing techniques of the discipline
  • Use a variety of information technologies proficiently and appropriately, including word processing, electronic information catalogues and the internet.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the distinctive character of dramatic texts and / or performance elements from a given historical/social period
  • Show knowledge of the structure, vocabulary and functions of drama
  • Appreciate the power of imagination in dramatic creation
  • Be aware of and critically evaluate critical traditions in shaping drama over period of time
  • Articulate knowledge and understanding of texts, concepts and theories relating to Drama
  • Demonstrate a response to the central role of performance in the creation of meaning and a sensitivity to the affective power of drama
  • Command a broad range of vocabulary and an appropriate critical terminology,
  • Use bibliographic skills appropriate to the discipline, including accurate citation of sources and consistent use of conventions in the presentation of scholarly work.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Dissertation (10000 words)

PRACTICAL DISSERTATION - optional module


MODULE TITLE : PRACTICAL DISSERTATION

MODULE CODE : DRU602


MODULE SUMMARY :

In this module students, drawing on their previous experience, will have the opportunity to develop a small-scale theatrical performance that engages with the ideas and practice of relevant theatre practitioners. This may be either a performance of an existing theatrical text or an original piece of work devised by the student.   Performances may take the form of a solo piece but may also involve collaboration with other performers.   Students, whether working on group or solo productions, will take directorial responsibility for all aspects of the production including issues relating to performance and technical, scenographic and administrative requirements. Students will be expected to work independently in the planning, researching and rehearsal processes but will be allocated a member of staff who will supervise the process. Students will be expected to keep documentary evidence of their process, as well as undertaking independent research, which will form the basis of an accompanying reflective logbook.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 12.00
Independent : 388.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  400.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to: 

  • Enable students to work autonomously to create an original piece of theatrical performance
  • Enable students to reflect on their creative practice in relation to the work of relevant practitioners and theoretical perspectives
  • Give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge developed through their degree course to organise and control all aspects of a theatrical production
  • Develop and enhance students directorial and/or performance skills.
  • Allow students to present their individual creative work in a public setting

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of relevant practitioners in relation to their own work
  • Successfully realise a script or devised performance in a public setting
  • Work autonomously, setting and keeping to agreed rehearsal and technical deadlines to complete performance preparation.
  • To successfully manage all aspects of a production including issues relating to performance and technical, scenographic and administrative requirements appropriate to their particular performance
  • Develop practical and professional skills, such as personal body and voice projection
  • Develop directing skills either in relation to their own solo performance or the direction of a group of performers
  • To reflect on their creative practice in relation to the work of relevant practitioners and theoretical perspectives

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 70% Performance (30-40 minutes)

Component 2 - 30% Reflective Logbook (4000 words)

NEGOTIATED WORK-BASED RESEARCH PROJECT - optional module


MODULE TITLE : NEGOTIATED WORK-BASED RESEARCH PROJECT

MODULE CODE : PLU601


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module offers students the opportunity to build on their level 5 work placement through the more developed application of a negotiated work-based research project. Students will agree with their placement tutor and workplace mentor a brief for a project which addresses a need within the organisation. Learners should complete a minimum of 100 hours in the work place. It is in the spirit of this module that wherever possible, the focus will be on social or community / sustainable development.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 24.00
Independent : 276.00
Placement : 100.00
Total :  400.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

 

  • Enable students to take responsibility for initiating, directing and managing a negotiated work-based research project

  • Encourage students to use appropriate work-based research methods

  • Enable students to work collaboratively in a work setting, establishing continuity from their previous work placement and offering tangible evidence of building on this prior experience, where possible

  • Generate confidence and security in students’ employability on graduation

 

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

 

  • Secure, negotiate and design a work-based research project

  • Develop an understanding of, and apply, research methods that are appropriate to work-based contexts

  • Interpret gathered information

  • Make a clear and productive contribution to the organization through the development of recommendations arising from the work-based research project

  • Present a creatively engaging argument

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% NEGOTIATED WORK-BASED RESEARCH PROJECT (8000 WORDS)

APPLIED THEATRE HEALTH AND WELLBEING - optional module


MODULE TITLE : APPLIED THEATRE HEALTH AND WELLBEING

MODULE CODE : DRU603


MODULE SUMMARY :

This module will normally introduce students to a practical and critical understanding of the role, purpose and effectiveness of Applied Theatre in Health & Wellbeing. This module focuses on giving a theoretical and practical knowledge background for using various methods of designing and introducing Applied Theatre projects. The students will address health & wellbeing issues through theatre projects in educational, health & wellbeing contexts including approaches such as Theatre in Health Education, Theatre in Hospitals, Theatre in Prisons etc. Using this knowledge, the module equips and encourages students to employ these skills to bid for funding in Arts and Community Organisations, with awareness of career opportunities for the artist in healthcare.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to enable students to critically apply their knowledge and understanding of:

  • Various forms of Applied Drama/Theatre practice in health & wellbeing.
  • How and why drama processes can raise awareness about health and wellbeing including approaches such as Theatre in Health Education, Theatre in Hospitals, Theatre in Prisons etc.
  • How experiences can develop ideas of using drama for ‘transforming’ the lives of individuals and community groups. 
  • The practical and technical aspects of writing a proposal (bid) about Applied Theatre projects in health and wellbeing addressed to community organisations.

 

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

  • Understand and be able to critically analyse key Applied Theatre forms in educational, health & wellbeing contexts including approaches such as Theatre in Health Education, Theatre in Hospitals, Theatre in Prisons etc.
  • Demonstrate the processes by which Drama is created: researched, realised and managed.
  • Engage in independent research into the needs concerns and interests of individuals and community groups for Applied Theatre interventions and use techniques associated with identifiable cultural forms or practitioners.
  • Communicate ideas and research findings in essays.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Essay - Application (3000 words)

WRITING FOR THEATRE - optional module


MODULE TITLE : WRITING FOR THEATRE

MODULE CODE : DRU604


MODULE SUMMARY :

The module will focus on developing the students’ understanding of dramatic structure, their use of basic devising techniques, and their experience of the creative process in devising and / or writing a piece of original theatre.  The teaching sessions will be a combination of the study of dramatic structure, creative writing linked to playwriting, and the development of the student’s own dramatizations.

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

This module aims to:

  • Deepen students’ understanding of the historical forms and structures of drama
  • Examine the historic and contemporary theories of dramatic structure from a writer’s perspective
  • Introduce students to play texts which exemplify key structural features
  • Further explore the relationship between dramatic structure and text
  • Explore basic devising techniques
  • Develop and experiment with students’ creative writing skills

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

  • Analyse and demonstrate how key writers have impacted on the development of dramatic structure
  • Analyse and show how critical perspectives are related to different uses of structure.
  • Analyse the construction of a dramatic text
  • Analyse and account for the impact of structure on the dramatic possibilities of script.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Treatment and Script Extract for Play, supported by Essay (3000 words)

THE DRAMATIC CLASSROOM: DRAMA IN EDUCATION - optional module


MODULE TITLE : THE DRAMATIC CLASSROOM: DRAMA IN EDUCATION

MODULE CODE : DRU606


MODULE SUMMARY :

 

The module will introduce key aspects of the drama-in-education practice of Dorothy Heathcote and other practitioners, and relate it to learning theorists such as Jerome Bruner, and others. Jerome Bruner’s Modes of Learning will help students recognise and apply the semiotics of ‘play’ in the classroom. The module will include a field trip to Woodrow First School in Redditch, where Dorothy Heathcote’s Mantle of the Expert learning system is used across the curriculum.

 

CONTACT HOURS :

Scheduled : 36.00
Independent : 164.00
Placement : 0.00
Total :  200.00

MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

•           Explore through active workshop sessions some of the educational applications of drama, with a particular focus on the work of Dorothy Heathcote.

•           Relate the work of practitioners in drama-in-education, and the learning theories of Jerome Bruner, and others.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

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    •           Evidence and evaluate the various ways in which the practical drama strategies of Dorothy Heathcote and other practitioners can motivate and engage learners.

    •           Read the work of theorists such as Jerome Bruner and others, and understand how they relate to the practice of drama-in-education      

    •           Evaluate and learn how to apply a range of teaching strategies, such as Heathcote's Conventions for Dramatic Action.

    •           Analyse how the semiotics of ‘play’ engage young people in the classroom.

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

Component 1 - 100% Written Evaluation (4000 words)

DRAMATHERAPY - optional module


DRAMATHERAPY: details currently unavailable

Course code


W400

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