Drama, Theatre and Applied Performance BA (Hons)

Honours Degree , Full-time

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Key Details

  • 3 Years
  • 96 Typical UCAS Tariff
  • W400 Course Code
  • Full Time
Drama, Theatre and Applied Performance

Overview

Drama at Newman is a richly diverse programme with three main strands:

  • a performance element in which you will take part in productions, performed at professional venues such as the REP Theatre, Midlands Arts Centre and The Crescent Theatre
  • Applied Drama, including Community Drama and Theatre-in-Education.
  • a strand which traces the development of the art form and develops your critical thinking.

You will work with professional theatre companies such as Big Brum Theatre in Education Company, and receive specialist training from professionals with particular expertise.

Our performance facilities ensure students devise, rehearse and perform in an appropriate environment.

Why study this course?

  • Drama at Newman offers students the opportunity to learn in a way which dissolves the traditional distinctions between ‘theory’ and ‘practice’. Students work on their feet, actively exploring and applying a range of dramatic ideas and approaches , then pausing at key moments to reflect upon what (and how) they are learning.
  • All students have opportunities to take part in productions
  • Students can learn about and participate in a range of Applied drama approaches.
  • Students receive specialist training from professionals with particular expertise.
  • Students can develop their critical thinking skills and deepen their knowledge and understanding of Drama as an art form exploring what it is to be human.

 

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. You can also watch a video on the importance of a drama degree in the working world.

Find out about our Drama Studio

As a Drama student at Newman, you have the opportunity to get involved with the Community & Applied Drama Lab (CADLab). CADLab is a research unit established within Newman’s Drama department. Read more about CADLab.

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 Midland Actors Theatre, amongst others.

What does the course cover?

During your first year of study you will work practically through a wide range of dramatic structures covering both improvisational and scripted work, and take part in your first major production. You will explore how Drama began, with the tragedies and comedies of the Ancient Greeks, and you will also be introduced to how Applied Drama can be used.

In the second year you build on and develop all that you began in Yr 1, with a second major production, more work on Applied Drama, and an exploration of how Drama has developed over the past 150 years, through the turbulence of the Modernist era through to the violence and shock of present day Postmodern theatre.

In the final year you can choose whether to do a practical or written dissertation, take part in your Final Production, and decide how you would wish to use Drama as you 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 careers could I consider?

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

September 2019 Entry Requirements

You must achieve at least 96 UCAS points including a minimum of CC at A level or equivalent (e.g. MM at BTEC Diploma; MPP at BTEC Extended Diploma) towards the total tariff.

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.

Five GCSEs at grade 4 (or C) or above (or recognised equivalents), including English Language, are also required.

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

For applicants who are unsure that they will achieve the above UCAS tariff, Newman University offers Drama, Theatre and Applied Performance (with Foundation Year) which enables such applicants to access a university degree via a four year route. Upon successful completion of their foundation year, students will progress to Year 1 of a named degree. Whilst not a condition of entry onto the Foundation Year, students wishing to follow particular named routes with additional entry requirements, will need to meet these requirements before they make the transition from their foundation year to year 1.

Course Fees

Fees per academic year:
Full-time Home/EU students: £9,250 *

* Fees shown are for 2019/20 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Additional Costs

Students will be expected to contribute towards the cost of theatre trips, recent trips have cost £5 each.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is not required for entry into this programme, although it is in some cases required by employers before students can begin their Year 2 (level 5) work placement.  Find out more about completing the DBS application form and the related additional costs.

Additional Information

General Academic Regulations: Terms and Conditions for students attending our courses

  1. THE TERRIBLE TRUTH: ANCIENT GREEK AND EARLY MODERN TRAGEDY AND COMEDY
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    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)

  2. APPLIED DRAMA 2 - PRACTITIONER SKILLS
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module will be focused on Applied Drama/Theatre practitioner skills such as, for example, Augusto Boal’s ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’ participatory work and Forum Theatre (FT). You will undertake classroom both theoretical and practical sessions (lectures and workshops) to understand the theoretical perspectives on practice and to develop your skills as an Applied Drama practitioner with understanding of the actor/facilitator role. You will take part in FT games for actors and non-actors, body exercises, group work, and interactive theatre techniques. You will be assessed on a reflection to your learning through the sessions in order to take responsibility for participating, understanding and demonstrating progress of your skills. You will be encouraged to review your development and discuss Applied Drama/Theatre practice.

    CONTACT HOURS :

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

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Have developed an understanding of the underpinning theory of Applied Drama (FT) practice.
    • Have developed skills as an Applied Drama practitioner (FT facilitator).
    • Have developed responsibility for reflecting to your understanding and practical execution of at least three FT techniques with you as facilitator.
    • Have produced a reflective digital artefact (e-journals) aimed at an external audience, to reflect to their own learning and contribute towards work transitions.
    • Have learned to work effectively as a member of a drama group.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

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

    • Develop an understanding of the principles and values of Applied Drama/FT practice.
    • Undertake workshop sessions to develop your skills in a FT context.
    • Take part in a practical demonstration of FT techniques and theatre games to develop your skills as a practitioners and facilitator in Applied Drama.
    • Present a creatively engaging argument within an appropriate digital medium (e-journals) for an external audience.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Learning Logbook (1500 word equivalent)

  3. PRODUCTION PROJECT 1
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    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

  4. APPLIED DRAMA 1: INTRODUCTION TO THEORY AND PRACTICE
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module will be focused on Applied Drama/Theatre, its contexts and audiences. You will undertake classroom both theoretical and practical sessions (lectures and workshops) to understand the theoretical and practical perspectives of Applied Drama/Theatre with understanding of the pedagogical, interactive, artistic, cultural, ethical and socio-political principles of the genre. You will learn the aims and objectives; where possible in practice or watch DVDs; and apply some of the methods and techniques for yourselves. You will be assessed on your analysis of an existent Applied Drama/Theatre project for a particular audience.

    CONTACT HOURS :

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

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Have developed an understanding of the underpinning theory of Applied Drama theory.
    • Have developed an understanding of mapping pedagogies and focused attention on the condition and means through which knowledge is produced in Applied Drama practice.
    • Have experienced a dynamic learning process through watching examples of projects and discussing different narratives –cultural, artistic, political – and negotiate learning through Applied Drama.
    • Have learned to work effectively as autonomous learners and in a group.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

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

    • Develop an understanding of the principles and values of Applied Drama theory and practice.
    • Develop an understanding of mapping pedagogies and encouraging reflection on existent Applied Drama practices.
    • Watch examples of Applied Drama projects and discuss the educational/cultural/political contexts within which these exist.
    • Take part in a practical activities related to Applied Drama.
    • Present a creatively engaging analysis of an Applied Drama project.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Essay (3000 words)

  5. SOUND AND PERFORMANCE
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module aims to provide an introduction to the diverse ways in which sound both informs and is integral to contemporary theatrical practice. It will examine a range of techniques for the production of sound in and for performance through practical workshops underpinned by theoretical and historical contextualisation leading up to the presentation of students own group devised performances.  Although the module will focus on Contemporary practice it will provide historical context through the examination of the history of sound in theatrical performance and will also examine the influence of cinema and the use of music and sound in a theatrical setting. The module will examine the use of sound in contemporary practice in a range of performance disciplines including theatre, music, Live Art, Performance Art, and sonic art examining performance in traditional and non-traditional settings. Students will be introduced to a variety of approaches such as the use of voice - both in the interpretation of text and as a sound producer, the creation of music and sound to accompany and enhance a theatrical performance, and the role increasingly played by new technologies. Students will be introduced to the work of a range of practitioners.  These may include such theatre practitioners as Samuel Beckett, Robert Wilson and the Wooster Group; film-makers such as Jaques Tati and Stanley Kubrik; Artists concerned with sound and performance such as those involved with the Fluxus movement and musicians and musical groups whose work incorporates non-traditional approaches to sound and performance such as John Cage, Christian Wolff, and Cornelius Cardew and the Scratch Orchestra.

    CONTACT HOURS :

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

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Provide an introduction to the diverse ways in which sound both informs and is integral to contemporary theatrical and performance practice.
    • Examine a range of techniques for the production of sound in and for performance
    • Enable students to devise and perform group performances incorporating ideas explored during the module

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

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

    • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the performance practices of a range of relevant practitioners. 
    • Demonstrate an ability to devise performance involving sound informed by an engagement with the ideas of relevant practitioners
    • Demonstrate an ability to evaluate their own devising and decision-making process.
    • Demonstrate an ability to undertake research into the work of appropriate practitioners and relevant performance techniques
    • communicate their ideas in written form and to an audience through performance
    • Demonstrate problem-solving skills in relation to the devising and performance of their own practical work
    • Demonstrate the ability to work sensitively as an effective member of a team

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Group Theatrical Performance (10 to 15 minutes) & Reflection (2500 words)

  6. INTRODUCTION TO WORK RELATED LEARNING
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module aims to equip students with the knowledge and self-management skills to make informed choices in preparing for work placement and the transition to employment or further study on graduation.  

    Learners will be provided with the opportunities to develop awareness of the workplace, identify different career and study options, recognise and articulate their own experience, accomplishments and talents and plan and implement career management strategies for the short and long term.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 12.00 Independent   : 88.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 100.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to:

    • Support students in developing informed choices about the career pathways available to them, in relation to their subject choices.
    • Prepare students for work-based learning and the application / exploration of subject knowledge in the workplace.

    • Encourage students to make connections between their learning, placement choice, future job aspirations and contribution to society.

    • Enable students to build confidence in securing work placements and future employment.

    • Support students in reflecting upon their preparation for their work placement and future employment.  

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

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

    1. Examine how their experiences, accomplishments, and abilities relate to employer expectations.

    2. Demonstrate engagement with, and an understanding of, graduate employment pathways and employability issues relating to their own career aspirations.

    3. Research organisations for the purposes of securing a work placement.

    4. Reflect upon their learning and development.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Reflective Essay and Appendix, 2000 words

  1. MODERN DRAMA
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    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

  2. APPLIED DRAMA AND DEVISED PERFORMANCE 1: COMMUNITY DRAMA
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    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)

  3. PRODUCTION PROJECT 2
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module will normally involve students working together or in groups on the production of a single play or a number of short plays. Students may also devise an original play or individual scenes either collectively or in smaller groups, and direct their work under the tutor’s supervision. The first part of the assessment will cover the performance, taking into account the students’ contribution to the rehearsal process. The efficacy of the performance or production aspects will be given equal weight on a qualitative, not quantitative basis to ensure that having a big acting part does not mean automatic high marks. The written aspect of the assessment is designed to help students to be focussed and critical rather than descriptive of process, encouraging an assessment of theory in practice which is appropriate at level 5. While students will work independently in student directed time, the lecturer will be observing/ advising/ directing as needed throughout the process.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 92.00 Independent   : 308.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 400.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

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

    • Various forms of drama and the effects of these on audience reception.
    • The operation of different dramatic structures - for example, the processes by which empathy or alienation and deconstruction are achieved on stage, and their consequent effects on audiences in generating sympathy and/or distance.
    • 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 a critical understanding of key practitioners, such as Stanislavski, their theoretical and practical ideas
    • Use and critically evaluate a range of techniques and methodologies to analyse text and develop character.
    • Document and analyse the processes an actor or director might use to analyse and develop theatrical characters
    • Realise a script or performance technique.
    • Evaluate the performance from a critical perspective and develop competence in a range of drama skills: such as theatre-related performing and production skills; writing and production techniques appropriate for different forms of drama.
    • Gain independence as learners and develop skills that are likely to be employment related.
    • Establish and maintain co-operative working relationships, working as an effective production team(s). Manage rehearsals, learn lines and take group responsibility in a given time frame.
    • Work autonomously, setting and keeping to agreed rehearsal and technical deadlines to complete performance preparation.
    • Develop practical and professional skills, such as personal body and voice projection,
    • Work successfully on face and gesture expression to convey meaning and, build confidence on stage in front of audiences.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 60% Realisation of Performance or Production Skill

    Component 2 - 40% Essay (3000 words)

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  5. POSTMODERN DRAMA
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module follows on from ‘The Terrible Truth’, at Level 4, which explores Ancient Greek and Early Modern Tragedy and Comedy, and ‘Modern Drama’ in Semester 1 of Level 5, which focusses on Modernist changes to Dramatic form. Postmodern Drama will explore the impact of post structuralism on drama; the violent ‘In-Yer-Face’ British Plays of the 1990s; Hans Thies Lehmann’s ‘aesthetic of un-decidability’ which characterises ‘post-dramatic’ performance; the fragmented relationship between the spoken text and performing body in the Postmodern era. 

    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 postmodern plays.
    • Begin to explore semiotic theory as a method of enquiry relevant to the study of structuralism and post-structuralism in drama and performance.
    • Investigate the notion of ‘post dramatic’ as a technique to undertake critical analysis of performance.  

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

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

    • Identify how key dramatists and theatre companies have developed drama since 1980.
    • Explore, discuss and experiment with postmodern and intermedial staging, solving problems, taking decisions, and communicating outcomes.
    • Research and present information, argument, and analysis using own work, demonstrating critical understanding, to engage in wider critical debate.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Group Presentation (5 minutes per student, groups of 1-6)

  6. WORK PLACEMENT
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    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)

  1. DISSERTATION
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    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)

  2. PRACTICAL DISSERTATION
    (Optional) dru602
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    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)

  3. APPLIED THEATRE HEALTH AND WELLBEING
    (Optional) dru603
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    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)

  4. WRITING FOR THEATRE
    (Optional) dru604
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    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)

  5. FINAL PRODUCTION PROJECT
    (Compulsory) dru605
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    On this double module a historical period or theatrical style or practitioner studied on the course is selected, and students research, realise and reflect on their work. The module has the practical implementation of theory as its focus, and students are encouraged to in turn reflect on the adequacy of theory as a result of the practical work. The module will give students scope to use and extend their expertise in any area covered by the course.

    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 deepen and critically apply their knowledge and understanding of:

    • Various forms of drama and the effects of these on audience reception.
    • The operation of different dramatic structures - for example, the processes by which empathy or alienation and deconstruction are achieved on stage, and their consequent effects on audiences in generating sympathy and/or distance.
    • 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 a critical understanding of key practitioners, such as Stanislavski, their theoretical and practical ideas
    • Use and critically evaluate a range of techniques and methodologies to analyse text and develop character.
    • Document and analyse the processes an actor or director might use to analyse and develop theatrical characters
    • Realise a script or performance technique.
    • Evaluate the performance from a critical perspective and develop competence in a range of drama skills: such as theatre-related performing and production skills; writing and production techniques appropriate for different forms of drama.
    • Gain independence as learners and develop skills that are likely to be employment related.
    • Establish and maintain co-operative working relationships, working as an effective production team(s). Manage rehearsals, learn lines and take group responsibility in a given time frame.
    • Work autonomously, setting and keeping to agreed rehearsal and technical deadlines to complete performance preparation.
    • Develop practical and professional skills, such as personal body and voice projection,
    • Work successfully on face and gesture expression to convey meaning and, build confidence on stage in front of audiences.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 100% Realisation of Dramatic Performance or Skills, with Supporting Portfolio (4000 words)

  6. DRAMATHERAPY
    (Optional) dru608
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module will introduce students to a practical and critical understanding of the role, purpose and effectiveness of Dramatherapy. In the teaching sessions, the theory of Drama Therapy with a curative aim will be introduced and explored through workshops, readings and discussions, focusing on approaches on this field, core processes and techniques including embodiment, projection and role; use of mask and ritual; psychodrama and aspects of the client/therapist relationship. 

    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 Dramatherapy approaches.

    • How and why drama processes can be therapeutic. 

    • The theoretical understanding of what might be involved in a series of Drama therapy sessions and the reasons why certain approaches, boundaries and settings may be chosen.

    • How experiences can develop ideas of using drama intentionally for therapeutic goals and the potential transformation benefits of this kind of work for individuals and the wider community. 

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

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

     

    • Understand and be able to critically analyse key Drama Therapy forms and traditions, approaches and practitioners.

    • Demonstrate the processes by which Dramatherapy is created: researched, realised and managed.

    • Describe, interpret and evaluate key Drama Therapy approaches and practitioners within their historical and social context, recognizing and commenting appropriately upon key features of Drama Therapy from a range of critical perspectives.

    • Engage in independent research into the needs concerns and interests of individuals and community groups for Drama therapy.

    • Communicate ideas and research findings in essays.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    No information available.

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  8. NEGOTIATED WORK-BASED RESEARCH PROJECT
    (Optional) plu601
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    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)

Student Profile

Wesley Rolston
Drama student

The opportunities to not only learn aspects of theory within drama but to be able to apply those theories in theatres and schools is what attracted me to the Drama course at Newman. When i attended my audition I instantly felt that I was treated like an individual and given respect by staff, not just in Drama, but across the whole university.

Wesley Rolston