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Drama Studies (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

Drama Studies engages practically and theoretically with drama as a multi-dimensional subject and critically with research and performance practice.

Overview

Reasons to study a Drama Studies (Joint Honours) BA (Hons) degree at DMU:

  • Recognised as a Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts
    with superb facilities providing eight studios and rehearsal spaces designed specifically for performance-based learning activities
  • Lively curriculum 
    giving you the opportunity to engage critically with research and the practices of drama, theatre and performance.
  • Creative and educational partnerships
    including Leicester’s Curve theatre where you can take part in internships, placements and work on professional co-productions
  • Extensive performance opportunities
    including Exit Souls: The Drama Festival which showcases students’ work to a public audience each year
  • International opportunity 
    through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience

Drama Studies at DMU is a dynamic program informed by a mix of current scholarly thinking, historical theatrical traditions and contemporary methods of performance making. It offers you the opportunity to learn about the subject in a variety of ways by working with professional researchers, visiting practitioners, undertaking placements and internships, getting involved in professional performances, going on theatre trips at home and abroad, and showcasing your work to a variety of audiences. Studying Drama at DMU it is an excellent preparation for students who wish to seek employment in a range of arts and industry related careers or to continue into postgraduate level study.

Creative Writing and Drama both study creative uses of language, and Drama and English emphasises both disciplines’ interest in written texts. Drama and Arts and Festivals Management combines studying creative performance with the theory and practice of managing arts industries, while Drama and Media reflects the importance of media in contemporary performance. You will study 50 per cent Drama Studies and 50 per cent of your other subject.   

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More courses like this:

Drama Studies (Single Honours) BA (Hons)
Arts and Festivals Management (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)
Creative Writing (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)
English (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)
Media (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code:

Drama Studies and:

  • Arts and Festivals Management WW94*
  • Creative Writing WW84 
  • English QWJ4 
  • Media PWH4 

 

Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time*.

*Drama Studies and Arts and Festivals Management is only available for full-time study.

Fees and funding: For 2018/19 tuition full-time fees will be £9,250.

Find out more about course tuition fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding 2017/18: £12,250

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal or direct application form.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

Drama Studies and Arts and Festivals Management BA (Hons)
Drama Studies and Media BA (Hons)

      • 112 points from at least 2 A'levels or
      • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM or
      • International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points

GCSEs - Five GCSEs grades A* - C  (9-4) including English Language or Literature at grade C/4 or above.

Access - Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit (or equivalent) and GCSE  English (Language or Literature) at grade C/4 or above.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C/4 or above (if required as part of our standard requirement).

Interview required: No

Drama Studies and Creative Writing BA (Hons)

      • 104 points from at least 2 A'levels or
      • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM  or
      • International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points

GCSEs - Five GCSEs grades A* - C  (9-4) including English Language or Literature at grade C/4 or above.

Access - Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit (or equivalent) and GCSE  English (Language or Literature) at grade C/4 or above.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C/4 or above (if required as part of our standard requirement).

Note: You may be asked to complete a piece of work to support your application.

Interview required: No

Drama Studies and English BA (Hons)

  • 112 points from at least 2 A'levels including grade C or above in English Language or Literature or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM including grade C or above in English Language or Literature or
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points

GCSEs - Five GCSEs grades A* - C  (9-4) including English Language or Literature at grade C/4 or above.

Access - Pass Access with 30 level 3 credits at Merit in English Language or Literature and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade C/4 or above.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C/4 or above (if required as part of our standard requirement).

Interview required: No

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with 5.5 in each band or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 Collaborative partnerships

 

First year

  • Acting, Scripting, Directing: A Practical Introduction to Drama
  • Texts and Stages

Second year

  • Drama and Theory

You will take the above module and choose from:

  • Devising
  • Naturalism and Anti-naturalism
  • Shakespeare in Performance
  • Drama and the Community

Third year

You will take the above module and choose from:

  • Drama Research Project or Practice as Research
  • Writing for Performance
  • Live Art
  • Engaging with Creative Industries
  • Popular and Political Theatre
  • Education and Performing Arts

Structure

Drama staff have expertise in a number of different fields, including: Shakespeare in performance, popular theatre, applied drama, directing, language and performance, 20th-century modernist drama and the avant-guarde, 20th-century women playwrights, performer training, performance and documentation, theatre and translation, performance and the body, gender and performance, live art and contemporary performance practice.

Visiting lecturers, actors, practitioners, directors and theatre companies further enhance your learning. We are dedicated to the student experience more widely, and run extra and co-curricular activities and events throughout the year.

Contact hours

Arts and Festivals Management and Drama Studies
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam. Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 8 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 28 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

English and Drama Studies
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam. Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 10 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 27 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

Creative Writing and Drama Studies

For the following combinations you will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports). Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 12 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 26 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

Drama Studies and Media
For the following combinations you will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports). Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 10 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 27 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

 

Curve theatre

DMU and Curve theatre have a cultural partnership which gives you the opportunity to be involved in professional practice in a variety of ways.

An annual collaborative production allows Drama Studies students from all years to participate in professional productions, working with in-house directors, lighting designers and producers on performances.

Facilities and features

Performance facilities

We offer some of the finest facilities in the sector to support studies in Drama. The Performing Arts Centre for Excellence Building (PACE) provides four studios and rehearsal spaces designed specifically for performance-based learning activities. Further studios are located in the Campus Centre. You will be able to book rehearsal space and equipment to support your work.

Library

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

 

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

 

Opportunities and careers

Drama student placements

Placements

Placements are embedded into the Level 6 module, Engaging with Creative Industries, which allows students to set up a work placement as part of a wider research project, to engage with professional practice, to structure individual learning (with academic supervision), to explore potential career options, and to gain valuable practical experience. Additionally, students at all levels may have the opportunity to apply to undertake a placement at Leicester’s Curve theatre. Other placements opportunities may also become available.

 

Drama students participate in the #DMUglobal Berlin trip 2017

#DMUglobal

During your studies you will be offered the opportunity to engage with a range of international experiences including trips organised by #DMUglobal, trips you can organise, and trips organised by Drama as part of modules and as co-curricular activity. #DMUglobal experiences offer you the chance to explore other countries and cultures, to engage with drama and performance practices from around the globe, to visit key cultural institutions, and to develop skills in communication.  Previous #DMUglobal destinations in Drama include New York, Dublin, Amsterdam and Paris.  

Drama degree careers

Graduate careers

Graduates in Drama Studies have strengths in critical analysis, reflection and research, possess excellent oral and written communication skills, are able to collaborate, devise, organise and self-manage projects and evaluate their outcomes, and can deal confidently with public performance. Previous graduates have developed careers in teaching in primary, secondary and further education and TIE, media and technical theatre production, or gone on to work in theatres and community arts organisations, develop personal professional practice, set up a theatre company, or gone onto postgraduate studies. 

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