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BA (Hons) Drama allows you to fully experience different aspects of theatre arts. The course includes a range of optional specialist pathways which lead to the following awards:

All pathways are led by award winning industry experts who will support you to acquire the necessary skills for professional work whether as an actor, performer, writer, facilitator or community-engaged theatre maker.

The strength and depth of our partnerships with world leading professional arts organisations is what makes studying Performing Arts at Northumbria University so special. The opportunities presented are unique; whether it’s professionally touring work to schools; acting with top regional theatre company Northern Stage; performing at an International theatre festival; or having your script read by professional actors at one of the most outstanding new writing theatres in the world, you’ll get access to the best that industry can offer.

While working across our excellent campus facilities you will be part of a thriving community developing specialist knowledge about theatre and performance and a rich set of creative, critical and reflective skills suited to your future profession.  We encourage students to be makers in whatever form they are working.  The course provides an opportunity for you to shine as an individual in a community and to learn from others while creating artistic work of the highest quality.

93% of students said that they are satisfied overall with their course (National Student Survey 2018)

 
To view further performing arts video and image content please scroll down to our gallery section below.

At interview/ audition, you will have the opportunity to choose a specialism. All the pathways offered under this framework are well suited for you if you enjoy learning practically, want to develop specialist drama skills and are passionate about becoming a thoughtful, sensitive theatre maker.

BA (Hons) Drama allows you to fully experience different aspects of theatre arts. The course includes a range of optional specialist pathways which lead to the following awards:

All pathways are led by award winning industry experts who will support you to acquire the necessary skills for professional work whether as an actor, performer, writer, facilitator or community-engaged theatre maker.

The strength and depth of our partnerships with world leading professional arts organisations is what makes studying Performing Arts at Northumbria University so special. The opportunities presented are unique; whether it’s professionally touring work to schools; acting with top regional theatre company Northern Stage; performing at an International theatre festival; or having your script read by professional actors at one of the most outstanding new writing theatres in the world, you’ll get access to the best that industry can offer.

While working across our excellent campus facilities you will be part of a thriving community developing specialist knowledge about theatre and performance and a rich set of creative, critical and reflective skills suited to your future profession.  We encourage students to be makers in whatever form they are working.  The course provides an opportunity for you to shine as an individual in a community and to learn from others while creating artistic work of the highest quality.

93% of students said that they are satisfied overall with their course (National Student Survey 2018)

 
To view further performing arts video and image content please scroll down to our gallery section below.

At interview/ audition, you will have the opportunity to choose a specialism. All the pathways offered under this framework are well suited for you if you enjoy learning practically, want to develop specialist drama skills and are passionate about becoming a thoughtful, sensitive theatre maker.

Course Information

UCAS Code
W400

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department
Arts

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019 or September 2020

Specialist Pathways

BA (Hons) Drama (Acting and Performance)

Are you a strong communicator with a desire to act and perform and have the drive to succeed? Alongside a rigorous acting skills programme you’ll have the opportunity to develop yourself as an actor and performer through a range of exciting and challenging practical projects ranging from classical theatre to contemporary performance, which prepare you for working in a range of performance contexts on graduation.

For more information on this specialism click here.

 

BA (Hons) Drama (Applied Theatre)

If you are passionate about inspiring others and are keen to take your acting skills into educational and community settings, this is the ideal pathway for you. You will work with professional partners and experience real life learning environments, giving you a head start in future employment. 

For more information on this specialism click here.

Your Future / Drama Alumni

Book An Open Day / Experience Drama BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Drama. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Practical learning is at the heart of this course, enabling you to take part in real life tasks that will develop your employability skills. Through stimulating workshops, lectures, seminars, and projects and performances you will be encouraged to independently and collaboratively work, think and perform. You will be introduced to drama theory which will help you to reflect critically on your practice in order to effectively move forward in your work. High quality technology such as filming and recording equipment will be available for you to use in the process of making and producing your practice.

You will be assessed through summative and formative assessments throughout the three years.

Drama BA (Hons)

Book An Open Day / Experience Drama BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Drama. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

You will learn from award-winning, research active academic staff that bring a wealth of professional experience from the world of Drama to Northumbria. From successful playwrights and theatre directors to professional dancers and performers, you will be taught by industry experts, developing the essential skills you need to succeed in your future career from inspiring, exciting and innovative staff.

From the beginning of your first year, staff research expertise will inform your curriculum.  Through diverse and innovative guidance and methods, they will introduce you to exciting ways of working, communicating and performing.

Our Staff / Drama BA (Hons)

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Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Drama. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

This course is underpinned by an active engagement with technology. From the start of the course, you will be asked to begin to compile an electronic portfolio of your work and progress on the Pebble+ application, and will act as a personal resource which you can build throughout your time studying at Northumbria.  You will be encouraged to blog, to collate sample work such as scripts and show reels, which will enhance your professional standing when you graduate.

You will learn in dedicated studio spaces using our range of professional facilities including access to professional exhibition spaces, an onsite theatre and high quality equipment including portable sound. 

Book An Open Day / Experience Drama BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Drama. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

With the opportunity to collaborate with regional, national and international industry professionals, you will learn from the very best in the business. With experienced academic staff known all over the world, you will be taught in areas such as performance research, physical theatre, political cabaret and scriptwriting.

Immersed in a practical learning environment, designed to encourage curiosity and promote skills acquisition, you will be supported in your development as an independent learner and thinker.  In the first year your work will be tutor-led and will introduce you to methods of working and researching to support your developing practice.  The second year allows you to develop more independence in research and project development, and in the third year you will research, develop and deliver a substantial independent project in your chosen field.

Your research will centre around your own interests and can be directed towards developing performances, participatory projects, scripts or academic research.

Book An Open Day / Experience Drama BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Drama. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

This course is not just the study of Drama but an introduction to the cultural community of practice in the North East Region. Through practical engagement and professional experience with the subject, you will have the chance to collaborate with our prestigious cultural collaborators and partners such as Northern Stage and Live Theatre who will share their practice and enhance your understanding of employability.

With this course, you will benefit from engaging with our professional connections and partnerships. Receiving skills training, work experience, professional opportunities delivered by industry professionals, you will be immersed in our community of practice, working with regional, national, and international organisations that will develop your skills and provide you with experience favoured by employers.

Book An Open Day / Experience Drama BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Drama. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

By the end of this course, you will feel secure in the knowledge, skills and competences you have developed, enabling you to approach the world of employment with self-assurance, confidence and a realistic sense of your own level of achievement.

Many students have gone to a variety of further study opportunities including Northumbria’s own MA Theatre and Performance, as well as at RADA, the Royal Court Theatre and a variety of other MA programmes.

Drama (Acting and Performance)

Northumbria has an excellent track record of producing highly skilled employable Performing Arts graduates and from this course you can go on to pursue successful careers as performers, directors, choreographers, musicians, teachers, community artists, drama, dance and music therapists and arts development officers.

Drama (Applied Theatre)

With the practical skills and knowledge needed for a successful future in the industry, you will be equipped to pursue careers as performers, directors, enablers, facilitators, drama workers, drama therapists, teachers and lecturers.

Drama (Scriptwriting)

You will be equipped with the skills to operate as self-employed practising writers working within the cultural industries. Graduates from this course have gone on to successful careers in professional theatre, theatre in education, the broadcast media, the education sector and the heritage industry. 

Your Future / Drama Alumni

Book An Open Day / Experience Drama BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Drama. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

Do you enjoy learning practically, want to develop specialist drama skills and be part of this cultural city’s thriving theatre scene? This is the course for you. 

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

AN AUDITON IS REQUIRED.

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Scottish Highers:

BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:

BBBBB  - ABBBB to include

IB Diploma:

120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points
From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:
There are no specific subject requirements for this course

GCSE Requirements:
Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional Requirements:
You will be required to attend an audition. A portfolio is required.

International Qualifications:
We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

You are expected to participate in field trips and purchase play texts, these will take place throughout the duration of your course, an approximate cost would be £150 per year, and you should budget accordingly.

Scholarships and Discounts

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: TBC

Undergraduate fees are set by Government and are subject to annual review. Once these have been approved we will update fees/funding information for UK and EU students.


International Fee in Year 1: £15,500

Scholarships for 2020/2021 entry have not been announced. Please visit the 2019/2020 international scholarship page for the 2019/2020 scholarship offer.


ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC


Scholarships and Discounts

20/21 fees and funding information has not been confirmed. 19/20 information is listed below.

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

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How to Apply

Applications via UCAS

Most full-time and sandwich first degrees, extended degrees, DipHE and HND courses require that application is made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) Clearing House.

If you are at school or college, staff there will advise you on how to apply. If you are not at school or college, you can apply using the UCAS secure, web-based online application system ucasapply.

Applicants apply via UCAS apply wherever there is access to the internet, and full instructions and an online help facility is available. Application details can be checked and printed at any time, text for personal statements and references can be copied and pasted into applications from a word processing package, and applications can normally be processed by the relevant Clearing House within one working day once submitted. More details on apply can be found on the UCAS website at www.ucas.com.

  • The UCAS institution code for Northumbria University is NORTH N77

If you wish to defer your entry, you should ensure you indicate this in section 3i of the application form. Full details of application deadlines and the application fee can be found on the UCAS website. Please note, however, we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry to our Teacher Training, Nursing, Midwifery and Operating Department Practice programmes.

Application Deadlines

Equal consideration is given to all applications received at UCAS by 6.00pm on 15 January. Details of all UCAS deadlines can be found on the UCAS website www.ucas.com.

UCAS will accept applications up to 30 June, but we can only consider these if there are still vacancies in relevant subjects. You are advised to check with the University before applying for popular courses which may already be full. Candidates applying for any courses after early September must follow the UCAS Late Registration Procedure, and we will provide the appropriate form.

Decision Making Process

When we receive your application it will be forwarded to the Admissions Tutor who will consider your application in accordance with the University’s Admissions Policy.

Most subject areas do not require applicants to attend an interview as part of the selection procedure. However, if the standard procedure is to interview candidates, this is specified in the degree programme entrance requirements. Some courses, such as Health, Social Work and Teacher Training, require specific checks or requirements to be put in place during the normal selection process. These are detailed on the individual course details pages.

Fairness and Transparency

The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

What Happens Next

You will receive one of the following from UCAS or our Admissions Office:

  • Conditional offer which depends on you achieving certain grades from forthcoming examinations, completing relevant checks, or other requirements prior to entry. You may be asked to send us a copy of your certificates/qualifications once these have been received to enable us to confirm your offer. Not all examination results are sent to Universities via UCAS.
  • Unconditional offer if you have already satisfied entry requirements.
  • Reject your application.

Tuition Fee Assessment

Tuition fees are set at different levels for Home/EU and International Students. Before you begin your course the University must establish your tuition fee status. In many cases, the University will be able to make this assessment without requiring any additional information.

Guidance can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website www.ukcisa.org.uk to help you understand how Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) make an assessment on your fee status.

Selection Process

Interviews

Applicants who may not have the standard entry qualifications are welcome to apply and may be interviewed. Some courses will interview as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to courses in art and design, teaching and health.

Health Screening

Applicants for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Primary (Early Years) and Social Work will be required to complete a health questionnaire, and you may be required to attend a doctor or nurse assessment at the University Health Centre.

Prior to beginning your programme, all applicants to Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are advised to start a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, available from your own GP. In addition, Midwifery applicants must provide evidence before they commence training that they are immune to Hepatitis B or have Hepatitis B non-carried status.

Applicants to these courses who have had contact with MRSA in the previous 6 months may be asked to provide evidence that they are not colonised by submitting negative swabs results prior to commencement of training. Alternatively, you may be screened on commencement of the programme.

All applicants will receive vaccination screening at the University Health Centre on commencement of their programme.

Disclosure of Criminal Background

To help the University reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, it must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.

Relevant criminal convictions are only those convictions for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and convictions for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them - unless you are applying for one of the courses outlined within the following paragraph.

If you are applying for courses in teaching, health, social work and courses involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you must complete the section of your UCAS application form entitled ‘Criminal Convictions’. You must disclose anycriminal convictions, including spent sentences and cautions (including verbal cautions) and bindover orders. Further information on how to complete this section is available from the UCAS booklet ‘How to Apply’. For these courses, applicants are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure form. 

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Access to the DBS checking service is only available to registered employers who are entitled by law to ask an individual to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions - also known as asking 'an exempted question'. The University is such a 'registered employer' and will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place in the course.

If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must tell UCAS and the University. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell UCAS and the University that you have a relevant criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.

Anti-fraud Checks

Please note that both UCAS and the University follow anti-fraud procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent applications. If it is found that an applicant supplies a fraudulent application then it will be withdrawn.

Plagiarism

Applicants suspected of providing, or found to have provided, false information will be referred to UCAS if their application was made via UCAS. The same is true for applicants who are suspected of omitting, or found to have omitted, information that they are required to disclose according to UCAS regulations. Applications identified by UCAS’s Similarity Detection software to contain plagiarised material will be considered on an individual basis by Admissions Staff, taking into account the nature, relevance and importance of the plagiarism. The University reserves the right to cancel an application or withdraw any offer made if it is found that an application contains false, plagiarised or misleading information.

Extra

The Extra process enables applicants who have not been offered a place, or have declined all offers received, can use EXTRA to apply for other courses that still have vacancies before Clearing starts. The Extra process normally operates from late February until the end of June and Applicants should use the Course Search facility at UCAS to find which courses have vacancies.

Clearing

If you have not succeeded in gaining a place at your firm or insurance university, UCAS will send you details about Clearing, the procedure which matches course vacancies with students who do not have a university place. Information about degree vacancies at Northumbria is published in the national press; and you can also find information on our dedicated Clearing web pages during this period. We operate a Helpline - 0191 40 60 901 - throughout the Clearing period for enquiries about course vacancies.

Adjustment
If an applicant has both met and exceeded the conditions of their firmly accepted offer, they will have up to five calendar days from the time their place was confirmed (or A level results day, whichever is the later) to research places more appropriate to their performance. Applicants will have to nominate themselves for this system, and their eligibility will be confirmed by the institution they apply to adjust to.

Going to University from Care
Northumbria University is proud of its work in widening participation of young people and adults to university. We have recently been successful in being awarded the Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark for Care Leavers in Higher Education. This mark was created to recognise institutions who go that extra mile to support students who have been in public care. To find out more, visit our Going to University from Care web page.

Disabled Students

Northumbria welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition. Applications from disabled students are processed in the usual way, but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that the University can contact them to assess how to meet any support needs they may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the University so that this can be done in person.

To find out more contact:
Disability Support Team
Tel +44 (0)191 227 3849 or
Minicom +44 (0)191 222 1051

International Students

The University has a thriving overseas community and applications from International students are welcome. Advice on the suitability of overseas qualifications is available from:

International Office
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST
UK
Email: international@northumbria.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)191 227 4274
Fax +44 (0)191 261 1264

(However, if you have already applied to Northumbria and have a query, please contact internationaladmissions@northumbria.ac.uk or telephone 00 44 191 243 7906)

Provision of Information

The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

Modules Overview 2019/20

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

PA4001 -

Acting: Movement, Voice and Text (Core,40 Credits)

Acting: Movement, Voice and Text offers a comprehensive introduction to performing as part of a group/company/ensemble. This way of working will support you in your awareness of others and your working relationship to them in a Drama context. You will learn to focus and develop your own Drama process both as an individual Drama Practitioner & within the whole Year Group by working directly with your peers.

You will be introduced to exercises and Drama practice to support you over the three years of your degree course. These will include understanding your voice incorporating the clarity of your diction, your breath control & supporting your voice projection. These will underpin your ability to understand and be introduced to ideas about the nature of drama, structure, character, dialogue & storytelling. You will rehearse scenes & use the voice, movement and physical methods of training to help contextualise your learning from the module as a whole. You will be working with methods and practices associated with Bertolt Brecht and Konstantin Stanislavski and others and you will also set up your own professional blog which will act as a repository for your professional learning documenting and archiving your practice from week to week. This will encourage you from level 4 to consider the context of the rest of your studies and how best to apply the skills you have learned in the course ahead.

More information

PA4004 -

Ensemble Exploration: Devising and Physical Theatre (Core,40 Credits)

Following on from Acting: Movement Voice and Text in which you were introduced to acting techniques, physical and vocal training and processes to realise a play text, in this module you will be introduced to practices, practitioners, techniques and styles of performance that will help you identify and develop your own abilities as a performance maker. Through an exploration of current performance making strategies and approaches you will begin to develop an understanding of yourself as an individual artist within the theatrical ensemble, learning techniques, skills and processes of the actor-creator. In this module you will experience and develop an understanding of the potential for the physical body onstage and a growing awareness and expanding knowledge of the artistic possibilities of both text and movement. You will gain a greater knowledge of your own body and develop processes to support both physical expressiveness and safe physical practice.

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PA4005 -

Reading Drama and Performance (Core,20 Credits)

Reading Performance is a lecture/seminar based module which introduces you to a range of theatre practices within an academic context. In the first semester, you will focus on practices relating to character, text and narrative. Within lectures/seminars ideas and perspectives will be presented to you on practitioners such as Stanislavski and Brecht, and the innovations and contributions they made to theatrical practice. We will also be working with you to help open up some important critical and academic texts which present new research and ways of thinking about these practitioners. Throughout the classes you will be asked to contribute ideas, discuss, watch and respond to a range of stimuli presented to you by lecturers.

In the second semester we look more closely at contemporary performance practices, practices which frequently do not incorporate ‘narrative,’ ‘character’ and ‘dramatic action’ in traditional ways. We look at examples such as the theatre of Samuel Beckett, Antonin Artaud and at contemporary performance practices. We discuss and debate the nature of these practices, their aims and effects on audiences. Throughout the module you will be given a chance to develop ways of communicating complex ideas and individual thoughts about your subject both in speech and in writing.

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PA4007 -

Introduction to Drama Specialisms (Core,20 Credits)

This module is about understanding your subject area and your role as a student of that subject. It is the first step in helping you to scope and understand the subject and begin the journey to realising your professional ambitions. In the first term you will learn the scope of our specialist pathways: Acting and Performance, Applied Theatre and Scriptwriting, as well as being introduced to some of the skills for studying them. You will go to see performance work, be introduced to specialist texts and try out the different forms of learning used in each pathway.

At the end of this first term you will reflect and compare the experiences of these different areas and through that reflection select which of these pathways you wish to pursue. In the second term you will concentrate more on this chosen specialism picking up further introductory skills and develop a portfolio of work in this specialist area.

You will be introduced to the rich and varied artistic and cultural landscape of Newcastle upon Tyne and wide variety of modes of working, study skills, critically engaging with performance work and learning how to safely access our learning resources are key areas at the beginning of the module. As you gain a broader understanding you will also be introduced to the types of employment available in these areas and be encouraged to think about the skills and knowledge you would require to gain employment and you will begin to create a website and CV as a developing and living document to capture your achievements.

In the second term you will be orientating yourself in your new chosen field, learning about key practitioners, theories and approaches to you work.

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YA5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Arts (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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AD5003 -

Arts Study Abroad (60 credit) (Optional,60 Credits)

The Study Abroad module is a semester based 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which facilitate study abroad within the programme. You will undertake a semester of study abroad at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere. This gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be constructed to meet the learning outcomes for the programme for the semester in question, dependent on suitable modules from the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). The module will be assessed by conversion of graded marks from the host University.

Learning outcomes on the year-long modules on which the student is unable to attend the home institution must be met at the host institution, and marks from the host are incorporated into the modules as part of the overall assessment.

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PA5001 -

Analysing Drama and Performance (Core,20 Credits)

Analysing Performance is a lecture/seminar based module which introduces you to a range of key topics and current debates in theatre and performance. The module focusses on four main topic areas and tackles these from a number of perspectives which foreground current practice, thinking and research. Topic areas are represented in lecture titles such as Performance and Presence, Performance and the Body, Performance and Politics, Performance and Time. We will also be working with you to help open up some important critical and academic texts which present new research and ways of thinking about these areas of performance. Throughout the classes you will asked to contribute ideas, discuss, watch and respond to a range of stimuli presented to you by lecturers.
Great emphasis will be placed on trying out and testing ideas both in class discussions as well as in a number of formative written submissions, and the module helps you to build a sophisticated set of concepts and ideas on theatre practice. For instance, we will look at the political assumption which might underpin a particular performance strategy, or the idea that certain kinds of performance can demonstrate the capacities of the body in particular ways, or how a given form of performance positions the viewpoint of the spectator. We will be working closely with you as you engage in some of these important debates through discussion and writing, leading you and closely supporting you towards the Semester 2 summative submissions. These critical explorations support a range of practices which are taking place in your other modules, such as Contemporary Performance, Advanced Acting and Performance Skills, Exploring Scriptwriting and Devising Applied Theatre.

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Contemporary Performance (Core,40 Credits)

You will learn about contemporary methods for devising and creating drama, theatre and performance events. You will be encouraged to test and challenge the limits of drama, theatre and performance, and to engage with a diverse range of approaches to making a performance. You will learn how to work as part of an ensemble. You will have the opportunity to be creative, to experiment, and to put theory into practice. You will be encouraged to think about different aspects that inform a performance. Topics might include:
• The performers’ bodies
• Actor-audience relationships
• Use of performance space
• Audio-visual material in performance

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Exploring Scriptwriting (Optional,20 Credits)

This module builds on the work you have done in first year. You will be asked to broaden your understanding of the writer’s role from that of a lone creator to that of maker in a team of creative people.

You will begin this module writing in response to devised work around a theme. Working in groups you will contribute to creating a short series for radio or television.

The second phase of the module will ask you to experiment with the work written and recreate the script for different media. Supported by technicians, you will record extracts of script as a film or radio piece exploring the problems and challenges this entails and considering the differing requirements of scripting for these disciplines.

This will be followed by a series of workshops in which you will unpick that process and will be introduced to a number of industry techniques which will support your revision of the piece.

In your group you will then revise the planning document for the series in your preferred form. Individual episodes will be assigned to each member of the group; you will write one episode each.

The planning document will be a group-made piece and will carry a group mark, the script will be individually written. You will, however, submit an accompanying portfolio of drafts and research, held together by a reflective evaluation which will evidence your personal development and contribution to the project, this will be individually marked.

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Creating Performance for Screen (Optional,20 Credits)

This module is part of a suite of options available to performing arts students in semester two of your second year. Creating Performance for Screen attempts to further develop your understanding of making performance/story by exploring the mediatised crafts of film production. Through the planning and realisation of a short film, you will explore the skills of screen acting, film composition and the crafting of a filmic narrative. To support your learning you will also undertake basic training in the rudiments of film production. The teaching will be delivered in a practical and analytical context, allowing you to explore and evaluate both the performer and film - maker’s craft. The teaching concentrates on practically exploring a number of filmic techniques and critiquing a variety of approaches to film composition and screen acting. Stanislavskian techniques introduced in year one are further explored by critiquing Strasberg’s processes of method acting in an attempt to appreciate the differences and similarities in performance on screen to stage acting. Time is also given over to critiquing your own on screen performances
To develop the skills you have learnt and as part of your assessment, you will work in production companies in the planning and realisation of a short 5 minute film.

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Advanced Acting and Performance Skills (Optional,20 Credits)

In this module you will be learning and exploring the application of some of the advanced performance techniques of the modern actor. Building on first year modules Acting: Movement, Voice and Text this module will develop your practical and theoretical understanding of the practices of the contemporary performing artist. The techniques of practitioners of modern theatrical acting and performance such as Sandford Meisner, Jerzy Grotovsky, Mike Alfreds, Michael Checkov, Patsy Rodenburgh and others will be studied in workshop sessions and applied to scripted scenes. The module acts as a building block: it is part of a set of modules that offer you the opportunity to expand your performance skillset while exploring your personal creative interests and identity. You will learn how to apply these techniques autonomously, making informed and interest driven choices on the types of scripted material you will perform and which techniques you will use in your creative process. This module will prepare you for the challenges of 3rd year independent modules such as Platform Performance and Professional Directions, as well as help develop your professional performance skillset.

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Workshop Practice and Facilitation (Core,20 Credits)

This module will develop skills and understanding required to facilitate a workshop in specific settings, and it will also ask you to prepare a project plan which will demonstrate how clearly you can present your work to the outside world. You will be introduceds to facilitation methods for a range of drama, script and performance specialisms. You will learn to deliver workshops with specific groups of participants in a range of contexts, such as young people in schools or youth groups, the elderly or for corporate training, for community or health groups or as artists sharing their own practice or in a skills-based setting such as a theatre engagement programme.

You will build a range of methods of appropriate communication and explore how to establish good techniques for working with diverse groups. You will learn about related workshop approaches and develop expertise in facilitation of drama and theatre. You will develop appropriate frameworks and vocabularies for critiquing your own work and that of others. You will be introduced to the ethical and practical considerations of health and safety in a workshop context. You will also consider the practical needs of budgeting such a programme of work and possible sources of funding.


In support of this you will attend specialist presentations and demonstrations from practitioners and industry partners who will give insights into their own practice. You will be introduced to a number of funding organisations and introduced to the skills need to apply for funding from them.
This will enhance your learning and support links with regional professionals to enhance future employment opportunities.

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Devising Applied Theatre (Optional,20 Credits)

Devising Applied Theatre is a core module for the Drama and Applied Theatre pathway. This module allows you to begin the process of building partnerships with organisations outside the university. In close collaboration with a client organisation, you will explore the role of the applied theatre practitioner in a very particular context. Concentrating on the needs of the chosen organisation, you will learn skills and understandings appropriate to their audience. You will further develop your ability to plan, research, make and evaluate your performance work. This will involve interrogating of a variety of performance styles and devising methodologies. This practice will be undertaken in dialogue with your tutors and with representatives of the client organisation, who will help you explore your relationship with the audience and the art form. You will be encouraged to investigate the relationship between the performer and the participant, the staged and the non-staged, and how the theatre making functions in spaces other than conventional theatres. The module will familiarise you with the work of some key practitioners and movements within the applied field, enabling you to appreciate how your individual experience relates to the wider cultural arena.
This module will require you to extend and consolidate the skills of the ensemble as introduced in year one, working with and for your peers in small company groups.

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Stand Up and Cabaret (Optional,20 Credits)

This module is part of a suite of options available to you in semester two of your second year. It is designed to enable you to explore and develop solo (or duo) modes of popular performance. The overarching goal is to create 7 minutes of material that you will perform in front of a live audience in a club setting. You will be able to utilise this material not just during the assessment but also indicate where else you might adapt and transport it.
You will learn the following skills:
• How to generate ideas for material
• How to structure material (jokes, stories, songs, physical/visual performances )
• How to structure a piece or a set
• How to develop a persona that draws on aspects of self but develops or exaggerates them (a clown self)
• How to gain experience and keep performing
• How to work with audiences
• How to place your own material in a social and historical context
In addition the following themes will be covered:
• Cabaret and popular performance as a mode of identity politics
• The politics of representation
• Satire

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Researching Drama: Methods, Skill and Applications (Optional,20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to methods for researching your own and others’ dramatic practice. You will learn ways of analysing, documenting and disseminating both practice and research. The module, in combination with Contemporary Performance in the second semester, serves as the preparation for your final Independent Study project at level 6. You will be introduced to key concepts on practice and research and the possible relationships between the two, giving you an understanding of how to approach research both in a written and a performative way. The module will also introduce you to basic skills for disseminating your practice/research, including techniques and methods of documentation (written, filmed, recorded, web-based) and ideas on how and where to show and publish your outputs for greatest impact and reach. You will present on your research in both essay format and as a demonstration of practical work, giving you a thorough grounding in current applications of dramatic practice and research.

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Academic Language Skills for Arts (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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Arts Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Work Placement Year module is a 120 credit year-long module available on degree courses which include a work placement year, taken as an additional year of study at level 5 and before level 6 (the length of the placement(s) will be determined by your programme but it can be no less than 30 weeks. You will undertake a guided work placement at a host organisation. This is a Pass/Fail module and so does not contribute to classification. When taken and passed, however, the Placement Year is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Work Placement Module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Work Placement Year)”. The learning and teaching on your placement will be recorded in the work placement agreement signed by the placement provider, the student, and the University.

Note: Subject to placement clearance; this is a competitive process and a place on the module cannot be guaranteed.

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Arts Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Study Abroad Year module is a full year 120 credit module which is available on degree courses which include a study abroad year which is taken as an additional year of study at level 5 and before level 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere. This gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). Your study abroad year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad Module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”.

Note: Subject to placement clearance; this is a competitive process and a place on the module cannot be guaranteed.

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Year in International Business (This is made up of 5 modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)

This overarching module descriptor covers the Year in International Business which is made up of 5 modules which students study in Newcastle (semester 1) and Amsterdam (semester 2).

This additional year of studies has been designed to develop students’ business awareness and their soft skills through a semester of study in the UK followed by engagement in studying in Amsterdam and working on real business projects to further enhance and develop this knowledge, skills and attributes.

Semester 1 in the UK comprises three 20-credit modules aimed at students new to business and management, which also equips the students for a semester in Amsterdam, working in teams on a “real-world”, client facing project. Of the modules studies in Semester 1 provide students with the “soft”, “analytical” and “project management” skills necessary to embark on a “real-world” client-centred consultancy project in Semester 2. In Semester 2, students will work move to Amsterdam and study two modules on Northumbria licensed premises. The first module, Group Business Consultancy Project, is a Level 5 40 credit Consultancy Project providing a supported and challenging experience with real business supervised by Northumbria and possibly Dutch academics. The final module complements the development of business knowledge and application through a contextualised consideration of International Business. This will also add to the Business Consultancy experience, thereby guaranteeing a coherent business experience.

The modules are outlined below:

Semester 1
HR9505 Managing People at Work (20 credits)
SM9511 Global Business Environment (20 credits)
AF5022 Financial Decision Making (20 credits)

Semester 2
AT5000 Digital Business (20)
AT5001 Group Business Consultancy Project (40 credits)

In semester 1, students will learn in an environment aligned to that of business students on full time programmes. A mixture of large group and small group sessions will take place. In semester 2, in accordance with the experiential learning pedagogical approach in the Business Clinic operated at Newcastle Business School, the group consultancy work will involve students working in groups, facilitated by academics but also independently and amongst their peers in collaborative project work to provide real business consultancy. Assessment has been developed in accordance with Northumbria’s Assessment for Learning principles including a broad mix of assessment appropriate to the learning outcomes being assessed and with opportunities for formative feedback.

A student who passes all modules will, on successful completion of their undergraduate programme of study, have the title “(Year in International Business UK and Amsterdam)” added to their degree award title. Students who do not pass 120 credits will have those modules that have been completed recorded on their transcript.

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Professional Directions (Core,20 Credits)

This module is an opportunity for you to do an independent (self-initiated) project directly relevant to the career pathway you want to follow after graduation. The intention is that you use this module to prepare for making the transition from student to professional. If you are not sure about the direction you would like your future career to take then this module is a chance to find that direction. Your project needs to be related to the performing arts and appropriate to third year degree study. You can choose whether to work on your own, in a pair or small group.

You will learn about managing a project, developing skills in project design and planning, organisation and time-management. Depending on what you choose to do, you will learn more about being self-motivated and/or working as a team. Through the Professional Practice Week, you will meet a number of industry professionals and gain useful insights and potential network contacts for your career ahead. You will learn how to evidence what you have done and to evaluate it, through proper documentation in an appropriate form such as through video or on line records.

The exact detail of what you will learn will depend on what you choose to do. You might focus on furthering your skills and knowledge as a performer, facilitator, or writer to produce your own performance work or script. You might identify a shadowing opportunity as a way of developing skills in events management, teaching or setting up your own theatre company.

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Production Showcase (Optional,40 Credits)

The Production Showcase module allows you to consolidate the performance skills already developed during your three year programme. The module will culminate with the realisation of a professional production of (or based upon) a selected text. There will be an emphasis on the role of the actor performer within an ensemble performance and you will be encouraged to experiment with a range of skills appropriate to the chosen text, assisting you in defining your own identity as an actor/performer. You will learn about the role of the ensemble actor through the experience of a full scale production and expand your range of performance skills relevant to your role/s in the project. There will be an opportunity to further consolidate your self-management and group work skills and your ability to analyse performance texts and deconstruct the meanings inherent therein.
You will learn how to prepare for a professional production and be fully immersed in industry standard rehearsal practices and structures. The module also offers you the opportunity to learn how to collaborate with artists with significant professional and industry experience; e.g. writer, director, designer etc. Through the project you will be exposed to the rigors of current professional practice offering an insight into key industry processes within a working theatre.

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Performance in Context (Optional,20 Credits)

This module places you in a specific applied theatre context and gives you the opportunity to create context-appropriate performance. Because of this specificity, the module will be different every time: in some cases students may be assigned a script of an existing work; in others, the performance material may arise from research into the given context – and therefore be devised. The underlying structure however will cover similar areas of investigation and concern. Whilst they are written in order, there is of course constant overlap between the various stages in development:
Foundations
Introduces the concept of performance in a given social context and examines the underlying assumptions about why this work takes place and why performance might be needed.
Ethics
Examines the roles and responsibilities of the facilitator/performer in context. Such topics as safe practice, managing time and relationships, group building and the politics of participation are addressed through a range of practical exercises and techniques.
Methodology
Engages in a detailed investigation of drama methodology specific to the context.
Application
The final weeks of the module delivery are devoted to supporting you to plan and facilitate your own performance work in small groups. Rehearsal techniques are employed which aim to bring clarity and purpose to the performance. Wherever possible, it is intended to allow you the opportunity to deliver this work to real people in real contexts.

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Platforms: Acting and Performance (Optional,40 Credits)

In Platform Performance, you will develop the core practical skills that are required for successfully staging a performance; and key academic skills required for writing critically about the practical work you are engaged in.

In a small group you will go through a process of selecting, rehearsing and performing either: a play, an extract, an adaptation, or a devised work. You will be supported by your tutors in the selection of the performance material that you work with, and you will be encouraged to identify material which is both appropriate to the skills you have acquired on the course, and deemed to best showcase your abilities as a performer.

You will learn how to work collaboratively and practically within a small ensemble to test out ideas, and to develop systems for rehearsal that will lead you towards the staging of a fully realised and technically supported performance. In addition, you will learn how to engage in relevant research around your chosen material and the context from which it arose. You will also learn how to develop and apply critical thinking to the practical work that you are doing.

You will be encouraged to view the work you create as a platform for your own performance skills and abilities, and as a result you will be signposted to the suitable professional context/s for the work that you create. You will learn how to work within carefully constructed constraints so that the experience is akin to that of working within a relevant professional context.

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Portfolio Script (Optional,40 Credits)

This is the capstone independent project of the programme and will give you the chance to apply your skills and learning in delivering a substantial script to use as a calling card to the industry. You can write for theatre, film, TV or radio and you will build on the work done in semester one in Script – Ideas and Preparation. You will write the script proposed in that module - a forty-five minute script. You will also compile a set of marketing materials to promote the work or create a presentation or reading to publicise the script. You will learn how to sustain an extended piece of dramatic writing, how to work independently over a longer period, and also how to present the work in a way appropriate for your chosen medium and promote it in a way likely to be attractive to the industry.

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Performance Research (Core,20 Credits)

This module is designed to enable you to undertake a piece of independent research related to performing arts practice. In doing so, you will build on the knowledge you have acquired in your first two years of study, including your broad base of understanding related to performance practices as well as the analytical skills you have developed on modules such as Analysing Drama and Performance. You will learn about how to select and develop your own research questions, and you will look at some different methodologies for pursuing different kinds of research topics. Staff will share their own research interests and practices with you, and will open up potential areas of exploration for you. We will also be working with you to help open up some important critical and academic texts which present new research and ways of thinking about these areas of performance. Throughout the classes you will asked to contribute ideas, discuss, watch and respond to a range of stimuli presented to you by lecturers.
You are then given an opportunity to put these ideas into practice in your own terms as you work towards the final submission. This will consist of a 4,000 word essay which can either be an independently generated research question which you devise under supervision from a tutor, or you may wish to write a response to any one of a range of set essay questions which the staff team will set, and whose themes will arise from the lecture series.

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Independent Drama Project (Optional,40 Credits)

You will devise and develop your own independent research project on a topic of your choosing. You will conduct an in depth examination of an aspect of drama, theatre, or performance. Your research project will be supported by staff expertise and dedicated staff supervision. You will develop skills in negotiation, project management, research, planning, organisation, and argument. You may present the outcome of your research project as a written dissertation of 10,000 words, or as an equivalent portfolio of work (a combination of practical work and written work) that includes evidence of practice-based work. This is your opportunity to set your own syllabus, to design your dream research project, and to immerse yourself in a sustained critical study of your choosing.

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Applied Theatre Project (Optional,20 Credits)

The module seeks to imbue you with the practical applications necessary to maintain a sustained Applied Theatre project. This module supports your choice of a practical working methodology for drama/theatre activity in a community setting. The module is related to the work undertaken in Applied Theatre Analysis and represents a major piece of individual work on a topic of your choosing, subject to staff approval.
In this final ‘capstone project’ students engage in a number of self-generated applied theatre projects. The goal is to be critically reflective about the ethical challenges and nuances implicit in many of these culturally diverse contexts. Building on curiosity and self-reflection of previous years, the questions focus on the individual: who are you as an artist? Why do you want to do this work? What are the benefits -and potential risks - to the people with whom you work? When is it appropriate to apply theatre in a given moment and when might it be judicious to ‘dis-apply’ it? The very notion of ‘applied theatre’, with its emphasis on tangible effects (educational outcomes, reduction of behaviours deemed challenging; improvements in health), has swiftly evoked a concern for affects (intangible feelings and impulses; beauty). Performance can be applied in the interests of social transformation with widely different intentions.

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Applied Theatre Analysis (Optional,40 Credits)

Applied Theatre Analysis is a Third Year 40 Credit module. It is year long and designed to enable you to consolidate your capacity to critically analyse your practice. During Semester One you will identify a community of interest within the applied drama field of study, engage in a collaborative process with a client organisation and embark on an initial planning phase of a drama project situated within a community context of your choice. This process will be captured within a rigorous interrogation of the literature surrounding your study which you will deliver in the form of a 3,000 word literature review at the end of the semester. The literature review will demonstrate not only your knowledge of your chosen client group and the ethical and professional considerations surrounding your work, but also your ability to write cogently on the theoretical context of your practice.
The practice of your drama project is assessed through the sister module (Applied Theatre Practice) which is completed during semester two, however your ability to reflect and evaluate that practice makes up the second assessment point of this year long module. You will be expected to further develop your skills as a reflective practitioner by thoroughly documenting your process, preparing and delivering a 30 - minute seminar centred on the project work generated in this module and Applied Theatre Practice.
You will be expected to work in small groups which will assist you in the analysis, evaluation and dissemination of your practice.

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Script - Ideas and Preparation (Optional,20 Credits)

This module will consolidate the scriptwriting skills in theatre and film that you have learned in the previous two years. You will explore ways of developing ideas for different media including introducing the particular demands of writing for Radio and Television. You will experiment in writing for these different media learning about: multi-stranded storytelling, structuring series, working with sound and other particular skills of the broadcast media.

You will explore the different areas of the scriptwriting industry, theatre, film, TV and radio as well as looking at the key roles of people in those industries. You will examine arts organisations, producers and broadcasters’ policies in order to understand the kind of work that is commissioned by each and how that industry sets about choosing scripts. You will learn about different ways of pitching and presenting ideas, both orally and in writing, as well as developing an idea for your own script.

You will look at different kinds of script proposals, treatments, outlines and synopses and will write a proposal for an idea of your own (which will be the script you write in the second semester Portfolio Script module). You will write a rationale for that proposal as well as supporting professional documentation (CV, synopses, pitches etc.). In relation to that you will draw on and add to your electronic portfolio (Pebble+) from the first two years to reflect your current perspective as a scriptwriter, finally you will learn about interview techniques, networking and presenting yourself in a professional manner.

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Academic Language Skills for Arts (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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