Drama Studies (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

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About the course

Drama Studies at De Montfort University combines performance, theory and contextual study. Its lively curriculum includes opportunities to act, script, direct and study the history of different theatrical traditions.

Reasons to choose Drama Studies (Joint Honours) at DMU
  • Joint honours degree courses allow you to study two different subjects, 50% of one subject and 50% of another

  • Nationally recognised as a Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts, awarded for teaching and learning

  • The subject is consistently ranked highly for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey

  • The course combines both critical and creative approaches to drama, with practical work tak…

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About the course

Drama Studies at De Montfort University combines performance, theory and contextual study. Its lively curriculum includes opportunities to act, script, direct and study the history of different theatrical traditions.

Reasons to choose Drama Studies (Joint Honours) at DMU
  • Joint honours degree courses allow you to study two different subjects, 50% of one subject and 50% of another

  • Nationally recognised as a Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts, awarded for teaching and learning

  • The subject is consistently ranked highly for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey

  • The course combines both critical and creative approaches to drama, with practical work taking place in superb studios and rehearsal rooms

  • There are regular visits to local and London theatres. Trips further afield have included New York, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam and Dublin.

  • DMU is a key creative and educational partner with Leicester’s new £68 million Curve theatre

Joint Honours combinations allow you to pursue complementary paths of study in two disciplines, developing common threads and enhancing specific skills through shared learning.

Drama and Education, for example, highlights the processes of learning and development in performance. Creative Writing shares Drama’s interest in the creative uses of language while a Drama and English combination emphasises both disciplines’ interest in written texts. Drama and Arts and Festivals Management combines a study of creative performance and the theory and practice of the management of arts industries, while Drama and Media and Communication reflects the importance of media in contemporary performance.


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Key facts

UCAS course code:

Drama Studies and

  • Arts and Festivals Management WW94
  • Creative Writing WW84
  • Education Studies WXK3
  • English QWJ4
  • Media PWH4

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

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria

2012
  • A levels: Normally 260 UCAS points from at least two full A levels, including at least one grade B or equivalent.
  • BTEC National Diploma: Distinction/Merit/Merit
  • You must also have five GCSEs grades A–C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above. We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GSCEs including English at grade C or above.
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ points
  • Access: Pass

Audition required: No

2013
  • Normally 260 points with a minimum of 160 points from 2 full A levels.
  • National Diploma DMM.
  • Five GCSEs grades A* - C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above. We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs. including English at grade C or above.
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ Points

Interview required: No

Additional course specific requirements

BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Drama Studies (WW84)
Normally you should also have an A level in English at grade B or above. If you do not have an A level in English, you may be asked to complete a piece of work. Advanced Diploma students should also have ASL English at grade B or above.

BA (Hons) Drama and English (QWJ4)
Normally you should also have an A level in English at grade B or above. Advanced Diploma students should also have ASL English at grade B or above.

International Students

If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition| is available at DMU both before and during the course if required.

Teaching and assessment

Students are taught through practical studio workshops, lectures and seminars. Practical workshops usually run for three hours. Lectures and seminars normally last one hour.

We employ a wide range of forms of assessment in Drama Studies that develop skills in writing as well as skills in communication, presentation, independent practice and group work. Modules might use portfolios of creative and critical work, research essays, independent and group performance, seminar presentations, or combinations of these. Discussion and feedback from tutors are a vital part of the assessment process and many of the modules include formative assessment opportunities, especially in year one.

Course modules

Year one modules|

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

Year two modules

  • Drama and Theory (core)
  • Naturalism and Anti-naturalism
  • Shakespeare in Performance
  • Devising
  • Carnival and the carnivalesque
  • Contemporary Theatre in Britain

Year three modules

  • Key Practitioners and Dramatists
  • Writing for Performance
  • Live Art
  • Negotiated Study
  • Narrative and Performance
  • Popular Theatre
  • Independent Performance Practice

Joint honours degree students will study choose available modules from 50% of one subject and 50% of another.

Academic expertise

Our staff are experienced lecturers, researchers and practitioners in a number of different fields. While studying Drama at DMU students will be taught by staff whose expertise includes Shakespeare in performance, popular theatre, language and performance, 20th century modernist drama, postcolonial performance, Live Art, 20th century women playwrights, theatre and translation, and contemporary performance practice.

Student learning is further enhanced by visiting lecturers and practitioners. Drama staff are dedicated to the student experience more widely and run extra and co-curricular activities and events throughout the year.

Joint degree options

  • Arts and Festivals Management (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)
  • Creative Writing (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)
  • Education Studies Joint Honours
  • English (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)
  • Media (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

Industry links and professional accreditation

De Montfort University and Curve theatre have recently signed a new cultural partnership. The partnership follows a recent collaborative production; students from across all years of the Drama programmes at DMU participated in productions of two Steven Berkoff plays at the Curve Theatre, Leicester. East directed by Curve’s artistic director, Paul Kerryson, and Greek, directed by Curve’s associate director, Adel Al-Salloum.

Work experience and placements

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Graduate careers

Graduates in Drama Studies possess excellent research, communication and reflective skills, alongside collaborative skills and a solid knowledge of IT. They have the ability to devise, organise and self-manage projects and evaluate their outcomes, and are able to deal confidently with public performance. These qualities mean that opportunities exist for graduates of Drama Studies in diverse areas of employment. Recent graduates work in theatre companies and in various aspects of media production.

Other career destinations are community arts, primary, secondary and further education or postgraduate study. Drama has also proved good training for sales and management careers.

Patrick Ratliff graduated in 2008 and is Marketing Officer at Curve, and Nicola Betteridge, who graduated in 2009, is a secondary school Drama teacher. In different contexts both utilise the skills and knowledge acquired as DMU Drama studies students.

Fees and funding

2013 entry

UK/EU Fees: £9000 per year
International Fees: TBC

Learn more about fees and funding information 2013|

Scholarships

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Facilities

DMU offers 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. Students are able to book rehearsal space and equipment to support creative responses to the curriculum.

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