The programme is designed with students in mind whose educational experience and training prior to their degree has involved a vocational or industry-related focus (e.g. BTEC Performing Arts), and who will be entering Higher Education with particular capabilities, expectations and ambitions that build on these more vocational qualifications.
The aim is to deliver an ambitious, challenging and exciting BA programme that draws on the best that university Drama has to offer, including the wide range of different sorts of learning experiences and associated skills development that belong the Department's BA Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. More particularly, though, Drama Studies focuses on enabling students to develop critical, practical, creative and well-informed responses to a range of professional contexts; while supporting the development of confidence in writing and other skills that are essential not only to professional life but full participation in contemporary citizenship.
The structure of the programme is built around a pathway of core modules, some of which are shared with Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, and some of which – at each year of study – have been custom-designed for Drama Studies students.
The focus of the modules is not only on performing and performance-making, but other skills and professional contexts that make up the diversity of contemporary drama and performance-related employment opportunities. These include the conceptual, problem-solving and collaborative skills associated with cultural enterprise and arts management; the very particular challenges of self-organisation and engagement with others that belong to applied theatre work; as well as training in critical thinking, independent project work, group theatrical production for public performance, and work experience opportunities.
Your first year is about building confidence in written, spoken and public presentation, and broadening your knowledge. You will be making your own performances as well as learning about performance history and culture. A particular feature of the first year is a year-long module on London's Arts, including hands-on involvement with the city's incomparable range of activities and resources.
As well as being involved in devising a full-length theatre production, you will take a special module on Arts Management, which will give you a wide-ranging introduction to how theatre companies and other arts organisations are run, from budget management to marketing and audience development. In addition you can select from the wide variety of modules available on the Department's Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies programme.
In the third year the focus turns towards more independent work, including an Independent Project module, where you will develop a project appropriate to your future career ambitions.