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Drama Studies BA (Hons) year one modules

The Drama Studies BA (Hons) modules listed below give you a flavour of what is available during your first year of study.

Year one (Level 4)

A Contextual Introduction to Performance 
This lecture and seminar-based module invites you to engage with a range of 20th century and contemporary performance practices in a manner that is informed by both historical and theoretical contexts. You will consider the creation, viewing and documentation of avant-garde performance and performer training, and will explore the different relationships, power structures and dynamics, which are embedded in these processes.

Making Performance
This studio-based module is designed to introduce you to a range of performance making practices, with a view to developing their skills as emerging practitioners. You will explore strategies and processes of devising theatre alongside contemporary uses of technology. To this end, you will be introduced to the principles and skills of lighting, sound, film, projection, and web-based technologies.

Acting, Scripting, Directing: A Practical Introduction to Drama
This studio-based module is designed to introduce students to a range of performance and writing skills and to develop their abilities in both creating and reflecting on practice, alongside an exploration of key theoretical concepts and concerns. Sessions are designed to explore theory through practice and cover the following (overlapping) topics:  Play/playing (games; ritual; performing); performing (acting/non-acting/ representation); meaning and representation (objects, bodies, spaces and words).

Texts and Stages
This lecture and seminar-based module introduces students to the study of drama in historical and cultural contexts. Over the year students will study a range of texts from four distinct periods and places: 5th century Greece, Renaissance England, 20th century Britain and Ireland and post-1945 America. The module will develop students’ awareness of the relationship between drama and the social conditions of its time, paying particular attention to performance practices and audience as well as encouraging a close reading of texts. It will also lead students to make informed comparisons and contrasts between genres, performance practices and dramatic theories from different times and places.  

Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current


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