The Drama Studies degree 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.
Nationally recognised as a higher education 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 a superb suite of 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
UCAS course code: W400
Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time
Institution code: D26
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.
Audition/Interview required: Yes
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|, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
UK/EU Fees: £9000 per year
International Fees: TBC
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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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Drama students at DMU are offered an exciting opportunity to work and to perform at Curve, gaining valuable professional experience in addition to their studies. Students in 2011, directed by Paul Kerryson, the artistic director of Curve, and Adel Al-Salloum, performed in two plays by Steven Berkoff, East and Greek, at the theatre.
Drama at DMU further celebrates the creativity of its students in an annual showcase event, Exit Souls. Audiences are treated to student films, devised performances, living sculptures, Live Art pieces and performed extracts from plays by students from across all years of study.
In year one, modules provide wide-ranging practical and theoretical introductions to Drama. The core modules explore key performance-based practices and initiate degree-level study of dramatic genres from different times and cultures. In A Technical Introduction to Drama and A Contextual Introduction to Performance, Single Honours students are introduced to specialist skills in staging and performance.
In year two, students develop the skills gained in the first year. Drama and Theory, a core module for all students, provides a guide to ideas about topics such as language, gender, the body and the audience. Optional performance-based modules include Naturalism and Anti- Naturalism which explores, in a studio context, key dramatic practices from the 19th century through to the present, and Devising. Shakespeare in Performance combines the textual and performative study of classic texts. Carnival and the Carnivalesque studies a range of popular performance traditions while Contemporary British Drama surveys a range of current text-based theatre.
Year three offers students increased independence in their studies and the opportunity to focus more closely upon individual interests. The Drama Research Project (core for Single Honours students) is an extended independent study, whilst the Negotiated Study module enables students to develop performance pieces independently over the year or to gain relevant experience with professional organisations outside the university. Modules in the final year offer a range of critical and creative work including installation performance, and text-based group productions.
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Exit Souls: The Drama Festival 2013|
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