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Drama Studies (Joint Honours) BA (Hons) year three modules

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

Year three (Level 6)

Drama Research Project 
This module develops individual research on a topic of your choice with a title negotiated with a supervisor. It will examine in depth an aspect of theatre or performance, and develop skills in research, planning, organisation and argument. The outcome of the research will be presented as a written dissertation 9,000 words.

NOTE: Students must take either Drama Research Project or Practice as Research

Practice as Research
This module requires individual research on a topic negotiated with a member of staff pursued through performance and a written submission. The specific means of achieving the module learning outcomes will be established in a learning contract agreed with a member of staff. The project should examine in depth and using appropriate methodologies a specific area of study relevant to Drama Studies. The performative element will consist of either a single performance or workshop of 30 minutes duration. The written element, which will offer a critical analysis of the practice as research process, will be 3,500 words in length and its format will be determined during the negotiation of the learning contract with the project supervisor.

Writing for Performance
This studio and classroom-based module develops your creative and critical writing in the field of performance. It allows you to relate this development to an understanding of the concerns, approaches and techniques of contemporary performance-making. You will have the chance to generate your own portfolio of creative writing for performance through a series of practical workshops introducing writing skills and responding to stimuli. You will be asked to consider performance conventions and theories in the context of plays and performance writing, and are offered the opportunity to explore and demonstrate the ways in which these conventions and theories shape your own writing practices.

Live Art
This studio-based module is concerned with Live Art as a creative space that breaks the rules and pushes the boundaries of performance. The module will introduce you to a wide range of experimental, interdisciplinary, and experiential practices, in between, and at the edges of more conventional artistic forms. The module has a particular emphasis on the artist’s body as the material and stage for their practice, with students exploring artistic models such as painting bodies, Body Art, autobiography in performance, durational performance, and one-to-one/participatory practice. Furthermore, you are encouraged to engage in the language, critical theories, and ethical and artistic debates that surround the work. A key feature of the module is to develop your own practice as emerging practitioners, in a climate of ongoing critical debate and support.

Engaging with Creative Industries
This module enables students to develop their professional skills by undertaking a placement in the creative industries. After negotiating a rationale for securing a placement, you will devise, manage and evaluate a study with tutor guidance that seeks to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of working practices in a professional and creative context. Examples of placements include: at Curve; with other professional arts organisations; in arts events and venues; Education in the Arts programmes; theatre companies; technical or stage management work; related corporate industries, such as television or commercial enterprises.

Popular and Political Theatre
This module investigates forms of political drama and performance from the traditions of popular practice. Indicative areas include comedy and satire, theatre for development, community drama, radical street theatre, agit-prop, Guerrilla theatre, verbatim theatre and contemporary political plays. By investigating case studies and engaging in performance practice, the module raises questions about the ways in which theatre and performance has been, and can be, used as a vehicle to discuss politics, emancipate individuals and communities, or used as a weapon for intervention and liberation, and to understand the intersections between theatre and political discourse designed to be ‘of, by and for the people’.

Education and the Performing Arts
This module will equip you with an understanding of performing arts education policy, pedagogy, curriculum design, and assessment in a time of educational, economic, technological and social change. The module explores the place of the performing arts in the evolving English education system and in the early years, informal, community and therapy settings. It also considers the various motivations for the inclusion of arts in education and key contemporary debates regarding intercultural and multicultural arts education, the nature of ‘creativity’ and the creative industries, the influence of technology, and access and equality of opportunity. You’ll investigate life-long engagement with the performing arts via public spaces including museums, libraries, galleries and performance venues. Issues surrounding training for artists and arts educators will be explored, along with pertinent professional and workforce matters (e.g. professional development, ‘generalists’ vs ‘specialists’, safeguarding, health and safety, funding and employment opportunities).

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


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