The degree makes use of a good mix of practical and theoretical modules, with students also learning to reflect critically and analytically on their practice. Year 1 serves as the foundation year and forms the basis for studies in Years 2 and 3. Across all three years, single honours students will undertake modules in Acting Techniques which operate as the practical spine of the Drama programme. The academic spine of the programme, on the other hand, is Critical Studies in Years 1 and 2 which introduce students to critical/analytical concepts and terminologies operating in the fields of drama and performance.
Acting Techniques will start by introducing students to somatic and movement practices like the Feldenkrais Method, as a way of supporting their development of essential performance skills such as physicality, awareness and control. Theatres of the World in Year 1, will introduce you to notions of theatre and performance in different cultures of the world, and prepare you for options in African Drama, American Drama, and British Drama in Years 2 and 3.
The programme equally enables students to take specialist modules in Directing, Stage Management and Applied Drama starting from their second year of study. Applied Drama will challenge you to apply drama techniques and skills in a professional context within a diverse range of community and educational settings. Directing enables you to create your own professional-level drama production as a practice-led research project, while the Individual Study option allows you to undertake research leading to a dissertation on a topic chosen from your area of specialism.