Unless stated as core, all modules available as options for Combined Honours students
Body, Voice and Imagination (20 credits) Also core for combined honours
This module introduces you to different approaches to body, voice and imagination as preparation for performance. You will engage in practical workshops to explore approaches to performance that emphasises breathing, posture, balance, presence, energy, spontaneity, spatial awareness, tension and relaxation, vocal and sound. Using workshop tasks and improvisation techniques, the module will enable you to understand yourself and potential as actors. Learning on the module will be contextualised through the provision of historical and theoretical contexts for performances.
Introduction to Texts in Performance (20 credits)
This module engages you with a range of stimuli for drama. A range of texts will be used from newspaper headlines to visual stimuli. You will also be introduced to reading and rehearsing texts in a performance context. You will be introduced to and explore a selection dramatic texts that will come from different socio-cultural and aesthetic contexts.
Arts in Context (20 credits)
This module introduces you to the performing arts industry as a way to begin to develop an understanding of the drama landscape and the significance of the arts in different contexts/communities and to build professional skills.
Site Performance (20 credits) Also core for Combined Honours
The aim of the module is to introduce you to site-specific performance as a broad range of practices that put “site” at its centre and allow it to determine its processes. You will learn about the development of site-specific practice, explore theoretical ideas that underlie it, and experience some key practitioners and their perspective.
Theatre in Society (20 credits)
The focus is on how theatre interfaces with society. Through the study of different theatre examples, students will analyse how these connect to their respective cultural and historical contexts. They will consider the significant role theatre has played in society in different cultures and histories; explore the diverse stylistic vocabularies theatre has used to respond to social issues; and begin to apply some key concepts in analysing theatre work. In doing so, students will begin to develop intercultural awareness, self-presentation and further study skills..
Theatre and Digital (20 credits)
Contemporary theatre-making and performance in the context of increased importance of digital settings and tools will expand understanding of theatre, its aesthetics, and creative potential. Using examples of live, digital and digitalised performances and selected digital theatre archives and platforms, the module poses a question how we create, perform, and document contemporary theatre? How do we negotiate between its various live and digital spaces? What critical approaches are necessary for creating, performing, discussing, and documenting theatre in live and digital settings? What ethical issue do they raise? Through engaging with these questions, the module aims to lead students in the exploration of creative opportunities opened by digital and its interactions with theatre traditions. The module also helps students to develop their digital literacy skills.
Actor and Verse (20 credits)Also core for Combined Honours
You will gain knowledge and skills that will help you to analyse and perform verse, meeting demands of heightened style while facilitating their own creative and aims. You will engage with techniques across different texts and media including classical verse dramas and contemporary texts that challenge traditional forms of theatre and of verse. In addition, voice and movement sessions will further develop awareness of kinesics, vocal, and different verbal aspects of communication.
Texts on Stage and Screen (20 Credits)
Key practices in relation to presenting texts for stage and screen will be the focus building critical and creative skills. Theoretical frameworks will inform engagement with practical methodologies of adaptation.
Directing and Dramaturgy (20 credits) Also core for Combined Honours
A range of contemporary directors, dramaturges, and theatre companies, as well as the conceptual directing and dramaturgical techniques and compositional methods underpinning their work will be examined. You will be encouraged to foster artistic identities as emergent directors and dramaturges underpinned by their grasp of concepts drawn from established practitioners and theatre companies.
Theatre and Social Engagement (20 credits) Also core for Combined Honours
Consideration of ways in which you can develop and apply artistic practices that make a difference to society is the focus of this module. You will study a diverse range of examples from existing professional theatre practice ranging from political theatre to activist performance that aim to shift perceptions about identity and community and perform social change. You will develop their own social awareness and artistic independence by exploring and reflecting on ways in which their own practice can connect to current political issues and have social impact to specific communities.
Performing Objects (20 credits) Also core for Combined Honours
You will be introduced to selected conceptual frameworks and conventions that underpin contemporary object theatre and encouraged to play with and challenge them, thus developing a strong sense of their creative voice. Voice and movement sessions will develop new skills necessary for performance of stylized emotions and characterization. In addition, you will learn to adapt vocal and movement exercises to suit individual needs. The module will increase versatility in acting methods and styles and enhance rapport with partners and audience..
Professional Development (20 credits)
The module helps to prepare you for professional roles in the theatre and creative industries. It aims to provide the environment for you to develop practical knowledge and understanding of the principles of professional practice that operates in the discipline, as well as some of the opportunities that are available to them within the professions. The module aims to facilitate the identification and development of graduate skills by enabling students to reflect on their skills and experiences, and to consider their further development goals. It also aims to support students in identifying and presenting their skills and experiences in a format that enhances their employability and/ or enterprise.
Performance Research (dissertation equivalent) (20 credits)
You will draw together and apply the skills and knowledge gained on the programme to realise a research project under supervision. The module will support interrogation of the research topic and deepen knowledge of a specific area of performance research, dictated by interests, using relevant methods and approaches. You work with supervision to deliver an extended essay or practical project that will help you to further apply and consolidate a range of professional and transferable skills developed throughout studies such as: artistic independence; critical thinking; project management and entrepreneurialism; self-discipline; time-management; and team-work.
Performing Identities (20 credits) Also core for Combined Honours
How contemporary theatre companies and practitioners articulate multiple identities in their works, and to apply this knowledge to create performances that engage with the fluid intercultural space that is Britain today are the aims of the module. The module will facilitate further development of vocal and physical skills, knowledge of different working methods and styles of acting, and of theoretical principles.
There are option modules to choose from. Please note not all optional modules will run as these are dependent on viable student numbers.:
Interdisciplinary Arts and Politics (20 credits)
Political dimensions of art, art’s ability to act as a catalyst for political change, and the use and abuse of arts by political movements have always been an urgent talking point of artistic and academic debates. This module interrogates the incorporation of political agendas into theatre, music, and dance. You will engage with a variety of key artistic practices and political concepts that have underlain the interactions between arts and politics e.g STEM versus STEAM in education.
Global Experience (20 credits)
Students taking this module will have the opportunity to reflect on their practice and experiences both in the UK and abroad. The module will help you to recognise, reflect on and articulate the important personal and professional development gained from undertaking such an international/intercultural experience. The trip abroad will be for a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 calendar days in duration in country. It is anticipated that the experience can take place within the EU and will involve visits at for example, academic institutions, professional organisations, companies.
Acting for Digital Media (20 credits)
Various digital settings and tools from microphone to Oculus that can facilitate performance and to advance students’ specialist performance and technical skills in relation to these settings will be explored. These may include video performances, social-network-based performances, podplays, radio, virtual reality, and so on. The range of settings and techniques chosen for study will develop their understanding of the relationship between the body, voice, and specific digital tools. They will enhance their ability to translate their creative ideas into the demands of specific digital settings. Voice and movement sessions will continue to develop students’ awareness of kinesics, vocalics, and verbal aspects of communication. Students will expand their creative, analytical, and performance skills leading to their deepened vocal and physical awareness, creative independence, increased versatility in their performance methods and styles, and enhanced rapport with the audience. The module will also further develop students’ digital literacy, further enhancing their set of transferable skills.
Applied Theatre (20 credits)
The module aims to introduce you to the professional field of applied theatre. You will enhance your developing professional skills in planning, managing and facilitating practical projects for client groups. You will also be developing as reflective practitioners through learning to reflect on and analytically evaluate your own practice.
There is a range of option modules to choose from. Please note, not all optional modules will run as these are dependent on viable student numbers:
Digital Performance (20 credits)
You will examine practical approaches to digital performance, including experimenting with relevant digital technologies,.and will develop a critical awareness of methods used by contemporary theatre makers. You will study relevant theories underpinning digital performance making and explore ways in which they can theorize and reflect on their own practice. The module will support you in further enhancing versatility, artistic independence and reflective practice as professional theatre makers for the digital era and consolidating their online professional portfolio and digital literacy.
Post- Dramatic Devising(20 credits)
The conceptual and dramaturgical vocabularies and compositional methods underpinning contemporary devised work will be examined. You will specifically develop a critical awareness of postdramatic methods of making original work used by renowned theatre companies and will gain a professional understanding of strategies that dramaturgs use to devise work; The module will support students in further consolidating their versatility, artistic independence and reflective practice as professional creative practitioners.
Theatre and Business (20 credits)
You will develop business and entrepreneurial skills, and provide business start-up knowledge. You will also engage with marketing strategies and the promotion of a performance product using traditional and social media. You will also be given support to generate creative business ideas and develop a Business Plan.
Interdisciplinary Community Arts Project (20 credits)
You will work as interdisciplinary teams and create a community-based arts project, sharing and applying skills, knowledge and understanding of arts to the context and the practicalities of project development, management and delivering a project.