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BA single honours or in combination with another subject Drama 2020/21

Year of entry

You will explore drama and theatre as a practical and academic discipline. Through an exciting programme of, lectures, seminars, workshops and productions,you will gain valuable experience in acting, directing, applied drama, contemporary and performance practices.

90% of our most recent Drama students were in jobs or further study 6 months after finishing their course.

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17

Drama offers you a range of opportunities to develop practical, directorial, creative, and intellectual skills in the contemporary world of drama and theatre. You will learn a range of acting and performance techniques, have opportunities to explore texts, spaces and creative ways of presenting and/or staging performance.

Top Reasons to study this course:

  • Dynamic and engaging ways of thinking about texts, spaces and presentations of performance
  • Opportunities to work with creative practitioners such as Helen Paris (artistic researcher)
  • Opportunities to see and engage with a range of performances at local theatres and as part of the Canterbury Festival
  • An international and contemporary focus
  • embedded transferable and employability skills

Students on this programme are also eligible to apply to study for a self-funded year in North America as part of their degree.

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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This course offers you an exploration of drama and theatre as a practical and academic discipline, gaining valuable experience and skills in acting, directing, applied drama, and contemporary theatre making. You will develop these skills through workshops, productions, and seminars. You will be encouraged to sees as much drama as possible on stage and screen.

Students of Drama are eligible to apply to study for a year in North America as part of their degree.

This course usually appeals to students wishing to pursue a career in acting, directing, stage management and applied drama/drama in education, or to those interested in postgraduate study, or in pursuing a career in other areas of the creative arts industry and related fields.

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Students on this course benefit from trips, workshops and opportunities to work with professional companies.

Core modules

Year 1

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.

Year 2

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.

Year 3

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. 

Optional modules

There are option modules to choose from. Please note not all optional modules will run as these are dependent on viable student numbers.:

Year 2

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.

Year 3

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.

We equip our graduates to tackle diverse roles in a wide range of professions including contemporary theatre making, acting, directing, , applied drama, as well as pursuing postgraduate study in drama/theatre or a related field. Our graduates will also possess a range of transferable skills gained on the course which are highly valued and sought after for work in fields other than drama and the arts.

Fees

The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £13,000
Part-time £4,625 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

CategoryDescription
Field Trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Additional travel cost only (as tickets paid for) for trips using local theatres if part of a module or an enrichment activity. Travel is paid for by the School of Music and Performing Arts if using a theatre/going to an exhibition/event beyond the local area and the trip is part of a compulsory activity.
DBS / Health Checks If students have the opportunity for a commissioned project where a DBS check is needed then they would have to pay for this themselves. There is a charge for this of £52.
Clothing / Kit A basic dance kit for those students taking the dance strand at cost to student.
Learning Materials If students want costumes and props for performance work then these are paid for by students.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course, or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops.

You will have access to a range of online and other library resources and will receive training from library and study skills specialists supporting you throughout your degree.

Throughout your programme employability and enterprise opportunities such as responding to briefs, putting your learning into practice, and learning from professionals in masterclasses and workshops. All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2020.

The Drama course has recruited students from all over England, Croatia, France, Cyprus and other European countries.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves undertaking research in the library, working on group projects with peers, and preparing for coursework assignments, workshops and seminars. Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class. You will be often expected to work in study groups to enhance a peer-learning and collaborative environment.

The Performance Research module in year 3,  will enable you to undertake independent research and will work under the supervision of a member of the course team.

Overall workload

Your actual contact hours will depend on the optional modules you select but you will normally have between 12-14 contact hours per week in lectures, seminars, and workshops. In addition, you will meet with your Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) on a regular basis to receive pastoral and study skill support. In addition, there will be other, extra-curricular theatre activities to attend that will support and enhance your learning.

For every 20-credit module there is 50 hours of contact time and it is expected that there will be 150 hours of additional study time to undertake directed tasks, readings, rehearsals, research and assignments.

Academic input

Our Drama team comprises highly qualified academics who have a range of expertise and experience, as performers, directors, applied theatre practitioners and theatre researchers.

Our permanent Drama BA programme staff are research-active and have experience in delivering research-led teaching.They are at the level of Senior Lecturer.. 

 

You will be assessed through a variety of practical and written assessments. You will also be involved in presentation and project management.

The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor.

 

There are also formal or 'summative' assessments including a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reflections, proposals, portfolios, performances, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark and even though you may sometimes wprk in a group, all students receive a differentiated, individual, summative mark. .

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all assessments.

Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

There are target setting opportunities regarding assessments and feedback facilitated by your personal academic tutor (PAT).

We aim to provide you with feedback within and 15 working days of hand-in or performance date.

The Daphne Oram creative arts building is. equipped with the latest technology and bespoke learning spaces for our arts and humanities students.

You will enjoy the use of a performance studio theatre in Anselm with full lighting rigs and tech room and a ‘concert’ hall. We work with a number of professionals for masterclasses and workshops and have partnerships with Canterbury Festival– giving you access to free tickets to a number of performances.

The Drama programme is taught at Canterbury Christ Church University’s Canterbury Campus in the heart of the historic city of Canterbury, less than 100 yards from the Cathedral. The University is 10 minutes from the train stations in Canterbury and Canterbury is 56 minutes by train from London St Pancras station.

Our main campus in Canterbury has city centre facilities on its doorstep and, of course, you will benefit from all the new arts building has to offer.

We work with industry stakeholders aligned to the continued development of our teaching programme and research and consultancy work.Our students will also have the opportunity to engage with one of the School’s Artistic Researchers Helen Paris from Curious Theatre Company.

All of the Drama team are members of The Standing Conference of University Drama SCUDD

UK/EU

Full-time study

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Location Length Start  
BA (Hons) Drama apply
Canterbury 6 years part-time September 2020

International

Full-time study

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UK

For advice on completing your application please contact the Course Enquiry Team:

Email: courses@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)1227 928000 (0)1227 928000

EU/International

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UCAS course code

  • W402 Drama

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 3 years full-time

    6 years part-time

Starts

  • September 2020

Entry requirements

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