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BA Hons Drama

Course description for the undergraduate Drama programme at the School of Creative Arts, University of Ulster

Teaching on the BA Drama degree programme is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops, research seminars, and independent study projects carried out under supervision. There are a range of assessment methods used on the programme including essays, performances, presentations, mini-conference papers, vivas, group projects, and independent project work. Drama is assessed entirely by coursework and does not use written, time-limited examinations.

 

Although the core of the BA Drama degree programme has been designed to enable students to become independent learners, students also benefit from extensive support throughout the programme. All new students attend a week-long ‘Orientation & Induction’ programme before beginning their Drama degree; all students are assigned a personal Studies Advisor, who will act as an academic mentor throughout their three years on the course; and the essential structure and day to day activities of the Drama degree supports the Personal Development Planning (PDP) of our students as they advance their studies, which is complimented by the University of Ulster’s online Personal Development System. Alongside these measures, additional support is available to students through the Students’ Union, the Careers Development Centre, and the Student Support Department.

 

Students may take Drama as a Single Honours degree pathway (where Drama is the sole subject studied), a Major degree pathway (where Drama is the major component of your studies but you also have a minor subject you are also studying), or as a Minor pathway.

You can download a breakdown of the various pathways within Drama here

 

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Modules

    Year 1

  • Studio Practice (DRA108)
    Semester 1
    • This module seeks to enable students to generate improvised performances as part of an acting ensemble and to provide an opportunity to explore the performative potential of a given dramatic role through the application of specific improvisational practices. It also seeks to provide a critical language to both describe and reflect on these practices. The module is taught by practical workshops and is assessed by 100% coursework.

      Credits: 20

      This Module Is Compulsory

      Staff

  • Issues in Performance 1: Structures of Performance (DRA107)
    Semester 1
    • This module serves as an introduction to the fundamental structures of dramatic performance. Weekly lectures will introduce a range of core concepts. Students then take a weekly seminar through which they will develop the knowledge and frameworks provided to analyse the creation and reception of dramatic performances. The module will refer in detail to a range of set plays, studied from both the script and in live performance.

      Credits: 20

      This Module Is Compulsory

      Staff

      Tom Maguire - Module Co-ordinator

  • Issues in Performance 2: The Theatrical Space (DRA111)
    Semester 1
    • Issues in Performance 2: The Theatrical Space introduces students to core concepts relating to space, a defining feature of performance. It encompasses historical and contemporary performance practices to explore the relationships between space, form and function in performance. This compulsory drama module continues to develop good study skills and to extend critical vocabularies established in DRA107. It is team-taught, by a lecture and small-group seminar each week.

      Credits: 20

      This Module Is Compulsory

      Staff

  • Critical Theory (DRA109)
    Semester 2
    • This seminar based module seeks to explore key aesthetic concepts of theatricality, pleasure in representation, and theatrical reception, through the study of play texts and live performances. The module encourages the student to apply critical readings and concepts to the analysis of primary texts, and to reflect on their practical work and experiences as spectators.

      Credits: 20

      This Module Is Compulsory

      Staff

  • Text and Performance (DRA112)
    Semester 2
    • This module will introduce students to the working methods of two major twentieth century acting theorists. It will offer students the opportunity to explore these methods in a practical setting and encourage them to reflect critically on the contrasting and comparable elements of each approach. The module is taught by tutorial and practical workshops and is assessed by 100% coursework.

      Credits: 20

      This Module Is Compulsory

      Staff

  • Performance Technologies (DRA110)
    Semester 2
    • This is a practically-focused module which enables students to develop the skills to run a performance event, using theatrical lighting and sound equipment and media for digital presentation. Students learn the processes of stage management and how to implement these in supporting practical projects across the semester.

      Credits: 20

      This Module Is Compulsory

      Staff

      Tom Maguire - Module Co-ordinator

  • Year 2

  • Site-Specific Performance (DRA316)
    Semester 1
    • By introducing a range of contemporary performance companies dedicated to producing site specific performances, this module seeks to give students the time and space and a language with which to explore the potential impact place and location might have on their own creative practice. This module is taught by tutorial and practical workshops. It is assessed by 100% coursework.

      Credits: 20

      Staff

  • Production Process (DRA309)
    Semester 1
    • Students will work collaboratively to stage a full public performance under staff supervision. In so doing they will have the opportunity to learn to exploit the dynamics of a complex process and the particular demands of undertaking any given role in that process. They will hone practical skills of collaboration and project management while developing as reflective practitioners by taking on a specific role, either as a performer or backstage. This provides an essential basis for advanced practical and critical engagements with theatre-making.

      Credits: 20

      This Module Is Compulsory

      Staff

  • Theatre and Community (DRA311)
    Semester 1
    • This module develops students’ ability to engage with forms of participatory theatrical practices which can be applied in processes of community formation and development. The primary focus is on practical experience within a process of reflective learning in which theoretical perspectives are applied and tested. Assessment: 100% coursework.

      Credits: 20

      Staff

      Tom Maguire - Module Co-ordinator

  • Dramaturgy (DRA312)
    Semester 1
    • The module aims to give the student a practical introduction to the study and practice of dramaturgy. Questions of structure, the construction of dialogue in relation to action, the scripting of movement and mise-en-scene are explored through the analysis of existing performance texts and a range of creative writing exercises.

      Credits: 20

      Staff

  • Arts Administration (DRA315)
    Semester 1
    • This is one of a sequence of related but free standing modules which seek to develop students’ understanding of entrepreneurship and of the relationship between enterprise and the context in which art is produced and received. The module aims to enable them to acquire skills relevant to working in the arts industries. It has a crucial function, therefore, in developing students’ career prospects and in preparing them to undertake appropriate work placement at the end of the second semester of year 2.

      Credits: 20

      This Module Is Compulsory

      Staff

  • Acting and Screen (DRA310)
    Semester 2
    • This module develops acting techniques studied at Level 4 and adapts them to screen. Students become familiar with working procedures involving acting to camera and are encouraged to reflect on the place of the actor historically and in relation to creative applications in performance.

      Credits: 20

      Staff

  • Commedia Dell'Arte (DRA318)
    Semester 2
    • This module provides students with a suitable grounding in the history, theories and practices associated with Commedia dell'Arte and work with masks in theatre and performance; and the foundations for competence in setting up independent individual/collective actor/voice and productions in institutional and non-institututional venues and open spaces.

      Credits: 20

      Staff

      Giuliano Campo - Module Co-ordinator

  • Music Theatre (DRA317)
    Semester 2
    • This module introduces the student to the study of music theatre as an interdisciplinary, popular culture form of performance. Students investigate a range of theoretical issues regarding politics of popular culture, form and function, gender theory, etc., and apply the concepts to their readings of performances and performance texts.

      Credits: 20

      Staff

  • Introduction to Directing (DRA304)
    Semester 2
    • Introduction to Directing encourages students to start to assemble a personal working method in preparing to analyse and direct scenes using peer actors. This module seeks to introduce methods of analysis and rehearsal practices. Teaching methods include a combination of analytical exercises and workshop. Assessment: 100% coursework.

      Credits: 20

      Staff

  • Educational Arts (DRA313)
    Semester 2
    • This module develops the ability of students to plan and deliver creative arts workshops for education and development. Students will engage with a range of theory about learning, undertake practical workshops as a member of a group, and facilitate workshop activities. Assessment is 100% coursework.

      Credits: 20

      Staff

      Tom Maguire - Module Co-ordinator

      Sandie Fisher -

  • Issues in Performance 3: Form and Function (DRA314)
    Semester 2
    • This module interrogates key conceptual, aesthetic, ethical, and political debates both explicit and implicit in contemporary performance practice. As a means of exploring these issues, the module lays emphasis on the relationships between form and function of performance works and how the exploration of these concepts leads us to an analysis of the potential efficacy of performance. This module is taught by seminars and is assessed by 100% coursework.

      Credits: 20

      This Module Is Compulsory

      Staff

  • Year 3

  • Issues in Performance 4: Documenting the live (DRA514)
    Semester 1
    • This module seeks to interrogate the documentation of performance through the development of appropriate critical concepts and vocabulary. It explores the relationship between notation, documentation and live performance with a unifying focus on concepts of authenticity. It is taught by lecture and seminar and requires students to learn by reading and undertaking practice, reflecting and discussing.

      Credits: 20

      This Module Is Compulsory

      Staff

      Tom Maguire - Lecturer

  • Writing for Stage and Screen (DRA516)
    Semester 1
    • This module offers the student the opportunity to explore the processes of creative writing for a range of media, including live performance, mediatised performance and digital gaming. The student will read from a range of materials and encounter a range of working methods, before opting for one medium and developing a piece of writing for performance in that medium.

      Credits: 20

      Staff

  • Contemporary Irish Theatre (DRA515)
    Semester 1
    • This module looks in detail at contemporary Irish theatre practice and in doing so enables students to focus their understanding of contemporary Irish theatre by placing it in a range of relevant discursive and theoretical contexts. Students will read a range of contemporary playtexts and see a range of performances. This module is taught by seminar and assessed by 100% coursework.

      Credits: 20

      Staff

      Tom Maguire - Lecturer

  • Advanced Directing (DRA507)
    Semester 1
    • Advanced Directing facilitates mostly independent applications of analysis and practice introduced in Introduction to Directing. Learning contexts include written preparation and independent rehearsal processes as advanced directors experiment with dramatic action, given circumstances and coaching techniques in order to deliver a one act play at a pre-professional level of performance with peer actors. Teaching methods include analytical ‘laboratory’ sessions and seminars which will explore and test methods of coaching and evaluation.

      Credits: 20

      Staff

  • Advanced Acting (DRA512)
    Semester 1
    • This module is focused on the preparation, rehearsal and performance of a dramatic role within an independent student-directed project. It engages students in practical exploration and critical study of the work of the actor through weekly workshops and seminars. The assessment is 100% coursework.

      Credits: 20

      Staff

      Tom Maguire - Module Co-ordinator

  • Arts Entrepreneurship ( DRA517)
    Semester 1
    • This is one of a sequence of related but free standing modules which seek to develop students’ understanding of the context in which art is produced and received and to enable them to acquire skills relevant to working in the creative and arts industries. This module assists students in developing specific skills and awareness to maximise their ability to meet their career goals. It has a crucial function, therefore, in developing students’ career prospects and in preparing them to engage in the world of work within the creative industries upon graduating.

      Credits: 20

      Staff

  • North American Theatre (DRA511)
    Semester 1
    • This research-led module offers students the opportunity to engage with a range of theoretical perspectives, to explore the work of a number of North American playwrights and performers, and to interrogate a range of theoretical and performance practices. Students are encouraged to pursue their own research interests in their second, negotiated assessment. Assessment: 100% coursework.

      Credits: 20

      Staff

  • Working Class Theatre (DRA520)
    Semester 2
    • This module seeks to provide an opportunity for students to explore, both practically and critically, the key issues and performance practices associated with working class theatre in the twentieth century. Students are encouraged to interrogate these theories and practices in both tutorial and workshop-based situations. This module is assessed by 100% coursework.

      Credits: 20

      Staff

      Tom Maguire - Module Co-ordinator

  • Storytelling and Performance (DRA509)
    Semester 2
    • This module provides students with the opportunity to explore storytelling as a performance form within a range of theatrical settings. Practical exploration allows students to engage with the form from within, while independent research and in-class discussion provides the opportunity to contextualise and analyse practices encountered.

      Credits: 20

      Staff

      Tom Maguire - Module Co-ordinator

  • Avant Garde Performance (DRA519)
    Semester 2
    • This option investigates radical performance practices of the European avant-garde from modernism to postmodernism and beyond. Students will explore, interrogate and evaluate the theoretical underpinnings, practical methodologies, and performance outcomes of selected bodies of practice and create new work by applying the ideas they have encountered to performance practice in a studio environment. It will be of particular interest to students wishing to pursue innovative contemporary practice or undertake practice-based research after graduation.

      Credits: 20

      Staff

  • Independent Project (DRA502)
    Semester 2
    • This module allows students to negotiate their own programme of study in pursuing a specific research question. Students may present their work as a dissertation, a practical performance or workshop, or undertake a work-based learning project.

      Credits: 20

      This Module Is Compulsory

      Staff

      Tom Maguire - Module Co-ordinator

  • Performing Community (DRA518)
    Semester 2
    • This module builds on the work of students in previous semesters in developing their abilities to create performance works. Here, students use these abilities to respond to the rights, needs and demands of communities in creating original performance works which might articulate or respond to some aspect of the community’s identity or experience, or assist in the development of that community.Students will develop methodologies in engaging with communities and will have the opportunity to work with others across different disciplines. The module covers three main areas of content: a) ethnographic practices within community settings b) methodologies for creating community performances c) the creation and enactment of a community performance project. These will be articulated through the development of students as reflective practitioners, able to link theoretical and critical principles with their own experience of creative practice in community settings through a number of learning cycles.

      Credits: 20

      Staff

      Sandie Fisher -

      Paul Moore - Lecturer

      Tom Maguire - Module Co-ordinator

Staff

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