This degree has been developed for students who are interested in studying the related areas of Drama and Film and Television at a high level. You will undertake both theoretical and practical modules throughout.
Entry RequirementsUCAS Tariff - 300 points, from:GCE A and AS-level Tariff points typically from 3 A-levels together with either 1 AS-level or Extended Project Qualification (typical offer BCC, including Grade B in Theatre Studies, Drama or Performing Arts, plus a C in either an AS or EPQ). General Studies/Critical Thinking accepted.
Irish Tariff points from 5 subjects.
Scottish Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers plus 1 Higher.
Advanced Diploma Tariff points in Creative and Media, including Grade B in A-level Drama for Additional and Specialist Learning.
BTEC ND DDM in a related subject.
IB Diploma 31 points.
For all of the above, 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above are also required, to include English.
Application statements should contain clear evidence of commitment to the particular emphases of our Drama programme.
Access and mature students are considered on an individual basis.
This degree has been developed for students who are interested in studying the related areas of Drama and Film and Television at a high level. You will undertake theoretical modules and a limited range of practical modules throughout and will have many opportunities to explore and develop your own ideas and interests whilst developing an informed understanding of current debates in the subject. Widely different tastes and innovative approaches are positively encouraged. All our undergraduate programmes focus on the meanings experienced in artworks, on the role of the performer in creating a work's meaning and, even more fundamental, on what a 'work of art' actually is.
You can choose to study equal amounts of both Drama and Film and Television Studies, or decide to major in one area.
The Drama degree specialises in contemporary performance and you will undertake a rigorous investigation of a range of approaches and perspectives.
As a Joint Honours student you will concentrate on Drama as a theory-based study rather than an exploration and study of practice. However, there are a limited number of practical modules available to you, including Performance Elements 1, Community Project, Digital Performance, and Placement.
Film and Television
You will study film and television texts from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives and develop the critical and technological vocabularies and theoretical frameworks with which to conduct close textual and contextual analysis. Limited opportunities will be available for practical work, but significantly less so than is the case for single honours students.
You will begin with a series of foundational modules at Level 1 that introduce you to film and television form, critical frameworks that have shaped the subject, historical and social context and an understanding of the relationship between theory and practice.
In Level 2, you will be given more choice, to develop these understandings in relation to more specific media, geographical and/or genre contexts, and to undertake video practice.
At Level 3, you are expected to develop increasingly sophisticated frameworks of analysis across a range of modules, including those focused on alternative practices in a variety of contexts. Level 3 practical options are restricted, however, to single honours students.
Teaching and LearningHow will I be taught?
Depending on individual modules, a combination of lectures, seminars, class screenings, workshops and tutorials.
Level 1 does not count towards your final degree mark but you have to pass this level to continue with the course. Level 2 is worth a third - level 3 the rest. The final year project is worth a third of level 3 marks.
Although several assessment methods are employed and vary according to appropriateness, there is a predominance of continuous assessment methods throughout the programme.
Our graduates enter a wide range of theatre and media careers; some go into arts administration, sometimes after further specialist training. Some work as teachers or therapists, or progress to postgraduate study. The skills acquired in our programmes can also prove valuable in careers in retailing and administration.
There are also openings in the fields of journalism, publishing, research, critical writing, and programming. The University has a radio station and a student magazine for those hoping to get experience in journalism, production and presenting.
Throughout your course you will also be encouraged to develop transferable skills such as IT ability, and communication, presentation and report writing skills.