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  • Objectives
    The aims of the course are to: -produce students capable of independently evaluating and engaging creatively and critically with performance and, as appropriate, being capable of developing technical and artistic skills, critical analysis and argument for themselves (DDP Benchmark p.7); -provide students with a knowledge and understanding and some experience of drama and performance as cultural process and artistic discourse, through the study of theatre and media history, text, dramatic theory and performance practice; -facilitate and support the development of students' learning skills, critical perception and dramatic imagination; -provide students with coherent programmes that reflect the diversity of expertise within, and available to, the Drama Department; -foster independent learning, evaluation and research; -foster a knowledge, understanding and, where appropriate, experience through outreach activities, of the contribution drama can make to the local community; -equip students with the necessary critical tools and relevant practice to begin to make a worthwhile contributions to contemporary theatre, film, television or related fields.
  • Entry requirements
    Selected entry requirements English language: Minimum IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent; eg. NCUK EAP minimum Grade of A with range of 70-79 TOEFL: PBT score of 600; CBT score of 250; TWE score of 5.5; IBT score of 100. A level: Grades AAB, including English Language or Literature. Two AS-levels of equivalent grade are accepted in place of one A-level. General Studies is welcomed but not normally included as part of the standard offer. Unit grade information: The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications. Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes. GCSE: Minimum of grade C in English Language. Key Skills qualification: The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University. International baccalaureate: A minimum of 35 points overall, including 6 or 7 in three Higher Level subjects; one of these should preferably be English Language or Literature. Additional entry requirements Additional entry requirements exist for this course. You may view these by selecting from the list below.
  • Academic Title
    BA Drama
  • Course description

    This programme has two main areas of emphasis, the first is Drama as a cultural process and artistic discourse. This provides the broad palette, which we aim to understand through the intellectual consideration of theoretical and dramatic texts, performance venues, and theatre, cinema and television events. The second area is Drama as practice. This forms an integral part of our academic study of the subject. We teach Drama as the product of varied practical artistic and craft skills. Our department differs from professional theatre training and the skill-oriented programmes of some colleges. Our practical work is intended to increase your understanding of how production and performance express cultural values, and what means are needed for that expression, rather than learning the skills as ends in themselves.

    Special features
    Year abroad opportunities in America, Canada and Australia.
    Course content for year 1
    Please note that the following list is intended to be a guide only - course content or availability may change slightly as we aim to improve and update our courses yearly.

    Compulsory

    DRAM10011  Intro to Drama Studies

    DRAM10111  Project A

    DRAM10031  Art of Film

    DRAM10052 History and Histrionics

    DRAM10122  Project B

    Optional (Choice of one)

    Faculty Approved Free Choice course unit

    Course content for year 2
    Please note that the following list is intended to be a guide only - course content or availability may change slightly as we aim to improve and update our courses yearly.

    Compulsory

    DRAM20041  Screen Culture and Society

    DRAM20052 Practitioners in Context

    Optional:

    Two 20 credit Practical project courses:

    DRAM21041 Devising for Performance

    DRAM21051 Theatre as a Learning Medium: Theory and Practice

    DRAM21101 Text in Performance

    DRAM21091 Introduction to Film/Video and Practice

    DRAM20752 The Singing Actor

    DRAM21052 Devising

    DRAM21072 Storytelling

    DRAM21062 Aspects of Physical theatre

    Two 20 credit study courses - possible courses may include:

    DRAM21001 Expressionism to Epic: German Theatre and Film 1890-1956

    DRAM21021 Theatres of the Middle East

    DRAM20281 Musicals on Stage and Screen

    DRAM20092 Black on Screen

    DRAM21012 Gags, Gaffs and Geeks

    DRAM20942 From Stage to Screen: Theatre Directors in Film

    DRAM20712 A Score is Born: History and Ideology in Hollywood Film Music

    An appropriate 20 credit free-choice unit may be substituted for one of the 20 credit Drama units, subject to approval by the Drama programme committee.

    Course content for year 3
    Please note that the following list is intended to be a guide only - course content or availability may change slightly as we aim to improve and update our courses yearly.

    Compulsory

    DRAM30990  Dissertation

    Optional:

    Two 20 credit project courses - possible courses may include:

    DRAM30981 Sex, Crime and Sentiment

    DRAM30401 Absurd and After: From Camus to Pinter

    DRAM31011 From Documentary to Mockumentary

    DRAM30092 Performance and War

    DRAM31032 Verdi and Shakespeare

    DRAM31042 Falstaff and Gandalf: Adapting Mythic and Fantastic Texts to Screen

    One 40 credit project course - Possible courses may include:

    DRAM30111 Applied Theatre 1: Theatre in Prisons

    DRAM30211 Writing for Performance

    DRAM30412 Director's Project

    DRAM31002 Performance Project

    DRAM30062 Video Project 1

    An appropriate 20 credit free-choice unit may be substituted for one of the 20 credit Drama units, subject to approval by the Drama programme committee.

    Career opportunities
    Drama graduates have made successful careers in a wide variety of occupations: in theatre, film and television as directors, producers, actors, writers, etc: in applied theatre, theatre and education, theatre in prisons and probation etc: in journalism and publishing, teaching and research (following postgraduate training or research degrees): in community arts and arts administration, law and business management.

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