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BA Drama

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

BA Drama

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Bachelor of Arts

Programme Code

DRA-BA-S

UCAS Code

W400

JACS Code

W400 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

BBB at A Level. Students will also be required to attend an interview.

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Students will also be required to attend an interview.

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Single Honours

Length of Programme

3 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

360

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Arts, English and Languages

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Dance, Drama and Performance (2015)

Accreditations (PSRB)

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Professor Jane Taylor

University of Capetown

Professor Maggie Gale

University of Manchester

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

None

Programme Specific Regulations

At Level 2 a student may substitute up to 20 CATS of optional modules with the equivalent number of CATS from a list of approved modules beyond those listed.
At Level 3 a student may substitute up to 20 CATS of optional modules with the equivalent number of CATS from a list of approved modules beyond those listed.
A student who has transferred onto this Single Honours Programme having only completed 60 CATS at Level 1 in the Single Honours subject, may at Level 2 or 3 substitute up to 20 CATS of optional modules with the equivalent number of CATS from a list of approved modules beyond those listed.
On completing Level 1, a Joint Honours student who has passed 60 CATS at Level 1 in Drama modules may be admitted to this Single Honours Programme having obtained the approval of the advisor of studies for the Programme.
A Joint Honours student wishing to be admitted to the Single Honours Programme must have passed DRA1001 and DRA1005.

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

Drama Studies, in accordance with the University's Mission Statement, aspires to be a broadly-based, research-driven unit with a dynamic world-class research and education portfolio and strong international connections and to promote the widest possible access to this portfolio of excellence in an environment of equality, tolerance and mutual respect, fully embracing its role in Northern Ireland and beyond. Within this context, the Drama Studies programme aims: to deliver an innovative, broadly-based, flexible curriculum, in accordance with the QAA Benchmark Statement for DDP, that reflects the diverse field of scholarship and practice within Drama Studies. Where possible, the curriculum will be informed by the unique political-cultural context of Northern Ireland and inflected by the research specialisms of staff, as well as consistently interrogating the complex interplay between theory and practice; to facilitate the study of Drama through an integrated balance of practice and theory whereby practical-based modules are placed within a critical, interrogative framework, and more theoretical modules are taught and assessed through praxis; to attract students from local, national and international contexts through various entry routes, and to provide them with the best possible learning and teaching experience; to provide all students with the widest possible opportunity to pursue and extend their knowledge and understanding of Drama through a variety of learning methods; to enable students to: develop advanced critical, analytical and physical skills, as well as their creative and imaginative skills; to improve their self-confidence, powers of concentration, understanding of group dynamics, and communication skills through a variety of oral, written, visual and performance media. to introduce new areas of teaching and implement new pedagogical techniques and technologies in response to advances in scholarship technology, and educational research, student feedback, as well as the interests and aptitudes of staff members; to provide a supportive and stimulating learning environment that enables learners with a variety of entrance qualifications to fulfil their potential and develop their capacity for motivated independent learning; to provide appropriate learning resources, including suitable facilities for live performance and to supplement library provision by exploiting the possibilities offered by online learning; to foster mutually beneficial connections with the professional theatre in order to facilitate student learning; to enrich students' learning experience by exploring possible interdisciplinary linkages /collaborations with other cognate and non-cognate subject areas within the School; to embed a diverse range of generic and transferable skills in our pathways, and thus prepare students for a variety of academic and professional careers.

to deliver an innovative, broadly-based, flexible curriculum, in accordance with the QAA Benchmark Statement for DDP, that reflects the diverse field of scholarship and practice within Drama Studies. Where possible, the curriculum will be informed by the unique political-cultural context of Northern Ireland and inflected by the research specialisms of staff, as well as consistently interrogating the complex interplay between theory and practice;

to facilitate the study of Drama through an integrated balance of practice and theory whereby practical-based modules are placed within a critical, interrogative framework, and more theoretical modules are taught and assessed through praxis;

to attract students from local, national and international contexts through various entry routes, and to provide them with the best possible learning and teaching experience;

to provide all students with the widest possible opportunity to pursue and extend their knowledge and understanding of Drama through a variety of learning methods;

to enable students to: develop advanced critical, analytical and physical skills, as well as their creative and imaginative skills; to improve their self-confidence, powers of concentration, understanding of group dynamics, and communication skills through a variety of oral, written, visual and performance media.

to introduce new areas of teaching and implement new pedagogical techniques and technologies in response to advances in scholarship technology, and educational research, student feedback, as well as the interests and aptitudes of staff members;

to provide a supportive and stimulating learning environment that enables learners with a variety of entrance qualifications to fulfil their potential and develop their capacity for motivated independent learning;

to provide appropriate learning resources, including suitable facilities for live performance and to supplement library provision by exploiting the possibilities offered by online learning;

to foster mutually beneficial connections with the professional theatre in order to facilitate student learning;

to enrich students' learning experience by exploring possible interdisciplinary linkages /collaborations with other cognate and non-cognate subject areas within the School;

to embed a diverse range of generic and transferable skills in our pathways, and thus prepare students for a variety of academic and professional careers.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate critical awareness of the main research methods used to collect and analyse data

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Specific teaching methods include tutor-led, student-led, self-directed study

Methods of Assessment

Essays submitted to a deadline

Understand the interplay between practice and theory in the discipline

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Resource-based learning, including library work and attendance at performances, workshops and rehearsals

Methods of Assessment

Individual presentations

Analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse and their effects on representation in the arts, media and public life

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Specific teaching methods include tutor-led, student-led, self-directed study

Methods of Assessment

Individual interviews and essays

Think reflexively and independently

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Classroom discussion and online interactions

Methods of Assessment

Edited commentaries on learning logs

Understand group dynamics and implement them in practical contexts

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Group work in performance and classroom presentations

Methods of Assessment

Assessed group presentations and performances

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate critical, analytical and physical skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Specific teaching methods include tutor-led, student-led, self-directed study

Methods of Assessment

Essays submitted to a deadline

Demonstrate creative and imaginative skills as shown through the realisation of practical research projects

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Resource-based learning, including library work and attendance at performances

Methods of Assessment

Continuously assessed group presentations

Communicate in a variety of oral, written, visual and performance media

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Online teaching methods

Methods of Assessment

Summative group presentations

Sustain concentration and focus for extended periods

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Workshops and rehearsals

Methods of Assessment

Individual presentations

Show an awareness of inter-disciplinary approaches to study, and the capacity to engage with different theories or paradigms of knowledge

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Contact with working professionals in all relevant specialisms (eg actors, director, designers, lighting designers, critics)

Methods of Assessment

Individual interviews

Develop ideas and construct arguments and present them in appropriate ways

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Practical performance, participation as appropriate in the process from initial research to engagement with an audience

Methods of Assessment

Scene-work and performance

Handle creative, personal and interpersonal issues

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Group work in performance and classroom presentations

Methods of Assessment

Participation and engagement

Negotiate and pursue goals with others

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Group work in performance and classroom presentations

Methods of Assessment

Assessed group presentations and performances

Manage personal workloads and meet deadlines

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Assigned essays and presentations with hard deadlines

Methods of Assessment

Assigned essays and presentations with hard deadlines

Produce written work with appropriate conventions

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Essays marked for grammar, presentation and content

Methods of Assessment

Essays submitted to a deadline

Demonstrate information retrieval skills, involving the ability to gather, sift, synthesise and organise material independently and critically evaluate its significance

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Assigned essays and presentations

Methods of Assessment

Assigned essays and presentations

Demonstrate information technology skills such as word processing, electronic mail, and accessing electronic data

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Assigned essays and presentations, interactive internet forums with required student interaction, communication with lecturer and other students

Methods of Assessment

Assigned essays and presentations, marked contributions to internet forums

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate a wide knowledge and understanding of local and international drama and theatre practice and the cultures and societies from which this has arisen, including an understanding of:
• the histories, forms and traditions of performance and theoretical explanations of those histories;
• historical and contemporary contexts of production, circulation and reception of performance;
• the work of key practitioners and theorists; traditional and contemporary critical perspectives on performance;
• the processes by which performance is created, realised and managed informed by practical experience.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, tutorials

Methods of Assessment

Essays submitted to a deadline

Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of contemporary technologies and their relationship to drama, theatre, performance, and academic research.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Resource-based learning, including library work, DVD and other recordings

Methods of Assessment

Individual presentations and marked essays

Demonstrate an understanding of how to analyse and discuss the conventions and practices involved in producing and performing dramatic work on stage

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Attendance at performances

Methods of Assessment

Individual Interviews and marked essays

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate a high level of specific skills including the reading of written texts and how to effect transitions from page to stage

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Tutor-led, student-led, self-directed study

Methods of Assessment

Continuously assessed group presentations

Read, analyse, document and/or interpret performance

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Online teaching methods

Methods of Assessment

Scene-work and performance

Demonstrate the performance and production skills necessary to communicate to/with an audience

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Workshops and rehearsals

Methods of Assessment

Participation and engagement

Participate in group processes in the creation of original work

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Contact with working professionals in all relevant specialisms (eg actors, director, designers, lighting designers, critics)

Methods of Assessment

Edited commentaries on learning logs

Understand the interplay between the performers’ conscious and subconscious resources in the realisation of performance

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Assigned readings for classroom discussion

Methods of Assessment

Contributions to learning logs and online forums; assessed essays

Understand processes by which performance is created, realised, and managed, such as the processes of rehearsal, writing, scoring, devising, scenography, improvisation, choreography, performer training techniques, and production arts

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Workshops and rehearsals; performances

Methods of Assessment

Assessed performances

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Writing About Theatre: Theory, Criticism and Performance

DRA1001

1

20

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Introduction to Performing

DRA1003

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Introduction to Contemporary Performing Practices

DRA1004

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Dissertation

DRA3025

3

20

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Postconflict Drama: Performing the NI Peace Process

DRA3042

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Devising Theatre

DRA2005

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Avant-Garde Theatre

DRA2002

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Irish Theatre

DRA2009

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

The Art of the Actor

DRA2003

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

American Theatre

DRA2045

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Practical Theatre 2

DRA2004

2

20

24 weeks

Y

YES

100%

0%

0%

Advanced Theatre Practice

DRA3006

3

40

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Theory and Practice of Adaptation

DRA3056

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Drama, Health and Social Care

DRA3057

3

20

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Dance Theatre

DRA3060

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Introduction to Arts Management

SCA2002

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Educational Drama

DRA2007

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

The Theatre of Brian Friel

DRA3010

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Theatre Now: Contemporary Performance

DRA1005

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Production Practices

DRA1006

1

20

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

The Theatre of The Absurd

DRA2012

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Performing the Classics

DRA3061

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Work-based Learning

AEL3001

3

20

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes

Level 1 students choose their sixth module from another subject area, with approval of their Adviser of Studies

Level 2 Students select any six modules, provided that they balance their workload across the year. Practice-oriented modules are subject to restriction based on numbers, and when oversubscribed, students may be apportioned based on balance of practice-oriented modules. Students may also be permitted to take up to 40 CATS outside Drama with permission from the Advisor of Studies.

Level 3 Students select any modules totalling 120 CATS, provided that they balance their workload across the year. Practice-oriented modules are subject to restriction based on numbers, and when oversubscribed, students may be apportioned based on balance of practice-oriented modules. Students may also be permitted to take up to 40 CATS outside Drama with permission from the Advisor of Studies.