Drama BA (Hons)

Attendance
Duration
Location
Start Date
Duration
3 Years
Location
Waterside
Start Date
September

Overview Updated 05/12/2018

The Drama BA (Hons) programme offers a unique opportunity to study Drama through both practical and theoretical modules, which exposes students to a wide cross section of the multitude career pathways in the fields of Drama, Theatre and Performance. At each year level, there are several opportunities to perform work through scene studies, devised theatre, ensemble productions and staged readings of student work.

Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

Course

Highlights

  • Take part in public facing performances.
  • Guaranteed paid internship.*

HP Laptop and software included with this course.

Additional

Information

Employability

The Professional Practice modules in Years 2 and 3 place an emphasis on a range of practical skills related to searching for, applying and interviewing for jobs, and the assessment strategy is tailored to the developing career goals for each student

The combination of Learning Through Drama (at Year 2) and Applied Performance (at Year 3) introduces students to a variety of socially engaged context for theatre practitioners to work within, from Theatre-in-Education to Drama Therapy to applied work in Hospitals, Prisons and Homeless Shelters.

The core teaching team delivers the programme in collaboration with industry professionals who engage students as Associate Lecturers and Guest Artists on specific modules, specialized workshops and enhancement activities such as ‘Changing Futures’ week and Theatre field trips.

Course Details

The Drama programme prepares students with a practical toolbox of methodologies and approaches to theatre-making in order to situate themselves within the diverse career pathways within the fields of Drama, Theatre and Performance industries. The programme is designed around the practical study of live theatre and performance underpinned by theoretical and historical contexts, which provides all students with a career outlook that might consider an academic career through further study. At the centre of the programme’s practical learning is the development of a collaborative, imaginative, reflexive and critically engaged mind-set. The programme aims to establish an ethos and approach to creative practices built on professionalism, rigor, empathy and commitment in the diverse fields related to theatre-making. This programme appeals to students interested in pursuing careers related to performance, directing, devising, performance writing, dramaturgy, technical design, producing and curating live events, as well as careers related to education and other socially engaged arts practices.

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The Northampton Employment Promise.

*We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards, as well as committing to your studies you’ll be in a competitive position when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

Open Days

See for yourself

Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying at The University of Northampton.

To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

Careers

Career Opportunities

This rigorous and comprehensive programme provides an excellent foundation for entry into the competitive professional and academic field of drama. Our Drama course prepares you for a broad range of careers. Some of our past students have become:

Teachers, youth theatre facilitators, directors, stage managers, dramaturges, writers, theatre journalists, community arts administrators, practitioners, FE and HE lecturers.

You will graduate from this course with valuable transferable skills, giving you the opportunity to find work outside the arts at managerial level. If you want to carry on along the academic route, you could go on to study an MA or PhD.

Contacts

Course enquiries
study@northampton.ac.uk

Application status enquiries
admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Enquire online
Online enquiry form

Applying for 2019
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

Home / EU: 0300 303 2772

International: +44 (0)1604 894503

English Language Requirements

All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
    for study at undergraduate level

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A-Level or DMM. Some experience of practice and theories in the field of drama, theatre and performance is highly recommended. All qualified applicants will be invited to an audition workshop and interview which is required for entry.

Foundation Framework Entry Requirements

Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A Level and MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to Apply page.

Course Content

  • Technologies for Performance (20 Credits)
    Module code: DRA1018
    Core Module Y
  • Performance Skills (40 Credits)
    Module code: DRA1020
    Core Module Y
  • Histories and Cultures of Theatre (40 Credits)
    Module code: DRA1022
    Core Module Y
  • Creating Theatre (20 Credits)
    Module code: DRA1023
    Core Module Y

Course Stats

Facilities &

Special Features

The Drama Teaching team and Visiting lecturers have a range professional experience and continue to develop their practice in many contexts which links the Programme to a wider network of artists, researcher, theatre companies, schools and specialized programmes, locally, nationally and internationally.

The opportunity to study on Drama as a Joint Honours student leads to a rich and diverse combination of students studying alongside one another, intertwining perspectives and knowledge gained on other courses. In addition, the Foundation and HND programmes further diversify the perspectives, interests and career outlooks of the student body, which in turn reflects the multitude of careers and specialties that may be pursued in the wider field of Drama.

Special course features include

  • highly qualified and dynamic staff with professional practical experience
  • opportunities for vocational placements
  • friendly and supportive atmosphere

Facilities available include

  • links with professional theatre companies including the prestigious Royal and Derngate theatre, small theatres and practitioners
  • a technical unit in the Acting and Drama Subject area where students may borrow equipment
  • a huge resource library with the latest volumes on drama, theatre, performance and multi-media and a designated academic librarian

Changing Futures Week

Industry trips and tricks

Our annual Changing Futures Week is an exciting event and an excellent opportunity for our students to explore the potential of their course and understand where their university experience can lead them beyond graduation. It offers a unique chance to network with high profile industry professionals from the arts, TV, film, fashion and more.

Take a look at the 2016 Changing Futures Week video, which highlights just some of the creative industry guests who attended to share knowledge and insights with students about the reality of working and life after university.

Fees & Funding

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
Foundation: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

2018/19 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module
Foundation: £6,500 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £12,500
Foundation: £9,800 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

2018/19 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £12,000
Foundation: £9,400 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

Scholarships

EU and International Scholarships

Sir Thomas White Scholarship

The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

The Chancellor's Fund

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

Wilson Endowment Scholarship

The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

Foundation Study Framework

Our Foundation Framework courses provide the best possible preparation for degree level study for students who are willing to learn and advance, but don’t have the standard entry qualifications. Featuring a reduced tuition fee for the first year, these course provide the opportunity for you to successfully study on the degree pathway of your choice whilst gaining essential study skills. The first year of your chosen degree will be studied over a two year period; years three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

Visit our Foundation Framework page to learn more.


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Updated 05/12/2018

  • The Drama BA (Hons) programme offers a unique opportunity to study Drama through both practical and theoretical modules, which exposes students to a wide cross section of the multitude career pathways in the fields of Drama, Theatre and Performance. At each year level, there are several opportunities to perform work through scene studies, devised theatre, ensemble productions and staged readings of student work.

    Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

    Course

    Highlights

    • Take part in public facing performances.
    • Guaranteed paid internship.*

    HP Laptop and software included with this course.

  • The Drama programme prepares students with a practical toolbox of methodologies and approaches to theatre-making in order to situate themselves within the diverse career pathways within the fields of Drama, Theatre and Performance industries. The programme is designed around the practical study of live theatre and performance underpinned by theoretical and historical contexts, which provides all students with a career outlook that might consider an academic career through further study. At the centre of the programme’s practical learning is the development of a collaborative, imaginative, reflexive and critically engaged mind-set. The programme aims to establish an ethos and approach to creative practices built on professionalism, rigor, empathy and commitment in the diverse fields related to theatre-making. This programme appeals to students interested in pursuing careers related to performance, directing, devising, performance writing, dramaturgy, technical design, producing and curating live events, as well as careers related to education and other socially engaged arts practices.

    Read more

    Additional

    Information

    Employability

    The Professional Practice modules in Years 2 and 3 place an emphasis on a range of practical skills related to searching for, applying and interviewing for jobs, and the assessment strategy is tailored to the developing career goals for each student

    The combination of Learning Through Drama (at Year 2) and Applied Performance (at Year 3) introduces students to a variety of socially engaged context for theatre practitioners to work within, from Theatre-in-Education to Drama Therapy to applied work in Hospitals, Prisons and Homeless Shelters.

    The core teaching team delivers the programme in collaboration with industry professionals who engage students as Associate Lecturers and Guest Artists on specific modules, specialized workshops and enhancement activities such as ‘Changing Futures’ week and Theatre field trips.

    • *We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

      We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards, as well as committing to your studies you’ll be in a competitive position when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

      We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

    • See for yourself

      Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

      Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying at The University of Northampton.

      To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

    • Career Opportunities

      This rigorous and comprehensive programme provides an excellent foundation for entry into the competitive professional and academic field of drama. Our Drama course prepares you for a broad range of careers. Some of our past students have become:

      Teachers, youth theatre facilitators, directors, stage managers, dramaturges, writers, theatre journalists, community arts administrators, practitioners, FE and HE lecturers.

      You will graduate from this course with valuable transferable skills, giving you the opportunity to find work outside the arts at managerial level. If you want to carry on along the academic route, you could go on to study an MA or PhD.

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A-Level or DMM. Some experience of practice and theories in the field of drama, theatre and performance is highly recommended. All qualified applicants will be invited to an audition workshop and interview which is required for entry.

    Foundation Framework Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A Level and MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

    For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to Apply page.

    Contacts

    Course enquiries
    study@northampton.ac.uk

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2019@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Enquire online
    Online enquiry form

    Applying for 2019
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

    • Technologies for Performance (20 Credits)
      Module code: DRA1018
      Core Module Y
    • Performance Skills (40 Credits)
      Module code: DRA1020
      Core Module Y
    • Histories and Cultures of Theatre (40 Credits)
      Module code: DRA1022
      Core Module Y
    • Creating Theatre (20 Credits)
      Module code: DRA1023
      Core Module Y
    • Industry trips and tricks

      Our annual Changing Futures Week is an exciting event and an excellent opportunity for our students to explore the potential of their course and understand where their university experience can lead them beyond graduation. It offers a unique chance to network with high profile industry professionals from the arts, TV, film, fashion and more.

      Take a look at the 2016 Changing Futures Week video, which highlights just some of the creative industry guests who attended to share knowledge and insights with students about the reality of working and life after university.

  • 2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
    Foundation: £6,600 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    2018/19 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,350 per 20 credit module
    Foundation: £6,500 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500
    Foundation: £9,800 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    2018/19 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,000
    Foundation: £9,400 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BA rate)

    Scholarships

    EU and International Scholarships

    Sir Thomas White Scholarship

    The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,500.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

    The Chancellor's Fund

    The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply. The…

    Wilson Endowment Scholarship

    The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

  • Our Foundation Framework courses provide the best possible preparation for degree level study for students who are willing to learn and advance, but don’t have the standard entry qualifications. Featuring a reduced tuition fee for the first year, these course provide the opportunity for you to successfully study on the degree pathway of your choice whilst gaining essential study skills. The first year of your chosen degree will be studied over a two year period; years three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

    Visit our Foundation Framework page to learn more.

*Course data provided by Unistats

Waterside

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Now Open

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