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Drama BA(Hons) 2013-14

At a Glance

UCAS code:

Start date:
23 / 09 / 2013

3 years full-time
4½ years part-time

Places Available:
50 (this number may be subject to change)

Course Type:
Full Time / Part Time

Entry Requirements
In addition to the University's minimum entry requirements, we require
•  BBC at A Level or 280 tariff points or equivalent and at least one A2 pass at B or above in a relevant subject, preferably Drama, Theatre or Performance Studies.
•  For BTEC: we require at least DMM in Performing Arts or a related subject, and the demonstration of good critical analysis.
•  Every offer will be made individually after consideration of your academic profile.
•  You must provide evidence of practical and theoretical interest in drama.

Admissions Tutor
Tel: 01484 478455

The course

We are a dynamic and creative Drama department housed in one of the best resourced facilities in Europe. We're in the top five university Drama departments in the country for graduate employment and rated in the top 20 overall in the 2012 Guardian University Guide. Our course focuses on contemporary theatre and performance and allows you to develop breadth of understanding alongside specialist skills.

The wide range of production activity ensures you can be continuously involved with staff and student-led performances.You'll be able to work with internationally renowned theatre companies such as Slung Low, IOU Productions and Northern Broadsides and also with practitioners such as Professor Sir Patrick Stewart, Andrew Morrish, Nicolas Nunez who regularly visit.

Drama at Huddersfield is housed in a fantastic converted Victorian church. Every nook and cranny is used by our students. The building is full of rehearsal, performance, discussion and research. There are two huge studios, a third smaller one, rehearsal rooms, state-of-the-art technical facilities, computer facilities and plenty of social space where you can plan your next production.

Course content

You will be fully involved in theatre production throughout, working in a stimulating culture of hard work, creativity, collaboration, investigation and exploration. In each year of the course, you will work on productions as part of your coursework as well as having lots of extra-curricular opportunities. Your study will take place in one of the best resourced Drama departments in Europe, with architecturally spectacular and flexible performance spaces that provide an inspiring working environment.

You will see a wide range of exciting performance in our own studios and in the local professional theatre, as well as having easy access to the rich performance culture of Leeds, Manchester and the surrounding area.

Year 1
Core modules:

+ Creative Devising

You experience a range of workshops in creative and performance practices which develop your ability to create performance material collaboratively and from a range of starting points other than traditional play scripts. Assessment takes the form of one or more practical projects and a written report.

+ Text into Performance

You explore the ways in which a play script can form the basis for a live theatre production through working together as a company to stage a short text. Questions of character, structure, meaning and dramaturgy are explored through the challenge of staging the work. Assessment takes the form of the practical project and a written report.

+ Models and Theories of Performance Practice 1A

What is performance? How do we read performances? What place do performance and theatre have within the broader culture? This module is designed to introduce you to a range of important analytical and theoretical perspectives used in the interpretation of performance. By the end of this module you will be able to critically analyse a variety of theatrical and performance practices, and their relationship to different cultural, economic, historical and political contexts. Weekly lectures and seminars introduce you to the theories that will underpin the rest of your studies. Assessment is through coursework (100%) consisting of written assignments.

+ Models and Theories of Performance Practice 1B

This series of weekly lectures and seminars introduces you to a range of historical performance practices from the late-Victorian period to the present. The seminars probe and debate the issues raised with reference to texts taken from a range of cultures and periods. Each week you examine theatrical play texts and performances in historical context using theories of performance. You will gain insight into how conceptions of character and plot converge and/or diverge over time and explore how social, political, and artistic ideas have affected theatre over time. Assessment is through coursework (100%) consisting of written and spoken assignments.

Year 2
Core modules:

+ Theatre and Performance Making

You choose from a range of production projects, each offering the opportunity to specialise in a different aspect of theatre, drama or performance. Each project will culminate in a live public production or equivalent event; for example, a series of theatre-in-education workshops delivered in schools. Assessment takes the form of the practical project and a written report.

+ Models and Theories of Performance Practice 2a

This module focuses on the analytical study of contemporary performance practices. Through a series of lectures and seminars, you will use particular critical concepts to assess the work of a range of innovative theatre practitioners, including companies, directors, writers and performers. The module is entirely assessed through coursework. Practitioners previously studied include Forced Entertainment, Peter Brook, Ariane Mnouchkine, Tim Crouch, Orlan, Split Britches, Augusto Boal and the Wooster Group.

+ Specialist Practice

You choose to undertake a training project in one of a range of theatre skill areas, such as directing, performing, writing for performance, technical theatre, workshop facilitation. A programme of training prepares you to undertake an independent project which demonstrates your skills and understandings. Assessment takes the form of a skills presentation and a practical project.

Option module:

+ In Context

In Context offers the opportunity for in depth study of one particular performance-related area, and is assessed entirely through coursework. Possible options in this module include: examining the role of the text in relation to contemporary performance; exploring specialist approaches to acting; investigating applied theatre practices in particular contexts; or studying theatre in specific historical periods. During the module you will focus on theoretical understanding of the subject, often developing this through practical exploration and reflection.

Year 3
Core modules:

+ Process and Performance Project

The aim of this module is to allow you to engage in depth with a single process and performance. You will be expected to feed into your work the most relevant areas of skill and knowledge which you have gained elsewhere on your course. In preparing and rehearsing for one or more performances, you will be expected to practise, to extend, to contextualise and to develop the physical, creative, intellectual and practical skills necessary.

+ Critical Context: Perspectives on Contemporary Drama, Theatre and Performance

This is a lecture and seminar series which presents you with a range of critical perspectives on examples of contemporary drama, theatre and performance. You develop research in two areas of interest and assessment takes the form of two written essays.

Option modules:

+ Practice and Research 3

This module takes the form of a Working Party research process in which the group collectively researches, designs and delivers a Panel Session within a ‘Conference’ on a set topic chosen from a range of options. Research methodologies can include practice-as-research – using studio-based or fieldwork explorations. The results of the research are presented in a group symposium, and you are assessed individually on the writing of an abstract, a research summary or provocation, and on your contribution to the curatorship of the symposium.

+ Practice Analysis: Final Year Project

The Final Year Project is an opportunity to demonstrate practical skills in a significant theatre role. Building on skills developed through earlier study, you will negotiate a practical project that may focus on performing, directing, applied theatre practice, writing or technical and production skills. With input from a supervisor, you will then work largely independently to deliver the agreed project. Many of the practical projects appear in the Department’s annual Festival. Research and critical reflection on the practice is also developed in the module, which is assessed through practical work and coursework.

+ Critical Context: Dissertation

In this module, you carry out an extended piece of independent research, and write an 11,000 word thesis. In keeping with traditional academic practice, the thesis is then defended in an oral examination. The thesis and oral form the assessment for this module.

Career opportunities

Drama graduates have gone on to work in the performing arts – we have graduates at the RSC, in television, touring theatre, and running their own performance companies. Some have chosen postgraduate study or additional vocational training in specialist areas. Some stay on to study for higher degrees (MA or PhD) in Drama at Huddersfield. Others have opted for work in the cultural industries or areas involving people management, whilst a number choose to enter the teaching profession.

Teaching and assessment

You will experience practical workshops and performance projects in the three theatre/studio spaces, lectures and seminars, and one-to-one tutorials with specialist staff. Assessment of your work includes essays, research based practical presentations, creative practical working processes, performance, scripts and plays, and a dissertation.


Housed in a vast converted Victorian church building, Drama at Huddersfield boasts one of the best resourced departments of its kind in Europe, with modern, state-of-the-art facilities facilities. The Milton Building has two large performance studios which are architecturally spectacular and supremely flexible; most of the other seminar and rehearsal rooms have stained glass windows, high ceilings and curious gargoyles, providing a stimulating and creative working environment.

Our work in this inspirational setting is supported by technical staff and state-of-the-art technical facilities: 3D design equipment, video editing, projection and other multi-media performance facilities, computerised lighting and sound equipment. Studios One and Two are both used primarily as in-house teaching and performance spaces, where you practise, watch and critique your own and other students’ work. In addition, Studio One is a touring venue, hosting work by contemporary companies whose work can be studied as part of the curriculum. We have close links with Huddersfield’s Lawrence Batley Theatre and sometimes use their three performances spaces for our own public productions.

How much will it cost me?

At the University of Huddersfield, we have worked hard to ensure that we set a fair fee for undergraduate students that offers fantastic value for money. The University of Huddersfield is debt free, meaning every penny you spend on your education is re-invested in you.

In 2013/14, the tuition fee for students at the University of Huddersfield will be £7,950*. Your tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance, please see Fees and finance.

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*In subsequent years the fee will be subject to inflationary increases. Please bookmark this page and refer back for up-to-date information. Information updated 22.1.13

If your course has a work placement element, where the placement is to be with children or vulnerable adults you will require a DBS clearance, the cost of which is currently £44.

You may be required to pay up to £40 per year for travel on trips away from the University.


For details of course fees please call the Student Finance Office on 01484 473904

How to apply


Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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