Drama BA


In Exeter

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Exeter (Devon)
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Course programme

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

The BA Drama degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are usually worth 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.

During your programme, you have the opportunity to take 30 credits in another subject during the academic year, subject to criteria.

Current students - please note that modules lists for module choice are on the Student Intranet.

Year 1

The first year comprises of four core modules. In the first half of the year you will study a studio-based and a seminar-based module, which is aimed at introducing you to theatre studies and performance analysis as disciplines of drama.

In the second term your practical work will focus on a performance-orientated module rooted in research through practice and the remaining module will introduce a selection of modern and contemporary practitioners in their context.

Compulsory modules CodeModuleCredits DRA1004Acting and Not Acting: The Dialectics of Performance30 DRA1010Pretexts and Contexts of Drama 130 DRA1007Theatrical Interpretations: Practitioners30 DRA1012Research and Performance30 Year 2

In your second year you will study two core modules, Staging the Text in the first term and Performance and Interpretation in the second. You will look at play texts in their historical and cultural context and the transition from page to stage, and you will extend and deepen your critical and theoretical vocabulary of theatre. You will also choose one practise and one research option from a range of modules.

You may be able to study abroad for half a year or you can choose to integrate a work experience into your degree in the module HUM2000 Humanities in the Workplace.

Compulsory modules CodeModuleCredits DRA2067Staging The Text30 DRA2064Performance and Interpretation30 Optional modules

Select 30 credits from Theatre Practice and 30 credits from Theatre Research.

CodeModuleCredits Theatre Practice DRA2007Theatre Practice II: Interpretative Acting30 DRA2013Theatre Practice Dance/Choreography30 DRA2025Acting Greek Tragedy30 DRA2026Applied Drama: Interactive Theatre30 DRA2061BDigital Theatre Crafts30 DRA2065Live Art30 Theatre Research DRA2046Music as Performance30 DRA2071Adaptation in Contemporary Theatre and Performance30 DRA2072Culture in / as Performance30 DRA2073Social Practice in Art and Performance30 DRA2084Women and Theatre, 1700-192830 College-wide Humanities HUM2000Humanities in the Workplace30 Year 3

In your final year you can specialise in practical options such as interpretative acting, directing, vocal practice and applied drama. Your degree culminates in the Practical Essay, a piece of original performance that you will create with a small group of fellow students for an audience beyond the University, and Theatre Praxis, an in-depth independent study of a chosen area of theatre and performance.

Compulsory modules CodeModuleCredits DRA3061Practical Essay 30 DRA3062Theatre Praxis 30 Optional modules

Select 30 credits from Theatre Practice and 30 credits from Theatre Research.

CodeModuleCredits Theatre Practice DRA3009Theatre Practice II: Directing30 DRA3012Theatre Practise I: Applied Drama30 DRA3030Interpretative Acting II30 DRA3077Voice for the Actor30 DRA3081Versioning Shakespeare30 DRA3084Physical Performance: Choreography in Theatre-Making30 Theatre Research DRA3024Restoration Theatre: Culture and Politics30 DRA3050Creative Industries Management30 DRA3076The Actor's Body: Intercultural Theories and Practices30 DRA3082History of Acting30 DRA3083Theatre and Environment30 DRA3085Dis-eased: Performance and the Politics of Fear30 Full module descriptions

For full module descriptions please visit the Drama website.

Drama BA

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