BA (Hons) Dance and Drama

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UCAS Code:WW54
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time, 6 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2017
Department:Department of Performing Arts
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Balance technical training, creative development, and theoretical and analytical study;
  • Learn to create, collaborate and critically reflect on historical and contemporary dance and theatre practices, while working towards professional standards in high quality facilities;
  • Optional opportunities to study aspects of the performing arts from other subject disciplines.

This Dance and Drama degree offers a thorough, broad-based education for creative artists of the future who can apply their knowledge and skills in the disciplines of dance, drama and theatre. The programme is designed to develop reflective and articulate practitioners equipped with the graduate skills which are sought after within the creative industries.

The combination of dance and drama offers a unique opportunity to explore dance styles from contemporary, ballet, popular (jazz, hip hop, capoeira) to social, folk and somatic practice, alongside specialist drama areas such as acting, directing, writing and applied theatre. You will possess artistic skills and vision which you will develop in professional theatre spaces, relating your practice to critical theories, dance and theatre histories and contemporary ideas. Optional modules are available in aerial performance, physical theatre, circus arts, theatre design, musical theatre and technical theatre.

If you are equally passionate about dance, drama and theatre and want to work at the cutting-edge of dance and theatre practice then this is the degree for you. You should have a desire to engage people in inclusive dance and drama experiences in a variety of applied and theatrical performance settings, and aspire to become an articulate practitioner who understands the key concepts that underpin both dance and drama in relation to culture.

Student Profiles

  • Connor Quill

    BA (Hons) Dance and Drama
    At Edge Hill you also learn to fly! As part of this course I've undertaken three Aerial Performance modules and they have been a remarkable, thrilling and enjoyable learning experience.
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Course in Depth

What will I study?

In Year 1, you will acquire a foundation knowledge of the nature and meaning of drama, and the historical development of the art of the theatre. You will develop the practical technique and skills of the dance, drama and theatre practitioner and will learn to analyse and read the structure of dance works of the Western performance tradition. You will also examine dance education, dance in the community, and the idea of the play.

In Year 2, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of key practitioners and movements in the modern era of drama, explore the body and performance, and place dance practice in its social and historical context. You can choose to work on a theatre production, or choose to explore the making of dance involving specific client groups in areas such as education, community, health and welfare settings. Your compulsory modules in dance and drama are complemented with optional opportunities to explore specialist areas of interest in both disciplines.

In Year 3, you will advance your knowledge and understanding of contemporary dance, drama and theatre practice and you will be expected to undertake increasingly independent work, developing particular practical and theoretical specialisms in both disciplines. Compulsory modules examine current theoretical work in dance, drama and theatre. You will embody your practical skills and ideas in a contemporary ensemble production in either discipline alongside professional practitioners. You will also undertake an independent dissertation project focusing on either discipline, or combining the disciplines in your project. Compulsory modules are complemented with advanced optional opportunities to deepen your experience in specialist areas of interest in both disciplines.

How will I study?

The programme is delivered through a wide range of formal lectures and seminars, practical workshop classes, production projects, independent ensemble work and personal research. Alongside your studies you will develop a personal portfolio and prepare practice CVs for employment. This is supported by dedicated sessions in personal development planning (PDP).

Compulsory theory and practice lecture-based modules are delivered via weekly classes throughout the academic year. Production and optional modules involve intensive project-based learning and are delivered in six or seven week blocks of study.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through practical and written assignments. Practical assessments include studio practice, presentations, making, performance, and the implementation of applied projects. Written assignments will include project plans, reports/evaluations and essays, and verbal assessments in the form of a viva voce.

As part of the University environment you will be asked to critically reflect on your learning via student reflections that accompany each assignment. Taking ownership and responsibility for your learning will equip you with the ability to engage in continual reflection of your own developmental progress throughout your academic study.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by professional practitioners working across the field of dance, drama and performance who have established reputations as educators and artists, makers and performers. The Performing Arts team work closely in an acknowledgement of the collaborative nature of performance and our team of academics, professional practitioners and technical staff combine with a large group of part-time industry professionals and academic specialists to offer a wide range of learning experiences.

A Great Study Environment

BA (Hons) Dance and DramaPerforming Arts students at Edge Hill University enjoy industry-standard teaching and learning facilities. The £7million redeveloped Arts Centre houses the University’s Performing Arts Department in addition to the Rose and Studio Theatres.

The department’s outstanding resources ensure you gain practical experience to a professional standard. Contemporary performance environments include dance studios, black box drama studios, rehearsal rooms, a theatre construction workshop, costume construction workshop, scene dock, theatre design studios, digital sound studio, digital design suite, music technology room, music practice studios, a recital room and an outdoor amphitheatre. The Studio Theatre also functions as a fully-equipped aerial performance space.

The Arts Centre hosts a diverse range of high quality productions and performers, including comedy, dance, drama and music, designed to supplement Performing Arts programmes and entertain both students and the local community.


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Level 4 (Year 1 of Full-Time Programme)

DAN1103 Introduction to Choreographic Practices (20 credits)

Introduction to Choreographic Practices is a practice-based module which introduces you to dance making and movement enquiry. You will investigate composition, explore relationships and experiment with movement through experiential analysis of contemporary and post-modern dance practice. Alongside focused studio practice, you will develop your abilities in the devising of movement, present short choreographic studies and demonstrate your capacity to outline and discuss your practical and research processes.

DAN1105 Introduction to Dance Making and Performance (20 credits)

Introduction to Dance Making and Performance further develops your skills in devising and creating dance. You will engage in the making, rehearsal and performance of a small-scale dance piece under the direction of a tutor undertaking the role of choreographer. The module focuses on areas such as developing performance and technical ability, as well as considering intentional points such as creating from an improvisational, conceptual or thematic/issue base. Throughout the devising period, you will explore approaches to movement making and composition in preparation for public performance of the dance work.

DRA1101 Drama, Theatre and the Idea of the Play: Concepts, Cultures, Contexts (20 credits)

Drama, Theatre and the Idea of the Play: Concepts, Cultures, Contexts provides different learning environments in which you will begin your essential theoretical and historical study of drama. You will focus broadly upon the rise of Western European practices but draw on contextual examples and theoretical perspectives from around the world. The module defines fundamental concepts, examines theoretical perspectives and explores diverse practices in the field of drama, subjecting each to critical scrutiny. The module addresses, at an introductory level, the challenge of dramatic theory and its impact on our understanding of practice, seeking preliminary answers to some fundamental questions: What is drama? How did it originate and develop? How does it work? What is it for? Why do we need it? The module focuses especially on the nature and evolution of dramatic form, confronting the range of dramatic genres and styles as they appear in both historical and contemporary examples of the dramatic text.

DRA1103 Introducing the Art of the Actor: Text, Voice, Chorus (20 credits)

Introducing the Art of the Actor: Text, Voice, Chorus is an introductory practical exploration of the art of the theatre actor in a number of different historical and cultural contexts, ranging from ancient times to the dawn of the modern age of drama. The module provides a creative environment in which your own performance awareness of the art of the actor through theatre history can be developed.

DRA1104 Staging the Play: Text into Action (20 credits)

Staging the Play: Text into Action provides a performance laboratory environment in which you will experience the creation of small-scale practical production projects, transforming play-texts into dramatic action, and culminating in the presentation of performance texts to an audience. You will explore traditional and innovative approaches to rehearsal and theatrical performance, enhance your improvisational, rehearsal and performance techniques, and collaborate as part of a creative group. Through the practice of making theatre, your theoretical understanding of dramatic performance will be broadened and changed and your awareness of the processes that turn text into action will be developed.

You will select one of the following modules:

DAN1101 Dance Teaching in Education (20 credits)

Dance Teaching in Education guides you through the creation of an applied dance project focusing upon dance in education. You will identify and devise an appropriate project for a formal setting and present your plans with key illustrations of practice in the controlled setting of the university. The practical work is informed both by the theoretical and historical study of applied dance alongside focused studio practice.

DAN1106 Teaching Dance in the Community (20 credits)

Teaching Dance in the Community is a project-based module where you will be guided through the creation of an applied dance project focusing on a range of informal community settings. You will identify and devise an appropriate project for a chosen setting and present your plans with key illustrations of practice. The practical work is informed both by the theoretical and historical study of applied dance alongside focused studio practice.

TEC1100 Introduction to Technical Theatre (20 credits)

Introduction to Technical Theatre provides you with an overview of the technical equipment used in the areas of theatre lighting and sound. The module will enable you to work practically with equipment in a range of theatre production contexts. You will be introduced to the idea of the role of the theatre technician as a theatre artist supporting performance, while the foundations of safe working practices within the performing arts industry will also be covered.

Language modules in French, Spanish or Mandarin, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied instead of either DAN1101 Dance Teaching in Education, DAN1106 Teaching Dance in the Community, or TEC1100 Introduction to Technical Theatre.

Level 5 (Year 2 of Full-Time Programme)

DRA2101 The Modern Age of Drama: Forms, Movements, Modernity (20 credits)

The Modern Age of Drama: Forms, Movements, Modernity focuses principally on Western drama and examines the development of the idea of the play in the social and historical context of the modern age (from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century). The module also investigates the position and role of drama within the diverse artistic movements arising in the period, and interrogates forms, movements and manifestos in order to find out what the dramatists of the modern era stood for, what purposes they believed the art of the modern theatre served, and what creative processes they went through in making work that spoke to and about modernity. The aim is to focus your critical and theoretical engagement on modern ideas about the play as a form, process and purposeful activity.

You will study three of the following modules. Two potential combinations of these modules are available.

You can select DAN2102 Body and Performance, DRA2103 Modern Rehearsal Strategies: Process Research and DRA2104 The Making of Modern Theatre: Staging Classic Modern Plays as a set of three modules or alternatively opt for DRA2102 Modern Theatre Practitioners: Principles, Practices, Purposes, DAN2103 Cultural Perspectives in Dance, and DAN2104 Choreographic Practices 2.

DAN2102 Body and Performance (20 credits)

Body and Performance examines current perceptions of performance through expanding your knowledge, understanding and experience of the body in relation to studio practice. Underlying this is the principle that as you develop your sense of self awareness, you are more able to adapt artistic practice to a variety of diverse settings, in particular those associated with health and wellbeing. You will explore how and why the body has been objectified in both medical/health and performance contexts and consider implications for the development of modern health systems and performance practices.

DAN2103 Cultural Perspectives in Dance (20 credits)

Cultural Perspectives in Dance extends your understanding of current dance practice by exploring cultural aspects of global, social and popular dance. Alongside focused studio practice in relevant dance forms, you will critically investigate current scholarship, theories and methods which contextualise the cultural significance of social dance traditions and practices. This will develop your scope for reading dance practices within social contexts and extend your understanding and application of critical analysis from a range of written and practical sources.

DAN2104 Choreographic Practices 2 (20 credits)

Choreographic Practices 2 expands your understanding of dance making for performance under the direction of a tutor undertaking the role of choreographer. The module will enable you to broaden your potential as an artist and performer through practice in dance work. Alongside focused studio practice, you will engage in analysis of practices, forms and aesthetics of dance which enable you to contextualise your movement enquiry and apply compositional skills as practiced by the professional artist. Devising dance and theatre which draws from cultural contexts and/or concepts such as popular culture, identity, locality, society and non-Western dance practice, you will explore and apply approaches to movement making and composition in preparation for creating and choreographing a final piece of dance work which you will present in a public performance.

DRA2102 Modern Theatre Practitioners: Principles, Practices, Purposes (20 credits)

Modern Theatre Practitioners: Principles, Practices, Purposes focuses principally on Western drama to examine the role played by key theatre practitioners in the developmental story of drama in the modern period (from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century). You will explore the ideas, aims, beliefs and strategies of key practitioners and interrogate the principles, practices and purposes at the heart of their work.

DRA2103 Modern Rehearsal Strategies: Process Research (20 credits)

Modern Rehearsal Strategies: Process Research investigates the processes underpinning theatre making in the modern era. You will analyse key theatre practitioners in the history of Western modern drama and interrogate their rehearsal strategies, exploring their different conceptions of the actor-director relationship in the rehearsal room. The aim is to develop your knowledge and understanding of modern approaches to the rehearsal process and study the creative working relationships which are necessary for that process to succeed.

DRA2104 The Making of Modern Theatre: Staging Classic Modern Plays (20 credits)

The Making of Modern Theatre: Staging Classic Modern Plays examines approaches to theatre production in the modern era. Focusing on key theatre practitioners in the history of Western modern drama, the module provides the opportunity for you to present work, as part of an ensemble, to an audience where the piece is informed stylistically by your study of modern practitioners’ ideas about acting, training, directing and the art of theatre production.

You will select two of the following modules:

CIR2102 Clown (20 credits)

Clown provides you with a basic introduction to the art, techniques, philosophies and theories associated with contemporary red-nose clowning, with a strong emphasis on solo practical work. The module provides skill-based teaching of clown performance and extensive workshop performance opportunities. You will be encouraged to reflect upon your own process of learning and development in relation to current popular and scholarly thinking about clowning. The importance of adopting an holistic approach to clowning as a technique that is broadly applicable in a wide range of performance genres and non-performance contexts will be emphasised.

CIR2103 Contemporary Circus (20 credits)

Contemporary Circus provides a broad-based introduction to the diverse contemporary field of circus, allowing you to develop a basic level of circus skills in the context of a thorough historical and social exploration of the significance of contemporary circus. The module focuses in particular on the current state of the field of circus arts and the multiple forms and guises in which circus appears in contemporary culture. This will include developing your awareness of the breadth of potential employment opportunities within the growing field of clowning, in addition to furthering your understanding of the routes and means by which those employment opportunities could be attained.

CIR2104 Aerial Dance: Breaking Ground (20 credits)

Aerial Dance: Breaking Ground introduces you to the core skills (physical, technical and creative) in aerial performance and familiarises you with the evolution of contemporary aerial performance. You will also be taught the correct use of basic aerial equipment and different types of harness and discover their uses in performance. The module has a particular focus on the physical training and skill acquisition necessary to perform bungee-assisted dance, with some time dedicated to learning about the specialised equipment involved. You will also receive a comprehensive outline of the evolution of aerial dance and undertake independent research into contemporary practices in aerial performance.

CIR2105 Aerial Circus Performance (20 credits)

Aerial Circus Performance introduces you to the practical, creative and safe acquisition of aerial skills in the context of contemporary circus. Due to the severe technical demands of aerial circus performance, this module will be heavily weighted towards physical skill development. A training regime will run alongside skills tuition in order to increase personal strength levels to help execute the techniques you will learn. A range of traditional circus equipment will be used to encourage the transference of skills between different but related apparatus. Alongside the development of skills, you will also learn to interpret and analyse aerial circus performance in relation to the history of circus and its evolution in the twentieth century.

DAN2101 Devising Projects in Education and Community (20 credits)

Devising Projects in Education and Community gives you the opportunity to demonstrate independence and entrepreneurship in the creation of an applied dance project. You will visit and assess a community or education setting and then devise and plan an appropriate project for that client group. You will present this as an industry-style proposal, complete with an associated scheme of work, engaging in creative and innovative approaches to dance practice and demonstrating an aptitude for decision making and flexibility when working within a group. During the planning of this venture, you will incorporate and understand effective dance principles alongside focused studio practice.

DAN2105 Dance Making and Performance 2 (20 credits)

Dance Making and Performance 2 progresses from an initial group focus of exploring dance practice and theatre in relation to a range of cultural frameworks to offer you the opportunity to engage with independent creative projects. This will enable you to investigate your creative and contextual ideas in the process of devising choreography. You will work in the role of choreographer or co-choreographer, synthesising research into practice to create choreography for public performance. As a collaborative group, you will be responsible for in-house promotion of your performance events and the scheduling of both technical and dress rehearsals. Focused studio practice sessions will facilitate the continued development of your dance practice.

DAN2106 Teaching Practice (20 credits)

Teaching Practice is a project-based practice module in which you are expected to demonstrate independence and entrepreneurship in the delivery of an applied dance project. You will gain an understanding of, and develop, effective dance principles, alongside focused studio practice. You will implement a project in your chosen setting and document this using industry models for evaluating applied dance. You will be assisted in fieldwork by working from a menu of client groups who have been contacted and briefed by the programme team.

DAN2107 Dance Theatre Performance (20 credits)

Dance Theatre Performance focuses on the practical exploration and critical interrogation of contemporary dance theatre. The module explores choreographic and creative strategies while also enabling the acquisition and development of embodied knowledge and skills through the context of a tutor-led production. Relevant historical, theoretical and socio-cultural perspectives will be considered and you will be required to critically engage with these themes in relation to your own creative and practical experiences.

DAN2108 Movement for the Singing Actor (20 credits)

Movement for the Singing Actor interrogates the practical movement skills required by the performer to build your understanding of the collaborative nature of song, dance and acting for the musical theatre performer. The module provides you with a developed level of practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of the skills, technique and role of the musical theatre performer within the genre. You will examine the role of the performer from a movement perspective, experiment with a variety of movement styles from pedestrian movement to basic jazz dance and contemporary dance practices, and experience a variety of approaches to the analysis, rehearsal and realisation of staging and choreographing a song and dance repertoire.

DES2101 Visual Dramaturgy (20 credits)

Visual Dramaturgy concerns itself with the practice and theory of scenography. The module will look at the ways in which space, time, light, sound, colour and form can be composed and used to influence and communicate with the spectator. You will consider and experiment with how emerging new technologies, combined with a shift from text-based culture to a new media age of images and sound, has influenced the visual landscape of live performance. The aim is to open up the possibilities of scenography as visual dramaturgy and to engage you in a visual and creative response to music, text, character and shapes.

DES2104 Costume for Performance (20 credits)

Costume for Performance engages with the impact and role of costumes within theatre and live performance. You will research the wider notion of costume and examine the social, cultural and artistic context of costume. The module will guide you in exploring different aspects of interpretation and entail the research-informed construction of costumes for live performance.

DES2105 The Body in Costume (20 credits)

The Body in Costume engages you with body, space and costumes and focuses on twentieth century performance and modernism. You will experiment, through practice, with the relationship between form, space and body, and assess the impact that the modernist movement has had on the performing costume. Researching a wide notion of the body in costume and exploring different aspects of construction and interpretation of costumes as performative objects, you will engage with the development and construction of costumes which amplify the performing body and gain an understanding of the performative role of costume within theatre and live performance.

DES2107 Introduction to Prosthetic Make Up (20 credits)

Introduction to Prosthetic Make Up familiarises you with with the diversity of prosthetic SFX makeup used within theatre, film and television. You will focus on how the human anatomy relates to sculpture and be introduced to a range of processes beginning with initial flat plate-sculpting and mould-making of scars, tears and wounds. This will be followed by the process of silicone moulding, application, colouring and finishing. The prosthetics colouring and blending will include wounds, realistic dead and alive skin tones, bruising and skin disease. The aim is to create the most realistic effects to enhance and mask the performer, engage with a number of artworks and conduct laboratory experiments, developing a technical vocabulary and exploring critical understanding of prosthetics and the body.

DRA2105 Imagining Better Worlds: Theatre, Learning and Development (20 credits)

Imagining Better Worlds: Theatre, Learning and Development examines the histories of performance interventions in local and global contexts and explores critically, using historical and contemporary case studies, the consequences and meanings of those interventions. There will also be opportunities for observation and practical experience of group creative projects. The module provides an essential introduction to creating performances and facilitating workshops in response to the identified needs of a specific community, a particular community grouping. You will experience and interrogate theatre practice in diverse cultural, social and political contexts as you focus on theatre making that takes place in a range of settings.

DRA2107 The Art and Craft of the Playwright (20 credits)

The Art and Craft of the Playwright is a practical and theoretical interrogation of the historical and cultural significance of the playwright, in addition to the idea of the play-text. The module provides you with a developed level of practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of the idea of the play. You will learn about the art of the playwright, subject that art to close analysis, and put your learning into practice. Investigating the historical and contemporary role of the writer in the context of live performance, the module will enhance your appreciation of what the scripted play does and how its elements function in the theatre, informing your own critical interpretations and supporting your individual creative attempts to grapple with the making of a play-text.

DRA2108 The Art of the Actor and Rise of the Director (20 credits)

The Art of the Actor and Rise of the Director interrogates the cultural significance of acting and directing in the modern era of drama. The module will enhance your practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of the skills, technique and role of both the actor and the director in modern theatre. You will further your insight into the nature of theatrical performance, from the perspective of acting for live performance, and at the same time build your critical awareness of the historic rise of the role of the director in the context of live performance. The aim is to examine the role of the actor and director, experiment with the diverse processes of acting and directorial strategy, and scrutinise a variety of approaches to the analysis, rehearsal and realisation of text-based dramatic work.

DRA2109 English Renaissance Tragedy: The Theatre of Sweet Violence and Wild Justice (20 credits)

English Renaissance Tragedy: The Theatre of Sweet Violence and Wild Justice will be of particular relevance if you are interested in examining the genre of tragedy in drama. The module focuses on plays from the Renaissance period of English history. You will investigate the nature and meaning of the idea of tragedy on stage in a particular historical context and also interrogate the continuing power and resonance of English Renaissance Tragedy in our own time and across contemporary cultures.

DRA2110 The Dramatic Art of Comedy: Making Purposeful Laughter in the Theatre (20 credits)

The Dramatic Art of Comedy: Making Purposeful Laughter in the Theatre will be of particular relevance if you are interested in examining the genre of comedy in drama. The module focuses on plays and other forms of comic dramatic practice through the course of theatre history and across cultures. The module investigates the nature and meaning of the idea of comedy on stage in a range of historical contexts, interrogating the continuing power and resonance of the comic dramatic arts.

MUS2105 Popular Musicals (20 credits)

Popular Musicals explores the idea and form of the popular musical. Referring to an art form being ‘of the people’, attaining commercial success or being presented according to a ‘pop’ aesthetic, the idea of the popular will be discussed and explored through analysis of selected musical theatre works. From politically charged works aligned with folk and Marxist notions of ‘the people’ to the popular megamusical, differing concepts and diverse realisations of the popular will be explored through forms of musical theatre. You will develop a perspective on the idea of the popular in alignment with exemplary musical theatre works.

PFA2101 Site Specific Performance (20 credits)

Site Specific Performance enables you to engage with the practice and theory of site specific performance. In this context, site specific is used as a generic term relating to work that arises from and responds to its immediate environment and surroundings outside of the traditional theatre context. The various forms and categories of response to site will be addressed and can be expected to include dance, performance, multimedia installation, art installation, and scenography. You will participate in workshops concerning devising for, and performing in, various spaces. The module culminates in practical site-specific work and the submission of a viva providing evidence of the influences and objectives of the performance, as well as the significance of your research.

PFA2104 Light and Projection in Performance (20 credits)

Light and Projection in Performance explores the performative and scenographic relationships between light, projection and live performance. You will study the histories of light and projection technologies, discover contemporary key practitioners, and participate in practical, small-scale experiments, performances and installations. The module will deepen your awareness and understanding of the ‘lit’ scenographic environment, examine how light builds meaning in space, and consider how moving, mediated imagery can compete with and augment live performers and performance. The aim is to develop your aesthetic awareness, as well as basic technological skills, in order to design and manipulate simple lit environments and/or performances incorporating projected moving imagery.

PFA2105 Nineteenth Century Popular Performance (20 credits)

Nineteenth Century Popular Performance is of particular relevance if you are interested in examining the historical rise of ‘popular performance’ and the origins of folk rituals and customs. The module charts the origins and development of various genres of performance styles from rural Britain through to the changing landscape brought about by the Industrial Revolution. You will gain a detailed knowledge and understanding of the experience of popular performance from the perspectives of both the performer and the spectator.

PFA2107 Multimedia Shakespeare (20 credits)

Multimedia Shakespeare examines the multimedial, intermedial and virtual strategies by which an canonical Shakespearian text might be interpreted and realised in order to expose significances resonant to contemporary performers and audiences. The aim of the module is to re-interpret old texts with new technologies. As such, the module examines how archetypal and mythopoeic patterns of words from one era might be interpreted for contemporary audiences through the new archetypes and technological images of another.

TEC2100 Developing Technical Theatre Skills (20 credits)

Developing Technical Theatre Skills enhances your skills, knowledge, understanding in the uses and functions of technical equipment in the areas of theatre lighting and sound. The module will enable you to develop your technical skills working practically with equipment in a range of theatre production contexts. The module also seeks to enhance your perception of the role of the theatre technician as a theatre artist supporting performance creatively, as well as furthering your understanding of safe working practices within the performing arts industry.

If you studied a Language module in Year 1, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 2. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

Level 6 (Year 3 of Full-Time Programme)

PAR3104 Dissertation (20 credits)

Dissertation provides the opportunity for you to undertake an independent investigation of an identified area of interest within relevant fields of current practice. You will identify areas of inquiry according to your own interests and strengths, and negotiate the parameters for independent study with your appointed supervisor. You will apply your research to the creation of a dissertation, which may take the form of a performance, creative, applied or written project.

You will study three of the following modules. Two potential combinations of these modules are available.

You can select DRA3101 Researching Contemporary Drama: Theatre and Modernity, DAN3102 Dance Techniques 1, and PAR3103 Ensemble Production Project as a set of three modules or alternatively opt for DAN3101 Researching Dance, DRA3102 The Contemporary Ensemble: Theatre Manifestos, and DAN3103 Dance Making and Performance 3.

DAN3101 Researching Dance (20 credits)

Researching Dance offers you the opportunity to initiate research into an area of study that supports your personal interests and strengths in relevant performance, dance and/or movement practices. You will identify areas of inquiry, explore methodologies and sources, develop skills in writing a researched industry-style project proposal, and investigate relevant  practices, practitioners, and methods which inform current practice. You will also engage in professional development practices which are designed to enhance your graduate employability skills.

DAN3102 Dance Techniques 1 (20 credits)

Dance Techniques 1 develops your movement skills and techniques in addition to expanding your potential as an emerging dance professional. A combination of sessions relevant to current dance practice from the Western tradition are complemented by relevant cultural and popular forms. This experience will be underscored and widened through the study of experiential anatomy and holistic approaches to the moving body.

DAN3103 Dance Making and Performance 3 (20 credits)

Dance Making and Performance 3 involves collaborating with current professional practitioners in dance making for performance in theatre and non-theatre settings. You will engage with visiting artists and/or external venues and experience an interdisciplinary approach to dance making and performance. The aim of the module is to nurture your development as an artist through gaining authentic experience of current practice and the processes involved in realising performance work. There is also the opportunity to engage in processes that underpin the making and performance of dance work such as costume, lighting, tour development and management, locating and assessing settings for site work.

DRA3101 Researching Contemporary Drama: Theatre and Postmodernity (20 credits)

Researching Contemporary Drama: Theatre and Postmodernity advances your specialised knowledge and understanding of dramatic theory and dramatic practice, with particular emphasis on developments in the art of the theatre from the 1960s onwards. The module is an intellectually challenging exploration of the work of some of the key practitioners and companies in the contemporary field of dramatic theory and practice, tracing some of the paths and directions that theatre is taking today.

DRA3102 The Contemporary Ensemble: Theatre Manifestos (20 credits)

The Contemporary Ensemble: Theatre Manifestos examines exemplary theatre companies from the 1960s to the present, exploring different ideas and strategies regarding contemporary ensemble practice. The module is designed to be an inspiring examination of the work of some of the key ensembles in the contemporary field of theatre. You will investigate the aims, principles and styles of performance of these ensembles and apply this insight to form a creative, imaginative vision of contemporary company practice.

PAR3103 Ensemble Production Project (20 credits)

Ensemble Production Project immerses you in producing creative work that investigates and interrogates approaches to theatre and performance making in the contemporary era. You will examine the work of key performance practitioners in the contemporary field of performing arts and make ensemble productions that respond to the aesthetic directions being taken in contemporary performance practice, or which are inspired by a contemporary production ethos.

You will select two of the following modules:

CIR3102 Applied Circus (20 credits)

Applied Circus develops your understanding of key ways in which circus arts may be used in educational, therapeutic and community settings to support the specific needs of client groups in those contexts. You will become familiar with a range of existing practice in the fields of social and community circus and circus education, construct a convincing and professional proposal for a hypothetical applied circus project, and deliver selected elements of the proposed project (in a group workshop setting with your peers) with specific client groups in mind.

CIR3103 Circus and Silent Movies (20 credits)

Circus and Silent Movies enables you to research specific topics relating to physical comedy and clowning. You will analyse an aspect of physical comedy practice and demonstrate considerable depth of knowledge and understanding of its past and present forms. You will subsequently apply this research and relevant performance methodologies to the devising of a group or individual physical comedy performance. In doing so, the aim is to extend basic clowning skills and encourage you to develop your own imaginative and creative visions within the field of comic performance.

CIR3104 Independent Aerial Projects (20 credits)

Independent Aerial Projects is a module that enables you to develop your personal vision of aerial performance and explore this creatively in the context of contemporary practice. A written proposal/outline for a project will be required, detailing the main aims, creative ideas and type of apparatus that you wish to focus on. You will be guided and assisted through the creative process with technical and artistic support. On completion of the project, you will be invited to discuss and share aspects of your research and explain the critical perspectives adopted.

DAN3104 Jazz Dance (20 credits)

Jazz Dance introduces you to the cultural and performance aspects of jazz dance, studying the historical context of the form alongside focused studio practice. The module interrogates jazz dance from a traditional perspective, looking at its origins in New Orleans, to its development as concert dance in New York, and its impact on American theatre dance. Practical and theoretical approaches are used to identify and discuss the work of key artists in relation to historic practices, concepts and contexts. This will include tap dance, social/concert dance, and modern jazz dance influences.

DAN3105 Dance Techniques 2 (20 credits)

Dance Techniques 2 gives emphasis to your own command over your individual artistry and engages with frameworks of specific techniques and practices through a combination of enhanced dance sessions and workshops. The techniques and practices studied will include genres such as contemporary, post-modern, somatic practice, jazz, hip-hop, and improvisation, in addition to focusing on performance in set scores/repertoire. The aim of the module is to support you in efficiently and reflectively implementing your anatomical and technical engagement to embody diverse dance practices. Providing a range of overlapping approaches to movement and dance will give you a rich palette from which to source your work, developing your unique potential as a mover and practitioner and encouraging self-reflection.

DES3101 The Scenographic Space (20 credits)

The Scenographic Space investigates the ever-expanding notions of contemporary space. The module will enable you to experiment with the possible implications and ramifications of this changing reality upon the role of designing for live and intermedial performance in the 21st century. You will analyse a self-selected, defined area of contemporary scenographical practice, experiment with notions of a scenographic landscape and scenography as dramaturgy, and engage with the use of multimedia as a means of exploring the performative possibility of space.

DES3103 Scenographic Costumes (20 credits)

Scenographic Costumes engages with the impact and role of costumes within scenography and live performance to enable you to master the design, development and construction of a variety of scenographic costumes. You will research the wider notion of scenography and costume and explore different aspects of the interpretation and construction of costumes. The module places you at the forefront of contemporary thinking about costume for performance and the performing costume and enables you to investigate the blurring boundaries between site, body and costumes.

DES3104 Advanced Prosthetic Make Up and Special Effects (20 credits)

Advanced Prosthetic Make Up and Special Effects will deepen your knowledge and understanding of the uses of prosthetic make up and SPX within the field of theatre, film and TV in order to explore and interrogate the usefulness of its various applications and techniques. The module will incorporate introductory historical and theoretical perspectives on some of the key examples in the field of prosthetic make up and SPX used in live and recorded performance. You will develop skills in sculpting and moulding your own makeup prosthetics, focusing on how the human anatomy relates to sculpture, thus creating the most realistic effects to enhance and mask the performer. You will engage with a number of artworks and conduct laboratory experiments, developing a technical vocabulary and critical understanding of prosthetics and the body.

DES3105 Practice as Research in Costume (20 credits)

Practice as Research in Costume explores the blurring boundaries between architecture, the body and costumes through the completion of an independent critical and practical research project. You will select the specific line of inquiry but areas of potential study may include scenographic costumes, performing costumes, ephemeral costumes and the in-depth study of particular styles and periods. The area of study chosen must be something that you have not studied in a previous or simultaneous module, unless the project can be demonstrated to be a further extension of previous investigation.

DRA3103 Acting and Directing Reconsidered (20 credits)

Acting and Directing Reconsidered entails both reconsidering and re-evaluating modern conceptions of the art and cultural significance of the actor and the director in the theatre. The module also introduces contemporary theories and practical strategies relating to the art, craft and role of the theatre actor and director in contemporary cultures. You will investigate and interrogate their respective identities and working relationships in the context of live theatrical performance today.

DRA3104 Theatre, Gender and Sexual Politics (20 credits)

Theatre, Gender and Sexual Politics explores a range of different types of dramatic text and theatrical experience linked to the fundamental themes of gender and sexual politics.  The module interrogates themes of gender and sexual politics and examines the ways in which playwrights and practitioners have sought to use theatre as a forum to challenge gender roles and sexual ideology.

DRA3105 Theatre of War: Ideological Conflict and Political Commitment in Drama (20 credits)

Theatre of War: Ideological Conflict and Political Commitment in Drama explores a range of different types of dramatic text and theatrical experience linked by the fundamental theme of war. The module examines ways in which playwrights spanning the history of world theatre have sought to dramatise ideological conflict, political commitment, ideas about nation, and responses to colonialism and imperialism. The social, political and ethical roles and responsibilities of the playwrights who respond to war through the making of play-texts will also be debated.

DRA3106 Postcolonial Theatres (20 credits)

Postcolonial Theatres has a transnational and trans-historical focus. The module offers you the opportunity to engage with the complex of discourses around postcoloniality and its inflection in and through theatre practices. You will encounter plays from a range of historical moments in which tensions around colonial and imperial projects were specifically foregrounded. The aim is to inform the creation of theatrical performance with critically evaluative insights into theories of postcoloniality.

DRA3107 On the Road: Enabling Better Worlds (20 credits)

On the Road: Enabling Better Worlds enables you to experience and interrogate interventionist theatre practice in diverse cultural, social and political contexts. Working as part of a group, you will have the opportunity to plan, create and implement a company-based practical project. This will involve all aspects of conceptualising, forming a sustaining an interventionist theatre company. You will generate an original company profile and devise a clear company purpose and intent. From applying for funding, through to project completion and evaluation, you will design and implement placement-based events which explicitly address the needs of an agreed target audience or client group.  Viable creative and administrative structures will also need to be established.

DRA3108 Event Planning and Management (20 credits)

Event Planning and Management enables you to develop key vocational skills and understanding in the areas of event management, project design and business planning. These key themes of the module will be placed in the wider context of arts management and arts funding. You will explore and examine all that is involved in the professional planning and management of events in the field of the performing arts. The module also examines the practical strategies which make creative concepts succeed. You will work through speculative creative ideas and proposals, and consider the ways in which creativity can be facilitated through appropriate and comprehensive planning and management. This will ultimately enable you to put the theory of event planning and management into practice.

MUS3103 American Musicals (20 credits)

American Musicals explores the emergence and development of American musical theatre throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. With musical theatre established as a global form, American musical theatre retains a distinctive and influential identity. This module focuses specifically upon a critical examination of the historical relationship between American musical theatre and identity formation from the national to the personal. While principally situated within the context of American national, subcultural and personal identity formation, the study of American musical theatres necessarily examines the global reach and impact of this specific form of musical theatre.

PAR3106 Arts and Enterprise (20 credits)

Arts and Enterprise is a theory and practice-based module where you are expected to demonstrate independence in the creation and implementation of an applied performance project. You will utilise skills of an independent practitioner, such as enterprise, pitching for work, project management and the articulation of current arts funding and strategies involved in the planning and delivery of a project. You will devise and deliver projects in a real world context and experience challenges in unfamiliar settings which will enhance your skills in problem solving, negotiation, collective decision making and liaising with client groups.

PFA3103 Installation and Immersive Performance (20 credits)

Installation and Immersive Performance explores and interrogates contemporary, innovative and avant-garde practice in areas such as video art, installation art, performance art and immersive performance. The module will develop an advanced knowledge and critical perspective on specific areas of your choice within the subject area and provides you with the opportunity to create live art work manipulating your own creative relationship between ‘body’, visual technologies, critical-scenographies and live performance. The aim is to challenge the conventional definitions and boundaries of current understanding of what constitutes performance.

PFA3104 Drag Kings and Drag Queens (20 credits)

Drag Kings and Drag Queens analyses the relationships between performance, gender, sexualities and identity and studies the ways in which performance might be deployed in the service of specific political and cultural agendas. Through a consideration of the performativity of drag performance, the module will consider a variety of topics which may include, but are not limited to, drag performance, costume, lipsyncing and the use of humour. The module is also underpinned by wider theories and histories of sexuality, performativity, gay and lesbian theatre, trans-identities, drag, HIV/AIDS, and activism. Additionally, you will consider the ways in which performance intersects with other identity-forming discourses such as gender, ethnicity and class.

PFA3106 Autobiographical Performance (20 credits)

Autobiographical Performance explores and examines autobiographical performance and engages with experience linked by the fundamental theme of Identity.  You will investigate the ways in which some contemporary practitioners have exploited stories about themselves and made theatre out of the idea and nature of the individual self. The module also explores earlier interpretations of autobiographical performance and the ways in which we utilise various methodologies to create fresh and exciting approaches to performing identity.

PFA3107 Contemporary Popular Performance (20 credits)

Contemporary Popular Performance explores and examines the variety of contemporary forms of performance that speak to notions of ‘popular culture’. This might mean, for example, that they specifically address audiences from a broad range of class, gender and racial backgrounds, that they intentionally engage with settings and environments beyond the conventional places of performance, or that they use forms and tackle content that are seen as more democratic, accessible, everyday, oppositional, critical, or political. The aim is to analyse the meaning and significance of ‘popular performance’ in contemporary cultures, examine the history, development and current status of ‘popular performance’, enabling you to understand the ways in which it can speak to, but also challenge, the meaning of the idea of ‘popular entertainment’ today.

PFA3108 Dancing Anarchy (20 credits)

Dancing Anarchy analyses non-mainstream dance practice and examines its relationship with established and traditional forms. The module questions how dance might be deployed in the service of specific political, social and cultural agendas. Using a wide range of non-mainstream performance practices, you will analyse and create hybrid forms of dance. You will also develop dance-performance vocabulary in terms of appreciating and producing dramatically visual choreography.

TEC3100 Advanced Technical Theatre Skills (20 credits)

Advanced Technical Theatre Skills equips you with the advanced skills, knowledge and understanding required to creatively exploit the theatrical possibilities of technical equipment in the areas of theatre lighting and sound. The module enables you to enhance your practical skills, working independently with equipment in a range of theatre production contexts. It also seeks to enhance your experience of the role of the theatre technician as a theatre artist realising performance creatively and equips you with an advanced understanding of safe working practices in the performing arts industry.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

128 UCAS Tariff points on the new UCAS Tariff, preferably to include Performing Arts, Drama, Dance or a related subject.

Relevant experience will be taken into account and all offers are made on the basis of an audition workshop.

Example Offers

Some typical examples of how you can achieve 128 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Levels – ABB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) – Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – successful completion of Diploma to include 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 credits must be graded Distinction and 15 credits graded Merit.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

International students should visit for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

Career paths could include performance artist, practitioner, researcher, performer, maker, dance and/or drama therapist, arts administration, media work, teaching (further training required), community or social work, the creative industries or further study and research.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Sandwich Year – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement as part of your programme (usually the third year of a four year degree) and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend an additional year (usually the third year of a four year degree) studying or working abroad;
  • Language Learning – you may be able to select language modules in French, Spanish or Mandarin, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as an integral part of your degree (for which you will gain academic credits). Alternatively, it may be possible to select the language modules as additional study.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or study abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.


Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a full-time basis in academic year 2017/18, we expect tuition fees to increase to £9,250 per annum but this is currently subject to Government approval. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2017/18 are £11,575 per annum.

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a part-time basis in academic year 2017/18, tuition fees are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. Full-time UK students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2017/18, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters guide for your intended mode of study.

Financial support information for international students can be found at


ScholarshipsEdge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible full-time UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit


How to Apply

If you wish to study full-time, apply online through UCAS at Visit to find out more about the application process.

If you wish to study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University at

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

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If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective undergraduate students, including monthly campus tours, at

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

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Course Changes

This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented since 1st September 2015.

No material changes have been made to the information for this course since 1st September 2015. Any future amends will be tracked here.