BA (Hons) Drama and Film Studies

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Overview

UCAS Code:2D14
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2017, September 2018
Department:Department of Performing Arts
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Media at Edge Hill University ranked in the top two in the North West for personal development in the National Student Survey 2015;
  • Learn to create, collaborate and reflect critically on historical and contemporary theatre practices;
  • Explore the glamorous, seductive and global appeal of film and cinema.

Presenting representations of fictional and nonfictional worlds, revealing gripping stories of right and wrong, and asking questions about what society expects of men and women could describe storytelling through acting, directing, writing and applied drama, or observing the spectacular illusions, extravagant lies and glimpses of shadowy truths that have emerged from the world of film and cinema. Studying both drama and film studies on this degree will enhance your artistic technique and vision in our professional theatre spaces and immerse you in the culture, history and development of one of the most powerfully influential media forms to emerge in the twentieth century. You will gain a broad-based education in drama and theatre, balancing practical creativity and theoretical study, while also enhancing your understanding of film from basic approaches to highly sophisticated interpretative and analytical strategies.

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Course in Depth

What will I study?

In Year 1 you will acquire a foundation knowledge of the art of the actor and of staging play texts and you will develop the practical techniques and skills expected of a reflective drama and theatre practitioner. You will also begin to develop the skills and language required to examine, interpret and analyse films, as well as investigating the history of cinema, focusing on either European or world films.

Year 2 enhances your knowledge and understanding of key practitioners and movements in drama in the modern era, engaging you with important ideas about the history, politics and culture of modern drama, while continuing to enhance your practical performance skills and theatrical awareness through production work. There is also a focus on developing and broadening your understanding of film by examining the nature of film genres. You will have the opportunity to engage in a detailed case study, in addition to exploring the thorny issues surrounding screen censorship.

In Year 3 you will advance your knowledge and understanding of contemporary dramatic and theatrical practice. You will explore contemporary theatre ensembles, create your own theatre manifesto, and engage in the making of a drama dissertation project. An in-depth analysis of film adaptations will enable you to explore how a range of texts are translated into film, while optional modules immerse you in either contemporary European cinema or American independent cinema.

How will I study?

Performing Arts modules are delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical workshop classes, production projects, independent ensemble work and personal research. This will equip you with critical and creative skills which will be of use in a wide range of future careers. Alongside your study programme, you will engage in careers sessions, prepare practice CVs for employment, and be supported by dedicated sessions in personal development planning.

Tutorials and workshops provide an opportunity to study a wide range of plays and to interrogate ideas in the history, theory and practice of drama and theatre. Full-scale production courses provide the opportunity to develop your practical skills and test your knowledge and understanding of live theatre in front of audiences in fully-equipped professional theatre spaces.

For Film Studies modules, a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations and group work are supplemented by a dynamic programme of screenings, and annual trips to film festivals. As well as multiple film screenings that form part of your studies, you also have access to the Short Cuts Cinema at our Studio Theatre, which screens seasons of great films on a big screen.

How will I be assessed?

Performing Arts modules are assessed through a mixture of practical and written work including essays, portfolios, seminar presentations, workshop performances, full-scale productions and vivas. You will be required to reflect on your learning in each assessment and summarise your development regularly.

Assessment for Film Studies modules ranges from traditional essays to critical reviews, practical readings of film extracts under exam conditions, and oral presentations.

Who will be teaching me?

The programme is staffed by dedicated and enthusiastic lecturers and tutors, who are active in research and work closely together in an acknowledgement of the collaborative nature of performance. The team of academics, professional practitioners and technical staff are complemented by a range of part-time industry professionals and academic specialists, ensuring you will have access to a wide range of learning experiences.

A Great Study Environment

BA (Hons) Drama and Film StudiesPerforming 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.

Film Studies modules are devised and taught by the Department of Media which is based in Creative Edge, a state-of-the-art £17m building offering highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for creative media students.

Key features include TV studios with broadcast capacity and full production capabilities, recording studios, sound-editing suites, animation studios, photographic studio, radio studio and multimedia laboratory. Our innovative resources are designed to ensure you gain practical experience to a professional standard. Dedicated support in the use of all creative media facilities is available through our Media Development Team.

Modules

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Year 1

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.

FLM1011 How to Read a Film: Sound and Image (20 credits)

How to Read a Film: Sound and Image gives you the language and skills needed to examine, interpret and write about films, examining a different film in depth each week. It is full of truly valuable activities, advice and guidance in becoming an efficient reader of film.

FLM1014 How to Read a Film: Approaches (20 credits)

How to Read a Film: Approaches takes you a step further into critical, analytical and theoretical spheres, examining films in close detail and discovering some of the many significant academic and critical approaches to the cinema. You will be introduced to several important critical concepts such as structuralism, post-structuralism, Marxism, feminism and postmodernism.

You will select one of the following modules:

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.

DRA1106 Drama Technique Workshops 1: Basic Practical Skills Development (20 credits)

Drama Technique Workshops 1: Basic Practical Skills Development enhances your skills as a reflective practitioner in practical workshop environments. The module will focus on the foundation development of your acting technique and theatrical awareness. Integrating practice and theory, the module combines practical exercises with discussion, debate and research based tasks.

You will select one of the following modules:

FLM1013 World Cinemas: Europe (20 credits)

World Cinemas: Europe enables you to recognise the impact of a range of significant national cinemas and directors from across the history of cinema within their particular, unique contexts. This module will concentrate on Europe.

FLM1016 World Cinemas: Beyond Europe (20 credits)

World Cinemas: Beyond Europe concentrates on cinema outside Europe. Not only will your knowledge of international cinemas be dramatically broadened, but you will also discover the incredible breadth of styles, narratives and motivations in the making of world film.

Language modules, 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 one of the optional Drama or Film Studies modules above.

Year 2

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.

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.

FLM2030 Film Genre (20 credits)

Film Genre critically examines the functions and forms of film genres in their socio-historical contexts. The module also introduces you to genre theory and additional approaches relevant to genre analysis.

FLM2033 Film Genre Case Study (20 credits)

Film Genre Case Study enables you to critically engage in a detailed and specifically theorised study of a key American film genre. It is likely that you will be offered one Hollywood genre from a range of possibilities including, perhaps, the musical, the horror film, or science fiction cinema. Although the precise case study for the module may change with staffing and with staff interests, the objectives will remain consistent.

FLM2035 Censorship and the Cinema (20 credits)

Censorship and the Cinema enables you to learn about and debate the power relationships between industry, audience and censor during such happenings as the imposition of the Production Code in Hollywood during the 1930s and the Video Nasty scare in Britain in the 1980s.

You will select one of the following modules:

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.

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.

DRA2106 Drama Technique Workshops 2: Advanced Practical Skills Development (20 credits)

Drama Technique Workshops 2: Advanced Practical Skills Development enables you to enhance your skills as a reflective practitioner in a performance laboratory learning environment. You will focus on the advanced development of your acting technique and theatrical awareness in the context of the drama of the modern period. Integrating practice and theory, the module combines practical exercises with discussion, debate and research based tasks.

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.

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 either FLM2035 Censorship and the Cinema or one of the optional Drama modules above.

Year 3

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.

FLM3021 Text to Screen 1 (20 credits)

Text to Screen 1 reflects on how a large proportion of films are the results of adaptations of a novel, a short story, a graphic novel, and so forth. The module examines a range of examples, looking at the influences, restrictions and motivations in the adaptation of stories to the screen.

FLM3025 Text to Screen 2 (20 credits)

Text to Screen 2 introduces you to the phenomenon of film adaptation and to the critical discourses necessary for understanding that phenomenon. The module familiarises you with a variety of narrative forms (including the novel, the short story, sequential art and the interactive text) and how these are adapted for the cinema. You will also consider external factors that may influence the adaptation process, including the presence of auteur directors, the franchise and genre considerations.

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 select one of the following modules:

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.

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.

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.

You will select one of the following modules:

MED3234 American Independent Cinema (20 credits)

American Independent Cinema focuses on the industrial and economic dimensions of independent film production, distribution and exhibition. The module covers the development and changes in the American independent film sector from the late 1970s, looking at the growth of indie cinema and later Indiewood. In looking at the various dimensions of independent finance, production, distribution and exhibition, the module critically explores the very definitions of independence and the ways in which it has been conceptualised in relation to film.

MED3235 Contemporary European Cinema (20 credits)

Contemporary European Cinema explores the landscape of 21st century cinema in Europe by examining the films produced across the continent. Initially, the module will pose the question of what European cinema might be. You will then explore the national cinema paradigm in Europe, authorship in Europe, and major pan-European themes and aesthetics. By means of close textual analysis, the module will explore the similarities and contrasts that emerge between the nations and across the continent as a whole, and conclude with consideration of whether we can say with any certainty that a ‘European’ cinema exists.

If you studied Language modules in Years 1 and 2, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 3. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional Drama or Film Studies modules above.

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.

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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

120 UCAS Tariff points, preferably to include Performing Arts, Drama, Theatre Studies 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 120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Levels – BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) – Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – 45 credits at Level 3, for example 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

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 Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), 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 www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international 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?

Typical careers for Drama graduates include working in the theatre/performance industry, working with professional companies, teaching (further training required), media, community or social work, theatre administration, community arts, and business. Alternatively, you may wish to progress to further study or research in Drama.

Typical careers for Film Studies graduates include teaching (further training required), media industries, film and television industry, IT, journalism, project management, specialised film schools, advertising and marketing. Alternatively, you may wish to progress to further study or research in Film Studies.

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, 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 participate in Language Steps classes 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.

Finance

Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2017/18, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2017/18 are £11,575 per annum.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

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. 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 2017/18 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2017.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Scholarships

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 UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Apply

How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

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 www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

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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 www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

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International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

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Course Changes

Expand All 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.

10th April 2017 - Change of Modules

DRA2107 The Art and Craft of the Playwright (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 2.

DRA3104 Theatre, Gender and Sexual Politics (20 credits) and DRA3105 Theatre of War (20 credits) added as optional modules in Year 3. PAR3106 Arts and Enterprise (20 credits) removed as an optional module in Year 3.

10th June 2016 - Change of Modules

DRA1101 Drama, Theatre and the Idea of the Play: Concepts, Cultures, Contexts (20 credits) changed from compulsory to optional in Year 1. DRA1103 Introducing the Art of the Actor: Text, Voice, Chorus (20 credits) and DRA1104 Staging the Play: Text into Action (20 credits) changed from optional to compulsory in Year 1.

DRA2101 The Modern Age of Drama: Forms, Movements, Modernity (20 credits) changed from compulsory to optional in Year 2. DRA2102 Modern Theatre Practitioners: Principles, Practices, Purposes (20 credits) and DRA2104 The Making of Modern Theatre: Staging Classic Modern Plays (20 credits) changed from optional to compulsory in Year 2. DRA2103 Modern Rehearsal Strategies: Process Research (20 credits), DRA2107 The Art and Craft of the Playwright (20 credits), DRA2108 The Art of the Actor and Rise of the Director (20 credits), DRA2109 English Renaissance Tragedy: The Theatre of Sweet Violence and Wild Justice (20 credits) and DRA2110 The Dramatic Art of Comedy: Making Purposeful Laughter in the Theatre (20 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 2.

DRA3101 Researching Contemporary Drama: Theatre and Postmodernity (20 credits) changed from compulsory to optional in Year 3. DRA3102 The Contemporary Ensemble: Theatre Manifestos (20 credits) and PAR3104 Dissertation (20 credits) changed from optional to compulsory in Year 3. DRA3103 Acting and Directing Reconsidered (20 credits), DRA3104 Theatre, Gender and Sexual Politics (20 credits), DRA3105 Theatre of War: Ideological Conflict and Political Commitment in Drama (20 credits), DRA3106 Postcolonial Theatres (20 credits) and PAR3103 Ensemble Production Project (20 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 3.

10th June 2016 - New Module Added

A Language module is now available as a Year 3 option, providing Language modules were studied in Years 1 and 2.

20th April 2016 - Change of Modules

FLM1012 Cinema in Context: 1895-1945 (20 credits) and FLM1015 Cinema in Context: 1945-Present (20 credits) removed as optional Year 1 modules.

FLM2031 Realism and the Cinema (20 credits) and FLM2034 Identity and Representation (20 credits) removed as optional Year 2 modules. FLM2035 Censorship and the Cinema (20 credits) added as a Year 2 module which is compulsory unless an optional Language module is selected in its place.

FLM3022 Cinema and National Identity (20 credits), FLM3023 Cult Cinema (20 credits), FLM3026 Non-Western Cinema Case Study (20 credits), FLM3027 Animation and the Cinema (20 credits) and FLM3028 Contemporary Film Culture and Future Cinemas (20 credits) removed as optional Year 3 modules. MED3234 American Independent Cinema (20 credits) and MED3235 Contemporary European Cinema (20 credits) added as optional Year 3 modules.