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BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre & Performance

Course overview

Start date

September 2019

Subject area

Music and Performance

Attendance

Full-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

Our BA (Hons.) Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance is an innovative degree programme that combines a commitment to socially-engaged performance practice with contemporary theatre as well as the processes of making performance for and with specific audiences. We offer exceptional opportunities for work-based learning through our network of leading industry partners. Our practice-based curriculum enables our students to thrive as creative performance-makers and applied theatre practitioners.

On our programme you will gain high level skills in facilitation, devising, performance and production enabling you to act across disciplinary fields of cultural work. You also develop strong academic foundations that equip you to question, analyse and understand the cultural and ethical contexts you work in. We are passionate about your creativity and imaginative potential of our students and their ability to transform the cultural landscape of the future.

‘Applied Theatre’ uses drama and performance to connect with communities that may have been marginalised. It devises theatre with, for and by its audience enabling participation and opening up the arts to the entire communities. Examples of practice include theatre in prisons, in schools, and in hospitals, as well as with specific groups such as the homeless, older people, or disabled people. Right from the outset of the degree you will be making performances and workshops in real social contexts touring your work to reach new audiences and build your facilitation skills.

Some of our industry partners include the Royal Court Theatre, Young Vic Theatre, Gideon Reeling, Creative Access, Kingsford Community School, School 21, Duckie, Access All Areas, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Stratford Circus, Clean Break, Brolly Prods, ZU UK, Half Moon Young People’s Theatre, Outside Edge Theatre, London Bubble, Unicorn Theatre, Hackney Pirates, M-SET and Magic Me.

We have a thriving Study Abroad programme whereby students apply to spend a term in their second year at Columbia College, Chicago. The University’s Going Global programme funds shorter trips abroad for students to take part in training, undertake research participate in workshops, or visit theatre projects world-wide.

UCAS points

112

Course options

Degree

UCAS code

W442

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email study@uel.ac.uk

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Specialist equipment

Our thriving performing arts department is based in our purpose-built £33 million University Square Stratford building, with classes taught in fully equipped performance spaces. You will be learning alongside students of Dance, Music and Performing Arts with opportunities for collaboration and cross-pollination of ideas. Our technical resources include lighting, sound and film equipment, mac studios, recording studios and rehearsal space as well as a full costume/wardrobe.

Community links

From the first year you will be working with and creating participatory performance projects with professional industry partners. You will be showcasing your creativity through our unique artistic and cultural links with the community including Royal Court Theatre, Young Vic Theatre, Gideon Reeling, Creative Access, Kingsford Community School, School 21, Duckie, Access All Areas, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Stratford Circus, Clean Break, Brolly Prods, ZU UK,

Half Moon Young People’s Theatre, Outside Edge Theatre, London Bubble, Unicorn Theatre, Hackney Pirates, M-SET and Magic Me.

While you may work locally, there’s also a celebratory international feel to our course with guest lectures and workshops from well-known actors, directors and writers

 

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Muhammed

(Second Year Student on the Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance Degree)

The dynamic course consists of Applied Theatre and Drama which appeals to something deep inside all of us, a collective empathy in which we can connect with and allow ourselves to nurture and develop an open mind in a vast and constantly changing world.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £12,729.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

 Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Care Leaver and Foyer Bursary - up to £1,500

Progression Bursary - up to £2,000

Engagement Bursary - up to £2,000

Hardship Bursary - up to £2,000

Helena Kennedy Foundation - £1,500

Going Global – awards range from £300 - £700

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

Vice Chancellor Scholarship - up to £27,750 over three years

Dean Scholarship - up to £13,500 over three years

Civic Engagement Scholarship - £1,000

EU Scholarship (EU Only) - £1,000

ELSEF Scholarship - £1,000

UTC Scholarship - £1,500

Sports Scholarships - up to £6,000

Team UEL Scholarship - £1,000


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£9,250
You don't need to pay this up front
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £25,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you are applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We have invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2019. If you are awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

 Ebooks

Bursaries Schemes for which you can apply

Care Leaver and Foyer Bursary - up to £1,500

Progression Bursary - up to £2,000

Engagement Bursary - up to £2,000

Hardship Bursary - up to £2,000

Helena Kennedy Foundation - £1,500

Going Global – awards range from £300 - £700

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

Vice Chancellor Scholarship - up to £27,750 over three years

Dean Scholarship - up to £13,500 over three years

Civic Engagement Scholarship - £1,000

EU Scholarship (EU Only) - £1,000

ELSEF Scholarship - £1,000

UTC Scholarship - £1,500

Sports Scholarships - up to £6,000

Team UEL Scholarship - £1,000


There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the list below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you are a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£9,250
You don't need to pay this upfront
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £3,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082233333 or study@uel.ac.uk

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money. Please make sure you also factor in the fees for the visa application and immigration health surcharge when budgeting.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£12,100
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

112

New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
From
Btec
Extended Diploma or Diploma
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. Applicants will be expected to attend an audition and an interview.

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

If you don’t quite meet the academic requirements for this course, you can apply with an additional foundation year. Read more about the International Foundation Programme.

SEE YOUR COUNTRY

Applicants need to come prepared to move in comfortable clothing and to participate in a practical workshop session. Please also read the set reading in advance of the audition day. You may wish to bring notes with you of any points that you find particularly interesting, or would like to ask questions about. Following the workshops, each student will have a short individual interview.

Our auditions are conducted through a relaxed and playful approach with the goal of both parties getting to know each other. We are looking for students who are able to engage with others in an experimental and creative environment, and who have the foundational skills needed to thrive in a higher education setting. You do not need to prepare a monologue. 

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll learn

At Level 4 your modules will focus on skills in performance making (devising, physical performance, facilitation, and the generation of ideas and creative responses); academic skills (reading, writing, performance analysis, critical thinking); socially engaged performance practice (working with communities, the urban environment, applied theatre methods and approaches). You will also engage in several productions and workshop programmes that will also tour schools in the first year. You will be working with professionals and academics in the field throughout your first year.

At Level 5 your skills are extended and further embedded through exploration and practice of Applied Theatre methods (including participatory performance, theatre in education, forum theatre); Creative techniques, and practices for performance making (devising, directing, script writing, performance art approaches, autobiographical performance) and Creative Entrepreneurship (developing, planning, pitching and delivering events). Exchange students from Columbia College, Chicago, also join the programme in level 5. You will also perform and produce our annual performing arts festival, Emergence as part of fUEL, a music, dance and theatre festival.

At Level 6 you will define your specific areas of interest through a Final Practical Performance Project module and perform as part of our Emergence and fUEL festivals, embark upon a research project (dissertation) where you will have the opportunity to engage in an investigation about a topic and theme of your interest and an extended internship or work placement with one or more of our brilliant industry partners, as listed above including Creative Access, Unicorn Theatre for Children, Outside Edge Theatre, Clean Break, Soho Theatre, Access All Areas . You will extend your exploration of connections between performance making, cultural theories and the potential of performance to have impact in the world.

What you'll study and when

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

World Performance (core)
Reading & Writing Performance (core)
Participatory Performance Practices (core)
Performing the City (core)
Politics of Performance & Memory (core)
Cultural Entrepreneurship: Staging Events (core)
Urban Interventions (core)
Applied Performance (core)
Staging Philosophies (core)
Research Project: dissertation (core)
Professional Practice: placement (core)
Final Practical Project (core)

How you'll be assessed

We assess approximately 50 per cent of the course through practical rehearsals, presentations and performances. We assess the remainder through essays and workbooks/study journals, reflecting on a critical understanding of drama and theatre and its application to performance. Second and third-year module grades contribute towards your final degree award classification.

The final year of the course contains a compulsory written dissertation and a placement in a theatre or arts institution. Project work forms an important part of the course. Many of the modules are practical in nature and the teaching takes the form of lecture, seminar and practical, studio-based workshops. You’re also expected to engage in a wide range of research-based personal assignments.

Course specification

How you'll learn

Connecting with the local community is at the heart of our course. Enriched by our position in the cultural hub of East London, you’ll have opportunities to be involved in a range of work-related projects.

You will take up a work placement in a community, arts or educational setting and benefit from our links with professional partners such as the Half Moon Young People’s Theatre, Creative Access, Stratford Circus, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Clean Break, Unicorn Theatre for Children.

While you may work locally, there’s also an integral international aspect to our course with guest lectures and workshops from well-known performance makers, Applied Theatre Practitioners directors and writers. Our international opportunities, Study Abroad and Going Global, enable you to take this further through a term spent in the USA or a shorter student-led international project via Going Global.

You’ll be taught by outstanding theatre practitioners and theorists, all of whom are professionals in their fields. Our expertise includes Theatre-Making, Applied Theatre, Live Art, Cultural Entrepreneurship, Physical Theatre, Storytelling, and Art-as-Activism.

Your future career

Graduates who have studied on our BA (hons.) Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance here at UEL have gained jobs in a wide variety of areas as teachers, actors and performance artists, arts administrators, theatre practitioners and facilitators, directors and also those students who use their performing arts skills in applied settings, such as hospitals and prisons. We also have a number of students each year who go onto postgraduate studies. We always keep in touch with our graduates and support them as they develop their next step and careers. Many students here have discovered that this is a course that gives you the ambition and confidence to successfully manage your career. Some examples of our graduate’s careers reflect the breadth and depth of the degree: Produced Playwrights, Artistic Director of Jigsaw Performing Arts, Drama Facilitator for London Bubble and LIFT, Associate of Playback Theatre Company, Drama and Special Educational Needs Teachers, Creative Workers at a Children’s Hospice, Director of No Colour Films, Stand-Up Comedienne, Artistic Director of YOCA Theatre Company, Director of Off The Page Creative Practice.

Abdul Shayek is one of the great success stories of our department, having become a leading arts administrator and director. He went to work as an assistant director for National Theatre of Wales and now runs his own theatre company, YOCA.

Reflecting on his dramatic progress since graduating, Abdul says: “I feel that without the degree, that may have been difficult to achieve as I was constantly lacking the confidence and correct theatrical language and context to engage in in-depth conversations and discussions.”

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