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BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance (with Foundation year)*

Course overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area

Music and Performance

Attendance

Full-time

Learning

On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

Of all the university courses that study the dramatic arts, none is as different, stimulating and engaging as ours. That’s because our Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance course is enriched by a unique interaction between our drama and theatre students and our vibrant local community.

The foundation year at UEL is the first year of a four year programme which provides an introduction to study at University and your chosen subject. The Level 3 Foundation year in Performing Arts is designed to equip students with a range of performance and academic skills.

‘Applied theatre’ asks if we can use drama and performance to think about the world in new ways. It devises theatre that communicates with its audience and opens up the arts to the entire community.

So, your studies will have a practical core as you develop your performance projects to make connections with a range of diverse groups within educational settings and the wider community.

One minute you could be involved in intensive studio-based work at our new, £33 million University Square Stratford building. The next, you could be working on projects beyond the University and in the community with our professional partners such as the Theatre Royal Stratford East and the Half Moon Theatre Company.

You’ll be developing your knowledge and understanding of different cultures through theatre, as well your ability to think critically, analyse arguments and write intelligently. And our study abroad option will give you the chance to develop your artistic skills and gain an international perspective on theatre at the same time.

UCAS points

64

Course options

Degree with Foundation Year

UCAS code

W445

Return to campus: dual delivery

In a Covid-secure environment, enjoy learning on our state-of-the-art campuses and flex between online delivery

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Specialist equipment

You’ll learn from professional actors, directors and writers at our Institute for Performing Arts Development (IPAD). It’s located in a fantastic, new building featuring dedicated teaching, rehearsal and performance spaces and £750,000 of specialist equipment.

Community links

You’ll be able to showcase your creativity through our unique artistic and cultural links with the community and our local and international partnerships, including the Hackney Empire and the London International Festival of Theatre.

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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Joey Lubelfeld

Drama, Applied Theatre & Performance, BA (Hons)

I personally appreciate having a theoretical understanding of what I am doing as it allows me to create stronger work that is imbued with intention.

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:

-          Parents' Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

-          All nursing and many allied health students on courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year from the government.

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance or contact Student Finance England.

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

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

 


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.

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.

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations.  Further information can be found at UKCISA.

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 be automatically cancelled.

Maintenance Loan

Part-time students can access maintenance loans from Student Finance England.

From academic year 2018/19, part-time students can access maintenance loans from Student Finance England.

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation.
Part-time students need to study their courses at a rate of at least 25% of an equivalent full-time course in each academic year.

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

Scholarships Schemes for which you can apply

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.

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
£2,310

Price per 30 credit module.

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations. Further information can be found at UKCISA.

 

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
£13,320

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations.  Further information can be found at UKCISA.

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.


Entry requirements

64

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)

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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

Practical performance lies at the heart of your studies. So in each of your three years, you’ll be involved in productions or performances.

In year one, you’ll develop your critical skills while studying theatre from around the world. You’ll also learn techniques of storytelling and monologue and be assessed in your performance.

During your second year, you’ll hone your skills in both devising theatre and acting. As a group, you’ll put together a performance piece. In the second term, you’ll be joined by exchange students from Columbia College, Chicago, bringing an international flavour to your collaborations.

In your third year, we’ll help you find and make the most of an extended placement with a theatre company or arts organisation.

You’ll also develop a final piece of theatre that you’ll perform in public and write a dissertation on the area of drama and theatre that most interests you.

About the Foundation Year
You will study acting, dance, physical theatre and community theatre through six distinctive modules. You will participate in a variety of dynamic projects and learn about current trends in the performing arts. The course content is specifically chosen to reflect the diverse nature of our students and this is evident through the themes, practitioners and subject matter covered. You will learn in a highly supportive environment where you can develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study.

Each module focuses on developing your understanding of the techniques intrinsic to the separate disciplines and will prepare you for a successful entry onto your chosen degree pathway listed below.

BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice
BA (Hons) Performing Arts
BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance

The foundation course is for students who:

  • do not yet have the entry requirements for study at level 4.
  • want to develop skills and confidence before embarking on study at Level 4.
  • are returning to study.
  • are changing careers and need to gain experience in the performing arts.

What you'll study and when

Drama Skills 1
Group Work 1
Public Outcome
Drama Skills 2
Group Work 2
Professional Life (Mental Wealth)

Applied Theatre Technique 1
Collaboration 1
Public Project 1
Applied Theatre Technique 2
Collaboration 2
Professional Life 1 (Mental Wealth)

Social Engaged Theatre 1
Multidisciplinary Collaboration 1
Public Project 2
Social Engaged Theatre 2
Multidisciplinary Collaboration 2
Professional Life 2 (Mental Wealth)

Professional Participatory Practice 1
Final Project: Research and Development
Public Project 3
Professional Participatory Practice 2
Final Project: Engagement and Impact
Professional Life 3 (Mental Wealth)

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’ll 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 Theatre Company, the Hackney Empire, Hoxton Hall, Stratford Circus and the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT).

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.

Those of you who most impress on the course have the best chance of earning an exciting international exchange option. You could spend a term studying for your degree in one of our partner universities in North America – Chicago’s Columbia College, Boulder’s University of Colorado and the University of the Fraser Valley in Canada.

You’ll be taught by outstanding theatre practitioners and theorists, headed by the author, Ananda Breed. She’s contributed to several important projects internationally, exploring how theatre can aid conflict prevention, most recently running workshops in Kyrgyzstan for UNICEF.

Her supportive team is based in the superbly equipped Institute for Performing Arts Development at our new University Square Stratford base, which boasts three performance studios with advanced lighting rigs. Our students tell us it feels like you’re training on a West End stage.

Your future career

Graduates who have studied drama and theatre at UEL have landed jobs in a wide variety of areas. We’ve produced actors, arts administrators, teachers, broadcast journalists, advertisers, designers and scriptwriters.
What many students here have discovered is that this is a course that gives you the ambition and confidence to succeed.

“I’ve discovered strength I never knew I had. I found my self-confidence to pursue my dreams,” explains student Leigh-Anne Rodriguez.


Abdul Shayek knows that feeling, too. He’s 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 in BA (Hons) Theatre Studies, 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.”

Our course throws you in the deep end straight away. So, for instance, actor Michael Amaning was only in his first year at the University of East London when he auditioned for a role in a Royal Shakespeare Company production and landed his first professional part.

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Our international team travel overseas regularly to meet prospective students and attend recruitment fairs. Our academics also give regular lectures overseas and are happy to speak to prospective students. In addition, we have a large worldwide network of advisors who can provide guidance and support with applying to study at the University of East London.

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