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Overview

In 2019, our course achieved an amazing 100% Student Satisfaction (NSS)!

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 worldwide.

If you don't meet the entry requirements for a BA, you can study this course as an 'extended', four-year programme . You'll begin by taking a foundation year which prepares you for a successful transition to the BA degree. This means it will take you four years to complete the course full-time, and eight years to complete the course part-time.

What makes this course different

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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.

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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.

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World renowned artists

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.

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.

MODULES

  • Core Modules
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    Drama Skills 1

    In this module you will establish and develop and evaluate specialised disciplinary skills associated with your particular disciplinary pathway:

     

    • BA Dance: Urban Practice

    • BA Performing Arts

    • BA Drama and Applied Theatre in Performance

     

    Each pathway will develop core skills separately, with opportunities to apply these in collaborative projects, working together with students from other pathways. Projects will provide a context for collaboration and result in the performance and production of work to internal audiences, with opportunities for pubic presentation towards the end of the year.

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    Group Work 1

    In this module you will collaborate with students from other disciplines in creative projects that model professional practice.

    You will apply disciplinary skills associated with your particular programme pathway, through creative collaboration. You will also develop understanding of the context of your work. You will carry out roles within your collaboration that reflect professional practice.

    Collaboration activities assessed in this module will develop a final creative output, which might include a public performance, production, composition or installation for example, presented and assessed within the overall project.

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    Drama Skills 2

    In this module you will extend, develop and evaluate specialised disciplinary skills associated with your particular disciplinary pathway:

     

    • BA Dance: Urban Practice
    • BA Performing Arts
    • BA Drama and Applied Theatre in Performance

     

    Each pathway will continue to develop and extend core skills separately, with opportunities to apply these in collaborative projects, working together with students from other pathways. Projects will provide a context for collaboration and result in the performance and production of work to internal audiences, with opportunities for pubic presentation towards the end of the year.

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    Group Work 2

    In this module you will collaborate with students from other disciplines in creative projects that model professional practice.

    You will develop and apply specialised disciplinary skills associated with your particular programme pathway, and further develop skills in creative collaboration with other disciplines, project management and production. You will also develop understanding and insight into the context of your work. You will carry out and evaluate roles within your collaboration that reflect professional practice.

    Collaboration activities assessed in this module will develop a final creative output, which might include a public performance, production, composition or installation for example, presented and assessed within the overall project.

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    Mental Wealth: Professional Life

    Developing the key psychological and physical determinants of human performance are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to identify the skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to, and in, a range of potential future career areas.

    Students will begin to recognise the areas for their own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.

    Central to the developmental process is for each student to cultivate the reflective skills, openness and self-awareness to enable themselves to assess what they are doing, identify areas for improvement, and confidently receive and give constructive feedback. Students will additionally develop knowledge of strategies to advance their own physical intelligence through ‘life style’ and ‘self-care’ approaches to inform their health and wellbeing.

    Having developed skills in the key developmental areas of competency, students will participate in FUEL, a performance and production events microbusiness for the performing and creative arts, as defined by project briefs.

    Students will be mentored and supervised by students from higher years. In this position they will learn and begin to apply the cognitive, cultural and social intelligences developed elsewhere in their studies (and from external activities) as required in the workplace, namely cognitive flexibility, emotional resilience, motivation, ethical decision-making, managing your audience, coordinating with others, negotiation, creativity, active listening, attention, problem solving, research, synthesis and analysis.

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    Applied Theatre Technique 1

    This module introduces students to key methods, techniques and skills for Applied Theatre and Socially-Engaged Performance practice and projects. This will include foundational creative skills in devising and improvisation, ensemble and physical approaches to composition for creating participative Socially-Engaged Performance Practice with, for or by communities. Students will begin to consider historical, contemporary, local and international contexts of participatory practice including the ethical, cultural, political and social considerations, through active critical reflection that will support the development of practice.

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    Collaboration 1

    Research and Development

    In this module you will research and develop understanding about the nature of collaboration within the performing and creative arts. You will critically evaluate the social, cultural, and technological context of your collaborative practice, and evaluate the nature of both disciplinary practice and multidisciplinary practice.

    In disciplinary practice disciplinary skills are developed and applied within defined areas of practice through collaboration with others.

    Collaborative practice involves independent disciplines collaborating on their own terms and within their specialised areas of practice, establishing effective working partnerships between disciplines, with limited integration.

    You will develop and apply specialised disciplinary skills associated with your particular programme pathway, and develop skills in creative collaboration, project management and production, and research. You will evaluate roles within your collaboration that reflect professional practice.

    This module integrates theory and practice and develops skills in reflection, analysis and evaluation. You will research practice-based theories while developing creative project-work in collaboration with students from other disciplines for internal performance and presentation.

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    Public Project 1

    In this module you will apply skills in professional creative activities developed in Skills and Collaboration modules, to a final creative project outcome. This may take the form of a public presentation, performance, installation, creative production, staged or site-specific performance, or event, for example. This will be defined within the overall project brief, which will also identify how learning outcomes in this module will be evidenced.

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    Applied Theatre Technique 2

    This module develops and extends skills in Applied Theatre, Socially Engaged Practice, participatory performance, devising skills and facilitation with, for and by communities. Students will create a participatory performance project as well as devising a touring production for a specific cultural, political and social context working with a Director. Histories of practice will be introduced and used as a basis for the study of a range of methods in socially-engaged performance practice. Students will be introduced to the ethical considerations of applied theatre practices in relation to their own work and the work of others. Skills in ensemble performance will be further developed and students will produce original performance material, addressing a variety of compositional concerns such as conceptual development and coherence, choice of form, collaborative skills, development of content, response to stimuli and use of space.

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    Collaboration 2

    Implementation and Impact

    In this module you will collaborate with students from other disciplines in creative projects that model professional practice. Collaborative Practice involves independent disciplines collaborating on their own terms and within their specialised areas of practice, establishing effective working partnerships between disciplines, with limited integration.

    You will further develop and apply specialised disciplinary skills associated with your particular programme pathway, and further develop skills in creative collaboration, project management and production, and research, developing understanding and insight into the context and impact of your work through practice and research. You will carry out and evaluate roles within your collaboration that reflect professional practice.

    You may collaborate in projects with disciplines within the cluster (Music, Dance, Drama, Performing Arts, Creative and Professional Writing), or externally (e.g. Media, Art and Design, Games).

    Collaboration activities assessed in this module will develop a final creative output, which might include a public performance, production, composition or installation for example, presented and assessed within the overall project.

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    Mental Wealth: Professional Life: Enterprise and Engagement 1

    Developing the key psychological and physical determinants of human performance are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to identify the skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to, and in, a range of potential future career areas.

    Students will begin to recognise the areas for their own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.

    Central to the developmental process is for each student to cultivate the reflective skills, openness and self-awareness to enable themselves to assess what they are doing, identify areas for improvement, and confidently receive and give constructive feedback. Students will additionally develop knowledge of strategies to advance their own physical intelligence through 'life style' and 'self-care' approaches to inform their health and wellbeing.

    Having developed skills and understanding of the key developmental areas of competency, students will participate in FUEL, a performance and production events microbusiness for the performing and creative arts, as defined by project briefs.

    Students will be mentored and supervised by students from higher years. In this position they will learn and begin to apply the cognitive, cultural and social intelligences developed elsewhere in their studies (and from external activities) as required in the workplace, namely cognitive flexibility, emotional resilience, motivation, ethical decision-making, managing your audience, coordinating with others, negotiation, creativity, active listening, attention, problem solving, research, synthesis and analysis.

    In this module students will apply skills in professional creative activities developed in Skills and Collaboration modules, to a final creative project outcome. This may take the form of a public presentation, performance, installation, creative production, staged or site-specific performance, or event, for example. This will be defined within the overall project brief, which will also identify how learning outcomes in this module will be evidenced.

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    Socially Engaged Theatre 1

    This module furthers students’ work on key methods, techniques and skills for Applied Theatre and Socially-Engaged Performance practice. This will involve critical engagement with a range of methodologies and case studies of applied theatre practice in the areas of (for example) intergenerational theatre, theatre for young audiences, theatre and health and well-being, community theatre/performance, theatre in education, disability theatre, forum theatre, theatre in conflict settings, theatre for development, and theatre in criminal justice settings. Students will apply theatre-making skills – working to develop coherent socially engaged compositions through devising, improvising, rehearsing, directing and refining performances with, for or by specific community groups. Case studies of a variety of applied performance practices drawn from local and international contexts will support students’ development and ability to identify the context(s) of their developing practice.

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    Multidisciplinary Collaboration 1

    Research and Development

    In this module you will research and develop understanding about the nature of interdisciplinary collaboration within the performing and creative arts, making reference to key models of practice and practitioners. You will critically evaluate the social, cultural, technological, economic and environmental context of your collaborative practice, and evaluate the nature of both disciplinary practice and multidisciplinary practice.

    You will develop and apply specialised disciplinary skills associated with your particular programme pathway, as well as develop and integrate skills in creative collaboration, project management and production, and research. You will carry out and evaluate roles within your collaboration that reflect models of professional practice.

    This module integrates theory and practice and develops skills in reflection, analysis and evaluation. You will research practice-based theories while developing creative project-work in collaboration with students from other disciplines for internal performance and presentation.

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    Social Engaged Theatre 2

    In this module students will consolidate work on key methods, techniques and skills for Applied Theatre and Socially-Engaged Performance practice. They will deliver live applied projects in collaboration with professional partners to extend their applied performance and facilitation skills related to the areas of practice introduced in term one (intergenerational theatre, theatre for young audiences, theatre and health and well-being, community theatre/performance, theatre in education, forum theatre, disability theatre, theatre in conflict settings, theatre for development, and theatre in criminal justice settings). Applied Performance skills for socially-engaged practice will be extended with a focus on new writing (e.g. spoken word), semiotics of visual theatre, and site-specific practice. Students will work with a professional Director / Applied Theatre Practitioner / Writer who will guide / collaborate / direct / devise and work in partnership with the students The module will further students’ conceptual framing with rigorous ongoing critical reflection to understand community performance practice in a range of local and international contexts.

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    Multidisciplinary Collaboration 2

    Implementation and Impact

    In this module you will collaborate with students from other disciplines in creative interdisciplinary projects that model professional practice, and which result in a public engagement, performance or presentation of creative or participatory work.

    You will further develop and apply specialised disciplinary skills associated with your particular programme pathway, and further develop skills in creative collaboration and facilitation, project management and production, and research. You will demonstrate understanding and insight into the context and impact of your work through practice and research. You will carry out and evaluate roles within your collaboration that reflect professional practice in contemporary multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary work.

    You may collaborate in projects with disciplines within the cluster (Music, Dance, Drama, Performing Arts, Creative and Professional Writing), or externally (e.g. Media, Art and Design, Games).

    Collaboration activities assessed in this module will develop a final creative output, which might include a public performance, production, composition or installation for example, presented and assessed within the overall project.

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    Mental Wealth: Professional Life Enterprise and Engagement 2

    Developing the key psychological and physical determinants of human performance are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to apply several of the skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to, and in, a range of potential future career areas.

    Students will advance the areas identified at level 4 for their own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.

    Students will reflect on the success of the strategies that they employed to further develop their reflective skills, self-awareness, 'life style' and 'self-care' approaches and where necessary improve their approaches.

    Having developed skills and understanding in the key developmental areas of competency, students will facilitate and produce projects and events for FUEL, a performance and production events microbusiness for the performing and creative arts, as defined by project briefs.

    Students will have opportunity to select an in-house microbusiness project to join in the role of 'Producer'. In this position they will take on a specific production role, working collaboratively with peers and academic staff on a live project. In doing so they will apply the cognitive, cultural and social intelligences learnt elsewhere in their studies (and external development) required in the workplace. In addition to the intelligences developed in the level 4 Mental Wealth Module, students will also focus on service-orientation, self-discipline & management, reaction & response time, cognitive & muscle memory, managing stress, critical thinking, Complex problem-solving, research, synthesis & analysis.

    In this module you will apply skills in professional creative activities developed in Skills and Collaboration modules, to a final creative project outcome. This may take the form of a public presentation, performance, installation, creative production, staged or site-specific performance, or event, for example. This will be defined within the overall project brief, which will also identify how learning outcomes in this module will be evidenced.

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    Professional Participatory Practice 1

    This module will introduce Practice-as-Research (PaR) as a structure for investigating, critically documenting and making socially-engaged theatre, & participatory performance projects with, for and by community groups. Students will consolidate and enhance their applied theatre-making skills to direct, devise, write and perform relevant socially engaged work. PaR will embed relevant cultural theory into the applied performance practice and integral issues of aesthetics, creativity the cultural worker, and the cultural context. In addition, the audience, the community becomes the heart of the practice, as well as skills for funding and sustainability of collaborative and enquiry-based projects. Students will engage with key socially engaged practitioners, makers of applied theatre projects as guest lecturers, as well as outlining research questions, identifying a stimulus and considering a community that they will work with in Term 2. Students will form small companies and creatively present their applied performance projects in simulated industry scenarios.

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    Final Project: Research and Development

    Research and Development

    In this module you will establish a design portfolio of research and development materials in collaboration with others culminating in a proposal for an interdisciplinary practice-based project, which you will design and lead, and a related written research topic.

    You will establish relevant collaborations with others appropriate to your proposed project (e.g. creative collaborations across disciplines, creative and technical collaboration, production support, marketing strategy and implementation, project management). These relationships will model professional practice and may internal and / external to the University environment.

    Key features

    • Research and propose a substantial creative and collaborative interdisciplinary project
    • Conduct research into a chosen topic related to creative practice
    • Produce a review of literature and other relevant research sources
    • Present research and development materials reflecting academic and professional industry stands
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    Public Project 3

    In this module you will apply skills in professional creative activities developed in Skills and Collaboration modules, to a final creative project outcome. This may take the form of a public presentation, performance, installation, creative production, staged or site-specific performance, or event, for example. This will be defined within the overall project brief, which will also identify how learning outcomes in this module will be evidenced.

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    Professional Participatory Practice 2

    In this module students will continue to develop socially-engaged and contemporary collaborative theatre within Practice-as-Research (PaR). This includes embedding relevant cultural theory to frame and inform performance practice. Students will build upon the work initiated in the previous module to realise work for presentation at the annual EMERGENCE Festival, that stages and celebrates Socially-Engaged Performance Projects with and to an external audience. Students will consolidate and enhance their applied theatre-making skills to devise, write, direct and create performances that might include post dramatic performance, site-specific work, performance art, new writing, a series of workshops or performances with, for or by a community group, or an ensemble collaborative performance. As part of EMERGENCE FESTIVAL, students will also consider Mental Wealth: Professional Life beyond graduating, whereby they will explore how to take their Applied Performance Projects out into the industry.

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    Final Project: Implementation and Impact

    Implementation and Impact

    In this module you will implement and deliver an interdisciplinary practice-based collaborative project, which you will design and lead, accompanied by a written research report on your chosen research topic.

    Having established working relationships with others in the design, research and development of your project, you will continue to collaborate in the implementation phase, innovating and leveraging ways of working across and within disciplines towards transdisciplinary practice and presentation in the public and professional domain.

    You will deliver your project within the parameters defined in your proposal and through leadership and management of the project's implementation, making appropriate adjustments and modifications to facilitate the its progress. You will present the project outcomes and measure its impact following models of professional and academic practice evaluated in your research proposal.

     

    Key Features

    • Design, produce and lead a substantial creative interdisciplinary project
    • Conduct research into a chosen topic related to creative practice and produce a report
    • Present creative interdisciplinary projects innovatively in the digital domain
    • Present research outcomes reflecting academic and professional industry stands
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    Mental Wealth: Professional Life : Enterprise and Engagement 3

    Developing the key psychological and physical determinants of human performance are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to apply the full range of skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to, and in, a range of potential future career areas.

    Students will advance the areas identified at level 5 for their own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.

    Students will reflect on the success of the strategies that they employed to further develop their reflective skills, self-awareness, 'life style' and 'self-care' approaches and where necessary improve their approaches.

    Having developed skills and understanding in the key developmental areas of competency, students will manage and lead projects and events for FUEL, a performance and production events microbusiness for the performing and creative arts, as defined by project briefs.

    Students will have opportunity to select an in-house microbusiness project to join in the role of 'Manager'. In this position they will oversee the successful operation of the enterprise, coach and mentor students new to the programme and lead those working in 'producer' roles. Working collaboratively with peers and academic staff, they will ensure the effective delivery of a live project by managing people and physical resources. In doing so they will apply the cognitive, cultural and social intelligences learnt elsewhere in their studies (and from external activities) required in the workplace.

    In this module you will apply skills in professional creative activities developed in Skills and Collaboration modules, to a final creative project outcome. This may take the form of a public presentation, performance, installation, creative production, staged or site-specific performance, or event, for example. This will be defined within the overall project brief, which will also identify how learning outcomes in this module will be evidenced.

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.

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.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

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WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

What we're researching

At the University of East London we are working on the some of the big issues that will define our future; from sustainable architecture and ethical AI, to health inequality and breaking down barriers in the creative industries.

Our students and academics are more critically engaged and socially conscious than ever before. Discover some of the positive changes our students, alumni and academics are making in the world.

Please visit our Research section to find out more.

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.

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BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance

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."

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.