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What makes Drama & Performance and Film Studies at Worcester special?

All Drama & Performance modules are 'practice-based' (i.e. you learn primarily through participation in performance). All students have opportunities to direct, write, devise and design performance work. Alongside, you examine the cultural contexts of drama and the theories that have spurred its development and informed how we understand it.

In Film Studies you are introduced to a wide range of film histories and cultures, covering everything from the Hollywood blockbuster to world cinema. You will study films from a variety of time periods, including recent releases.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • All Film Studies modules are assessed by coursework, not formal examinations
  • For those wishing to pursue a range of careers in theatre, including acting, writing, lighting and sound, directing and set design; a very stimulating and motivating course
  • Drama & Performance element of course predominantly taught in two state-of-the-art drama studios, fully equipped with lighting, sound, video and projection facilities
  • Earn-as-You-Learn opportunities,
  • One Drama & Performance course strand addresses the needs of students interested in teaching, theatre in education, youth theatre and community theatre
  • Opportunities to study abroad in the United States, Canada and across Europe
  • Tailor your course to your individual needs with a joint honours degree 

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

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Entry requirements

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Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • World Cinemas
  • Introduction to Film
  • Devising and Physical Theatre
  • Plays in Context
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Acting Skills 

Options

  • Hollywood and Beyond
  • Superhero Films 
  • Introduction to Television Cultures
  • Theatre Design and Production 
  • Theatre and Communities

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Film Theory
  • Directed Public Performances

Options

  • Film Genre Study 
  • British Cinema
  • Film Cultures 
  • Authors & Authorship 
  • Work Project 
  • Beyond the Mainstream: Identity and Diversity in Film and TV 
  • Applied Theatre
  • Devised Theatre Production
  • Theatre and Digital media
  • Making Theatrical Space
  • Playwriting
  • Theatre, Real Lives and History
  • Music Theatre

Year 3

Mandatory

 

  • Independent study 

 

or:

  • Final Performance Project

Options

  • Film & Folklore 
  • Film Reviewing 
  • Studies in Cult & Exploitation Cinema 
  • Making Monsters 
  • Cinema & Modern Life
  • Literature & Culture: International Exchanges 
  • Asian Cinema 
  • TV Times 
  • Work Placement
  • Theatre and Education
  • Contemporary Performance Practices
  • Theatre and Learning Disability
  • Staging Shakespeare Today
  • New Voices in British Theatre
  • Sexuality in Performance
  • Scenography: Specialist Project
  • Writing for Performance
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Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

All Drama & Performance modules are 'practice-based' (i.e. you learn primarily through participation in performance). All students have opportunities to direct, write, devise and design performance work. Alongside, you examine the cultural contexts of drama and the theories that have spurred its development and informed how we understand it.

There are opportunities to explore the diverse 'applications' of drama (in TV, live theatre, film and online), its social and historical significance, and its community roles and roles in education. Leading theatre companies and practitioners regularly visit to work with students, to provide workshops and to grow your understanding of the profession in support of your employability. Recent visitors have included Punchdrunk, Stan's Café, Idle Motion, Shared Experience and award-winning children's dramatist, David Wood. The course explicitly addresses the needs of students who, on graduating, are interested in theatre (performance, technical theatre, writing, directing, theatre/arts administration) or in teaching, theatre-in-education, youth theatre or community theatre. Students are regularly involved in public performance and the course's networks of professional and community contacts generate numerous opportunities for 'earn while you learn' paid work.

In Film Studies you are introduced to a wide range of film histories and cultures, covering everything from the Hollywood blockbuster to world cinema. You will study films from a variety of time periods, including recent releases.

You will be encouraged to draw connections between your own experiences of cinema and film theory and there will be many opportunities, during your learning, to benefit from your lecturers’ cutting edge research in aspects of film – from, for example, the cultural meaning of zombie cinema to development of the British crime film. Learning takes place in the screening room and in lecture and seminar rooms and takes a variety of forms including small-group discussion, film screenings, lectures, seminars, one-to-one tutorials and essay preparation sessions. Strong emphasis is placed on interaction and debate between lecturers and students and between students themselves. Assignments are largely essays and presentations but there will be occasional opportunities, too, to work towards less conventional outcomes, including short films.

For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Drama & Performance and Film Studies.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

Film Studies develops student skills in practice-as-research and research-as-practice for a number of culture and media industries including exhibition, distribution, audience-based marketing, journalism, film education, curating, programming, filmmaking, screenwriting and further academic research.

There are excellent career opportunities for Drama & Performance graduates. These are both in drama-related areas, such as theatre, education, and the media, and in a wide range of other fields of employment made accessible through skills learned on the course in presentation, performance, critical thinking and writing, creativity, confidence and communication. Former students often set up their own businesses, for example as small scale touring theatre companies or drama education providers. Past students are now working as actors, producers, stage managers and directors for employers across the areas of theatre, TV, radio and film. Teaching and lecturing are very popular career choices for our graduates, as are arts administration and marketing.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 was £12,400 per year. Details of the 2020/21 fee will be available soon.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2019/20 were £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module. Details of the 2020/21 fees will be available soon.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Part-time applications

If you would like to apply to study this course part time, please complete our online application form.

Applying through UCAS

Drama & Performance and Film Studies BA (Hons) - WP4H

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

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