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BA (Hons) Drama in the Community

BA (Hons) Drama in the Community

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Ranked 2nd for Graduate Prospects - Complete University Guide 2011 Ranked 3rd for Graduate Prospects - Times Good University Guide 2011

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NB: This course is still open for applications. The UCAS deadline of 15 January allows universities to close entry to their courses if they wish.  We are still in a position to receive applications for this course, so this deadline does not apply.

About The Course

Key Facts

Award: BA (Hons)
Institution code: B38
UCAS code: W400
Duration: 3 years full time
Start date: September
Typical offer: 240 UCAS tariff points
For details on fees and funding, click here

Drama is a challenging subject and a valuable learning tool. On this course you will study drama at an academic, practical and educational level throughout the three years. This course offers you the satisfaction of passing on your enjoyment and expertise to others. Group work will allow you to develop your own skills and learn how to apply your knowledge in a variety of settings.

This course will allow you to create work for and with a wide variety of community groups including special schools, prisons, youth groups, people with mental health issues, care homes, cared for children, elderly people and organisations such as the YMCA, Age Concern, the NSPCC and Nacro and Action for Young Carers.

At all stages of the course you practice what you learn. We establish as close a relationship as possible between theoretical and practical study. You will acquire a sound knowledge of academic theory and a wide variety of leadership skills including the organisation, running and evaluation of workshops. This course offers opportunities to gain practical experience in working collaboratively in groups and later in the course, on planning individual projects.

In addition to our full time staff, we bring in specialist practitioners who will not only provide you with an up-to-date and relevant professional perspective but will also offer you opportunities for professional development. We have excellent facilities and our own Theatre Company, BG Touring Ltd, which gives you the opportunity to visit and perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at the end of the second year. You are encouraged to work for the company, learning a range of practical organisational skills and valuable lessons in fundraising and event management. These enterprise skills alongside the problem solving abilities that you will acquire throughout your course are extremely valuable in the employment market.


What You Will Study

In the first year you will study four modules of work which will introduce you to the basics of Applied Drama. The drama skills module will make sure that you develop a sound level of academic writing and research skills, practical skills, workshop skills, drama conventions and knowledge of styles and practitioners. Introduction to Drama explores storytelling and the roots of theatre. The Applied Drama module contains a Theatre in Education practical project which will be taken into the community, and in Community Arts you will consider the use of other arts such as dance and music and learn how to use those in community settings.

In your second year, you will study Global Theatre which considers the relationship between theatre and culture, particularly the impact of globalisation on non western societies. Another focus of this year is examining the relationship between drama and society with an emphasis on political theatre.

You will study performance practice which will involve a group performance of a Shakespeare anthology, help to organise a community event, learn to perform street theatre and study a module on professional practice which will provide you with information on fundraising and small company organisation.

In your final year you will gain further experience in Directing and Devising, learn the theory of educational drama with the opportunity to put theory into practice and plan and deliver a lesson and direct your own short public performance working with first year student actors. The final semester will be spent on your large scale community project and a dissertation based on a connected subject.

Throughout the course, you will be taught to assess and plan community projects and in addition, encouraged to work with community groups on a voluntary basis. In the final year, you will undertake individual community projects which are negotiated with the course tutors and the community venue. The placement is spread part time across five months and results in a performance, a community event or a community group presentation or workshop. As the course is well established in the area we are frequently offered challenging new opportunities.

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Entry Requirements

You will normally need a maximum of four advanced level qualifications equivalent to a total of 240 UCAS tariff points, 80 of which must be in Drama, Theatre Studies or Performing Arts. We will accept one A/S Level as part of the 240 points, in a subject not included as an A2 subject. Please see the UCAS Tariff for further details.

We welcome applicants with a wide range of qualifications such GCE/VCE A-Levels, BTEC National qualifications and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma (Grade 5 is required at Higher Level in the specialist subject). If you are currently studying an Access to Higher Education course we ask for the following:

 You achieve at least 45 credits at level 3 overall
 With at least 18 credits in one of the relevant subjects listed above
 Please contact Admissions if you are not sure on the suitability of your Access course

In addition, all students will need to pay 44 for an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)). A successful Enhanced Disclosure is required before commencing the course.

If you are unsure if your qualifications are suitable, please contact our Admissions team for advice on +44 (0) 1522 583658 or email admissions@bishopg.ac.uk and we will be happy to talk to you about your individual circumstances. We also encourage applications from mature students and recognise that your experience or qualifications are likely to be different. Again, please contact Admissions if you require any further information.

BG is committed to widening access and participation and we adhere to a strict policy of non-discrimination.


What Our Students Say

"I think what really sold the course to me was that I had the chance to go up to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with BG's theatre company, performing on the Royal Mile! I owe BG big time...that was an incredible feeling! We worked as a company, learning skills in fundraising and event management as well as enterprise."
Lou, third year Drama in the Community student

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Just as our teaching methods are lively and challenging including seminars, tutorials, practical workshops, placements and research projects, you will also be assessed imaginatively. As experienced practitioners ourselves, we are very aware of differences in peoples' learning styles and of the types of skills potential employers are looking for. We use a versatile range of assessments which reflect both the equal emphasis we place on theory and practice and the importance we give to the future employment skills of our graduates. Assessment methods include analytical reports where you will evaluate what you have observed, read or done, student-led seminars where you will present a paper on perhaps a practitioner or a company that you have researched, essays and dissertations and exhibitions of work. On a practical level, assessments include analysed performance, performance in community settings, group presentations of information and performance, student-led workshops involving other groups of students or community groups and a large scale individual community placements where you will negotiate with a community group to create a performance, presentation or an event. Our aim is to produce confident, versatile and skilled practitioners who demonstrate professional judgment, good organisational skills and effective problem solving techniques.


Careers & Further Study

Drama at BG is rated extremely highly for graduate prospects, ranked third in the UK by the Times Good University Guide 2011 and second in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2011.

Graduates move on to work in areas such as, community work and projects, government schemes for young people, arts management, Theatre in Education companies and other theatre companies.

A number of our students have started their own arts based businesses and many go into education by completing PGCE courses at BG (see our Postgraduate Courses section for further details). A number of graduates continue to study, taking MA qualifications in applied drama or in acting or training as drama therapists and counsellors.

In addition to academic knowledge, research skills and practical skills students gain experience of working in a variety of settings in challenging circumstances. As a result of this, our students develop excellent communication skills which are transferable to most situations. In addition students undertake a great deal of problem-based learning both in sessions and in community settings. This course introduces you to professional codes of practice which include ethical considerations, business strategies, fundraising and setting up small companies.

Working in community settings as performers and practitioners demands versatility and the ability to plan and adapt for a wide variety of circumstances. The large scale community project undertaken in the final year offers you direct experience of work-based learning and useful professional links. Each year significant number of graduates are offered references and even employment by their host organisation. In addition to this you will benefit from working with professional companies that we have links with.


How to Apply

All applications to this course are made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) using 'Apply', an online application system which can be found at www.ucas.com. This will guide you through the steps you will need to take and register your application. You will find a full set of instructions on the UCAS website which will make filling out your application as easy as possible.

If you require any further information or advice please click here or you can contact the UCAS Customer Service Unit on +44 (0) 871 468 0468.


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* Drama at BG is ranked 2nd in the UK for graduate prospects according to the Complete University Guide 2011, and 3rd in the UK for graduate prospects according to the Times Good University Guide 2011. Graduate prospects data is measured by monitoring the percentage of graduates undertaking further study or in graduate employment 6 months after graduation.

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