Modern Drama Studies specialises in contemporary performance theory and practice and is aimed at those with an interest in devising, directing, acting, writing or the application of technology to performance. You will undertake a rigorous investigation of a range of performance practices and will be encouraged to develop your own style and to see your work in relation to appropriate models.Note: This course is due to be replaced in 2011 by BA Theatrehttp://www.brunel.ac.uk/about/acad/sa/newcourses.Entry RequirementsUCAS Tariff - 300 points, from:GCE A and AS-level Tariff points typically from 3 A-levels together with either 1 AS-level or Extended Project Qualification (typical offer BCC, including Grade B in Theatre Studies, Drama or Performing Arts, plus a C in either an AS or EPQ). General Studies/Critical Thinking accepted.Irish Tariff points from 5 subjects.Scottish Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers plus 1 Higher.Advanced Diploma Tariff points in Creative and Media, including Grade B in A-level Drama for Additional and Specialist Learning.BTEC ND DDM in a related subject.IB Diploma 31 points.For all of the above, 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above are also required, to include English.
Application statements should contain clear evidence of commitment to the particular emphases of our Drama programme.Access: Pass in Drama, including at least 80% of units with Merit or Distinction.Course AimsCentral to the philosophy of Arts at Brunel is our belief that your participation in creative work should underpin the critical perspectives you will gain as a student at Brunel. In every subject we try to establish as close a relationship as possible between theoretical and practical study. The resulting courses will therefore help you to develop practical skills to a high level and stretch and challenge you intellectually.
All our undergraduate programmes focus on the meanings experienced in art-works, on the role of the performer in creating a work's meaning and, even more fundamental, on what a 'work of art' actually is. The subjects are all rooted in contemporary practices, and a feature of our endeavours is our annual 'Open House' Festival, in which students have an opportunity to showcase their work.
The Drama degree specialises in contemporary performance theory and practice and is aimed at students with an interest in devising, directing, acting, writing or the application of technology to performance. You will undertake a rigorous investigation of a range of performance practices and will be encouraged to develop your own style and to see your work in relation to appropriate models.Course ContentDrama at Brunel has a strong practical emphasis. Your theoretical and practical work will focus primarily on contemporary performance. You will be introduced to a diverse range of practices and you will be encouraged to develop an independent approach.
You will investigate the entire spectrum of live performance, including mainstream text-based work, popular theatre and experimental performance.
The key skill areas covered are: performing, directing/devising, and writing for performance; although this does not exclude other skills (lighting and sound design, the application of technology to performance practice, etc). All curriculum work is underpinned by theory.Level 1At Level 1 the core programme focuses on performing including character-based work (using improvisation and text) and work on ensemble approaches to performance. There is also a digital performance module as well as a weekly programme of training in voice and movement.Level 2
This level concentrates on performance theory and practice, examining a range of radical approaches to rehearsal and contemporary performance. It leads to presentations by specially formed companies, in which you can select acting, devising or directing (or some combination of these) for assessment. There is also a digital performance module. Level 3In a year-long independent project, you select an aspect of performance for advanced practical and/or critical investigation. A series of options throughout the three levels supplements this core practical work. Currently these include, critical studies in several areas, such as: directing/devising; scriptwriting, community projects; and placements with a range of arts organisations.Typical ModulesLevel 1Academic Practice
Introduction to Performance Practice
Performance Production (core for single hons only)
Writing and Devising 1
Digital Performance and Technology 1Level 2
Contemporary Performance Theory (core)
Experimental Performance (practical)
Writing and Devising 2
Community Project (practical)
Digital Performance and Technology 2 Level 3Work Placement Option (practical)
Current Issues in Performance Practice (part practical)
Contexts of Performance Practice
Digital Performance and Technology 3
Special Project (practical or written) (core) Teaching and LearningProfessional ContextOur teaching team consists of a core of full-time and part-time tutors with professional experience and is supplemented by part-time specialist tutors. There is regular contact, through visits, classes and placements, with professional practice in and around London. AssessmentLevel 1 does not count towards your final degree mark but you have to pass this level to continue with the course. Level 2 is worth a third - level 3 the rest. The final year project is worth a third of level 3 marks.
Although several assessment methods are employed and vary according to appropriateness, there is a predominance of continuous and/or practical assessment methods throughout the programme.CareersOur graduates enter a wide range of theatre and media careers: some work as performers and directors, while others go into arts administration, sometimes after further specialist training. Some work as teachers or therapists, or progress to postgraduate study. The skills acquired in our programmes can also prove valuable in careers in retailing and administration.