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Overview

In studying Drama and Dance you will combine critical and creative practice, giving you the skills to master physical performance, across both drama and dance.

On this course the text and the body, thinking and doing, work together. There’s no barrier between theory and practice: theory helps you understand and make the most of practice, while practice sheds light on theory. You’ll find your place as an informed dance and theatre-maker and by studying a variety of practices, by yourself and with others, you’ll get knowledge of the industry as a whole, and learn how your interests could fit into the bigger picture.

In the study of dance, there is a focus on an active and exploratory engagement with the discipline, and how movement, choreography and text help shape performance practices. This course will take you beyond the traditional borders of dance, as embodied awareness and practice is complemented by cultural, historical, social and aesthetic context. This will enable you to reflect critically about what you do, enhancing your own performance, choreographical skills and technique.

We are top-rated for teaching and research, with a campus community recognised for its creativity (rated 14th in the world, and 6th in the UK, for Performing Arts in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016). Our staff cover a huge range of theatre and performance studies, but we’re particularly strong in contemporary British theatre, international and intercultural performance, theatre history, dance and physical theatre, and contemporary performance practices.

Programme structure

Year 1

Theatre and Performance Making
You will encounter a range of creative methods for work-shopping practice, and produce a 20-minute performance as a response to one company.

Theatre and Culture
This module looks at the ways in which theatre reflects, intervenes and questions the culture around it. It will expand your horizons and introduce you to a range of unfamiliar practices.

Dance: Moving Bodies 1
The module provides you with practice in contemporary dance technique in order to facilitate your engagement with the ways that technique can help generate movement ideas. You will also develop your understanding of dynamics, musicality, alignment, placement, posture, breath, weight, flow and spatial awareness.

Dance: World Dance Histories
In this module you are exposed to a variety of dances and choreographers from the 20th and 21st century. You will examine what histories they tell, how they are told and explore their relevance to today.

Year 2

Drama and Theatre: Theatre and Performance Making 2
You will choose an option that enables you to focus on a particular creative skill, such as acting for camera, dance, playwriting, physical theatre, site-based performance or scenography.

Drama and Theatre: Theatre and Text 2
Building upon your first year work, you will choose an option that focuses on a particular period or genre that interests you. These might include Black and Asian theatre, Greek tragedy, Shakespeare, or staging the real.

Dance: Dance Technique and Composition 2
This module provides you with the opportunity to to apply an intermediate embodied understanding of contemporary dance practices within a performance context. It will deepen your technical, reflective and artistic development and introduce you to specific choreographic forms – solo and duet.

Dance: Dancing Bodies, Global Culture
This module investigates the relationship between dance practices and wider cultural contexts. This provides you with ideas to creatively engage with cultural studies when making performance.

Year 3

Dance: Dance Repertory and Repertoires
This module will provide you with the opportunity to develop a comprehensive embodied understanding of contemporary dance practices through continued participation in classes and workshops led by a specific practitioner.

Optional modules

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.

Career opportunities

Graduates from the Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance go into a wide variety of careers, as well as further academic study. Many go into performance, stage management, broadcasting (including at the BBC), arts administration, journalism, teaching, health, marketing, and PR. Lots of our graduates also start their own performing arts companies.You’ll be familiar and confident in performance situations – skills which are vital for meeting and networking, and make you viable for visible leadership roles.

You’ll also walk away with considerable experience of technical, intellectual, imaginative, and practical skills, valued by most employers. Aside from these performance skills, you’ll also get whole host of other skills in research and project management. Find out more about what our graduates are doing now.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States