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Drama and Applied Theatre BA (Hons)

Overview

A distinctive insight

BA (Hons) Drama and Applied Theatre allows you to study a range of drama techniques and practice, as well as providing a distinctive insight into applied theatre: making you highly employable after you graduate.

You'll work with a range of industry-trained academics and professional partners who will help you gain the practical skills needed to produce and deliver your own community theatre projects while having many opportunities to capitalise on our cultural quarters.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2018.

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Please note that this course is only open to applications for September 2019 entry. To view courses which are open for 2018 recruitment, please visit our course finder.

Why study Drama and Applied Theatre at LSBU?

Top 2 amongst London competitors for overall satisfaction and teaching in Drama (National Student Survey 2018).

LSBU Student Theatre Company: You'll take part in a full season of theatre working exclusively with theatre professionals including directors, performers and theatre companies.
Creative partnership with Frantic Assembly: Known for their high-octane, physical theatre productions Frantic Assembly will deliver workshops and residencies, and share their expertise with you.
The Edric Theatre is a dedicated performance and rehearsal space with a 90-seat capacity, plus a 30-seat studio and backstage facilities.
Take full advantage of the proximity to London's theatres by attending professional workshops, gaining temporary employment and answering casting calls.
Top 5 in London for student satisfaction and graduate prospects in Drama, Dance & Cinematics (Complete University Guide 2019).
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 Years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

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Modules

During your three-year course you'll build core performance strengths in acting technique, movement, expressiveness, scene study, and characterisation.

Alongside this you'll also engage your skills as a creative actor and performer through the exploration of innovative contemporary performance methods and new theatre practices.

Year 1  

  • Theatre workshop
    In this module you will take part in a diverse series of practical and fun workshops exploring key dramaturgical concepts, perspectives, tools and general performance skills. You will develop trust, play and confidence that will guide you through the next three years of your degree. This module is a practical introduction to fundamental theatre-making concepts and performance skills. The study area of each workshop will be developed by looking at existing performances; you will examine the structural and essential features that constitute a theatrical experience. Different members of the Drama teaching team will lead each session allowing you to meet the diverse set of staff leading you through your degree.
  • Acting a role 
    This module will introduce you to the Stanislavski system of training the actor and enable you to develop your vocal and stagecraft skills in rehearsal and performance.  You will investigate the artistic processes involved in creating a role to the standards of the professional rehearsal room.  You will also learn about the historical evolution of naturalism and realism and engage actively and creatively in the process of building a role.You will develop the ability to interpret a text from the point of view of an actor, equipping you with the skills needed to work to professional standards, introducing you to the working practices of the professional actor.
  • What is education?
    An introduction to key concepts in education studies contextualised within the disciplines of philosophy, sociology and history.
  • Performance Lab
    The emphasis of this module will be live performance, the performer’s body and the relationship you have with the audience. In the first part of this module you will be introduced to work created upon the form of ritual, play, games and performance in everyday life. You will then be guided into performance art and body art through a brief historical overview of the field.  This module will enable you to analyse the relationship between the body in everyday life and the body in performance, and develop an understanding of the relationship between the audience and the space.
  • Acting the text
    This module is offered as an option if you are interested in further developing the work encountered in Acting a role by exploring characterisation techniques used by professional actors. In groups, you will develop a workshop performance of a contemporary play and apply the characterisation techniques learnt on the module. Alongside the practical work, you will work on critical reflections in the form of a rehearsal script and notebook. You will experience the performer’s journey from their first encounter with a script, through the various stages of rehearsal to a work-shopped formal performance
  • Workshop in development 
    Facilitation and delivery of workshops, ethics of intervention and representation and an overview and exploration of different concepts of applied theatre.

Year 2

  • Collaborative outreach project
    This is a 4 week intensive practical project ending in a production for a specific community/educational setting audience. 
  • Company in residence - delivered by Frantic Assembly
    In this module, you will gain practical experience working intensively with a professional physical theatre company. Working from contemporary issues, you will explore risk-based physical work, expressive staging and ensemble movement to create a new piece of physical theatre.  The current partner delivering this module is Frantic Assembly Theatre, although this is subject to change. You will gain confidence as a performer and develop a more expressive and dynamic stage presence. You will develop physical skills and techniques that can be applied to devising your own work.
  • Critical frameworks
    This module will encourage you to theorise the practice you encounter in the ‘professional season’ semester.  You will engage in a series of lectures and seminars designed to develop critical thinking and reflection on the work you engaged in for the intensive practical modules.
  • Theatre and Audience
    In this module you will investigate different forms of interactive theatre to gain an understanding of the practical and ethical aspects of engaging an audience directly in performance. You will learn approaches to making and performing participatory work and develop an understanding of the ethical implications of participation. You will be introduced to a range of different interactive forms including socially engaged work and community projects and skills including improvisation, reading an audience and dealing with challenging participants.
  • Community Theatre Practice and verbatim Theatre 
    This module will explore further the role of community theatre and invite the students to work with a specific genre of theatre to explore contemporary issues and topics that are important to specific communities.
  • Peer mediation and conflict resolution
    A shared module with law students in mediation and negotiation skills.  This module ends in a qualification that is approved by the College of Mediators.
  • Theatre-in-education 
    A practical module where students will have the chance to work in small groups on a specific project from proposal to production in a school setting.

Year 3

  • Contemporary issues in education
    This module deals with politically, economically and socially current issues in education.
  • Placement module 
    This module invites you to experience a work placement which will be set up over the summer before year 3 begins.
  • Research project
    Students will select an area for in-depth study and be assigned a tutor who will help them plan, research and structure their work. The Research Project (RP) will enable students to acquire a wide range of research and analytical skills. Its aim is for students to produce a coherently argument extended essay that integrates independent thinking and research and provides a foundation for further academic study and research in this area.
  • Independent applied performance project 
    This module aims to allow students to develop and present an advanced independent performance project.  Students will be expected to produce a coherent and critically informed final work that is fully matched to its intended audience. Students will be expected to produce work that demonstrates in-depth knowledge and understanding of the relevant issues and debates within the formal parameters of the subject they have chosen.  
  • Independent applied practice as research
    This module aims to allow students to develop and present an advanced independent practice as research project, which represents a summation of their practical and research interests on the course. Students will be working on creating 5000-6000 practice as research paper on a topic of their choice.

Employability

Graduates can be employed in a range of applied theatre settings, including theatre company education and outreach departments, Youth Theatres, schools, community theatre groups, Theatre-In-Education (T.I.E.) companies, and specialist theatre companies – e.g. in prisons and special schools etc. Alternatively, they can freelance as workshop leaders, directors, project managers and producers.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Staff

Dan Barnard

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries / Arts and Performance
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dan Barnard specialises in teaching acting technique, especially the Stanislavski System, and devising contemporary performance. He researches interactive performance, and performance and ecology.


Gill Foster

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries / Arts and Performance
Job title: Head of Arts and Performance; Course Director, BA Drama and Performance

Gill's research interests are in the exploration of inter-cultural performing arts practice in education and, in particular, developing new methodologies for delivering language and cultural education through drama and movement practices.


Dawn Ingleson

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries / Arts and Performance
Job title: Course Director, Drama and Applied Theatre; Lecturer

Dawn has directed, produced and project-managed extensively in Britain and internationally. Her interests lie in participatory theatre, the relationship between the audience and the performer, performative story telling for young audiences, and Theatre-In-Education.

Her current practice as research is in a participatory theatre piece to support conflict resolution for KS2 children.


Jon Lee

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries / Arts and Performance
Job title: Senior Lecturer - Drama and Performance

Jon's interests are in acting and directing techniques, and devising practices. He is an expert in theatre history with a passion for Ancient Greek drama, Shakespeare and the Avant-Garde.


Facilities

  • Edric Theatre

    Edric Theatre

    A dedicated performance and rehearsal space with a 90-seat capacity that can be set up in numerous configurations. The main auditorium, 30-seat studio and backstage facilities are used by drama, performance and technical theatre students. Facilities are available for commercial hire.

  • Borough Road Gallery

    Borough Road Gallery

    The gallery is a home for visual art and a unique part of the University's heritage. Opened in 2012, the Borough Road Gallery contains valuable and significant works of Post War British Art in a public collection, produced by the celebrated artist and teacher David Bomberg (1890-1957).

  • Arts, music and cultural events in London

    Arts, music and cultural events in London

    The University couldn't be better located being only a 10-15 minute walk from the Southbank Centre, National Theatre, BFI IMAX, Tate Modern, Royal Festival Hall, The Old Vic Theatre, The Young Vic and therefore the best of London's plays, performances, exhibitions and screenings.

Teaching and learning

Personal, Year and Group Tutoring

As an undergraduate Arts and Creative Industries student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU.  The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.

Your tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your tutor regularly throughout your course.  Sessions will be a mix of group and one-to-one sessions.  You can contact your tutor for additional meetings or support by email or in class.

Entry requirements

2019 Tariff

  • A Level BBC or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DMM or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 15 Distinctions 30 Merits or;
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualifications in a relevant subject such as Drama, Theatre or Performing Arts worth 112 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above)
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.


    All students must also complete a successful audition to be considered for this course.

How to apply

Apply now for a full-time course starting this September through Clearing.

Call 0800 923 8888 to speak to one of our dedicated Clearing advisors who’ll take you through your application.

You can also speak to us in person at one of our clearing application sessions.

If you’re applying for a health and social care course use our online application service.

For more information visit our Clearing page.

Part-time course

Please follow the instructions on the table below to apply for a part-time course.

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

2019 entry

International students

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 Years
Start date
September
Application code
TBC
Application method

Please note that this course begins in September 2019. More information on how to apply, including the application code, will be available from mid-2018.

All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

This course starts in September 2019, and therefore full fee information will not be available until mid-2018.

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU undergraduate students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.

Scholarships

We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. New home full-time undergraduate students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £1,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2017/18 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

Applicant events

After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.

Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

 
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