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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

BA (Hons) Drama with Employment Experience

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Drama with Employment Experience Programme codeUFA4DRADRA01
Study mode(s)Full Time
Part Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

Drama at the University of Exeter is a challenging and flexible degree at an internationally-renowned centre of excellence in theatre practice, research and teaching. Our teaching grows out of our wide-ranging, world-leading research interests and we provide a supportive and high-quality environment for learning. In Drama, you will develop an understanding of performance skills alongside a critical and imaginative engagement with the social, historical and cultural contexts of theatre. Involvement in contemporary theatre is central, both as a subject of research and as a practical experience through performance and community-based activities. Studio-based work also equips you with abilities to communicate effectively, to pursue creative analysis and to initiate and organise complex individual and group projects.

The Drama programme is composed of a series of modules, all of which lay emphasis on the social nature of theatre. Modules progress throughout the programme, building on previous work. Many modules conclude with a presentation, open to other Drama students and staff, to the University at large, or to the general public. In the early stages of the programme the emphasis is on group collaborative work. As you move through the degree this group work becomes the basis for the development of your individual interests and skills. Throughout your time at the University of Exeter, you will receive opportunities and challenges to act, to direct and to write or otherwise create performance events. Opportunities for independent study and practice increase over the three stages of your programme, culminating in the final-year Practical Essay: a performance piece, assessed as part of the final degree, which is entirely the creation of students, created for a specific audience.

This programme is studied over four years. The first two years and the final year are university-based, and the third year is spent gaining employment experience at a suitable location in the UK.

This Employment Experience variant of the programme is a great way to incorporate graduate-level work placement or placements undertaken in the United Kingdom directly into your programme of study, to reflect critically upon these experiences, and for them to count towards the assessment of your degree. There is no better way to gain valuable employment experience that can be rewarded and recognised clearly by future employers. With preparation, support and approval from the College of Humanities, you can also demonstrate adaptability and resourcefulness by organising suitable placements in areas of employment related to your interests and potential future career.

You are required to find your own placement with suitable employers and organisations with preparation, support and approval from the College of Humanities. If you are taking this variant you are strongly encouraged to take HUM2000 or HUM2001 (Humanities in the Workplace) at stage 2 and must participate in the pre-departure briefing sessions for Humanities Employment Experience.

Advice and guidance on your programme can be sought from your personal tutor and programme director. All staff offer regular office hours that you can drop into without a prior appointment for this purpose.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The programme is intended:

  • to create an environment for scholarship and learning in which the stimulus for independent study is provided by an interest in and involvement with drama’s past, present and future potential, as well as a commitment to drama as a process
  • to foster in students an appetite for, and skills to make, effective drama
  • to enable students to develop a high level of awareness, collaboration and co-operation in group activity.
  • to create a genuine curiosity about the discipline of drama and to recognise that this curiosity has to be grounded in the students' engagement with the practice and analysis of the specific discipline
  • to cultivate an awareness of the discipline as a social art, within a global context
  • to alert the students to the value of a close association with practitioners within the professions of theatre and performance
  • to develop in the students a clear sense of the interdependent relationship between theory/criticism and action
  • to enable students to recognise that the discipline offers a multitude of transferable skills, particularly those based on social interaction and communication.

4. Programme Structure

The BA Drama with Employment Experience programme is a four year full-time programme of study at National Qualification Framework level (NQF) level 6 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). The programme can also be studied part time with the exception of the employment experience. This programme is divided into four ‘Stages’. Each Stage is normally equivalent to an academic year. 

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/undergraduates/

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You may take elective modules up to 15 credits outside of the programme in the first stage and up to 30 credits outside of the programme in the second and final stages as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

Stage 1


120 credits of compulsory Drama modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
DRA1015 Theatre Histories 30No
DRA1016 Performance Analysis 30No
DRA1017 Staging the Text 30No
DRA1018 The Creative Actor 30No
HAS1905 Employment Experience HASS 0No

Stage 2


120 credits of optional modules - Students can only take one practice module and one Drama seminar module per term.

a if selecting from these, you must select only one module from this group: either HUM200 or HUM2001, you cannot select both

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HAS2905 Employment Experience HASS 0No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
DRA Stage 2 Option Modules 2023-4
DRA2026 Applied Drama: Interactive Theatre 30 No
DRA2028 Performance and Participation 30 No
DRA2044 Acting Shakespeare 30 No
DRA2045 Theatre and Health 30 No
DRA2047 Interpretive Acting 30 No
DRA2061B Digital Theatrecrafts 30 No
DRA2071 Adaptation in Contemporary Theatre and Performance 30 No
DRA2072 Culture in / as Performance 30 No
DRA2083 Intermedial Performance Practice 30 No
DRA2087 Activism and Performance 30 No
DRA2092 Modernist Drama in Contemporary Theatre 30 No
DRA2104 Approaches to Comedy 30 No
DRA2105 Eco-Theatre: Outdoor and Immersive Performance 30 No
DRA2106 Theatres of Space, Form and Colour 30 No
DRA2107 Popular Performance Practices 30 No
DRA2108 Introduction to Creative Producing: Making Change and Shifting Cultures 30 No
DRA2109 Ensemble Acting: Co-Creation 30 No
HUM HUM2000-HUM2001 [see note a above]
HUM2000 Humanities in the Workplace 30 No
HUM2001 Humanities in the Workplace 15 No

Stage 3


120 credits of compulsory modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
HUM3998 Employment Experience UK 120Yes

Stage 4


60 credits of compulsory Drama modules and 60 credits of optional modules - Students can only take one practice module and one Drama seminar module per term.

Compulsory Modules

 

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
DRA3061 Practical Essay 30No
DRA3094 Theatre Dissertation 30No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
DRA Final Stage Option Modules 2023-4
DRA3011 Practice II: Technical Specialisation 30 No
DRA3012 Theatre Practice I: Applied Drama 30 No
DRA3024 Restoration Theatre:Culture and Politics 30 No
DRA3050 Creative Industries Management 30 No
DRA3076 The Actor's Body: Intercultural Theories and Practices 30 No
DRA3088 Women and Theatre 1700-1928 30 No
DRA3100 Physical Performance 30 No
DRA3102 Audio Dramaturgy: Theatre of the Ear 30 No
DRA3104 Approaches to Acting 30 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Identify and evaluate the variety of approaches and critical traditions taken within the discipline
2. Demonstrate comprehension and intelligent engagement with forms, practices, traditions and histories of performance and of theoretical explanations of those histories.
3. Demonstrate comprehension and intelligent engagement with the work of key practitioners and practices and/or theorists and their cultural and/or historical contexts.
4. Demonstrate comprehension and intelligent engagement with the key components of, and the processes by which performance is created and realised.
5. Demonstrate comprehension, and creative and intelligent engagement with a range texts and/or scores, and how transitions from page to stage may be effected.
6. Demonstrate comprehension, and creative and intelligent engagement with group and collective processes and the interplay between the performers conscious and subconscious resources in the realisation of performance.
7. Demonstrate comprehension and intelligent engagement with the interplay between practice and theory within the field of study; be able to demonstrate comprehension and intelligent engagement with appropriate interdisciplinary elements of Drama and Performance and how to apply knowledge, practices, concepts
8. Apply critical terminology and, where appropriate, methodological, linguistic, stylistic, and/or formal terminology to an understanding of the discipline; utilise appropriate bibliographical style.

It is a fundamental aim of the Drama programme that all its students should develop an understanding of performance skills alongside a critical and imaginative engagement with the social, historical and cultural contexts of theatre. Interest and involvement in contemporary performance are central. The programme encourages this both as a subject of study and as a practical experience through performance and community based activities. Most of the teaching and learning is undertaken in the various studios that are our main teaching spaces.

A1-8 are acquired through learning activities throughout the programme: Staff-led group/ collaborative and individual studio exercises, rehearsals, training workshops; Staff-led technical workshops, practicals and lectures; Staff-led interactive lectures, seminar discussions, problem-solving exercises, practical classes, use of subject-specific and generic technology; Student-led group/collaborative and individual seminar presentations, workshop exercises, independent research projects, illustrative performances, public performances, restricted audience performances, work-in-progress showings. The degree of specialization of subject knowledge increases during the programme.

Your learning is further developed through engagement with assessments, following guidance from tutors and lecturers and through feedback on work submitted.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of critical and analytical essay writing, critical and reflective portfolio writing, self-assessment and analysis of process and performance product in portfolio, dissertation, research report/scrapbook/project other written reports/projects, performance projects, workshop projects, continuous assessment of process through observation of studio/workshop activity, presentations in seminar and studio, viva voce. The assessment criteria pay full recognition to the importance of the various skills outlined.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

9. Describe, interpret and evaluate performance texts, production techniques and disciplines and performance events sensitively, and to engage creatively and critically with a range of critical and theoretical perspectives.
10. Engage creatively and critically with the skills and processes of production, design and rehearsal by which performance is created, and have an ability to select, refine and present these in performance.
11. Engage creatively and critically with the possibilities for performance implied by a text or score and, as appropriate, to realise these sources sensitively through design and performance, and through a sensitive understanding of appropriate performance vocabularies, techniques, structures and working methods.
12. Engage creatively and critically in appropriate independent research, whether investigating past or present performances or as part of the process of creating new performance.
13. Identify and interpret critically the cultural frameworks that surround performance events and on which these events impinge.
14. Communicate effectively, command a broad range of vocabulary and an appropriate critical terminology.
15. Apply bibliographic skills appropriate to the discipline, including accurate citation of sources and consistent use of conventions in the presentation of scholarly work.

These skills are developed throughout the programme in all modules, with the emphasis becoming more complex as students move from stage to stage. They are developed through lectures and seminars, written work, and oral work (both in presentation and seminar discussion), and reinforced through the range of modules across all stages.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of critical and analytical essay writing, critical and reflective portfolio writing, self-assessment and analysis of process and performance product in portfolio, dissertation, research report/scrapbook/project other written reports/projects, performance projects, workshop projects, continuous assessment of process through observation of studio/workshop activity, presentations in seminar and studio, viva voce. The assessment criteria pay full recognition to the importance of the various skills outlined.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

16. Apply advanced literacy and communication skills in appropriate contexts including the ability to present sustained and persuasive written and oral arguments.
17. Analyse and critically examine diverse forms of material, both textual and visual.
18. Acquire and interrelate substantial quantities of complex information of diverse kinds, in a structured and systematic way, and involving the use of the distinctive methodological and interpretative skills of the subject areas.
19. Apply research skills for the retrieval of historical material, and develop the ability to gather, sift and organize this material independently and critically, evaluating its significance.
20. Interrogate and apply a variety of theoretical positions, and weigh the importance of alternative perspectives in a critical and self-reflective manner.
21. Exercise independent thought and judgment.
22. Engage with others through the presentation of ideas and information in groups, and work towards the collective negotiation of solutions.
23. Plan and execute written and other forms of project-work over both short and long timescales.
24. Complete tasks under time-constrained conditions and effectively manage deadlines and targets.
25. Employ information-technology skills, including the ability to access and assess electronic data via the internet and
26. Adapt and transfer the critical methods of the disciplines into unfamiliar contexts, including a variety of working environments.
27. Organise and undertake suitable employment placements and critically reflect upon the experience.

Personal and key skills are delivered through all modules, and developed in lectures, workshops, study groups, tutorials, work experience and other learning activities throughout the programme.  

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of critical and analytical essay writing, critical and reflective portfolio writing, self-assessment and analysis of process and performance product in portfolio, dissertation, research report/scrapbook/project other written reports/projects, performance projects, workshop projects, continuous assessment of process through observation of studio/workshop activity, presentations in seminar and studio, viva voce. The assessment criteria pay full recognition to the importance of the various skills outlined.

Outcomes C16-21 are also strongly developed in the course of the portfolio of assessed essays and other written work produced through the programme. These assessments work on the principle of offering formative feedback to support the development of your written work within as well as between modules. Feedback on one assignment is intended to inform the next piece of work you undertake on the module; the next piece of work on the programme, or the future learning of graduates.

Outcome C22 is associated especially with the range of group performance and presentation taking place in modules during the programme. This assessment brings into focus an important range of skills for students, including sharing workloads, responsibility for tasks, team-working, collaborative and communicative skills. Individual contributions to group work are also assessed individually, most often in the form of a reflective presentation report.

C23-25 are also accomplished in the course of ‘real-time’ formal assessments such as presentations, performance and exam, which occur in all levels of the programme.

C26 is particularly related to the optional module ‘Humanities in the Workplace’, and to the employment experience element of the programme.

C27 is specifically related to the module HUM3998 Employment Experience UK.

7. Programme Regulations

Programme-specific Progression Rules

To progress to Stage 2 you must normally achieve an average mark of at least 50% in Stage 1. If you do not achieve an average mark of 50% in Stage 1, you will be interviewed to determine whether you can continue on the Employment Experience programme; if you do not succeed in that interview you will be required to transfer to the three-year programme. This is to ensure that only those students who are likely to succeed in their Employment Experience are selected. If you are unsuccessful in your application for Employment Experience, you will be transferred to the three-year programme.

HUM3998 Employment Experience counts as a single 120 credit module and is not condonable; you must pass this module to graduate with the degree title of BA Drama with Employment Experience. If you fail the Employment Experience your degree title will be commuted to BA Drama.

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

All students in Drama have a personal tutor for their entire programme of study and who are available at advertised ‘office hours’. There are induction sessions to orientate students at the start of their programme.  A personal tutoring system will operate with regular communication throughout the programme. Academic support will be also be provided by module leaders. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

BA (Hons) Drama with Employment Experience

19. UCAS Code

W402

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

480

ECTS credits

240

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Dance, drama and performance

23. Dates

Origin Date

21/08/2017

Date of last revision

09/08/2022