School of the Arts, English and Drama

Undergraduate study



There are a variety of assessment methods currently in use across Drama programmes. Usually they fall into one of three categories; an assessed practical performance, a class presentation or a more formal written essay.

The assessed performance is usually, although not always, delivered as part of a group and might be devised or part of an existing script. You will have the opportunity to act, and sometimes you can also direct or work on backstage roles. There are also modules that assess final products, such as a costume or part of a set.

The presentation is again usually group based, and delivered to the rest of the class. You might be asked to say something about the plays and dramatists you’re working on, or about a theatrical style.

The final common assessment method is the written essay. You are usually given a choice of assignment topics or you might be invited to write your own.

In most modules there are also class contribution/attendance marks.

For example...

First Year:

Analysis to Performance – written assignment (worth 30%) and practical performance including annotated script (worth 70%).

Second Year:

Modern and Contemporary British Theatre - one written assignment of 2,500 words (35%), one written assignment of 3,500 words (55%) and seminar participation (10%).

Third Year:

Theatre Practice – a presentation or short performance in class (30%) and a final, full-length practical performance (70%).

Costume Design – one written assignment (30%) and one practical assignment, consisting of design and making (70%). 

Theatre Practice, June 2017: if....

A stage adaption of the screenplay by Lindsay Anderson and David Sherwin