Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Drama

Arts, English and Drama

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
BA (Hons) DPS 4 years full-time sandwich W401 AAB-ABB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time W400 AAB-ABB 1 October 2018 16 June 2021

95%

of Drama and English students satisfied

overall with teaching

NSS 2016

91%

2015 graduates in work or further study

within 6 months of graduating

Top 15

for English

Drama course overview

This degree course combines the theory and practice of drama. The two approaches are not merely complementary, but are indivisible in the study of drama and theatre at degree level.

The main teaching modes comprise seminar discussion and practical workshop sessions, which explore play texts, theoretical writings, performance traditions and techniques, and examine the theatre’s role and function in society throughout history.

European, American and non-Western theatre traditions are studied as well as British theatre. Modules in film production, and playwriting are also available. Practical work takes place primarily in the Department’s theatre and studios and all practical modules include exploration of technical theatre, lighting, sound, set and costume.

Outside of scheduled teaching times our academic staff are available for face-to-face meetings, essay feedback and support sessions, and for meetings with Academic Advisees. Students benefit from our Virtual Learning Environment (employing additional learning opportunities through online quizzes, discussion boards and blogs) and library facilities, as well as other research and study environments.

The Sir Robert Martin Theatre seats an audience of up to 300 and has a proscenium arch, which is easily adapted to accommodate other forms of production. The Leonard Dixon Studio and the Stanley Evernden Studio are flexible spaces seating up to 86 and 45 respectively.

See exactly what the Sir Robert Martin Theatre is like and take a virtual tour around the theatre.

Modules


Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Acting and the Classics
  • How to Read a Play
  • Performance Practices
  • Devising for Performance
  • The Theatre and its Histories
  • From Analysis to Performance

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Production 1
  • Production 2
  • Performance Philosophy

Optional modules:

  • Playwriting and Dramaturgy
  • Puppetry
  • Voice and Text
  • Modern and Contemporary British Theatre
  • Popular Theatres
  • Costume Design
  • Brecht: The Critical Stage
  • African American Culture
  • Arts Management
  • Fashion Theory
  • Creative Dissent: Protest, Activism and Art 
  • Material Culture
  • Nineteenth-Century Bodies
  • Word and Image: Verbo-Visual Exchange in Art and Literature
  • Non-Verbal Communication: Body Adornment and New Technologies

Optional placement year

Optional professional placement.

Final year

Compulsory modules

  • Group Project
  • Theatre Practice

Optional modules

  • Research Project
  • Analysing Work Experience in Creative Industries
  • Rare Shakespeare
  • Puppetry
  • Dance Theatre

There are also international exchange courses for study abroad.

Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

For indicative information on modular weight, content and assessment type please see module specifications.


Assessment

The course is assessed solely through coursework, using various methods according to the module being studied. Methods include: essays/reflective work, seminar participation, online in-class tests, annotated bibliographies, performance projects, in-class presentations, research projects, workbook/log books, group work and peer assessments and dissertation.

For an indicative overview of the aims, learning outcomes and structure of this course please see the programme specification.


The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

W401 Drama - BA (Hons) DPS

A-Level
AAB-ABB (General Studies accepted)
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including HL English or Theatre Arts
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDD-DDM; BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: DD plus one A Level at grade B or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate: D plus two A levels at grade AB
Relevant subjects include Performing Arts, Art and Design, Business, IT, Sport, Sport and Exercise Science

W400 Drama - BA (Hons)

A-Level
AAB-ABB (General Studies accepted)
IB
34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including HL English or Theatre Arts
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDD-DDM; BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: DD plus one A Level at grade B or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate: D plus two A levels at grade AB
Relevant subjects include Performing Arts, Art and Design, Business, IT, Sport, Sport and Exercise Science

Selection

Applicants are selected on the basis of their UCAS application, and also by attendance at a practical workshop and interview in order to assess academic potential beyond that provided as part of your application. An interview also gives you the opportunity to visit the department, meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

More information on the application process is available on the Arts, English and Drama webpages.

Course fees 2017/18

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £16,000

Placement year fees for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2017/18 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

Graduate destinations

Many of our graduates have entered careers in arts administration, accountancy, advertising, archiving, the civil service, drama, creative arts, journalism, marketing, business development, management, the media (both TV and radio), publishing, research, teaching, social and youth work.

Professional placement (sandwich) year

We have strong industry links which help our students secure year-long and flexible work placements in the UK and internationally. These placements are an invaluable opportunity to advance your skills, and apply your knowledge to a working environment.

Student Testimonials: Placements at Loughborough University

This is a short video of students who have been out on a placement sharing their experience and advice.

Studying abroad

Our courses enable you to study for a selected period of time in international destinations such as the USA, Canada, Singapore and continental Europe.

Student testimonials will be added shortly. 

Department / School Key Information Sets

BA (Hons) DPS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: W401

BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: W400