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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BA (Hons) Drama with English (2017 to 2019 entry)

Academic Year: 2020/21

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Design and Creative Arts
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award BA (Hons) / BA (Hons) + DPS + DINTS
Programme title Drama with English
Programme code ACUB05
Length of programme The duration of the programme is 6 or 8 semesters. Candidates following the four year programme are required to spend an approved placement in professional industry leading to the award of Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS)or an approved study at a university abroad leading to the award of the Diploma in International Studies (DINTS). The sandwich year (Part I) must be taken after satisfactory completion of Part B and before commencement of Part C.
UCAS code W4Q3 / WQ43
Admissions criteria

BA (Hons) - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/w4q3

BA (Hons) + DPS + DINTS - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/wq43

Date at which the programme specification was published Thu, 20 Aug 2020 15:21:18 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • to provide an intellectually stimulating environment in which students can develop the critical and practical skills of Drama, and a perspective on the social and cultural significance of English literature;
  • to enable students to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of Drama, and of selected instances of  English literature and language;
  • to enable students to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of issues in Drama through specialist study and research;
  • to stimulate productive reflection on the similarities and differences between modes of study in Drama and English;
  • to enhance students’ career and employment opportunities on graduating.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • The Benchmark Statement for Dance, Drama and Performance
  • The Benchmark Statement for English
  • Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of classical and contemporary Drama;
  • Some knowledge of a range of authors and texts from different periods of literary history, including those before 1800;
  • Understanding and practical experience of a range of research and critical methods in Drama and English studies;
  • Capability of comparing theatre institutions, structures and practices historically and geographically;
  • Appreciation of social and cultural diversity;
  • Awareness of the role of culture in a changing landscape of performance and literary production;
  • Grasp of the epistemological underpinnings of different research traditions in Drama;
  • Some understanding of the distinctive characteristics of the different literary genres of fiction, poetry and drama;
  • An appreciation of the structure and functions of the English language.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • engage in critical reasoning;
  • apply Drama, theatre studies and literary concepts and theories;
  • articulate arguments in speech, writing and other forms.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • locate and retrieve information;
  • use research tools;
  • design and perform practical projects;
  • critically assess the effectiveness and value of a wide range of oral, written and performed communications.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • handle complex information in a structured and systematic way;
  • participate effectively in group work;
  • use communication effectively, including dialogue, writing formats and visualisation;
  • manage their time effectively.

4. Programme structure

Part A - Introductory Modules

Drama Component 

Semester 1

Compulsory (total modular weight 40)

EAA911

Acting and the Classics

20 credits

EAA915

Performance Practices

20 credits

Optional - NONE

 

Semester 2

Compulsory (total modular weight 40)

EAA912

The Theatre and its Histories: The Making of Performance

20 credits

EAA914

From Analysis to Performance

20 credits

Optional - NONE                                                                                                                                         

 

English Component

 

Semester 1

Compulsory (total modular weight 20)

EAA700

Narrative Forms and Fiction

20 credits

Optional - NONE

Semester 2

Compulsory - NONE

Optional

EAA001

Introduction to Film

20 credits

EAA003

Elephants and Engines: An Introduction to Creative Writing

20 credits

EAA011

Writing in History

20 credits

EAA701

Literary and Critical Theories

20 credits

 

Part B - Degree Modules 

Candidates normally attempt 60 credits in each semester, accumulating 120 credit units over the year.

Optional modules will be available in the following subject areas:
  • Literature from 1350 to the present

  • Language and Linguistics

  • Creative Writing

  • American Literature and Film

  • Performance and Theatre Practice

  • Theoretical, Technical and Historical Drama

In the 2020-2021 academic year the available modules will be:

 Drama Component

 Candidates normally choose modules from the following list with a total modular weight of 80 but may take fewer in accordance with the University's Credit Framework. The minimum number of credits in Drama to be accumulated at Part B is 60.

Semester 1

Compulsory - (total modular weight 20)

 ACB928

 Production 1

 20 credits

 Optional

ACB904

Writing for Stage and Screen

20 credits

ACB922

Popular Theatres

20 credits

ACB926

Theatre and Education

20 credits

  

Semester 2

Compulsory (total modular weight 20)

ACB929

Performance Philosophy: Rethinking Contemporary Theatre

20 credits

Optional

ACB034

Voice and Text

20 credits

ACB900

Lighting and Sound Design

20 credits

ACB927

Production 2

20 credits

 

English Component 

Candidates must normally choose modules from the following list with a total modular weight of 40 at Part B.

Semester 1

Compulsory – NONE

Optional

HTB008

Victorian Literature

20 credits

HTB017

America at War

20 credits

HTB035

The Weird Tale

20 credits

HTB710

Love and Life in the Stuart Era 1603-1714 (Renaissance Writing)

20 credits

Semester 2

Compulsory – NONE

Optional

HTB001

From Fan to Fiction to Youtube:Navigating the Digital Sphere

20 credits

HTB012

African American Culture

20 credits

HTB018

Women’s Writing in the Seventeenth Century

20 credits

HTB402

Maps and Motors

20 credits

HTB712

Modernisms

20 credits

HTB711

Eighteenth Century Literature

20 credits

  

Interdisciplinary Arts options also available in Semester 2:

Candidates may choose to take a module in the following list in place of a module in their main subject area of Drama.

Optional modules will be available in the following subject areas:

  •  History of Art, Architecture and Design
  •  Visual Culture
  •  Arts Management
  • Language, Literature, and Culture
  • Publishing

 In the 2020-2021 academic year the available modules will be:

HTB065

Psychiatric Stories: Madness in Literature and Culture

20 credits

HTB809

From Print to Digital: Publishing Revolutions

 

20 credits

ACB934

Fashion Theory

 

20 credits

ACB935

Creative Dissent, Protest, Activism and Art

 

20 credits

ACB937

Experiential Design: Body Adornments and New Technologies

 

20 credits

ACB938

Arts Management

 

20 credits

 

Part I

DPS route

Candidates will undertake an approved placement leading to the Diploma in Professional Studies. 

Semesters 1 and 2

ACI001

Industrial Training Placement (DPS, non-credit bearing)

120 credits

 

OR

DIntS Route

Candidates will undertake an approved study placement at a partner institution outside the United Kingdom leading to the Diploma in International Studies.

Semesters 1 and 2

 

ACI002

International University Placement (DIntS, non-credit bearing)

120 credits

Participation in either a work or study placement is subject to School approval and satisfactory academic performance during Parts A and B.

Part C - Degree Modules 

Candidates normally attempt 60 credits in each semester, accumulating 120 credit units over the year.

There are no compulsory modules in Part C.

 Drama component

Candidates normally choose modules from the following list with a total modular weight of 80 but may take fewer in accordance with the University's Credit Framework. The minimum number of credits in Drama to be accumulated at Part C is 40.

Optional modules will be available in the following subject areas:
  • Literature from 1350 to the present

  • Language and Linguistics

  • Creative Writing

  • American Literature and Film

  • Performance and Theatre Practice

  • Theoretical, Technical and Historical Drama

In the 2020-2021 academic year the available modules will be:

 

Semesters 1 and 2

Compulsory – NONE

Optional

ACC950

Research Project

40 credits

Semester 1

Compulsory – NONE

Optional

ACC902

Class, Power and Performance on Stage and Screen

20 credits

ACC920

Performing the Absurd

20 credits

ACC951

Group Project: Theatre in the Community

20 credits

 

Semester 2

Optional

ACC500

Theatre Practice

40 credits

ACC910

The Cinematic Stage

20 credits

 

 

English component

Candidates normally choose modules from the following list with a total modular weight of 40 but may take fewer in accordance with the University's Credit Framework. The minimum number of credits in English to be accumulated at Part C is 20.

 

Semester 1 and 2

Compulsory – NONE

Optional

HTC009

Dissertation

40 credits

Semester 1

Optional

HTC016

Cruel and Unusual: Punishment on Trial in American Culture

20 credits

HTC024

Twenty First Century Literature

20 credits

HTC027

An Unexpected Light: Writing Afghanistan

20 credits

HTC229

Neo-Victorianism

20 credits

HTC440

The Modern Poet

20 credits

HTC801

Marketing and the Magazine Business

20 credits

 

Semester 2

Compulsory – NONE

Optional

HTC001

Radicals and Reactionaries: Writing Women of the 1890s

20 credits

HTC210

Better Worlds?: Utopian and Dystopian Texts and Contexts

20 credits

HTC300

Adapting Shakespeare

20 credits

HTC320

Driving on: Writing Towards Publication

20 credits

HTC701

Global America

20 credits

HTC806

The Child and the Book

20 credits

 

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 In order to progress from Part A to Part B and from Part B to C and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must not only satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX.

5.2 Provision will be made in accordance with Regulation XX for candidates who have the right of re-assessment in any part of the Programme to undergo re-assessment in the University’s special assessment period.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Candidates' final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and C, in accordance with the scheme set out in Regulation XX. The average percentage marks for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 40% : Part C 60% to determine the Programme Mark.

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