Third year - Drama and Theatre Arts

Compulsory modules

(20 credits)

Extended Essay in Drama

This module provides the opportunity for students to bring together skills in research studied across the three years of the degree. Students will be offered a combination of one-to-one supervisions and larger group research skills workshops across the academic year to pursue an area of research of their choice.


Practical Project in Drama

Students will be able to design their own independent project in consultation with an allocated supervisor. They will also be supported by workshops aimed to develop their practice-as-research skills. The scope of the project will need to demonstrate the requirement for research into the chosen area of work and professional standards of execution will be expected.

Example study option modules may include:

choose three

(20 credits)

The Creative Industries

This module introduces students to some of the issues surrounding the practicalities of working within the creative and cultural industries in the UK today, with a particular emphasis on theatre. Students will learn through seminars on funding, marketing and project development and by undertaking independent research in the field, guided by the tutor. Students will be asked to develop a project they could potentially deliver on ‘real world’ terms.


The module examines various adaptation practices and their significance in terms of both cultural production and reception. The course materials encompass drama, translation, performance and film within an analytical framework, which will allow us to critically explore the limits and the established definitions of adaptation. Throughout the course, theory will be used to question discourses of originality, fidelity and textual authority.

The Director and Directing

This module explores and challenges ideas and practices of directing: throughout, it aims to question and compare directors' relationships to the actor/performer, the audience/spectator and to the theatrical material. The module includes consideration of the director's aesthetics of, for example, space, visual languages, narrative and meaning, as well as dramaturgical practices.

Alexander Technique

This course aims to provide the student with an introduction to the Alexander Technique and an insight into its application in performance. The sessions will aim to give the student a theoretical and practical understanding of how vocal and movement skills can be improved and how to address problems of performance through the technique.

Performing Hamlet

This module combines the examination of the dramatic text from the point of view of performance choices and the opportunities provided in the writing and stagecraft, with study of the play’s performance history in the theatre and on screen. We will be working through selected scenes and speeches in detail and in quasi-rehearsal mode, with particular attention to their technical demands and to their integration in the play.

Victorian Drama

This module focuses on mid-nineteenth century Victorian drama. We will look at how Victorian drama exploited a multi-sensual and, indeed, multi-media experience for the audience using aural, visual and what could perhaps be described as “four D” effects in spectacular sensation drama. We will also look at genres and topics of drama such as the industrial, the melodramatic, the ghost story and the folk tale and study the somewhat radical attitude of authors such as Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins.

Multimedia Beckett

This module provides students with an advanced critical understanding of Beckett’s drama for theatre, film, wireless and television. This includes an understanding of the medium specific and inter-medial aspects of selected works.

Playwright’s Theatre

This module gives students the opportunity to engage with the work of an individual playwright in substantial depth. The module offers a considerate overview of the playwright’s work through a selection of plays that serve to illustrate his/her artistic and ideological affinities, style, as well as influences. At the same time, the social context of the periods in which the texts were written and first produced will be considered so as to trace the mutual impact between artist and society.

Example practical option modules may include:

choose two 

(20 credits)

Contemporary Practice

This module will support students in making and promoting their own original artistic practice. Five initial workshops will focus on the creation of work through innovative development, fusion or critique of current practices in professional contemporary performance. As a core part of the module students will also be introduced to the skills required to market their work to funders and promoters.

Applied Theatre

The course will provide an introduction to theatre-in-education, exploring its origins, principles, approaches and the practical and theoretical influences of key practitioners. The course will be taught practically through a series of workshops and observations and students will create small group pieces of theatre-in-education towards a final assessed participatory performance in week 11.


This module combines study and practice. The weekly 3-hour seminar/workshops include analysis and discussion of published plays; practical writing exercises and seated reading of students’ playscripts. Students will develop a short play of their own from original ‘pitch’ through successive drafts.

Theatre Crafts 3

The module allows students who have followed the relevant Theatre Crafts pathway in the previous two years to develop their skills within a senior role within the production team in their chosen specialised area of stage management, stage technologies or design.


Production Module

(40 credits)

This module provides the student with advanced skills enhancement through participation in a full production. Students will rehearse, develop and perform allocated roles within the auspices of a fully supported and designed theatre production. Learning is undertaken in a collaboratively-driven rehearsal environment, with guidance and teaching provided by a specialist director in an intensive series of rehearsals over 4-5 weeks. Students perform in DTA productions with public audiences in attendance.