BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre

BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre

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The Course

Our BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre degree puts the creativity of performance at centre stage and aims to prepare students for a range of careers in the theatre and media, both on and off stage.

This course provides the opportunity for students to develop a critical and culturally engaged relationship to theatre in both scholarship and practice. Students curate their own journey through the programme, selecting taught content from a wide range of modules.

There are opportunities to participate in a variety of productions, collaborate with other departments and external companies, work with academics on research projects and perform at national and international festivals.

As an extra-curricular activity, students can join our semi-professional theatre group, The Lincoln Company, which performs annually at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and sometimes tours across the UK and overseas. For more details on the costs associated with this, please see the Fees tab.

There are opportunities to study abroad in North America for a term in the second year. Please note that students who choose to study overseas are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and general living costs.

The Course

Our BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre degree puts the creativity of performance at centre stage and aims to prepare students for a range of careers in the theatre and media, both on and off stage.

Students can gain core knowledge of the historical, philosophical, literary, performative and cultural antecedents of theatre. This knowledge forms the basis of understanding the artistic, aesthetic, political and ethical place of theatre in the 21st Century.

Through a mixture of core and optional modules, students can curate their own journey through the programme, and can elect to specialise in routes focused on Contemporary Theatre Practice, Theatre and Performance Studies, and Technical Theatre and Production.

This course is ideal for students who have a passion for the study of Drama as an academic subject. The balance of practical and scholarly approaches is about equal, and a range of optional modules available throughout the degree aim to enable students to tailor the course to suit their interests.
The course introduces the histories of performance, critical and cultural theory, performance making and analysis, as well as project design, management, and vocationally-facing practice. Teaching is designed to enable students to develop an understanding of the structures within which the world of theatre operates.

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

Critical Histories (Core)
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Critical Histories (Core)

What is it to think? What is it to think critically? And how has the ‘way’ we think been formed by the world around us? In this module, students are introduced to key milestones in critical, cultural and philosophical thought from antiquity to the present day.

Theatre & Performance Making I (Core)
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Theatre & Performance Making I (Core)

An introduction to the fundamental elements of performance technique and performance making. Students can undertake foundational instruction in vocal and physical technique, including movement for theatre, spatial and ensemble awareness and the operation of the voice.

Theatre & Performance Making II (Core)
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Theatre & Performance Making II (Core)

The practical culmination of level 1 study, Theatre & Performance Making II invites students to stage a full-length ensemble work for a public audience.

Theatre & Performance Studies (Core)
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Theatre & Performance Studies (Core)

Theatre & Performance Studies situates the field of theatre and performance within the larger framework set out by Critical Histories in Semester A. The module provides three approaches to investigating the relationship between dramatic texts and performances and their historical, cultural and critical contexts, using a series of case studies.

Avant-Garde Theatre (Option)
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Avant-Garde Theatre (Option)

What does it mean for theatre to be ‘avant-garde’? What does it look like in practice, and how does it reflect critical thought and the wider world at the time? In this module, students can look at key early avant-garde movements as critical and expressive practices in relation to their genealogical position in theatre history and the contexts of contemporary theatre making that impacts on the theatre we make today.

Collaborative Elective (Option)
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Collaborative Elective (Option)

This module enables groups of students from mixed disciplines to work together on a large-scale, interdisciplinary project. The module takes as its starting point a project brief from either an internal or external partner commissioning the student group to undertake and complete a collaborative project exploring pertinent cultural issues.

Contemporary Drama in Context (Option)
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Contemporary Drama in Context (Option)

Students can study a range of contemporary dramatic texts and performances drawn from 1989 onwards. These plays will be grouped thematically into three key areas of contemporary cultural context: Neoliberalism; Borders and Nations; and Climate Change and the Environment. Applying the skills of close critical analysis developed throughout the course, students are expected to consider how contemporary theatre is engaging with the social, political and environmental fallout of 'the end of history' and examine the various dramaturgical strategies employed by contemporary theatre-makers to address these challenges.

Drama Study Abroad (Option)
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Drama Study Abroad (Option)

This module offers the opportunity for students to spend the second Semester of Level 2 living and studying at one of our international partner institutions. During the period abroad, students will share classes and modules of study with local students. Not only will students be living and socialising in another culture - providing opportunities to study their respective countries, they will also have an opportunity to examine international theatre practice through attending performances as part of modules and participating in extra-curricular activities.

Placements (LSFPA) (Option)
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Placements (LSFPA) (Option)

This module encourages students to think beyond their University life, reaching into the wider community to hone their skills and target future employment possibilities. The Placements module provides students with the opportunity to examine how in arts-based organisations, educational and work in non traditional arts-based establishments enable students to use the direct and transferable skills they have developed during their degree These skills can contribute to the future career prospects of our graduates.

Scenography & Design (Option)
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Scenography & Design (Option)

How have the practices of set, costume and performance design developed over time? In what ways can theories developed by pioneers of modern scenography be tested and put into practice today? How do spaces, bodies, materials and technologies interact in the production of meaning in theatre and performance? In this module, students are introduced to key aspects of the histories, theories and contemporary practices of scenography and performance design.

Specialist Elective 1 (Option)
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Specialist Elective 1 (Option)

This module offers students the opportunity to work alongside established academics conducting research into a specialist area of drama, theatre and/or performance studies. Specific module content will be informed by the research expertise of the tutor, who will aim to connect students with the contexts, practices, theories and debates associated with this field of research, developing skills of textual and critical analysis alongside creative and critical practices.

Specialist Elective 2 (Option)
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Specialist Elective 2 (Option)

This module offers students the opportunity to work alongside established academics conducting research into a specialist area of drama, theatre and/or performance studies. Specific module content will be informed by the research expertise of the tutor, who will aim to connect students with the contexts, practices, theories and debates associated with this field of research, developing skills of textual and critical analysis alongside creative and critical practices.

Stage Combat (Option)
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Stage Combat (Option)

This module aims to teach students the basics of engaging in stage combat and gives them the option of progressing to the Academy of Performance Combat Basic Three Weapon exam.

Staging the Early Modern (Option)
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Staging the Early Modern (Option)

How do we stage play-texts written over four-hundred years ago? Why do we continue to stage plays written centuries ago? Why do they continue to speak to us, and how can we make them speak for us? In this module, students are given the opportunity to reinvent an early modern classic for the twenty-first century stage.

Technical Theatre (Option)
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Technical Theatre (Option)

How does a theatre performance work? What happens behind the scenes for a performance to operate effectively?

The Technical Theatre module provides students with the opportunity to improve their understanding of creating and operating a theatrical performance through both theoretical and practical based workshops, demonstrating common principles and practices within the subject of technical theatre.

Theatre & Theory (Core)
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Theatre & Theory (Core)

How do we experience theatre and why? What perspectives might help us to analyse performance, situated within its relevant production and reception contexts? How can theory trouble the surface appearances of theatre and performance? In this module, students can examine a variety of intersecting theoretical frameworks to illuminate our understanding of the theatre event in its various forms and aspects.

Theatre Practice (Option)
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Theatre Practice (Option)

This modules introduces students to practical strategies for the making of performance in the real-world contemporary theatre industry. The focus is on approaching performance through the lens of a professional practitioner. While we take existing models from contemporary theatre companies and theatre makers, we are also interested in developing a professional skill-set and attitude at this level and enabling students to consider themselves on their professional trajectory as makers. Students can explore the associated practices of improvising, devising and dramaturgy.

Acting for Song (Option)
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Acting for Song (Option)

This is a practical module in which students can explore the techniques of singing and acting song. Working on both ensemble and individual numbers, this may be ideal preparation for anyone anticipating applying for drama schools, especially for musical theatre courses.

Creative Industries (Option)
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Creative Industries (Option)

In this module students can develop a detailed understanding of the arts as an ecosystem in relation to the wider world. Through a robust portfolio assessment, students have the chance to acquire a broad range of the administrative, professional and managerial skills required for a sustainable career in the arts.

Directing (Option)
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Directing (Option)

What is the role of the director? What is the difference between directing an existing text and directing a piece 'from scratch'? What are the artistic and aesthetic concerns of the director, and what does it mean to direct theatre in the twenty-first century? This module introduces students to the practical process of classical and contemporary methodologies for directing theatre, from researching the script, through casting and rehearsals to auteurship, guided improvisation, and material development.

Dissertation (15c) (Option)
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Dissertation (15c) (Option)

The Dissertation module provides the opportunity for a student to investigate and pursue a theatre and performance arts topic of his or her own choosing over an extended piece of academic writing.

Each student is allocated a supervisor that will help them to select and refine a topic appropriate for extended study, evaluate progress and read and offer feedback on draft work. Students will be expected to work on their own initiative to undertake research and synthesise it into a logical and original argument in the form of a 4,500 piece of scholarly writing.

Dissertation (30c) (Option)
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Dissertation (30c) (Option)

The Dissertation module provides the opportunity for a student to investigate and pursue a theatre and performance arts topic of his or her own choosing over an extended piece of academic writing.

Each student is allocated a supervisor that will help them to select and refine a topic appropriate for extended study, evaluate progress and read and offer feedback on draft work. Students will be expected to work on their own initiative to undertake research and synthesise it into a logical and original argument in the form of a 9,000 word piece of scholarly writing.

Final Project (Core)
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Final Project (Core)

Final Project allows students the opportunity to work collaboratively to produce their Degree Show performance.

Students will work together to propose and deliver an ambitious, large-scale performance that builds on their three years of experience on the Theatre programme. Embracing a broad spectrum of theatrical modes and genres, work may include (but not limited to) site-based pieces, restagings and adaptations, devised performance, intermedial, physical theatre and live art. All performances will have the opportunity to be shown in the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre as part of its professional programme.

Performance Writing (Option)
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Performance Writing (Option)

This 30-credit Level 3 module will investigate different modes of writing for, through and in performance. The module introduces radical new dramaturgies and the potentiality of text as material, site and set. Students can develop approaches, strategies and techniques for writing for performance, inclusive of the notion of writing-as-performance, and a critical understanding of their application in theatre today.

Performance, Broadcast & New Technologies (Option)
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Performance, Broadcast & New Technologies (Option)

What happens when performance meets new technology? How can digital technologies reshape and reconfigure the possibilities for performative and aesthetic experience? In this module students can practically engage with a range of new and broadcast technologies to develop a piece of performance practice that explores the relationships between technology and the experience of performance.

Physical Theatre (Option)
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Physical Theatre (Option)

This practice-orientated module aims to introduce students to the range of approaches to Physical Theatre. Students can explore how to work imaginatively with space, text and image-making, using body and voice to devise an original performance of physical theatre.

Popular Performance (Option)
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Popular Performance (Option)

What does it mean to be ‘popular’? Why are ‘popular’ performance modes – such as clowning, cabaret, the musical and stand-up comedy – so often overlooked within the ‘serious’ study of theatre? In this module, students can engage with the historical, theoretical and practical contexts of a range of popular performance forms.

Postdramatic Theatre (Option)
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Postdramatic Theatre (Option)

Emerging in the twentieth century, postdramatic theatre calls into question such fundamentals of dramatic theatre such character, plot and dialogue, inviting us to conceive of a theatre beyond representation. This module asks ‘why?’ and ‘how?’, in both practical and theoretical contexts.

Solo Performance (Option)
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Solo Performance (Option)

This module enables students to explore and analyse the various techniques of producing material which will eventually lead to the production of a Solo Performance. During the course of the module, students are expected to analyse and engage with the work of a variety of contemporary solo artists which will influence and guide their work. Engagement with a wide variety of Solo artists is important and the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre will provide a rich vein of resources in the form of incoming artists. These opportunities for students on this module are designed to enable them to discover a personal voice and a unique voice as a solo performance artist.

Specialist Elective II (Option)
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Specialist Elective II (Option)

This module offers students the opportunity to work alongside established academics conducting research into a specialist area of drama, theatre and/or performance studies. Specific module content will be informed by the research expertise of the tutor, who will connect students with the contexts, practices, theories and debates associated with this field of research, developing skills of textual and critical analysis alongside creative and critical practices.

Theatre for Young Audiences (Option)
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Theatre for Young Audiences (Option)

What part does theatre play in the lives of children today? How do we make such theatre relevant, accessible and alive in a world dominated by screen-based interaction? What is the most appropriate setting and subject matter to engage children in a theatrical experience?

Students can form small groups and devise short performances designed to tour to Primary Schools in the City of Lincoln. The tour will usually play in a different Primary School every day for one working week, with audience sizes ranging from 80 - 300 children. The tour will replicate a professional touring model, accompanied by a dedicated Technician with a full complement of audio, visual and lighting equipment. The audience will usually comprise of 4 - 7 year old children, their teachers and teaching or learning assistants. Students will require DBS Checks to tour, and these will be provided by the School of Fine and Performing Arts.

†The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

As this course aims to develop a wide range of practical and intellectual skills, assessment is varied and includes presentations, written projects, individual and group practical work, projects and portfolios, in addition to academic essays.

There are no formal end-of-year examinations. Throughout the degree, students are assessed through their production of practical and written work.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above)..

Methods of Assessment

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

As part of the admissions process, all Drama applicants are required to attend an interview with tutors from the Lincoln School of Fine & Performing Arts. More information can be found within our FAQs:

FAQs: http://lncn.eu/itw7

Students do not need to be a star performer on the stage. They will, however, need plenty of passion and commitment in order to energetically engage with the course, in terms of both practice and scholarship. Expect to work hard, both in and outside of class. A willingness to read, broadly and deeply, is a must for any degree-level course.
Study Abroad

The growing reputation of the Lincoln School of Fine & Performing Arts has allowed us to develop partnerships with other international institutions. Recently, we have established two exciting ‘study abroad’ affiliations in North America, with the University of Ottawa in Canada and at Drury University in Missouri, USA. These partnerships will enable up to eight drama students per year to participate in an exchange programme, where they will study for a term at one of these partner institutions. These international exchange programmes provide a fantastic opportunity for students to develop life skills, expand the breadth of their education and enhance their employability upon graduation.

Exchange students applying to study outside of Europe do not pay tuition fees at their host university, but continue to pay tuition fees at their home institution.

Participants will usually be responsible for all other costs themselves including travel, accommodation, general living expenses, visas, insurance, vaccinations and administrative fees at the host institution.

Students undertaking an exchange keep their entitlement to UK sources of funding such as student loans and should apply to their awarding body in the normal way, indicating that they will be studying abroad.

If a period of study or placement abroad is a mandatory part of your degree, you may be entitled to extra funding. Students should direct enquiries to their funding body about this.

Students may also be able to apply to their Local Education Authority or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland for further funding to assist with travel expenses. Please contact them for further information.

Performance Opportunities

The Lincoln Company, the University of Lincoln’s student and alumni company, has taken a range of exciting shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for nearly a decade. Our work ranges from new writing to contemporary and experimental performance, but all of our shows are produced and directed by our current and former students who are supported by our in–house technical team.

The Lincoln Company works all year round running shows in repertory, touring regionally, and engaging in national and international festivals. Previous work taken to Edinburgh includes Joe Orton’s 'Loot', David Greig’s 'The cosmonaut’s letter to the woman he once loved in the Soviet Union' and a devised performance, 'Cartography', by graduate company, Flickbook Theatre, which was highly commended by the National Student Drama Festival in 2015.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Where students have the opportunity to participate in an optional placement in the UK or overseas or are studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport, accommodation and meals costs.

Tuition Fees

2018/19UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,600 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2019/20UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,900 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt


†Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

- In exceptional circumstances, students who are required to re-take modules can do so on an 'assessment only' basis. This means that students do not attend timetabled teaching events but are required to take the assessments/examinations associated with the module(s). The 'assessment only' fee is half of the £ per credit point fee for each module.

Exceptionally, tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/undergraduatecourses/feesandfunding/] [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/feesandfunding/]

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Other Costs

For students who wish to participate in The Lincoln Company's Edinburgh Festival Fringe performances there are additional costs. Students are required to contribute £100 towards the cost of attending the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and are responsible for their travel and general living costs. Accommodation costs in Edinburgh are covered by the University. An approximate break down of these costs includes £570 for travel, accommodation and a levy to participate, and an additional £200-£400 to cover the cost of meals and entertainment during the trip. These costs are based on those incurred by individual students during the 2015 performances.

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits to include 30 at merit or above will be required.

In addition, applicants should have a minimum of three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English.

Mature students with extensive relevant experience will be selected on individual merit.

If you would like further information about entry requirements or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on + 44 (0)1522 886097 or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk.

This course is ideal for students who have a passion for the study of Drama as an academic subject. The balance of practical and scholarly approaches is about equal, and a range of optional modules available throughout the degree aim to enable students to tailor the course to suit their interests.
The course interrogates practice and theory side by side, creating a broad, interconnected body of knowledge and experience for our students. Throughout the programme, students can engage with theatrical histories, traditions and practices; critical and cultural theory; performance technique; devising, making and analysis, as well as project design, management and vocationally-facing practice.

There are opportunities to participate in a variety of productions, collaborate with other departments and external companies, work with academics on research projects and perform at national and international festivals.

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

Critical Histories (Core)
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Critical Histories (Core)

What is it to think? What is it to think critically? And how has the ‘way’ we think been formed by the world around us? In this module, students are introduced to key milestones in critical, cultural and philosophical thought from antiquity to the present day.

Theatre & Performance Making I (Core)
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Theatre & Performance Making I (Core)

An introduction to the fundamental elements of performance technique and performance making. Students can undertake foundational instruction in vocal and physical technique, including movement for theatre, spatial and ensemble awareness and the operation of the voice.

Theatre & Performance Making II (Core)
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Theatre & Performance Making II (Core)

The practical culmination of level 1 study, Theatre & Performance Making II invites students to stage a full-length ensemble work for a public audience.

Theatre & Performance Studies (Core)
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Theatre & Performance Studies (Core)

Theatre & Performance Studies situates the field of theatre and performance within the larger framework set out by Critical Histories in Semester A. The module provides three approaches to investigating the relationship between dramatic texts and performances and their historical, cultural and critical contexts, using a series of case studies.

Avant-Garde Theatre (Option)
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Avant-Garde Theatre (Option)

What does it mean for theatre to be ‘avant-garde’? What does it look like in practice, and how does it reflect critical thought and the wider world at the time? In this module, students can look at key early avant-garde movements as critical and expressive practices in relation to their genealogical position in theatre history and the contexts of contemporary theatre making that impacts on the theatre we make today.

Collaborative Elective (Option)
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Collaborative Elective (Option)

This module enables groups of students from mixed disciplines to work together on a large-scale, interdisciplinary project. The module takes as its starting point a project brief from either an internal or external partner commissioning the student group to undertake and complete a collaborative project exploring pertinent cultural issues.

Contemporary Drama in Context (Option)
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Contemporary Drama in Context (Option)

Students can study a range of contemporary dramatic texts and performances drawn from 1989 onwards. These plays will be grouped thematically into three key areas of contemporary cultural context: Neoliberalism; Borders and Nations; and Climate Change and the Environment. Applying the skills of close critical analysis developed throughout the course, students are expected to consider how contemporary theatre is engaging with the social, political and environmental fallout of 'the end of history' and examine the various dramaturgical strategies employed by contemporary theatre-makers to address these challenges.

Drama Study Abroad (Option)
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Drama Study Abroad (Option)

This module offers the opportunity for students to spend the second Semester of Level 2 living and studying at one of our international partner institutions. During the period abroad, students will share classes and modules of study with local students. Not only will students be living and socialising in another culture - providing opportunities to study their respective countries, they will also have an opportunity to examine international theatre practice through attending performances as part of modules and participating in extra-curricular activities.

Placements (LSFPA) (Option)
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Placements (LSFPA) (Option)

This module encourages students to think beyond their University life, reaching into the wider community to hone their skills and target future employment possibilities. The Placements module provides students with the opportunity to examine how in arts-based organisations, educational and work in non traditional arts-based establishments enable students to use the direct and transferable skills they have developed during their degree These skills can contribute to the future career prospects of our graduates.

Scenography & Design (Option)
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Scenography & Design (Option)

How have the practices of set, costume and performance design developed over time? In what ways can theories developed by pioneers of modern scenography be tested and put into practice today? How do spaces, bodies, materials and technologies interact in the production of meaning in theatre and performance? In this module, students are introduced to key aspects of the histories, theories and contemporary practices of scenography and performance design.

Specialist Elective 1 (Option)
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Specialist Elective 1 (Option)

This module offers students the opportunity to work alongside established academics conducting research into a specialist area of drama, theatre and/or performance studies. Specific module content will be informed by the research expertise of the tutor, who will aim to connect students with the contexts, practices, theories and debates associated with this field of research, developing skills of textual and critical analysis alongside creative and critical practices.

Specialist Elective 2 (Option)
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Specialist Elective 2 (Option)

This module offers students the opportunity to work alongside established academics conducting research into a specialist area of drama, theatre and/or performance studies. Specific module content will be informed by the research expertise of the tutor, who will aim to connect students with the contexts, practices, theories and debates associated with this field of research, developing skills of textual and critical analysis alongside creative and critical practices.

Stage Combat (Option)
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Stage Combat (Option)

This module aims to teach students the basics of engaging in stage combat and gives them the option of progressing to the Academy of Performance Combat Basic Three Weapon exam.

Staging the Early Modern (Option)
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Staging the Early Modern (Option)

How do we stage play-texts written over four-hundred years ago? Why do we continue to stage plays written centuries ago? Why do they continue to speak to us, and how can we make them speak for us? In this module, students are given the opportunity to reinvent an early modern classic for the twenty-first century stage.

Technical Theatre (Option)
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Technical Theatre (Option)

How does a theatre performance work? What happens behind the scenes for a performance to operate effectively?

The Technical Theatre module provides students with the opportunity to improve their understanding of creating and operating a theatrical performance through both theoretical and practical based workshops, demonstrating common principles and practices within the subject of technical theatre.

Theatre & Theory (Core)
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Theatre & Theory (Core)

How do we experience theatre and why? What perspectives might help us to analyse performance, situated within its relevant production and reception contexts? How can theory trouble the surface appearances of theatre and performance? In this module, students can examine a variety of intersecting theoretical frameworks to illuminate our understanding of the theatre event in its various forms and aspects.

Theatre Practice (Option)
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Theatre Practice (Option)

This modules introduces students to practical strategies for the making of performance in the real-world contemporary theatre industry. The focus is on approaching performance through the lens of a professional practitioner. While we take existing models from contemporary theatre companies and theatre makers, we are also interested in developing a professional skill-set and attitude at this level and enabling students to consider themselves on their professional trajectory as makers. Students can explore the associated practices of improvising, devising and dramaturgy.

Acting for Song (Option)
Find out more

Acting for Song (Option)

This is a practical module in which students can explore the techniques of singing and acting song. Working on both ensemble and individual numbers, this may be ideal preparation for anyone anticipating applying for drama schools, especially for musical theatre courses.

Creative Industries (Option)
Find out more

Creative Industries (Option)

In this module students can develop a detailed understanding of the arts as an ecosystem in relation to the wider world. Through a robust portfolio assessment, students have the chance to acquire a broad range of the administrative, professional and managerial skills required for a sustainable career in the arts.

Directing (Option)
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Directing (Option)

What is the role of the director? What is the difference between directing an existing text and directing a piece 'from scratch'? What are the artistic and aesthetic concerns of the director, and what does it mean to direct theatre in the twenty-first century? This module introduces students to the practical process of classical and contemporary methodologies for directing theatre, from researching the script, through casting and rehearsals to auteurship, guided improvisation, and material development.

Dissertation (15c) (Option)
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Dissertation (15c) (Option)

The Dissertation module provides the opportunity for a student to investigate and pursue a theatre and performance arts topic of his or her own choosing over an extended piece of academic writing.

Each student is allocated a supervisor that will help them to select and refine a topic appropriate for extended study, evaluate progress and read and offer feedback on draft work. Students will be expected to work on their own initiative to undertake research and synthesise it into a logical and original argument in the form of a 4,500 piece of scholarly writing.

Dissertation (30c) (Option)
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Dissertation (30c) (Option)

The Dissertation module provides the opportunity for a student to investigate and pursue a theatre and performance arts topic of his or her own choosing over an extended piece of academic writing.

Each student is allocated a supervisor that will help them to select and refine a topic appropriate for extended study, evaluate progress and read and offer feedback on draft work. Students will be expected to work on their own initiative to undertake research and synthesise it into a logical and original argument in the form of a 9,000 word piece of scholarly writing.

Final Project (Core)
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Final Project (Core)

Final Project allows students the opportunity to work collaboratively to produce their Degree Show performance.

Students will work together to propose and deliver an ambitious, large-scale performance that builds on their three years of experience on the Theatre programme. Embracing a broad spectrum of theatrical modes and genres, work may include (but not limited to) site-based pieces, restagings and adaptations, devised performance, intermedial, physical theatre and live art. All performances will have the opportunity to be shown in the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre as part of its professional programme.

Performance Writing (Option)
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Performance Writing (Option)

This 30-credit Level 3 module will investigate different modes of writing for, through and in performance. The module introduces radical new dramaturgies and the potentiality of text as material, site and set. Students can develop approaches, strategies and techniques for writing for performance, inclusive of the notion of writing-as-performance, and a critical understanding of their application in theatre today.

Performance, Broadcast & New Technologies (Option)
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Performance, Broadcast & New Technologies (Option)

What happens when performance meets new technology? How can digital technologies reshape and reconfigure the possibilities for performative and aesthetic experience? In this module students can practically engage with a range of new and broadcast technologies to develop a piece of performance practice that explores the relationships between technology and the experience of performance.

Physical Theatre (Option)
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Physical Theatre (Option)

This practice-orientated module aims to introduce students to the range of approaches to Physical Theatre. Students can explore how to work imaginatively with space, text and image-making, using body and voice to devise an original performance of physical theatre.

Popular Performance (Option)
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Popular Performance (Option)

What does it mean to be ‘popular’? Why are ‘popular’ performance modes – such as clowning, cabaret, the musical and stand-up comedy – so often overlooked within the ‘serious’ study of theatre? In this module, students can engage with the historical, theoretical and practical contexts of a range of popular performance forms.

Postdramatic Theatre (Option)
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Postdramatic Theatre (Option)

Emerging in the twentieth century, postdramatic theatre calls into question such fundamentals of dramatic theatre such character, plot and dialogue, inviting us to conceive of a theatre beyond representation. This module asks ‘why?’ and ‘how?’, in both practical and theoretical contexts.

Solo Performance (Option)
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Solo Performance (Option)

This module enables students to explore and analyse the various techniques of producing material which will eventually lead to the production of a Solo Performance. During the course of the module, students are expected to analyse and engage with the work of a variety of contemporary solo artists which will influence and guide their work. Engagement with a wide variety of Solo artists is important and the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre will provide a rich vein of resources in the form of incoming artists. These opportunities for students on this module are designed to enable them to discover a personal voice and a unique voice as a solo performance artist.

Specialist Elective II (Option)
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Specialist Elective II (Option)

This module offers students the opportunity to work alongside established academics conducting research into a specialist area of drama, theatre and/or performance studies. Specific module content will be informed by the research expertise of the tutor, who will connect students with the contexts, practices, theories and debates associated with this field of research, developing skills of textual and critical analysis alongside creative and critical practices.

Theatre for Young Audiences (Option)
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Theatre for Young Audiences (Option)

What part does theatre play in the lives of children today? How do we make such theatre relevant, accessible and alive in a world dominated by screen-based interaction? What is the most appropriate setting and subject matter to engage children in a theatrical experience?

Students can form small groups and devise short performances designed to tour to Primary Schools in the City of Lincoln. The tour will usually play in a different Primary School every day for one working week, with audience sizes ranging from 80 - 300 children. The tour will replicate a professional touring model, accompanied by a dedicated Technician with a full complement of audio, visual and lighting equipment. The audience will usually comprise of 4 - 7 year old children, their teachers and teaching or learning assistants. Students will require DBS Checks to tour, and these will be provided by the School of Fine and Performing Arts.

†The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

As this course aims to develop a wide range of practical and intellectual skills, assessment is varied and includes presentations, written projects, individual and group practical work, projects and portfolios, in addition to academic essays.

There are no formal end-of-year examinations. Throughout the degree, students are assessed through their production of practical and written work.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above)..

Methods of Assessment

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

As part of the admissions process, all Drama applicants are required to attend an interview with tutors from the Lincoln School of Fine & Performing Arts. More information can be found within our FAQs:

FAQs: http://lncn.eu/itw7

Students do not need to be a star performer on the stage. They will, however, need plenty of passion and commitment in order to energetically engage with the course, in terms of both practice and scholarship. Expect to work hard, both in and outside of class. A willingness to read, broadly and deeply, is a must for any degree-level course.
Study Abroad

The growing reputation of the Lincoln School of Fine and Performing Arts has allowed us to develop partnerships with other international institutions. Recently, we have established two exciting ‘study abroad’ affiliations in North America, with the University of Ottawa in Canada and at Drury University in Missouri, USA. These partnerships will enable up to eight drama students per year to participate in an exchange programme, where they will study for a term at one of these partner institutions. These international exchange programmes provide a fantastic opportunity for students to develop life skills, expand the breadth of their education and enhance their employability upon graduation.

Exchange students applying to study outside of Europe do not pay tuition fees at their host university, but continue to pay tuition fees at their home institution.

Participants will usually be responsible for all other costs themselves including travel, accommodation, general living expenses, visas, insurance, vaccinations and administrative fees at the host institution.

Students undertaking an exchange keep their entitlement to UK sources of funding such as student loans and should apply to their awarding body in the normal way, indicating that they will be studying abroad.

If a period of study or placement abroad is a mandatory part of your degree, you may be entitled to extra funding. Students should direct enquiries to their funding body about this.

Students may also be able to apply to their Local Education Authority or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland for further funding to assist with travel expenses. Please contact them for further information.

Performance Opportunities

As an extracurricular activity, students can join our semi-professional theatre group, The Lincoln Company which performs annually at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and sometimes tours across the UK and overseas. For more details on the costs associated with this, please see the Fees tab.

The Lincoln Company has taken a range of exciting shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for nearly a decade. Our work ranges from new writing to contemporary and experimental performance, but all of our shows are produced and directed by our current and former students who are supported by our in–house technical team.

The Lincoln Company works all year round running shows in repertory, touring regionally, and engaging in national and international festivals. Previous work taken to Edinburgh includes Joe Orton’s 'Loot', David Greig’s 'The cosmonaut’s letter to the woman he once loved in the Soviet Union' and a devised performance, 'Cartography', by graduate company, Flickbook Theatre, which was highly commended by the National Student Drama Festival in 2015.

Performance Credits

Each student will receive event/performance credits which can be used against ticketed performances at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

There are opportunities to study abroad in North America for a term in the second year. Please note that students who choose to study overseas are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and general living costs.

Tuition Fees

2018/19UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,600 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2019/20UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,900 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt


†Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

- In exceptional circumstances, students who are required to re-take modules can do so on an 'assessment only' basis. This means that students do not attend timetabled teaching events but are required to take the assessments/examinations associated with the module(s). The 'assessment only' fee is half of the £ per credit point fee for each module.

Exceptionally, tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/undergraduatecourses/feesandfunding/] [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/feesandfunding/]

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Other Costs

For students who wish to participate in The Lincoln Company's Edinburgh Festival Fringe performances there are additional costs. Students are currently required to contribute £150 towards the cost of attending the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and are responsible for their travel and general living costs. Accommodation costs in Edinburgh are covered by the University. An approximate break down of these costs includes £570 for travel, accommodation and a levy to participate, and an additional £200-£400 to cover the cost of meals and entertainment during the trip. These costs are based on those incurred by individual students during the 2015 performances.

GCE Advanced Levels: BCC

International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.

EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.

We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk.

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

Dr Andrew Westerside - Drama courses

Dr Andrew Westerside

Programme Leader

Dr Andrew Westerside is Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre. His teaching and research is concerned with contemporary theatre making, performance and new technologies, site-specific performance, and theatre and contemporary politics. He is a writer, director and co-artistic director of Proto-type Theater, an award-winning company of multi-disciplinary artists based in the UK.


Your Future Career

Graduates can develop the skills and knowledge relevant to a variety of roles within the theatre, such as actor, director, playwright, producer, stage manager and technician, as well as in related professions in publishing, marketing, research and academia. Some go on to study further at postgraduate level or undertake qualifications in teaching.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/.

Graduates can develop the skills and knowledge relevant to a variety of roles within the theatre, such as actor, director, playwright, producer, stage manager and technician, as well as in related professions in publishing, marketing, venue programming and work in television, film and radio. Some go on to study further at postgraduate level or undertake qualifications in teaching.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/.


Facilities

Students can work and perform in the University’s on-campus Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, a £6 million, 450-seat professional theatre with industry-standard studio spaces. The Centre, part of a busy arts community, hosts professional performances alongside student productions.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

As a student at Lincoln we know you will want an excellently resourced, comfortable and well-designed library. We offer this in the stunning Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library is open 24/7 for the majority of the academic year.


The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.