Key Information

Full-time

3 years

Part-time

6 years

Typical Offer

BCC (104 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 3 A levels)

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

UCAS Code

W400

Course Code

DRADRAUB

Key Information

Full-time

3 years

Part-time

6 years

Typical Offer

BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 3 A levels)

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

UCAS Code

W400

Course Code

DRADRAUB

BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre

Students can work and perform in the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, a £6 million, 450-seat theatre situated on campus.

Key Information

Full-time

3 years

Part-time

6 years

Typical Offer

BCC (104 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 3 A levels)

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

UCAS Code

W400

Course Code

DRADRAUB

Key Information

Full-time

3 years

Part-time

6 years

Typical Offer

BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 3 A levels)

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

UCAS Code

W400

Course Code

DRADRAUB

Teaching and Learning During COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has meant that at Lincoln we are making changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience here at Lincoln.

From autumn 2020 our aim is to provide an on-campus learning experience. Our intention is that teaching will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions. There will be social activities in place for students - all in line with appropriate social distancing and fully adhering to any changes in government guidance as our students' safety is our primary concern.

We want to ensure that your Lincoln experience is as positive, exciting and enjoyable as possible as you embark on the next phase of your life. COVID-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the Lincoln experience. It has challenged us to find innovative new approaches to supporting students' learning and social interactions. These learning experiences, which blend digital and face-to-face, will be vital in helping to prepare our students for a 21st Century workplace.

Of course at Lincoln, personal tutoring is key to our delivery, providing every student with a dedicated tutor to support them throughout their time here at the University. Smaller class sizes mean our academic staff can engage with each student as an individual, and work with them to enhance their strengths. In this environment we hope that students have more opportunities for discussion and engagement and get to know each other better.

Course learning outcomes are vital to prepare you for your future and we aim to utilise this mix of face-to-face and online teaching to deliver these. Students benefit from and enjoy fieldtrips and placements and, whilst it is currently hard to predict the availability of these, we are working hard and with partners and will aspire to offer these wherever possible - obviously in compliance with whatever government guidance is in place at the time.

We are utilising a range of different digital tools for teaching including our dedicated online managed learning environment. All lectures for larger groups will be delivered online using interactive software and a range of different formats. We aim to make every contact count and seminars and small group sessions will maximise face-to-face interaction. Practicals, workshops, studio sessions and performance-based sessions are planned to be delivered face-to-face, in a socially distanced way with appropriate PPE.

We have won awards for our approach to teaching and learning, our partnerships and industry links, and the opportunities these provide for our students. Our aim is that our online and socially distanced delivery during this COVID-19 pandemic is engaging and that students can interact with their tutors and each other and contribute to our academic community.

As and when restrictions start to lift, we aim to deliver an increasing amount of face-to-face teaching and external engagements, depending on each course. Safety will continue to be our primary focus and we will respond to any changing circumstances as they arise to ensure our community is supported. More information about the specific approaches for each course will be shared when teaching starts.

Of course as you start a new academic year it will be challenging but we will be working with you every step of the way. For all our students new and established, we look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant community this Autumn. If you have any questions please visit our Coronavirus page or contact us on 01522 886644.

Dr Arya Madhavan - Programme Leader

Dr Arya Madhavan - Programme Leader

Arya Madhavan joined the University in 2008 after completing her PhD from the University of Aberystwyth. Arya is a trained performer of Indian theatre and dance traditions with a specialism in Kutiyattam, the oldest surviving theatre form in the world. She is leading research on Women in Asian Performance and brought out the Routledge anthology titled 'Women in Asian Performance: Aesthetics and Politics' in 2017. She continues to research and write on Indian theatre/dance and is currently contributing to the OUP volume on Indian Dance.

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Welcome to BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre

Our Drama and Theatre degree puts innovative performance and rigorous scholarship at centre stage, and aims to prepare students for a range of careers in drama, theatre, and the cultural industries.

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

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

The course provides opportunities to participate in a variety of performances and productions, and collaborate with other departments. Students can join The Lincoln Company, a professional collaboration between students, staff, and practising artists which performs existing and original works at venues across the country, including runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Students who join the visit to Edinburgh are required to make a contribution towards costs.

Welcome to BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre

Our Drama and Theatre degree gives you the opportunity to create, perform, and examine innovative theatre and performance.

Led by experts in drama and theatre research, professional performers, theatre makers, and industry specialists, this course is designed to prepare you for a range of careers in drama, theatre, and the cultural industries.

Exploring theatre and performance from a variety of current and global perspectives, including different cultures, histories, politics, aesthetics and ethics, you can develop a detailed understanding of theatre and its important place in our modern lives.

Through a mixture of core and optional modules, both practical and theoretical, you have the opportunity to curate your own journey through the programme, and can choose to focus on Contemporary Theatre Practice, Theatre and Performance Studies, and Technical Theatre and Production.

Our course also provides opportunities for you to perform, create and participate in a variety of performances, trips, and events with a range of partners including interdisciplinary students, professional artists and performers, and external organisations. Recently we’ve worked with organisations including the BBC, National Youth Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, and the Royal Air Force.

How You Study

The BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre degree 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; project design; management; and vocationally-facing practice.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.

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How You Study

The BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre degree interrogates practice and theory side by side, creating a broad, interconnected range of knowledge and experience for our students. Teaching practice in the School diverse and takes place mainly through lectures, seminars, studio-based workshops, and individual tutorials. You may also receive opportunities to engage in practical workshops and talks delivered by a variety of guests including practitioners, academics, and industry leaders. Students may have the opportunity to participate in external visits and theatre trips, where offered.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.

Find out More

An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

A practice-based introduction to the foundational elements of performance technique and performance making, in this module students may undertake instruction in vocal and physical technique, learning the fundamentals of movement for theatre, spatial and ensemble awareness and the operation of the voice. Alongside these, weekly workshops investigate the theories and methodologies that underpin performance making. As they develop an applied understanding of technique and the ability to engage in critical reflection, students can form groups and work towards devising original performances which are showcased at the end of the semester.

Module Overview

This module is the practical culmination of Level One, in which the skills and techniques of performance and devising learned in Devising & Making are implemented in a larger group ensemble context. Here students may devise, produce, and perform a piece of original theatre based on their exploration of a particular theme, idea, or concept, with the performances taking place in the main auditorium at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.

Module Overview

What is 'culture'? How might we think about it critically? How might we better understand the world around us through the application of critical thought? As well as introducing the fundamental modes of analysis and inquiry that will be developed throughout the degree programme, this core level one module will help you to discuss culture (including art, theatre, film, television and digital media) from within and beyond the world of your experience in deep and complex ways - making you a fascinating guest at social events! A stronger capacity for critical thought also will enhance your practical work in theatre and performance making.

Module Overview

This core module introduces students to some of the most significant plays, playwrights, practitioners, traditions and movements throughout the history of theatre, and introduces methods and strategies of play and performance analysis to have emerged in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Beginning with the theatre of the Ancient Greeks, other theatrical conventions studied include Naturalism, Brecht’s Epic Theatre, the Theatre of the Absurd, and verbatim theatre, with the plays of writers such as Arthur Miller, Alecky Blythe and Sarah Kane featuring as objects of analysis. The module highlights three (interrelated) objects of study: the play-text, the live performance and the institutional and ideological frameworks of theatrical production, moving from analysing the page, to the stage, to the broader society in which performances are produced and received.

Module Overview

This module builds on - and moves beyond - the theoretical and cultural perspectives covered in first year to explore their real world relationships with a range of contemporary theatrical forms. You'll examine such ideas as body, space, time and audience within different national and international contexts. In doing so, you'll have the chance to develop a holistic understanding of theatre, considering its components and incarnations through analysis of case studies that may be drawn from live performance, scripts, as well as visual and video documentation. We encourage you to interrogate face-value assumptions and to unpack the various power relations in which contemporary theatre engages. In order to achieve this, the module promotes consideration of the social, cultural, and political positioning of diverse audiences, artists and performances. You'll have the opportunity to reach further towards sophisticated synthesis, to develop your skills in critical analysis, and to enhance your knowledge of how theatre, theory, and society intersect in todays world.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

In this module students have the opportunity to study a range of contemporary dramatic texts and performances 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. The module runs as a series of practical sessions in which the plays are workshopped as well as discussion-based seminars.

Module Overview

How have the practices of lighting, spatial, sound and costume design developed over time? In what ways can ideas 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? This 30-credit, Level 2 module introduces key aspects of the histories, theories and practices of scenography and performance design. In this module students can navigate these subjects historically, theoretically, and practically, exploring how different elements of design can work in tandem. As such, they may be exposed to ideas of how we might understand and apply a range of visual, spatial, material, sonic and other practices in live performance contexts.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

Musical theatre is an interdisciplinary form. Those that perform it require a “triple threat” skill set (acting, singing, and dancing), and similarly those that produce it need to have an understanding of directing, choreography and composition/arrangement. In this module students will have the opportunity to develop and integrate their skills across these disciplines. While, there will be the option to incorporate both performance and production roles, students will be required to participate in and contribute to the development of material that encompasses acting, dancing, singing/music making. This work will take place in the context of a preparing a piece of Music Theatre (60-90 minutes in length) for public performance. The production itself may take various forms. For instance, it could be a production of an existing Musical, or it could be devised and developed by the group. Similarly, an existing libretto could be set to new Music or vice versa. These decisions will be made by the member of staff directing the production at the beginning of the module.

Module Overview

The Placement module encourages students to engage with the creative industries beyond the University through an 80-hour placement with a business or organisation of their choosing. Through direct workplace experience, students may develop new skills, strengthen existing ones, establish valuable professional networks, and target future employment opportunities. Following the placement students are assessed via presentations where they reflect upon their professional development and the impact of their work with the partner organisation.

Module Overview

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. Examples of level two Specialist Elective modules offered in past years include ‘The Musical’ and ‘Reactionary Politics and Modern Drama’.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

This practically-based module engages with selected plays of the Early Modern period and uses them as texts for performance on the contemporary stage. Working both as dramaturgs and performers, students can form a production ensemble and stage an Early Modern classic presented on the main auditorium of the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre. Students may connect their interpretation and re-interpretation the text and its performance history with their own ideas and experiences to situate the Early Modern text within our contemporary cultural moment. Recently staged performances on this module include versions of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi and Christopher Marlowe’s Dr Faustus.

Module Overview

This module introduces students to the theory and practice of teaching drama within a variety of professional and academic contexts. It aims to provide students with a basic repertoire of skills, knowledge and experience for those considering teaching as a career, allowing them to develop and apply a range of teaching methods oriented around the way that the subject of drama is learned and taught. Key to the teaching and learning strategy on the module is engaging directly in schools or other appropriate learning environments.

Module Overview

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 and Stage Management.

Module Overview

This module on the Contemporary Theatre Practice pathway will introduce 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. Companies and theatre makers covered on the module include Massive Owl, Forced Entertainment, Goat Island, Gob Squad, Action Hero, The Wooster Group, Reckless Sleepers, Lone Twin, Uninvited Guests, Proto-type. The teaching team includes staff who have worked with these companies and have direct experience of making theatre today.

Module Overview

This module explores the genealogies, practices, politics, cultural legacy and impact of the European Avant-garde circa 1880-1930 and can turn to more recent developments in the course of the module. Students may study the theories, manifestoes, interventions and artworks from key movements including: Symbolism, Futurism, German Expressionism, DaDa, Surrealism, Absurdism and Russian Constructivism, before turning to contemporary expressions of avant-garde practice such as 1960s Happenings and the Fluxus Group. The module asks: What can the theatre – and other practices of these avant-garde movements and landmark practitioners – teach us in our approach to making theatre today? Where can vestiges of avant-gardism be seen in diverse contemporary performances and artworks? And how do avant-garde artists’ attempt to create radical fusions of art, life and politics?

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

This module offers you the opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of the arts as an ecosystem in relation to the wider world. You'll be introduced to the organisational infrastructure of the creative sector to equip you for a career in the arts and enhance your core employability skills for life after graduation. Acknowledging that what happens offstage is as important, if not more important than what happens onstage, this module provides you with real-world guidance for working in creative and cultural industries though lectures, discussion, group and individual working, research, and a series of talks and presentations from industry professionals working in a variety of creative contexts. You'll also be encouraged to keep abreast of government policy and issues such as audience accessibility and diversity within the arts, and ask how the current political climate shapes this generation of arts organisations, makers and companies.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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 to 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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

In this module you'll explore a range of approaches to the constantly evolving field of Physical Theatre. Through a series of workshops, you will investigate different techniques, styles, methodologies ranging from classical traditions to contemporary performance. You'll have the opportunity to gain a practical and analytical insight into the countless possibilities of the body in performance - in relation to other bodies, to the space, to the audience. You will work to develop skills that will equip you to use the body expressively, imaginatively, communicatively, collaboratively. You will engage with and draw inspiration from a variety of stimuli - words, images, sounds, scents, objects, culture and society - in order to devise original performances, using the body as the primary vehicle to generate, express and communicate meaning.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

This specialist module enables students to experience a professional theatre experience and provides an opportunity to rehearse for, and perform in, the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre's annual Christmas show to paying audiences. Once they have successfully auditioned for this module, students undertake an intensive rehearsal process before performing at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre to audiences of families and schoolchildren. Supported by the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre's Marketing and Technical teams, this production can provide a valuable insight into the full professional experience from audition to final performance.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

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.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. 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.

An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

A practice-based introduction to the foundational elements of performance technique and performance making, in this module students may undertake instruction in vocal and physical technique, learning the fundamentals of movement for theatre, spatial and ensemble awareness and the operation of the voice. Alongside these, weekly workshops investigate the theories and methodologies that underpin performance making. As they develop an applied understanding of technique and the ability to engage in critical reflection, students can form groups and work towards devising original performances which are showcased at the end of the semester.

Module Overview

This module is the practical culmination of Level One, in which the skills and techniques of performance and devising learned in Devising & Making are implemented in a larger group ensemble context. Here students may devise, produce, and perform a piece of original theatre based on their exploration of a particular theme, idea, or concept, with the performances taking place in the main auditorium at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.

Module Overview

What is 'culture'? How might we think about it critically? How might we better understand the world around us through the application of critical thought? As well as introducing the fundamental modes of analysis and inquiry that will be developed throughout the degree programme, this core level one module will help you to discuss culture (including art, theatre, film, television and digital media) from within and beyond the world of your experience in deep and complex ways - making you a fascinating guest at social events! A stronger capacity for critical thought also will enhance your practical work in theatre and performance making.

Module Overview

This core module introduces students to some of the most significant plays, playwrights, practitioners, traditions and movements throughout the history of theatre, and introduces methods and strategies of play and performance analysis to have emerged in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Beginning with the theatre of the Ancient Greeks, other theatrical conventions studied include Naturalism, Brecht’s Epic Theatre, the Theatre of the Absurd, and verbatim theatre, with the plays of writers such as Arthur Miller, Alecky Blythe and Sarah Kane featuring as objects of analysis. The module highlights three (interrelated) objects of study: the play-text, the live performance and the institutional and ideological frameworks of theatrical production, moving from analysing the page, to the stage, to the broader society in which performances are produced and received.

Module Overview

This module builds on - and moves beyond - the theoretical and cultural perspectives covered in first year to explore their real world relationships with a range of contemporary theatrical forms. You'll examine such ideas as body, space, time and audience within different national and international contexts. In doing so, you'll have the chance to develop a holistic understanding of theatre, considering its components and incarnations through analysis of case studies that may be drawn from live performance, scripts, as well as visual and video documentation. We encourage you to interrogate face-value assumptions and to unpack the various power relations in which contemporary theatre engages. In order to achieve this, the module promotes consideration of the social, cultural, and political positioning of diverse audiences, artists and performances. You'll have the opportunity to reach further towards sophisticated synthesis, to develop your skills in critical analysis, and to enhance your knowledge of how theatre, theory, and society intersect in todays world.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

In this module students have the opportunity to study a range of contemporary dramatic texts and performances 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. The module runs as a series of practical sessions in which the plays are workshopped as well as discussion-based seminars.

Module Overview

How have the practices of lighting, spatial, sound and costume design developed over time? In what ways can ideas 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? This 30-credit, Level 2 module introduces key aspects of the histories, theories and practices of scenography and performance design. In this module students can navigate these subjects historically, theoretically, and practically, exploring how different elements of design can work in tandem. As such, they may be exposed to ideas of how we might understand and apply a range of visual, spatial, material, sonic and other practices in live performance contexts.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

Musical theatre is an interdisciplinary form. Those that perform it require a “triple threat” skill set (acting, singing, and dancing), and similarly those that produce it need to have an understanding of directing, choreography and composition/arrangement. In this module students will have the opportunity to develop and integrate their skills across these disciplines. While, there will be the option to incorporate both performance and production roles, students will be required to participate in and contribute to the development of material that encompasses acting, dancing, singing/music making. This work will take place in the context of a preparing a piece of Music Theatre (60-90 minutes in length) for public performance. The production itself may take various forms. For instance, it could be a production of an existing Musical, or it could be devised and developed by the group. Similarly, an existing libretto could be set to new Music or vice versa. These decisions will be made by the member of staff directing the production at the beginning of the module.

Module Overview

The Placement module encourages students to engage with the creative industries beyond the University through an 80-hour placement with a business or organisation of their choosing. Through direct workplace experience, students may develop new skills, strengthen existing ones, establish valuable professional networks, and target future employment opportunities. Following the placement students are assessed via presentations where they reflect upon their professional development and the impact of their work with the partner organisation.

Module Overview

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. Examples of level two Specialist Elective modules offered in past years include ‘The Musical’ and ‘Reactionary Politics and Modern Drama’.

Module Overview

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.

Module Overview

This practically-based module engages with selected plays of the Early Modern period and uses them as texts for performance on the contemporary stage. Working both as dramaturgs and performers, students can form a production ensemble and stage an Early Modern classic presented on the main auditorium of the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre. Students may connect their interpretation and re-interpretation the text and its performance history with their own ideas and experiences to situate the Early Modern text within our contemporary cultural moment. Recently staged performances on this module include versions of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi and Christopher Marlowe’s Dr Faustus.

Module Overview

This module introduces students to the theory and practice of teaching drama within a variety of professional and academic contexts. It aims to provide students with a basic repertoire of skills, knowledge and experience for those considering teaching as a career, allowing them to develop and apply a range of teaching methods oriented around the way that the subject of drama is learned and taught. Key to the teaching and learning strategy on the module is engaging directly in schools or other appropriate learning environments.

Module Overview

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 and Stage Management.

Module Overview

This module on the Contemporary Theatre Practice pathway will introduce 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. Companies and theatre makers covered on the module include Massive Owl, Forced Entertainment, Goat Island, Gob Squad, Action Hero, The Wooster Group, Reckless Sleepers, Lone Twin, Uninvited Guests, Proto-type. The teaching team includes staff who have worked with these companies and have direct experience of making theatre today.

Module Overview

This module explores the genealogies, practices, politics, cultural legacy and impact of the European Avant-garde circa 1880-1930 and can turn to more recent developments in the course of the module. Students may study the theories, manifestoes, interventions and artworks from key movements including: Symbolism, Futurism, German Expressionism, DaDa, Surrealism, Absurdism and Russian Constructivism, before turning to contemporary expressions of avant-garde practice such as 1960s Happenings and the Fluxus Group. The module asks: What can the theatre – and other practices of these avant-garde movements and landmark practitioners – teach us in our approach to making theatre today? Where can vestiges of avant-gardism be seen in diverse contemporary performances and artworks? And how do avant-garde artists’ attempt to create radical fusions of art, life and politics?

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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.

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This module offers you the opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of the arts as an ecosystem in relation to the wider world. You'll be introduced to the organisational infrastructure of the creative sector to equip you for a career in the arts and enhance your core employability skills for life after graduation. Acknowledging that what happens offstage is as important, if not more important than what happens onstage, this module provides you with real-world guidance for working in creative and cultural industries though lectures, discussion, group and individual working, research, and a series of talks and presentations from industry professionals working in a variety of creative contexts. You'll also be encouraged to keep abreast of government policy and issues such as audience accessibility and diversity within the arts, and ask how the current political climate shapes this generation of arts organisations, makers and companies.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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In this module you'll explore a range of approaches to the constantly evolving field of Physical Theatre. Through a series of workshops, you will investigate different techniques, styles, methodologies ranging from classical traditions to contemporary performance. You'll have the opportunity to gain a practical and analytical insight into the countless possibilities of the body in performance - in relation to other bodies, to the space, to the audience. You will work to develop skills that will equip you to use the body expressively, imaginatively, communicatively, collaboratively. You will engage with and draw inspiration from a variety of stimuli - words, images, sounds, scents, objects, culture and society - in order to devise original performances, using the body as the primary vehicle to generate, express and communicate meaning.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Module Overview

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.

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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.

Module Overview

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.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. 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.

How you are assessed

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.

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 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.

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.

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Course-Specific Additional 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.

Those who choose to undertake a period of study abroad are expected to cover their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs.

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. The University of Lincoln offers a variety of merit-based and subject-specific bursaries and scholarships. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Course-Specific Additional 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.

Those who choose to undertake a period of study abroad are expected to cover their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs.

There may be additional costs associated with external visits.

Entry Requirements 2020-21

United Kingdom

GCE Advanced Levels: BCC

International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points

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.

International

Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.

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

Entry Requirements 2021-22

United Kingdom

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points

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.

International

Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.

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

Facilities

Students can work and perform in the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, a £6 million, 450-seat theatre on campus. The Centre hosts a year-round programme of performances from students and national touring companies. Facilities include industry-standard studio and rehearsal spaces.

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

View of the audience seating area from the stage of the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

Performance Opportunities

Performance Opportunities

As an extracurricular activity, students can join The Lincoln Company, a professional collaboration between students, staff, and practicing artists which performs existing and original works at venues across the country, including runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Students who join the visit to Edinburgh are required to make a contribution towards costs.

The work of The Lincoln Company ranges from new writing to contemporary and experimental performance, and works year-round. Previous work we have toured includes Joe Orton’s Loot, David Greig’s The Cosmonaut’s Letter to the Woman He Once Loved in the Soviet Union, and Michael Pinchbeck’s Sit With Us For a Moment and Remember.

The Lincoln Company may also support graduate companies and artists as they embark on professional careers as theatre-makers. Graduate company The Backpack Ensemble, whose degree-show The Search For a Black-Browed Albatross won three awards at the 2018 National Student Drama Festival, are the most recent example of The Lincoln Company’s work with graduating student groups.

Group of students on stage during a performance

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

The growing reputation of the Lincoln School of Fine and Performing Arts has led to the development of partnerships with other international institutions. 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 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 can 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.

Interviews

As part of the admissions process, Drama and Theatre applicants will be invited to attend an interview. More information can be found within our Dance and Drama - Frequently Asked Questions.

"The number of productions staged throughout the year is incredible. These extracurricular options enabled me to learn many skills in regard to performance genres and directing."

Stacie Cavell, BA (Hons) Drama graduate

Career Opportunities

Graduates can develop the skills and knowledge relevant to a variety of roles within the theatre industry, including actor, director, playwright, producer, stage manager, and technician. There is the opportunity to progress to related professions in the creative industries, including publishing, marketing, venue programming, and to work in television, film, and radio. Some students may choose to undertake further study at postgraduate level or take qualifications in teaching.

Recent graduate destinations have included theatre making, directing, stage management, technical theatre, producing, arts administration, teaching, BBC Radio, BBC Television, and drama therapy.

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While you may not be able to visit us in person at the moment, you can still find out more about the University of Lincoln and what it is like to live and study here at one of our live Virtual Open Days.

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