You will develop knowledge of a range of practices including Process Drama, Story Drama, Applied Performance, Community Theatre, improvisation, devising, and adapting material for a range of young audiences, as well as essential literary skills required for textual interpretation, writing and critical analysis. You will have access to excellent studio facilities and Northampton’s nationally recognised Royal and Derngate as well as our own BA (Hons) Acting student productions. The dynamic relationship with the Royal and Derngate provides many exciting possibilities for developing practical skills in Youth Theatre leadership and Children’s Theatre in particular.
Drama is both an art form and an aesthetic way of looking at the world that integrates theoretical and experiential dimensions. In our Drama course you will explore key aspects of drama, theatre and performance practice styles, conventions and theories across a wide range of historical and cultural backgrounds. Engaging in active participation and critical observation we question: What is the significance of drama and theatre in the wider society? What makes drama a powerful instrument for potential change? How can I use drama to impact learning and social action? The programme is heavily influenced by the work of Dorothy Heathcote, Cecily O’Neill, Philip Taylor, David Booth, John O’Toole, Juliana Saxton and Gavin Bolton to name but a few. You will experience diverse aspects of these questions through individual study, group work and tutor-led projects which will focus on the links between practice and theory.
You will be taught by industry professionals to develop your knowledge of educational drama and theatre, both practically and theoretically. You will also acquire skills relevant for textual interpretation and critical analysis. These skills will be cultivated through a combination of teaching strategies including theatre visits, lectures/seminars, and workshops.
This academic and vocationally oriented programme is perfect if you are hoping to pursue careers in educational drama as teachers and youth workers, or in the fields of Theatre in Education, Children’s Theatre, Applied Performance, and in postgraduate studies. This course is an excellent precursor to the completion of a PGCE or relevant Master’s degrees.
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