This course is an excellent foundation for practical careers in teaching, devising or the application of of performance techniques in a variety of contexts, alongside due to the learning of human behavior, thought and emotions from very different psychological outlooks to develop a well rounded individual styling of both subjects.
Our Drama course emphasises the use of drama in education, educational and youth theatre, and applied performance approaches that will connect you with national and global practice. You will experience innovative strategies in teaching and learning through drama via an intensive exploration that encompasses practical and theoretical approaches, and performance styles from a range of historical and cultural perspectives.
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 audience, 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 & Derngate provides many exciting possibilities for developing practical skills in Youth Theatre leadership and Children’s Theatre in particular.
By choosing to study these subjects there is a higher level of flexibility in deciding your future employability pathway. Both courses are taught by an enthusiastic and experienced team which has substantial research and teaching experience.
Our students learn new ways of understanding how and why people think and act as they do. They are also equipped with transferable, critical and analytical skills to enhance their employability. The course offers considerable flexibility and choice, whilst developing your knowledge of a range of practices encompassing different types of performance, improvisation, devising, adapting material for new media and audiences, as well as the literary skills required for textual interpretation, writing and critical analysis.
Students enjoy excellent studio facilities and access to view productions at Northampton’s nationally recognised regional theatre, Royal & Derngate. There are opportunities for visits, researching educational settings and activities in schools and other educational contexts.
Drama is an experiential practice-led discipline in which students practically explore key aspects of theatre and performance practice styles, conventions and theories across a wide range of historical and cultural backgrounds.
In Drama modules you will develop and increase your repertoire of physical and performance skills. They will develop physical and vocal techniques for work in different styles of performance, for improvisation and for devising. They will also acquire skills relevant for textual interpretation and critical analysis. These skills will be developed through a combination of teaching strategies including theatre visits, lecture or seminars and workshops with visiting professionals.
The highly valued transferable skills gained from the programme have enabled our graduates to go on to work outside the arts at managerial level, whilst some have gone on to postgraduate study. Students will have highly developed performance and academic skills and transferable skills for work in different fields. They will become incisive critics and confident presenters.
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