Informed by a mix of contemporary methods of performance making, current scholarly thinking and historical theatrical traditions, this course is ideal for those seeking a career in a range of arts-related areas. You will engage both creatively and critically with a range of topics including acting, performing, directing and theatre for social change, while being supported to develop your own artistic vision, personal interests and aspirations.
The course offers you the opportunity to learn about Drama in a rich variety of ways by working with professional researchers, research-active academics and visiting practitioners.
You will benefit from great facilities that have contributed to DMU being recognised as a Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts – an accolade that also reflects our commitment to innovative and excellent teaching and learning.
Real-life experience is offered through undertaking placements and internships, getting involved in professional performances, going on theatre trips at home and abroad, and showcasing your work to a variety of audiences.
- Benefit from our long-standing partnership with Leicester’s iconic Curve theatre. Opportunities include internships, work placements and the chance to work on or perform in an annual production, which have included Lorca’s Blood Wedding and Lucy Prebble’s Enron.
- Extensive performance opportunities for all years of study, including Exit Souls: The Drama Festival, which showcases students’ diverse work to a public audience each year.
- DMU is recognised as a Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts, with great facilities providing specialist studios and rehearsal spaces designed specifically for drama and performance learning activities.
- Our graduates have gone on to work in theatre companies, community arts organisations and have forged careers in various aspects of media and technical theatre production.
- Take part in our international experience programme, DMU Global. Students have performed on international stages and worked with other students from all over the world, including experiencing the world-renowned International University Theatre Reunion (RITU) in Liège, Belgium.
- Benefit from the cutting edge research and practice carried out by Drama staff in the Research Institute of Drama, Dance and Performance Studies Research.
Structure and assessment
- Acting and Performing
- Drama Performance Project: Collaboration
- Performance in Context: History and Analysis
- Theatre for Social Change
- Performance in Context: Culture and Theory
You will take the above module and choose from:
- Curve Company 1
- Popular Performance
- Devised Theatre and Performance
- Drama Performance Project: Staging
- Drama and the Community
- Drama Research Project
- Performance as Research
You will take one of the above modules and choose from:
- Live Art and Experimental Performance
- Curve Company 2
- Engaging with Creative Industries
- Political Performance
- Drama Performance Project: Production
- Education and Performing Arts
Facilities and features
We offer some of the finest facilities in the sector to support studies in Drama. The Performing Arts Centre for Excellence (PACE) building provides four studios and rehearsal spaces designed specifically for performance-based learning activities. Further studios are located in the Campus Centre. You will be able to book rehearsal space and equipment to support your work.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse provide flexible spaces, whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.
They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities. Wi-Fi is available across all campus locations.
Opportunities and careers
Placements are embedded into the Level 6 module, Engaging with Creative Industries, which allows students to set up a work placement as part of a wider research project, to engage with professional practice, to structure individual learning (with academic supervision), to explore potential career options, and to gain valuable practical experience. In addition to this, Drama and the Community students have the opportunity to work with various organisations in the local area (these have included schools, Age UK centres and HM Prison Leicester) and all Second Year and Third Year students are able to audition for the two modules that are based at Curve theatre and centre on professional theatre performance. Other placements opportunities may also become available.
During your studies you will be offered the opportunity to engage with a range of international experiences including trips organised by #DMUglobal, trips you can organise, and trips organised by Drama as part of modules and as co-curricular activity. #DMUglobal experiences offer you the chance to explore other countries and cultures, to engage with drama and performance practices from around the globe, to visit key cultural institutions, and to develop skills in communication. Previous #DMUglobal destinations in Drama include New York, Liege, Berlin and Montreal.
Graduates in Drama have strengths in critical analysis, reflection and research, possess excellent oral and written communication skills, are able to collaborate, devise, organise and self-manage projects, and can deal confidently with public performance. Previous graduates have developed careers in teaching in primary, secondary and further education, media and technical theatre production, or gone on to work in theatres and community arts organisations, develop personal professional practice, set up a theatre company, or gone onto postgraduate studies such as DMU’s Performance Practices MA.
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