Drama and Screen Studies (3 Years) [BA]
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UCAS course code: WW46
UCAS institution code: M20
Degree awarded: BA
Duration: 3 years
Typical A level offer: Grades AAB-BBB, including English (or other essay-based subject such as History or Politics).
Course fees: Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2012 will be approximately £9,000 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £12,300 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate fees pages.
Number of places/applicants: 20 / 85
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact telephone: +44 (0)161 275 4987
How to apply: Apply through UCAS.
By choosing Drama and Screen Studies you can take advantage of the opportunities offered on the Drama programme, but focus more specifically on the study of film. You take courses on theatre or film history and contextualisation as well as undertaking individual research presentations in your second year and a dissertation at third-year level. Throughout your course you can choose film options from the variety of studies offered and take courses in video-making.
The course aims to:
- produce students capable of independently evaluating and engaging creatively and critically with performance and, as appropriate, being capable of developing technical and artistic skills, critical analysis and argument for themselves (DDP Benchmark p.7);
- provide students with a knowledge and understanding and some experience of drama and performance as cultural process and artistic discourse, through the study of theatre and media history, text, dramatic theory and performance practice;
- facilitate and support the development of students' learning skills, critical perception and dramatic imagination;
- provide students with coherent programmes that reflect the diversity of expertise within, and available to, the Drama Department;
- foster independent learning, evaluation and research;to foster a knowledge, understanding and, where appropriate, experience through outreach activities, of the contribution drama can make to the local community;
- equip students with the necessary critical tools and relevant practice to begin to make a worthwhile contributions to contemporary theatre, film, television or related fields.
Students may apply to spend one semester studying abroad during the second year of their degree. Drama has existing exchange partnerships with universities in Australia, Canada and the USA with further partners being sought through the Worldwide Exchange Scheme. For more information consult the Study Abroad Programme website.
Course content for year 1
Please note that the following list is intended to be a guide only - course content or availability may change slightly as we aim to improve and update our courses yearly
Theatre and Performance 1: Texts
Performance Practices 1
The Art of Film
Theatre and Performance 2: Concepts
Performance Practices 2
Optional (Choice of one)
Faculty Approved Free Choice
Course content for year 2
Please note that the following list is intended to be a guide only - course content or availability may change slightly as we aim to improve and update our courses yearly.
Screen Culture and Society
Practitioners in Context 1
Introduction to Film/Video Practice (40 credits)
One 20 credit practical project course from:
Devising for Performance
Aspects of Physical theatre
Two 20 credit study courses (one from each semester - one must be screen or stage/screen related) - possible courses may include:
Expressionism to Epic: German Theatre and Film 1890-1956
Theatres of the Middle East
Theatre and Science
Varieties of Shakespeare
Contemporary British Cinema
Black on Screen
Transnational Chinese Cinemas
A Score is Born: History and Ideology in Hollywood Film Music
An appropriate 20 credit free-choice unit may be substituted for one of the 20 credit Drama units, subject to approval by the Drama programme committee.
Course content for year 3
Either: Project course (40 credits) plus two 20 credit study courses (must be in opposite semesters)
Or: choice of four 20 credit study course units (two in each semesters)
These units are to be selected from the detailed list of course units which appear in the Drama Programme Handbook (which also gives aims and learning outcomes for each unit) and on the Course Unit database.
An appropriate 20 credit free-choice unit may be substituted for one of the 20 credit Drama units, subject to approval by the Drama programme committee.
Drama graduates have made successful careers in a wide variety of occupations: in theatre, film and television as directors, producers, actors, writers, etc: in applied theatre, theatre and education, theatre in prisons and probation etc: in journalism and publishing, teaching and research (following postgraduate training or research degrees): in community arts and arts administration, law and business management.
Selected entry requirements
A level: Grades AAB-BBB, including English (or other essay-based subject such as History or Politics). Two AS-levels of equivalent grade are accepted in place of one A-level. General Studies is welcomed but not normally included as part of the standard offer.
AS level: Not accepted without A-level requirements as stated
Unit grade information: The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications. Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes.
GCSE: Minimum of grade C in English Language.
Key Skills qualification: The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University.
International Baccalaureate: 36-31 points overall (core points accepted), including 6s in three Higher Level subjects; one of these should preferably be English (or other essay-based subject such as History or Politics).
Irish Leaving Certificate:
A2A2A2B2B2 - B2B2B2B2B2 at Higher Level, to include A in English (or other essay-based subject such as History or Politics)
Grades AAAAB-BBBBB preferably including English Language or Literature: accepted only in conjunction with 3 Advanced Highers at Grades shown.
Scottish Advanced Highers:
Grades AAB-BBB. This should include English (or other essay-based subject such as History or Politics).
Welsh Baccalaureate: Pass in core, in conjunction with A-level minimum Grade B in English (or other essay-based subject such as History or Politics), plus one other A-level at min. Grade B
75-73% to include a mark of at least 8 in English (or other essay-based subject such as History or Politics)
AQA Baccalaureate: We welcome the AQA Baccalaureate - offers will be made on the basis of the A-level components. See A-level section for subject and grade requirements.
Other international entry requirements:
We welcome applications from overseas candidates. All applications will be considered on an individual basis. Fluency in written and spoken English is essential.
All students applying to the University of Manchester must satisfy the English language requirement.
If you have any queries regarding qualifications needed for entry onto the course, please contact our Admissions Administrator.
BTEC National Diploma:
BTec Diploma in a Humanities-related subject, with a minimum of 110 credits at Merit and 10 credits at Pass or above, PLUS A-level Grade A in English (or other essay-based subject such as History or Politics).
Access to HE Diploma:
Overall 60 credits are required with 45 at Level 3. Minimum of 15 credits with a Distinction grade (which must be in Eng Lit, or Eng Lang & Lit), plus minimum of 24 credits with a Merit grade in a Humanities-related subject. We also consider other factors such as additional educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis.
Advanced Placement tests: The University welcomes applicants with the AP qualification. Such applications will be considered on an individual basis.
Both the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma, and Principal Subjects in combination with A levels, are accepted by the School. Please see A-level requirements for grades and subject requirements for individual courses. For admissions purposes grade D3 will be considered comparable to grade A at A level and grade M1 comparable to grade B at A level.
If accompanied by a further AS level, the Pre-U Global Perspectives short course can form part of an offer, in lieu of one full Pre-U Grade M2 (or one A-level Grade B). We also recommend that you draw upon this learning and experience when composing your personal statement.
Creative & Media Advanced Diploma Grade B, with ASL A-level Grade B in English (or other essay-based subject such as History or Politics). We look forward to providing guidance regarding progression opportunities and subject and grade requirements for the Drama and Screen Studies degree when further details on the Humanities Line of Learning is published.
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project (EP) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. The Extended Project is not a compulsory element of post-16 study and as a result the University will not include it in the conditions of any offer made to you. However, if you choose to undertake the EP we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as it may be taken into account when your application is considered.
Non-standard educational routes:
If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines
Minimum IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent;
eg. NCUK EAP minimum Grade of A with range of 70-79
TOEFL: PBT score of 600; CBT score of 250; TWE score of 5.5; IBT score of 100.
How your application is considered
We welcome applications from a wide range of entry routes, including mature students and overseas applicants.
Every application that meets the entry requirement is considered on an equal basis and each application is evaluated by two members of staff before a decision is made.
From this year, the admissions process will run as follows: the first stage will involve checking predicted/achieved grades and, if these are satisfactory, applicants will proceed to stage two, which is an online assessment. Applicants will be sent an e-mail directing them to a webpage, where they will fill in the assessment and submit it electronically. This will be assessed alongside the Personal Statement and Reference. In exceptional circumstances, a paper copy of the questionnaire can be issued, for those who have difficulty with access. It is important that applicants monitor their e-mail account (including the spam folder) for e-mails regarding this process. Two e-mails will be sent - one from the Administrator directing the applicant to the assessment URL; the other will be sent immediately after the assessment has been submitted and will come from the system, to acknowledge receipt and provide the applicant with a copy of their submission.
The submission will be assessed and a decision will then be made as to whether the applicant is invited to interview. After interview, the Admissions Tutor will decide whether a place will be offered.
If you are offered an interview, it will normally run for 20 minutes and will be a one-to-one discussion with a member of the Drama lecturing team. It is our aim that the interview should be a relaxed but informed conversation - we are not seeking to set traps and trick questions for you! However, we are keen to determine your ability to discuss and think about drama critically as well as wanting to gauge whether you will thrive on the kind of modules, approaches and experiences that studying Drama at Manchester entails.
Returning to education
We welcome applications from candidates who intend to defer entry.
If offered an interview, we might ask you about your plans for deferral and how the year out might feed into your future studies or provide you with experiences that you might be able to draw on during a Drama-related degree.
We do ask applicants to let us know as early as possible if they are intending to defer. This helps us to adjust the number of offers we make, in order to achieve the required number of students in a given year.
We welcome applications from candidates transferring from other institutions. Each application will be considered on merit, providing we have enough places to accommodate them. Enquiries should be made to the admissions administrator for the subject (see contact details). We will require transcripts and a reference from your tutor.
Teaching and learning
You are taught in lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical group projects. You are placed in tutorial groups for first year programmes and allocated a personal tutor who will monitor and advise on progress throughout your academic career. You take a variety of lecture based studies on historical and contextual themes and practical projects including video making, theatre production and play writing. An integral facility is the John Thaw Studio, where you can try out the performance ideas and techniques of theorists and practitioners past and present. Practical work is generally workshop based and not all projects culminate in public performance. Acting ability is not a prerequisite for study at Manchester; we do not offer actor training.
Coursework and assessment
Your work is assessed through a combination of essays, seminar presentations and participation, exams and practical work. The final degree result is based on 25% from the second year and 75% from the third year work.
In 2003 Music and Drama took up residence in its impressive new building, The Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama, which has been provided by the University at a cost of over 6 million pounds. The facilities include:
The John Thaw Studio Theatre: our main 'laboratory' and is used for many different kinds of performances, rehearsals and workshops. It is equipped with superb technical facilities, including sound-editing and video-editing suites.
The Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall: seats 350 spectators, and is the primary venue for the concerts and recitals of our fellow staff and students in Music. It also sometimes hosts interdisciplinary events, with staging of works such as Brecht/Eisler's The Mother, Monteverdi's Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda and Harrison Birtwistle and Tony Harrison's Bow Down.The Lenagan Library: Generously endowed by Ian Lenagan, this reference library complements the extensive facilities of the John Rylands University Library, and houses collections in Drama and Music. These consist of book holdings, multiple play texts, CDs, audio tapes, videos and DVDs. A viewing suite (sponsored by the Granada Foundation) and listening facilities are available; on-line catalogue.