Do you want to explore theatre and performance, learn about the origins of current practices, and develop your hands-on skills in making new work across a rich variety of genres? If yes, then this Drama degree is for you.
As part of Liverpool Hope University’s world-class creative community you will have the opportunity to develop practical skills including acting, directing, devising, applied theatre, and solo performance. You will make performances and present ideas verbally, as well as improving your skills in critical and reflective writing. We also make full use of the many theatres in Liverpool and you will spend time watching and reviewing work from the Everyman and Playhouse, as well as our own Capstone Theatre.
The degree is taught at the Creative Campus near Liverpool city centre, giving you the benefit of a small campus experience that is supportive of big ambitions, plus several well-equipped studio theatre spaces. Drama does not exist in a social vacuum. It is an essential of commentary on lives lived, lost and longed for. Throughout your time at Liverpool Hope University you will be asked to explore performance in relation to contemporary social and ethical contexts, helping you understand of the critical place of performance in twenty-first century society.
Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, practical workshop/seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students. For the Drama part of your Combined Honours degree, in your first year of study there are approximately 6 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 5 teaching hours in your second and third years.
On top of teaching hours, you will also be expected to spend a number of hours studying independently each week, as well as rehearsing for practical and group assessments.
There are a variety of assessments that you need to complete, including coursework comprising of essays, reviews, and self-reflective writing. Practical work is assessed through presentations and live performances. In your final year, you will complete a dissertation.
In your first year, you will be introduced to key texts and acting approaches through explorations of Liverpool's rich creative history, equipping you with essential subject-knowledge while developing your understanding of contemporary arts communities within a major world city. You will work collaboratively to create new performances responding to theatre history, and to the spaces and places which have helped to shape the city’s creative self-expression.
Your second year allows you to investigate key intellectual and creative issues such as disability, gender, identity, and community. You will also learn about research techniques, as well as honing your presentation skills. You additionally begin to investigate a signature practice in depth. For example, you may choose to focus on the development of applied theatre as a field of practice and its many areas, such as Community Theatre, Prison Theatre, Theatre/ Drama in Education, Arts and Well- Being, and Museum Theatre.
Your final year gives you the opportunity to specialise in one of three signature practices: applied theatre, adapting the classics, and contemporary performance.
Advanced Community and Applied Drama gives you the opportunity to set up a theatre company and deliver a drama programme within the community.
Advanced Contemporary Performance affords you the opportunity to work towards solo and group performances, performed for public viewing.
Advanced Playing the Classics gives you the opportunity to adapt a classical play for a contemporary audience, as well as acquiring the performance and project-management skills to stage your new work effectively.
You will also complete a dissertation, with specialised supervision from within the School.
During the August/September admissions period we are able to offer some flexibility in our entry requirements for courses that still have vacancies.
We are also offering a Foundation Year on many of our courses for students who have the ability and enthusiasm to study for a degree, but do not yet have the qualification level to enter directly onto our degree programmes.
Please call us to discuss the options available to you: 0151 291 3636
There is a range of career opportunities available to Drama graduates. For many of our students, their degree will lead to a PGCE, and a rewarding career in teaching. Other graduates choose to work with young people or communities across a range of settings, as applied drama practitioners in the areas of youth work, addiction and recovery, and theatre-in-education. For some, professional training in drama therapy will offer a pathway to using healing aspects of drama as part of the therapeutic process. Many of our graduates take up front-line roles across the creative industries; as actors, performance-makers, stage-managers, writers, and directors. Some choose to form their own theatre companies, creating touring or site-specific performances across the UK. Jobs in creative development, audience engagement, and arts management are also exciting destinations for graduates. Or, if you wish, a Drama degree equips you to take up the challenge of postgraduate study.
The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.
As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.
The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.
If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.
The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.
As well as tuition fees, you will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation pages for further details about our Halls of Residence.
We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.
The International tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are £11,400 (provisional) per year for full-time undergraduate courses.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
This course is also available as a Combined Honours degree with the following subjects:
|Drama and Accounting & Finance|
|Drama and Art & Design History|
|Drama and Childhood & Youth|
|Drama and Creative Writing|
|Drama and Dance|
|Drama and Early Childhood|
|Drama and English Language|
|Drama and English Literature|
|Drama and Film & Visual Culture|
|Drama and History|
|Drama and Interactive & Immersive Performance|
|Drama and Law|
|Drama and Music|
|Drama and Music Production|
|Drama and Musical Theatre|
|Drama and Special Educational Needs|
|Drama and Tourism|