Do you want to learn about the history of theatre and how to analyse it? Do you want to discover how to understand a play and how to write intelligently about it? Do you have a passion for playwriting and want to explore your ideas with the support of established practitioners and playwrights? If yes, then this Drama degree is for you.
At Liverpool Hope you will study both the creative and theoretical aspects of drama and performance. Our qualified staff will introduce you to a range of practices and ideas for you to explore through performance, presentation and written work. We make full use of the many theatres in Liverpool and you will spend time watching and reviewing work from the Everyman, Playhouse and Royal Court. Theatre-going and a programme of learning, involving our own staff and a range of guest lecturers and artists, combine to provide a theatrical vocabulary. It also offers an understanding and deepening insight that allows us to question established practices, create new work and new interpretations of plays to be presented and discussed in one of our well-equipped studio theatre spaces.
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. Drama does not exist in a social vacuum. It is a vibrant commentary on lives lived, lost and longed for. Throughout your time in the Drama, Dance and Performance Studies department you will be asked to place performance work in a social and ethical context that deepens societal understanding and broadens personal responsibility.
Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students. You will also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week.
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 group study to prepare for any group assessments you may have.
There are a variety of assessments that you need to complete, including coursework comprising of essays and literature reviews. Practical work is assessed through presentations and practical exams (a live performance). In your final year, you will complete a dissertation.
You will be given written feedback on your assessments, and you will have the opportunity to discuss this with your tutor in more detail.
An investigation of the chronological development of performance through the ages.
A study of a range of key artists, their influence and position within performance.
A practical exploration of devising techniques in the studio.
The practical and theoretical investigation of textual analysis.
An experimentation of your physical and vocal performance skills.
Applying a range of acting skills, you explore ‘types’, for example Commedia Dell’Arte characters, clowning, and naturalistic acting.
Working in our onsite recording studio, you develop your microphone technique for voiceover purposes.
An introduction to storytelling techniques, narrative composition and the actor/audience relationship.
An investigation of specific movements such as naturalism, surrealism, feminism and post-colonialism.
You will learn about research techniques for scholarly writing and presentations.
An investigation into 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.
This topic includes a site specific performance and working in collaboration with the University’s partners such as the Tate Liverpool and The Bluecoat Arts Centre.
You will investigate how classical texts are altered for contemporary audiences.
A critical analysis and studio practice.
You participate in two, staff-directed productions that will open to the public.
This topic focuses on practical, studio based work.
This is an individual research project with specialised supervision from within the Department.
This topics involves a group and solo performance, creative writing and devising.
Specialise in two of the following areas:
An opportunity to set up a theatre company and deliver a 10/12 week drama programme within the community.
You will work towards solo and group performances, performed for public viewing.
An in-depth look at how classical texts are altered for contemporary audiences.
Individually directed plays with a cast of first year drama students.
Individual and group storytelling techniques, culminating in presenting your work in professional venues across the city.
You will go on a number of theatre visits, will textually analyse these and discuss a contemporary text-based theatre from a cultural materialist perspective.
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 3111
There is a range of career opportunities available to Drama graduates. You may wish to pursue a teaching specialism through further qualification. You may wish to take on the challenge of postgraduate work at Masters or Doctoral level. Many of our students have gone on to work in the profession as actors, directors, stand-ups, writers and facilitators.
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 2019/20 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 2019/2020 entry will be released in due course.
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 Law|
|Drama and Music|
|Drama and Music Production|
|Drama and Special Educational Needs|
|Drama and Tourism|