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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Enjoy opportunities to act, direct and devise performance work, while studying the history and theory of popular and experimental forms
  • Benefit from successful working partnerships with local venues, festivals and award-winning theatre companies
  • Make the most of our excellent Performing Arts Studios, which provide six bespoke spaces and the latest technology for your productions
  • Drama and Performing Arts at Winchester both achieved more than 90% overall satisfaction as rated by final-year undergraduate students in the 2017 National Student Survey
  • Gain core skills in communication, critical thinking and team building valued in a variety of employment contexts including the theatre, the creative industries, education and beyond

Through ancient times and diverse cultures, drama and the performing arts have been used to reflect society, confront controversial social issues and unlock our understanding of life. Our Drama and Performing Arts degree is a highly practical, dynamic course that allows you — as a passionate individual who cares deeply about these issues and gets a buzz from working together with like-minded people — to explore your own creative world through performance.

Drama and Performing Arts at Winchester offers a rich combination of practical workshops and critical theory delivered by an experienced team of academics well versed in the arts of devising, directing, acting and studying theatre. We also have excellent working partnerships with local venues, festivals and theatre companies. All of which helps to open the door to a future in the performing arts world and other graduate careers.

The course has a contemporary focus but reviews the histories and traditions of theatre and performance, often with an emphasis on text-based drama. The extent to which drama can be a tool for social change, in applied and community contexts, is explored, and you can also learn how drama can be used within the educational system to enhance learning.

In Year 1, you are introduced to a full range of practical performance skills and knowledge of the history and context of Drama and Performing Arts.

In Year 2, you study a number of different critical and reflective methodologies in viewing and analysing, and for creating texts and performance work. A wide range of optional modules are on offer so you can develop and pursue your own interests.

You focus on devising group and solo performances and synthesising different artistic forms and disciplines. There is scope to devise, think about, discuss and critique a wide range of professional performances and art events.

You may create performances of any kind using the body, voice or digital technologies, in a theatre or site-specific location. There is no need to study texts to perform these; however, many practitioners use a text as a starting point for devising. You may also use a piece of music, image, event, short story or an environment.

In the final year, you undertake an extended independent study. You may negotiate to present it as a performance, a dissertation of 8,000-10,000 words, or as shorter dissertation with a practical performance.

Graduates have gone on to start their own theatre companies or entered careers in the creative industries. They have also found work in areas such as theatre in education, community drama, drama therapy, arts development, teaching and the media.

Careers

Graduates enter careers within the creative industries, teaching, become independent artists and set up their own companies.

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for Applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and Teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc., you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
Independent learning:936 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
Independent learning: 936 hours
Placement: 12 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 168 hours
Independent learning: 1020 hours
Placement: 12 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus or at our West Downs Campus (Winchester)

Assessment

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

40% coursework
10% written exams
50% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

54% coursework
0% written exams
46% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

77% coursework
0% written exams
23% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2018 Entry: 88-104 points

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in Mathematics and English Language is required.

International Baccalaureate: 25 points

If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International Students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 1962 827023

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Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Critical Viewing 30

This module offers a study of drama and performance from different media and different traditions of theatre, performance and film-making work. Students will develop a critical vocabulary which will enable them to offer informed interpretations of both live performances and recorded media, primarily film and TV. Through acquisition of analytical skills and an introduction to aspects of relevant critical theory, students will recognise the way in which philosophy, history and ideology have influenced the development of theatrical and certain cinematic forms and conventions and develop an awareness of the way in which fluidity of context can influence text and subtext.

Creative Practice and Critical Thinking 30

This module will introduce students to a range of cultural, pedagogical, philosophical, social, and political perspectives and discussions for Performing Arts and the arts. On the module students will engage with critical discourses on the arts as well as with philosophies and cross-disciplinary practices that have informed, inspired and shaped performance and arts practices.

Through examples from practice as well as critical writing and artist writings the module will look at the processes of creativity and introduce students to different perceptions, definitions and articulations of art and the creative process. This is done in part to help students understand how and why the definitions of art, performance and audience and the public have become flexible, fluid and elastic terms within in contemporary practice and culture, and in part for students to start contextualising their own practice and learning. Moreover, it will enable them to dialogue with different positions on art, theory and practice-based research.

The module will also prepare students for academic studies, and it will embed different writing and presentation styles as well as research methodologies into the delivery.

Solo Performance 30

The aim of the module is to give students a basic grounding in practical skills, which students will be expected to employ in their practice and which will support their performance making work in the Making module.

This module takes introduces students to the full range of approaches to solo performance in the current artistic environment. Building on understandings of performance composition developed at pre-University level, students will be guided, largely through practical workshops accompanied by appropriate critical and practitioner readings, through exercises and formative tasks in exploring different modes of performance introducing them to the possibilities of defining their own performance style. This module is a university-level primer performance technique for the solo performer and will engage students in a range of strategies for making solo work, and will require extensive in-class showings and critical feedback sessions in preparation for the end of year task.

Making 30

This module takes students on a year-long journey that introduces them to the process of making Performance in the current artistic environment. Building on understandings of performance creation and composition developed at pre-University level, students will be guided, largely through practical workshops accompanied by appropriate critical and practitioner readings, through exercises and formative tasks in inventing new work that take them into the realm of the unknown and that help them expand their capacity to create unique and original creative material for their academic age and experience. This module is a university-level primer in creative and compositional technique for the ensemble group and will engage students in a range of strategies for making work, and will require extensive in-class showings and critical feedback sessions in preparation for the assessment.

Histories and Contexts 30

The module will be presented as a series of lectures introducing performance practitioners, concepts and their contexts, exploring how the history of ideas informed – and was informed by – social and cultural developments across cultures and art forms.

It will encourage the students to study its historical, cultural, social and political contexts through case study of key practitioners. It will actively question performance in all its manifestations and encourage students to build on their personal experience. By studying performance as ‘living history’ and placing the study firmly within these specific contexts, the students will be able to reference and manipulate the information to inform their own future creative work.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Dramaturgy: Analysis and Creative Development 30

This module introduces students to a number of different critical and reflective methodologies in viewing and analysing and for creating texts and performance work. Thus the module develops students’ ability to discuss, analyse and structure content, both in terms of being viewers and critics as well as being makers of performance. It seeks to develop students’ reflective and analytical approach in order that they can engage with performance making as a process of investigation, reflection and exploration. It introduces students to the dramaturgical questions involved in developing a concept and proposal for performance.

The module introduces students to a range of approaches and maps the development from classical dramaturgy and narrative structures to the ‘new’ dramaturgies and compositional approaches found in contemporary cross-disciplinary performance practices.

This module will be undertaken as a series of presentations, seminar discussions and workshops leading to a presentation of analysis of text, film or performance (semester 1). The presentation should reflect a grasp of critical analysis and contextual awareness. The presentation can be a live presentation or written submission.

In semester two the module culminates in a presentation of performance concept (semester 2). The presentation should demonstrate and reflect a rigorous exploration of source material (an idea, theme, text, concept, etc.), and it should give a vivid sense of the project and should be underpinned by research and reflect a conceptual grasp and practical understanding. The presentation can be a live presentation or written submission.

Optional Credits

Optional Modules

Digital Performance 30 Credits
Puppetry and Object Manipulation 30 Credits
Physical Theatres 30 Credits
Performance Criticism 30 Credits
Open Project 30 Credits
Musical Theatre in the U.K. and U.S.A 30 Credits
Immersive Performance 30 Credits
Contemporary Cultural Heritage 30 Credits
Transcultural Practices 30 Credits
Twentieth Century Ghosts: Theatre, Time, Identities 30 Credits
Production Project 30 Credits
Popular Performance 30 Credits
Theatre and Cultural Difference 30 Credits
Controversy and Censorship 30 Credits
Theatre as Cultural Action 30 Credits
Theatre-in-Education and Drama-in-Education 30 Credits
Role of the Actor - Intermediate 15 Credits
Role of the Actor – Advanced 15 Credits
Writing for Performance 15 Credits
Performance Criticism 15 Credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Performance Now: Debates and Discourses 15

This module engages with current performance practices, debates and discourses relevant to the study of various subject areas (interdisciplinary and devised performance, new writing, dance and vocal work). It thus places performance in a contemporary interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary context acknowledging the wider cultural and political dimensions which inform the diversity of performance practice and theory today.

The precise content of the module will depend on the issues of the day and students will be encouraged to bring in issues that have particular relevance to them.

Extended Independent Study (Portfolio) 30

This double module is intended to provide students with the opportunity to plan and implement an individual piece of research. Students will be required to submit a research proposal for consideration before moving to supervised learning. The outcomes of this individual research project will be a written document of either 8,000 – 10,000 words, or 4,000-5,000 words written document and a practical outcome (e.g. performance statement; series of workshops) equivalent to 5,000 words.
In making proposals for the dissertation students will be required to demonstrate:

a) A clear rationale for the proposal
b) An understanding of the context
c) An ability to formulate relevant key questions
d) Ability to identify appropriate research methodologies
e) Emerging primary and secondary sources

Creative Entrepreneurship and Production 15

Arts practitioners need to be aware of how their work is produced in on a practical level, how to create productive and sustainable relationships with creative producers, how to become creative entrepreneurs and producers themselves, and to develop wide ranging skills associated with this function such as writing bids, funding applications and business plans. They may want to embrace the profession of creative producer as part of defining themselves as practitioners and to understand the problems associated with the tasks at a practical and artistic level.

The module will look at the function of the creative producer and entrepreneur both practically and critically, seeing the student as both as creators and stakeholders within the wider infrastructure of creative production. They will present and defend a project to a panel. They will also apply their knowledge to negotiating their own collaborative projects.

Optional Credits

Optional Modules

Group Project 30 Credits
Group Project: Theatre as Cultural Action 30 Credits
Performance Now: Advanced Research Practice 15 Credits
Creative Entrepreneurship and Production 15 Credits
Body Parts 15 Credits
Theatre Stories 15 Credits
Women, Autobiography and Performance 15 Credits
British Theatre 1945-2015 15 Credits
Volunteering 15 Credits

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students. Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course.

Optional

Core Texts

Multiple copies of core texts are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however due to limited availability students are recommended to purchase a copy for their own use. It is possible for students to buy second-hand copies. Cost £50.

Live Performances

Students will be encouraged to attend live performance whenever they are able, to develop their understanding of performance. Costs and travel expenses will need to be covered by the student. Cost £50.

Travel

Students may have the opportunity to perform at festivals and platforms in the region throughout their degree. Costs for travel and expenses will need to be covered by the student. Cost £50.

Open Project Module

Students who choose the optional modules 'Open Project' (Level 5) and 'Internship' (Level 6), will be expected to pay for their own travel costs and other expenses should they incur them. Cost £50.

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
WW44
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
88-104 points
Location
King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester