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Develop creative skills through performance, taught by internationally recognized researchers.

Summary

Study Drama with Music at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

Drama in the School of Creative Arts and Technologies provides an exciting and challenging programme with an emphasis on contemporary performance practices. Our approach to teaching and learning integrates theories and practices of performance in order to extend our understanding of Drama as an art form in its social, political and cultural contexts.

Our expert lecturing staff are internationally-recognised researchers with a range of industry-related experience. Students are able to take advantage of our nationally-acknowledged teaching expertise and will have opportunities to extend their experience of contemporary performance practices through contact with part time staff and key visiting lecturers. The Drama programmes benefit from extensive links with theatre practitioners and key Irish theatre companies, who use our spaces for performances and delivering practice-based workshops.


Drama allows students to learn in a rigorous and stimulating environment where they are encouraged to develop essential skills as thinking creative practitioners.

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About this course

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About

Taking Drama as a Major subject in combination with Music as a Minor allows you to develop a broad base of knowledge of Drama practices and systematic approaches to the analysis of works in performance. Students are therefore able to prepare themselves for the kinds of mosaic careers characteristic of the creative industries, and increasingly more common across a range of sectors. With Music as a Minor, you can therefore broaden your range of skills and knowledge in performance or develop even further particular interests related to your proposed career.

There are particular areas of specialist Drama practice which can be developed as students progress through each level of the degree. So, while we do not provide conservatoire training for actors, students may wish to specialise in modules focused on performance, for example.

All students develop a core set of academic skills in research, analysis and communication in written and oral formats. Alongside these, each student will also develop transferable skills in group work, project management, problem-solving and the use of key technologies.

The Drama programmes are designed to develop your ability to work independently. While students are offered extensive support and guidance throughout their studies, the programme also places increasing emphasis on the development of those skills necessary to carry out rigorous and sustained independent research and practice. In this way, students develop key skills alongside foundational professional competencies they can draw on in their future careers.

Structure & content

In Year 1 (Level 4), Major Drama students will take six compulsory modules, four in Drama and two in the Minor subject. These modules will provide a thorough grounding for more specialised modules in Years 2 and 3 (Levels 5 and 6).

In Years 2 and 3, students are able to select from modules such as Acting, Commedia dell'Arte, Directing, Site Specific Performance, Music Theatre, Dramaturgy, Arts Entrepreneurship, Theatre and Community, Educational Arts, Irish Theatre, Working Class Performance, North American Theatre, Writing for Stage and Screen, and Storytelling and Performance.

There is a compulsory Issues in Performance module at each level. This theoretical module will introduce you to new and challenging ways of thinking about and analysing plays and performance. Production Process and Arts Administration are also compulsory at Level 5.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Find out more about placement awards

Attendance

Students are expected to be in attendance during the normal working week. In line with the University’s attendance policy, attendance at all taught sessions is compulsory. In addition, students working on projects and in independent work may be required to attend for group meetings and rehearsals in the evenings and, occasionally, at weekends.

Start dates

  • September 2017
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is grades BBC∆ at A2 to include grade B in Music.

∆ = Applicants may satisfy the requirement for the final A level grade in the above grade profiles (C or B grade) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

Alternatives to A level Music: a recognised Diploma (e.g. LRAM, ARCM, LRSM, ARCO, LTCL, LGSM, LLCM, RIAM) OR Grade 8 practical together with Grade 8 theory (preferably at distinction) is required. Further alternative qualifications to satisfy the Music entry requirement are stipulated within the other qualifications sections.

Please note that all applicants for the degree course may be interviewed and auditioned by Music as part of our entry criteria. Although we expect candidates to be able to demonstrate a high level of performing ability, at this stage we are evaluating potential as much as achievement.

BTEC

BTECNational Extended Diploma

Overall BTEC National Extended Diploma profile requires a minimum of:

DMM award profile to include a minimum of 8 distinctions in level 3 units

Acceptable Music awards = Performing Arts (Musical Theatre), Music and Music Technology (preferably with grade 5 Theory).

Other Extended Diplomas will be considered if candidates can satisfy the A level Music grade B or equivalent subject requirement.

BTEC National Diploma

The National Diploma may be accepted in combination with other qualifications. The subject requirement for this course is A level grade B or equivalent in Music. Where an applicant offers a profile of Diploma and an A level grade B Music then the Diploma should be achieved at BC equivalent at Diploma. If the Diploma is in an acceptable Music award then the A level may be achieved at grade C (see further below).

BB = Distinction, Merit (To include 7 distinctions)

BC = Distinction, Merit (To include 6 distinctions)

BTEC SUBSIDIARY DIPLOMA/NATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE

The Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate may be accepted in combination with A levels. Where A levels are offered as part of a 2 A-level and one SubDip profile then we ask for BB (to include Music) at A-level with the SubDip at the appropriate differential to satisfy the final A level grade C in the profile.

B grade = Distinction (To include 3 distinctions in level 3 units)

C grade = Merit (To include 5 merits in level 3 units )

∆ = Diploma and Sub-Dip applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - grade C ) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Irish Leaving Certificate

The Irish Leaving Certificate requirement for this course is grades

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4 at higher level to include grade H3 in Music .

Please note that all applicants for the degree course may be interviewed and auditioned as part of our entry criteria. RIAM qualifications will also be considered in lieu of H3 Music.

Scottish Highers

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is grades

BBCCC∆ to include grade B in Music.

∆ = applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - grade C) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

Please see other sections for alternative acceptable qualifications to Music grade B at Higher. Please note that all applicants for the degree course may be interviewed and auditioned as part of our entry criteria.

Scottish Advanced Highers

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is grades

CCD∆ to include grade C in Music.

∆ = applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - grade C) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

Please see other sections for alternative acceptable qualifications to Music grade C at Advanced Higher. Please note that all applicants for the degree course may be interviewed and auditioned as part of our entry criteria.

International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum of:

25 points to include 12 at higher level to include Music at HL5

Please see other sections for alternative acceptable qualifications to satisfy the Music subject requirements. Please note that all applicants for the degree course may be interviewed and auditioned as part of our entry criteria.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Please note that you must satisfy the requirement for Music grade B (or equivalent) for entry to this course. In addition:

For Access qualifications validated by Ulster University or QUB the entry requirement is:

An overall mark of 65%

For GB QAA accredited Higher Education Diploma qualifications the entry requirement is as follows:

Award of the HE Diploma in a related subject area, achieving a minimum of 18 credits at distinction and 24 credits at merit in the 45 level 3 graded credits.

Please see the other qualifications sections for acceptable qualifications to satisfy the Music subject requirements for this course . Please note that all applicants for the degree course may be interviewed and auditioned as part of our entry criteria.

GCSE

Please refer to the University’s general entrance requirements.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the Music subject requirements for this course (A level grade B or equivalent.

HND

Acceptable HND qualifications to satisfy the Music subject requirements are:

  • Music
  • Performing Arts (requires completion of Music strand).

Applicants offering a HND should achieve an award with Merit for year 1 entry.

Candidates offering non-subject related HNDs will be considered if they achieve the Music subject requirements via other qualifications.

HNC

Acceptable HNC qualifications to satisfy the Music subject requirements are:

  • Music
  • Performing Arts (requires completion of Music strand).

Applicants offering a HNC should achieve an award with Merit for year 1 entry.

Candidates offering non-subject related HNCs will be considered if they achieve the Music subject requirements via other qualifications.

Foundation Degree

Applicants holding a Foundation Degree should achieve an overall mark of 50% in level 5 modules for Year 1 entry.

Please see the other qualifications sections for alternative acceptable qualifications to satisfy the Music subject requirements for this course . Please note that all applicants for the degree course may be interviewed and auditioned as part of our entry criteria.

Advanced Entry

Those applicants seeking entry with advanced standing, (eg. Transfer from a cognate course at another institution or year 2 entry via cognate HND* or Foundation Degree*) will be considered on an individual basis but should note that this process can be more difficult in subject combination programmes as both subjects must be satisfied.

* normally Year 2 entry requires applicants to hold a course-related award plus a minimum of grade 5 Music Theory or demonstrate equivalent proficiency (equivalency to be determined via interview audition).

APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning)

The University will consider applications on the basis of experiential learning for those who do not hold the normal entry qualifications.

Transfers - on an individual basis.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

Our Drama graduates work in the professional theatre as actors, directors, writers and stage managers. Students who have gone on to work in Musical Theatre have found the Drama with Music programme to be a great foundation. Our graduates also work as teachers, college and university lecturers, drama therapists or community artists. They have found work with: Kabosh Theatre Company, Blue Raincoat Theatre Company, the Millennium Forum, Jigsaw Productions, Lyric Theatre, In Yer Space, BBC, Derry Playhouse, amongst others. They have set up their own businesses, founded theatre companies, been employed in various media posts, management, theatre management, arts administration, and the civil service.

Our graduates progress to postgraduate study and training such as at the University of Exeter, University of Warwick, Central School of Speech and Drama, Atlantic Acting School, Gaiety School of Acting, The Drama Studio, University of Manchester, and a range of PGCE courses in England and Scotland.

Because of the range of transferable skills associated with drama - skills in communication, analysis, creative thinking, team management - you will also be equipped to work in a range of non-specialist careers.

Drama graduates have amongst the best rates of employment amongst all arts and humanities graduates in the UK.

For information on postgraduate research opportunities see: www.arts.ulster.ac.uk/rgs

Work placement / study abroad

Opportunities for study abroad, usually during the second year of your degree, are available: ISEP (International Student Exchange Programme) offers links with over 140 American Universities; Erasmus+ focuses on European destinations.

Apply

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

For further information about this course, contact the School of Creative Arts office on

+44 (0)28 7167 5133 or Catherine Russell at c.russell@ulster.ac.uk.

For admissions queries contact arts@ulster.ac.uk.

Testimonials

Name: Luke Merritt

Course: Drama

Campus: Magee

Full-time/Part-time: Full Time

Background: I am a 21 year old second year Drama student from England. I love travelling and experiencing new life and culture - and that’s how I ended up in Ulster Uni!

Why did you choose Ulster?

I chose Ulster for the experience of moving away from my comfort zone; to try out a totally new environment far from home. I also enjoy the way the university helps me to shape my own learning - I can shape my career goals tailor the course to my needs/interests.

How do you think studying at Ulster has prepared you for your future career?(e.g. work placement, careers advice/guidance, opportunities available)

We have a lot of work where we work closely with others, so I’ve learnt about how to work on a professional level with a team. The course is challenging but a lot of fun; so I’ve learnt how to work to targets and under pressure. There’s always a sense that I’m part of a bigger community at this uni, that I am making some small difference, which I love.

Describe the support you have received at Ulster.(e.g. from lecturers, fellow students, support services, Students’ Union)

The students union have been great in helping me settle over the past year, with meet ups and events through the year. Lecturers have also supported me through tough times and think outside my usual zones - I always feel able to talk to someone if theres ever a problem.

What university facilities or resources do you find most useful and why?

I find the 24 hour computer labs hugely beneficial - sometimes you just need a bit of time in a lab environment to get some quiet work done and focus. The library is also really well stocked and helps me concentrate. I also love the fact we have access to the Foyle Arts building most of the time; it feels like our building, which really personalises this degree journey for me.

Why did you choose to study at Magee/Coleraine?(If you live in halls, describe what student accommodation is like.)

I love Derry as a city; it is vibrant, unique and steeped in culture and history. There is always something going on and I still haven’t seen it all, which I love! I love the challenge of studying at Ulster, and the academic and personal awards at the end of each semester!

Why would you recommend Ulster?

Ulster is a fresh, modern university that really does welcome everyone. They understand that their students want the opportunity to shape their own futures and they help every step of the way. They want their students to succeed beyond university and they really make me feel part of a community - a living uni world where everything is constantly changing!