Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

(BA) Drama Studies and Film Studies

Entry for 2017

FHEQ level

This course is set at Level 6 in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Course Aims

To develop key skills in film and drama analysis and understanding
To introduce students to the concepts of film narrative and dramatic performance
To take an interdisciplinary approach to Cinema and Drama
To develop an understanding of the visual interfaces between different media
To take a global perspective on cinematic and performance practices, stressing the national and international dimensions of Film, Cinema and Drama
To stress the diversity of Film and Drama Theories and historiographic traditions
To develop an understanding of the economic, social and institutional aspects of Cinema and Drama

Course learning outcomes

A knowledge of forms, practices, traditions and histories of performance and some of the theoretical frameworks relevant to those histories.

An understanding of the relationship between a written text and its theatrical performance.

The ability to develop a critical argument orally and in written form with the use of primary and secondary sources.

Competence in the close reading, description and analysis of dramatic texts and performances.

An understanding of the processes involved in making performance collaboratively.

A knowledge of key theatre theorists and practitioners and a range of techniques and methods for making theatre.

An understanding of the ways in which acting theories and issues of stagecraft can inform practice.

An ability to apply relevant theories and debates to staging texts.

An enhanced critical vocabulary to discuss how contemporary history, culture and politics inform performance practices.

A knowledge of a range of texts, productions, and movements from 19th to 21st century practices, traditions and histories of performance.

A knowledge of the techniques that different playwrights, practitioners and companies use in generating writing for performance.

A range of research skills such as planning, structuring research and using archival and bibliographic material effectively.

The ability to reflect critically on the relationships between dramatic texts and other media (eg. film, literature, photography).

The ability to work effectively in a group and apply the skills needed for the realization of practice-led work.

An ability to manage workloads, meet deadlines and co-ordinate agreed project objectives.

Awareness of the creative skills and processes of production, design and rehearsal by which performance is created, and experience of their realization and presentation in performance.

An understanding of a range of film forms, modes and genres, and the ways in which they organise understandings, meanings and affects

A comparative understanding of the roles that films have played in different societies and cultures

An understanding of the social, cultural and political histories from which different filmic institutions, modes and practices have emerged

An understanding of how social identities, categories and divisions have been represented and constituted in film texts

An awareness of key critical, theoretical and historical approaches to film, including applications and critiques of these paradigms

Engage critically with major thinkers, debates and intellectual paradigms within film studies and put them to productive use

Analyse closely, interpret and show the exercise of critical judgement in the understanding of films and their contexts

Carry out various forms of research for essays, projects and dissertations involving sustained independent enquiry

Evaluate and draw upon a range of sources and conceptual frameworks appropriate to research in the chosen area

Show insight into the range of attitudes and values arising from the complexity and diversity of film, culture and society, and show capability to consider and respond to these

Work in flexible, creative and independent ways, showing self-discipline, self-direction and reflexivity

Gather, organise and deploy ideas and information, in order to formulate arguments cogently, and express them effectively in written, oral or other forms

Deliver work to a given length, format, brief and deadline, properly referencing sources and ideas

Put to use a range of ICT skills from basic competence such as word-processing and presentational tools to more complex research tools

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreFilm Analysis (P3029)154
  CoreIssues in European Cinema B (P3028)154
  CoreThinking Through Theatre (Q3255)304
 Spring SemesterCoreIssues in Global Cinema A (P3030)304
  CoreReading and Staging Theatre Texts (Q3258)304
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreApproaches to Contemporary Performance (Q3107)305
  CoreFilm Theory (P3038)305
 Spring SemesterOptionBritish Cinema A (P3044)305
  British Cinema B (P3044B)155
  Chinese Cinema B (P4086B)155
  Debates in Screen Documentary A (P4107A)305
  Debates in Screen Documentary B (P4107B)155
  Performance: Directing and Composition (Q3261)305
  Performing Practices (Q3284)305
  The Musical B (P4105B)155
  Writing for Theatre (Q3026)305
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterCoreIssues and Perspectives in Contemporary Performance (Q3262)306
  OptionAsian Popular Cinema (P5051)306
  Eastern European Cinemas: myth and memory (P5015)306
  Film and Memory (P5058)306
  Film and Revolution (A) (P4100A)306
  Hollywood Comedian Comedy (P3052)306
  Hollywood Industry and Imaginary (P4012A)306
  Viewing Women (P3047)306
 Spring SemesterOptionAmerican Teen Cinema: Coming of Age on Screen (P5034)306
  Animals and Screen Media (P5060)306
  Cinema and Migration (P5059)306
  Film Studies Dissertation (P4123)306
  Independent Research Project: Dissertation (Q3263)306
  Independent Research Project: Practical (Q3264)306
  Race and Ethnicity in Popular Cinema 2 (P3053B)306

Course convenors

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Michael Lawrence
Subject area; Film
T: +44 (0)1273 877147

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Jason Price
Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Theatre and Performance
T: +44 (0)1273 877204

About your joint honours course

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