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Liverpool John Moores University

Drama

UCAS Code: W400

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

Minimum number of A Levels required: 2 Subject specific requirements: Not applicable Is general studies acceptable? Yes Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications Average A Level offer: BCC Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Further information: Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points

Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Grades / subjects required: 104 UCAS Points including 5 Highers

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM required from a relevant subject if no other Level 3 qualifications are taken

UCAS Tariff

104

All applicants should possess the following essential qualities: Evidence of an enthusiastic and sustained interest in Drama. Good performance skills: vocal, physical and intellectual. Time management, as you will have to work to show deadlines on a regular basis. Flexibility: we often rehearse and perform in the evenings and at weekends. These qualities will be assessed through an interview and an audition after having initially been assessed from your UCAS application. Your initial UCAS application will inform our decision on whether to offer you an interview and audition, but will by no means wholly inform our decision on whether to offer you a place to study Drama or not. Therefore, any information that you can give on your UCAS form which allows us to get a sense of how well you manage your time, how engaged you are with external activities and how proactive you have been in seeking out interesting challenges (of all sorts!) and creative engagements would be very useful as they will inform the above-mentioned essential criteria. Drama Interview and Audition Criteria We always ask applicants to audition and interview with us. There are two practical audition requirements: the Solo audition and the Workshop audition. There is also a Seminar interview to assess academic skills. Here’s what we’ll be looking for: Solo Audition - we'll be looking for: Vocal presence: How well you deliver your piece and what light, shade and emphasis you sustain. Interpretation: How well you create the character, deliver the role and interpret the text and its meaning. Performance: How effectively you "hold" your audience. You should exhibit confidence, clarity and vitality. Workshop Audition - we'll be looking for: Ensemble skills: How well you work with other people in a group - are you co-operative and proactive? Creativity: What creative qualities did you bring to the group? Did you generate ideas and suggestions? Seminar Interview - we'll be looking for: Presence: How well you listened to others and made rational and supportive contributions. Critical ability: How well you knew your subject area. Academic potential: Do your grades or predictions marry with your performance when discussing Theatre Commitment: What evidence did you supply to show that you are keen to study at LJMU. Further information about the drama audition and interview process can be found at: https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/applicant-login/interviews-auditions-and-aptitude-tests/faculty-of-arts-professional-and-social-studies Applications are welcomed from mature or non standard applicants. These students should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience. Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview and audition. International Applicants: We welcome overseas applicants, who will be considered in line with normal entry requirements.

You may also need to…

Attend an interview

Perform an audition

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Drama

As a student on the BA (Hons) Drama at Liverpool John Moores University you will have extensive opportunities to develop your creative and performance skills using our dedicated drama centre and newly refurbished drama studio, and also through our links with leading theatre companies and drama organisations in Liverpool and beyond.

- Drama at LJMU ranked 20th best in the country in the 2019 Guardian University League Table

- Opportunities to perform regularly in theatre productions all over Liverpool plus paid or voluntary work placements to improve your employability

- Professional guidance from working practitioners to help you develop your creative skills in acting, stage management, directing, marketing, publicity and many more

- Strong links with local organisations including Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, The Unity Theatre, Hope Street Ltd and the BBC

- Friendly and creative atmosphere in the Joe H Makin Drama Centre and a final year Festival entirely organised and delivered by students

- Start month: September

- Campus location: Mount Pleasant Campus

Modules

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4

•Theatre Cultures
•Spontaneous Theatre
•Theatre: The Big Ideas
•Acting the Text
•Collaborative Playmaking
•Acting Skills

Level 5

•The Drama Specialist
•Creating Theatre
•Page to Stage: Reading the Play
•Performance: The Big Ideas
•Options in Practice
•Technical Theatre

Level 6

•Drama at Work
•Drama Reflection
•Directing the Play
•Drama Festival
•Researching Drama
•Festival Planning

Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Assessment methods

This degree is 60% practical and 40% theory and this is reflected in the different assessments used for each module.

Practical assessments could be in the form of presentations (performing in or directing a show, for example), painting a set or designing lights or costumes, writing a script, managing a production, or performing a stand-up set.

Theoretical assessments could be exams, essays, seminar presentations, class tests, viva voces and portfolio work. Constructive feedback is always useful in helping you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work, and this is provided either online, in writing or at a one-to-one meeting with your tutor. We also utilise self and peer assessment to further enhance the quality of our assessment and feedback.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,450
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Liverpool John Moores University

Department:

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

71%
low
Drama

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
71%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

85%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
46%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
96%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,956
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
99%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
17%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Other elementary services occupations

Drama is a very popular degree subject — in 2015, over 5,000 degrees were awarded to UK graduates. With so many graduates around, jobs in acting are very sought-after and often gained through personal contacts, or through your careers service so be prepared to practise your people skills and to make full use of your university facilities. But there are lots of roles in the arts for drama graduates, in direction, production, audio-visual, set and clothing design and PR. The skills taught by drama courses can be useful elsewhere — a lot of the economy can use people who can perform and present in front of others, and so drama graduates can be found in teaching, management, advertising, project and events organisation and community work. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once — one in ten drama graduates last year had more than one job on the go at once after six months. And starting salaries are not the best - but nevertheless the large majority of drama graduates going into acting still felt that it was just the job for them regardless of pay.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Drama

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£14k

£14k

£18k

£18k

£19k

£19k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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