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Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Drama

UCAS Code: W490

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

English and/or Drama preferred at A Level or equivalent. English required and Maths preferred at GCSE level grade C or 4.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H3,H3,H3,H3

English and/or Drama preferred at Higher Level or equivalent. English required and Maths preferred at Ordinary level O4 or Higher H5 if not achieved at Higher.

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

DDM

Scottish HNC

Pass

HNCs in relevant subjects considered on an individual basis.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B

English and/or Drama preferred at Higher or equivalent. English required and Maths preferred at National 5 level grade C.

UCAS Tariff

120

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Drama

Visit the theatre in Scotland and you will likely see the work of a QMU graduate. Whether you see them performing, hear the words of their script or view their artistry as director, scenographer or producer, they are building a successful and exciting career in drama thanks to their time at QMU.

To have a successful career in the theatre, you need to understand the theoretical and practical aspects of its historical context, techniques and craft. On this course you’ll learn the collaborative skills and process involved in creating and staging plays, and will experiment with key contemporary performance practices.

You’ll explore all aspects of theatre both front and back stage, including the audience. Who are they? (They may not be like you!) What do they want from a performance? How can you reach your audience? We challenge conventional assumptions of what the performing arts can be and who they are for – from both a practitioner and audience perspective.

You’ll engage with a vibrant diversity of practical and theoretical approaches that balance practice, history, research, critical thinking and employability skills. Whether you intend to be a theatre maker, scholar or teacher, the course will guide you in the development of your creative and critical prowess while providing very distinct routes into the professional world.

Creative entrepreneurship and employability is something we are passionate about and it is embedded throughout our course. Many of our students have formed their own theatre companies and are supported by QMU as they set up their businesses – including the chance to be located in our graduate start-up space called the Business Innovation Zone. The world’s largest arts festival happens right here in Edinburgh and many students successfully perform, produce or get involved in the Festival Fringe.

By the time you graduate you will know how and why a theatre team brings a performance to life, and the many ways in which drama can be understood and made relevant to contemporary audiences.

In Years One and Two you will work in collaborative experimental workshops, finding creative solutions to the staging and performance of classic and contemporary genres and texts. Bringing a range of interests and skills (performing, directing, playwriting, dramaturgy and scenography), students will share their different perspectives and insights. Lectures will also cover theatre history and critical and performance theory, which will inform the decisions students make in their creative work.

In Years Three and Four you will study core modules plus optional modules allowing you to focus your interests in specific areas. You’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad* or go on placements. In Year Four you will complete a personal final project, which can be a practical or a written dissertation.

Modules

Year One
Play and Performance
Introduction to the Study of Theatre and Performance
Introduction to Theatre Production
The Origins of Theatre
Analysing Texts and Performance
Performance Practices

Year Two
Theatre of Ideas and the Stage (From Romanticism to Theatre of Absurd)
Making Theatre
Contemporary Scottish Theatre in Context
Practitioner Researchers
British Theatre Since 1945
Creative Writing for New Media

Year Three
Devising Practices
Current Debates in Performance Theory OR Arts Funding in its Policy Context
Performance Project
Designing a Research Project Plus two optional modules

Year Four
Creative Practice and Enterprise
Honours Project
Plus two optional modules

Years Three and Four options:
Photography and Visual Culture
Screenwriting
Student Initiated Module
Scotland on Screen
Film and the Family
Photography Practice
Storytelling in Convergent Media
The American West in Popular Culture
Problematic: Criticism, Culture and Social Justice
Experiential Learning Placement
The Only Way is Ethics: Art, Participation and Ethics
Performance Art Practices
Site and Sound
Playwriting
Writing for Radio
Creative Learning and the Community
Producing for the Stage
Directing for the Stage
Directing, Designing and Performing Shakespeare
Directing, Designing and Performing Contemporary Plays
Decoding Dress: The Cultural Significance of Costume
Staging the 20th Century: How Scenography Built the Modern Imagination
Advanced Theatre Production
Devised Physical Theatre
Devising Practices
Theatre Laboratory Practices
Drama in Education (Community Workshop Placement)
Arts Funding in its Policy Context

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Feb 2020) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2021. Please check back here for any updates.

Assessment methods

You will be taught in lectures, seminars and through practical workshops. There is a strong focus on group work and on independent study outside timetabled sessions. You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including essays, reports, portfolios, vivas, post-show discussions and exams. You will also complete a Year Four honours project. There will be individual and group assessments. Please check the course entry on our website for full details.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£15,000
per year
International
£15,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Queen Margaret University

Department:

School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management

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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.

95%
high
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

97%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
91%
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
89%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
26%
Male students
74%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
1%
Drop out rate

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.

£16,640
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
40%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
16%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
14%
Teaching and educational professionals

What about your long term prospects?

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

Performing arts

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

£16k

£16k

£18k

£18k

£23k

£23k

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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