BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance - BA (Hons) Degree
University of East London
School of Social Sciences Media and Cultural Studies, Docklands Campus, 4-6 University Way, London, E16 2RD
Tel: 020 8223 3000
Fax: 020 8590 7799
Programme Leader: Amanda Breed
Of all the university courses that study the dramatic arts, none is as different, stimulating and engaging as ours. That's because our Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance course is enriched by a unique interaction between our drama and theatre students and our vibrant local community.
‘Applied theatre' asks if we can use drama and performance to think about the world in new ways. It devises theatre that communicates with its audience and opens up the arts to the entire community.
So, your studies will have a practical core as you develop your performance projects to make connections with a range of diverse groups within educational settings and the wider community.
One minute you could be involved in intensive studio-based work at our new, £33 million University Square Stratford building. The next, you could be working on projects beyond the University and in the community with our professional partners such as the Theatre Royal Stratford East and the Half Moon Theatre Company.
You'll be developing your knowledge and understanding of different cultures through theatre, as well your ability to think critically, analyse arguments and write intelligently. And our study abroad option will give you the chance to develop your artistic skills and gain an international perspective on theatre at the same time.
Practical performance lies at the heart of your studies. So in each of your three years, you'll be involved in productions or performances.In year one, you'll develop your critical skills while studying theatre from around the world. You'll also learn techniques of storytelling and monologue and be assessed in your performance.
During your second year, you'll hone your skills in both devising theatre and acting. As a group, you'll put together a performance piece. In the second term, you'll be joined by exchange students from Columbia College, Chicago, bringing an international flavour to your collaborations.
In your third year, we'll help you find and make the most of an extended placement with a theatre company or arts organisation.
You'll also develop a final piece of theatre that you'll perform in public and write a dissertation on the area of drama and theatre that most interests you.Connecting with the local community is at the heart of our course. Enriched by our position in the cultural hub of east London, you'll have opportunities to be involved in a range of work-related projects.
You'll take up a work placement in a community, arts or educational setting and benefit from our links with professional partners such as the Half Moon Theatre Company, the Hackney Empire, Hoxton Hall, Stratford Circus and the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT).
While you may work locally, there's also a celebratory international feel to our course with guest lectures and workshops from well-known actors, directors and writers.
Those of you who most impress on the course have the best chance of earning an exciting international exchange option. You could spend a term studying for your degree in one of our partner universities in North America - Chicago's Columbia College, Boulder's University of Colorado and the University of the Fraser Valley in Canada.
You'll be taught by outstanding theatre practitioners and theorists, headed by the author, Ananda Breed. She's contributed to several important projects internationally, exploring how theatre can aid conflict prevention, most recently running workshops in Kyrgyzstan for UNICEF.
Her supportive team is based in the superbly equipped Institute for Performing Arts Development at our new University Square Stratford base, which boasts three performance studios with advanced lighting rigs. Our students tell us it feels like you're training on a West End stage.