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Drama foundation year pathway

On successful completion of the Drama Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to your chosen degree programme from the list below:

About the pathway

This unique programme is designed for students who are interested in acting, drama and the creative industries.

Skills learned in the taught classes and the devised exercise will prepare them for their chosen progression route to Acting, English & Drama or BA Technical Theatre

While on the course, students will have the opportunity to audition for the BA Acting.

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Please note: the Drama Foundation Year pathway is subject to validation.

Course content

The Foundation Year provides the opportunity to practice voice, acting and movement; learn script writing; develop the technical skills required for working in theatre; and be introduced to the business side of working in the industry.

Theatre Arts I

This is a practical module which is intended to build the confidence of the student as an actor, performer, public speaker and orator. There will be a focus on the audition process, choosing, learning and performing monologues, and perfecting audition skills. This module is designed to give all students – whichever level 4 pathway they progress to – the opportunity to experience the production, acting and textual elements of performance in a drama or theatre space.

Theatre Arts II

This is a practical module which is intended to build on the individual work of the first semester by introducing students to collaborative working methods. Students are taught a number of specialist classes in order to enhance their performance skills and provide them with an awareness of the scenographic and management elements of theatre production.

These classes will include sessions in voice and movement, acting and performance skills. There is a particular focus on improvisation as a method of creating performance text and devising skills as a way of structuring dramatic material.

The module culminates in group presentations of students’ devised work as a studio performance. This is student-led and will be developed and rehearsed partly in class-time and partly outside of scheduled classes.

Personal Learning Competencies

This module introduces the students to learning in HE and provides them with a framework for reflection and understanding of their own personal learning identity as well as tools for continuing educational success.

Thinking Critically, Creatively and Ethically

This module explores what makes “thinking” rigorous and logical, and how to detect specious arguments or ideas based on prejudice or fallacies in reasoning.

It will also encourage students to start reflecting on how to present ideas in creative and critical ways, whilst developing a strong understanding of the constant need to be ethical.

Taking a Professional Approach

This module will equip students with the knowledge, confidence and practical skills to help them to develop their employability skills.

Students will be introduced to the workplace through a short observation and will work independently and in groups to understand and recognise work-related success and build their own potential.

The Individual Project

This module is an opportunity for students to expand their knowledge in an area of their choice. Students will work closely with a supervisor to choose a topic of interest for investigation.

Alongside pursuing their interest in a topic, students will engage with academic research skills such as finding sources, building an argument and organising ideas, design and delivery of output, and will require planning, preparation, research and autonomous working. Students will produce a portfolio of work.

This module will also culminate in a small “conference” where all students showcase their findings. 


Please note: all information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins. Modules listed may either be core or optional; you may not be able to study all your first choice modules.