PA4007 - Introduction to Drama Specialisms

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What will I learn on this module?

This module is about understanding your subject area and your role as a student of that subject. It is the first step in helping you to scope and understand the subject and begin the journey to realising your professional ambitions. In the first term you will learn the scope of our specialist pathways: Acting and Performance, Applied Theatre and Scriptwriting, as well as being introduced to some of the skills for studying them. You will go to see performance work, be introduced to specialist texts and try out the different forms of learning used in each pathway.

At the end of this first term you will reflect and compare the experiences of these different areas and through that reflection select which of these pathways you wish to pursue. In the second term you will concentrate more on this chosen specialism picking up further introductory skills and develop a portfolio of work in this specialist area.

You will be introduced to the rich and varied artistic and cultural landscape of Newcastle upon Tyne and wide variety of modes of working, study skills, critically engaging with performance work and learning how to safely access our learning resources are key areas at the beginning of the module. As you gain a broader understanding you will also be introduced to the types of employment available in these areas and be encouraged to think about the skills and knowledge you would require to gain employment and you will begin to create a website and CV as a developing and living document to capture your achievements.

In the second term you will be orientating yourself in your new chosen field, learning about key practitioners, theories and approaches to you work.

How will I learn on this module?

Since part of the purpose of the module is to induct you into the community of practice you have joined you will encounter a wide range of learning methods and part of the induction process will be discovering how to get best from these different learning approaches.

You will be engaged in practical Drama workshops in each of the three pathways from the outset of the module, alongside presentations, readings and demonstrations. You will be asked to experiment in the different means of working in each area including acting workshops, applied theatre facilitation and creative writing exercises.

The scoping of the disciplines undertaken in the first term will be consolidated in your reflective evaluation at the end of this first semester creating a space for you to consider your learning and plan your personal development.

New topics will often be introduced through Blackboard (the e-learning portal) with preparatory tasks and investigations. These ideas will be picked up in class activity allowing you to explore and question the ideas with the tutor, while practical work will give you the opportunity to apply them. Further activity will be suggested for deeper investigation of topics. This module supports your study skills with guidance about producing written work and spoken presentations for assessment and considering the range of performing arts activities and employment routes. In the second semester you will begin to compile a small collection of work in the selected pathway and this will be an opportunity to consolidate the introductory skills of this specialism.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Learning is strongly supported by the nature of workshop engagement. This kind of learning means you get ‘in-the-moment’ feedback from tutors to support your development. Workshop and seminar practice is built around discussion and debate which is facilitated by tutors and will enable you to test and consolidate your mastery of new ideas and ways of working. In addition, you will have a formative writing exercise in the first couple of weeks, which will receive detailed feedback, this is to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses early in order that we can support you in your personal development towards your professional goals.

Personal tutor meetings will support you in your study choice and in selecting the right route of study for you and you will have an opportunity to consult individually before you commit to one pathway or another. Detailed learning materials are provided on the e-learning portal (Blackboard) including electronic reading lists, filmed lectures and discussion boards.

You will be given the opportunity to meet students from the other year groups who will give you a perspective of the nature of your studies to come and opportunities to see the work they are making which will give further insight into your choices.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding: 1. Be able to demonstrate a growing understanding of contemporary performing arts practices 2. Demonstrate knowledge of the nature and scope of study in Applied theatre, Acting and Performance and Scriptwriting Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities: 3. Demonstrate a developing ability of some key performance skills 4. Demonstrate that you are developing an effective use of appropriate learning resources. Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA): 5. Show some awareness of the ethical responsibilities of making work for public presentation

How will I be assessed?

Formative
You will write a short review of a performance you have seen in order to familiarise yourself with our approach to academic writing. This will receive feedback form your tutor early in the first semester. (1, 4)

In addition you will receive ongoing iterative feedback through workshop practice where you will receive formative feedback from peers and tutors.

Summative
An essay comparing the three disciplines you have been exposed to in the first semester, considering your own strengths and weaknesses contributing to you decision on your pathway for the following year. (1500 words) (1, 2, 4, 5) (50%)

You will submit a portfolio of work in one of the three disciplines offered in the Introduction to module.(2000 words) (1,3,4,5) (50%)


Summative Feedback
Feedback or these tasks will be written on standard feedback sheets and will be received within 20 working days of submission deadline.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

This module is about understanding your subject area and your role as a student of that subject. In the first term you will learn the scope of our specialist pathways: Acting and Performance, Applied Theatre and Scriptwriting, as well as being introduced to some of the skills for studying them. You will go to see performance work, be introduced to specialist texts and try out the different forms of learning used in each pathway.

There will be a wide variety of work undertaken and a wide variety of learning styles in use. You will be in involved in workshop activity creating work in each area of study as well as supporting lectures, seminars and viewing of performance work.

At the end of the first semester you will choose a specialist pathway and the second semester will see you embark on workshops and practical experiments in either, Acting and Performance, Applied Theatre or Scriptwriting.

Course info

UCAS Code W400

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Arts

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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