BA (Hons) Drama

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Reviews

Anonymous

The course is a great opportunity for people to explore drama, theatre and theory in depth. It is great for people who haven't quite decided a path they want to take yet and are willing to be pulled in many different directions to discover for themselves what they want to do. The staff are great and always willing to go out of their way and help students as well as encourage people to make their own way and take what they want from the degree.

Anonymous

I feel like a lot of people consider my course as an outsider as 'easy' and 'just a bit of fun'. However I believe that after experiencing the first year which involves practical and written task it's is far from 'just a bit of fun' and although the practical first term was of course a lot of fun I have learnt so much about myself from a physical exploration in Drama and picked up so many useful skills which will help me in the future. I have developed my team working, communication and imaginative skills with in practical work and my literature and analytical skills with in written work. This is why I enjoy and appreciate my course at The University of Exeter and would recommend anyone looking for a career in drama to attend. I have had so many opportunities in my first year at Exeter alone with constant auditions for small plays and chances to get involved in lighting, costume, publicity, directing- the list is endless and it makes me proud that I am on the course at Exeter University.

Anonymous

The BA in Drama is a thought-provoking degree that combines theory and studio-based practical exploration. Through seminars and studio based sessions you explore a wide theatrical history and continue to develop your own practice.

Anonymous

The Drama course at the university of Exeter is of a very high standard. There are a range of modules over the year which give you a road insight into the world of drama. From the history of theatre, acting skills, technical theatre and playwriting, there is something for every students specific career route. The assessments are varied in writing, practical and presentations giving all learning abilities a fair chance.The third term of the drama course allows students to experience putting on shows and committing their time to real life experience rather than exams which is an invaluable experience.The teaching quality is excellent with many tutors going out of their way to help with course work and any career problem you may have.It is easy to see why the standard of results is so high within the drama department.

Anonymous

This course is brilliant for anyone with a passionate for different elements of Drama. There is the opportunity to explore anything from acting to directing to playwrighting. The balance of practical and theory allows the two different modules per term to be explored in depth and enjoyed.

Anonymous

The drama degree at the university of Exeter has a fairly even split between practical and theory work. Personally, whilst I find the practical work very rewarding in the modules I've done, other students at the uni have said that their chosen modules were not as useful to them, so a lot of it depends on carefully assessing what modules you are interested in, and then choosing them for each term.

Anonymous

Generally, the course is a brilliant one. It aims to balance theory and practice. Each term, there is one theory module and one practical module, so over the year there are four modules altogether (it doesn't sound like much, but the amount of time research and rehearsals takes means that it is plenty of time!). The department aim to interweave theory and practice within those modules. Personally, the theory modules have been brilliant, they are challenging and thought provoking, and there are so many opportunities to get support from tutors as well as resources! The practical modules have varied a bit more, for me, but generally they are of good quality. There are lots of opportunities to pursue one's own interest, whether it be acting, directing, applied theatre or writing. Overall, an excellent course

Anonymous

Deciding to take Drama at The University of Exeter was the best decision I have ever made.I have gained experience in acting, lighting, sound and theatre management. The theory side of the degree is an eye opener, we dip into many other degree topics such as, Politics (so much politics), Psychology, Physics (lighting and sound), Philosophy and Ethics, English, Art history and more. I regularly find myself engaging in debate with my house mates who do not take drama and I usually make a very good stand with the knowledge my course has given me.

Anonymous

We are number 1 for drama. We are a top uni it is 50/50 for practical and theory which is just right. There are around 6 drama societies to compliment the varied and diverse degree Exeter offers. No other uni can say that all of their lecturers are researchers in the field – they are fresh and experienced alike. Although many staff – it’s a small, yet well concentrated department – you still get to know almost everyone. That also goes for the students – 100 in each year group and the opportunity to work amongst the year groups. There are plentiful studios to stretch around and be a tree, as well as abundance of seminar rooms to deconstruct and analyse that tree. Speaking of trees, the studio rooms look out unto a forest-like beauty for much tranquillity when the stressful part comes around. P.S. Exeter has the ratio of 1:3 students to tree. P.S.S. this drama course is not just about trees.

Anonymous

The lecturers are always passionate about what they teach and give students honest advice. Modules are designed to challenge us and expand our knowledge whilst still being easy enough to understand. The forms of assessment do not include exams which is a bonus. On thing that is not so great is the different styles of marking lecturers have- this causes them to give students different feedback on assessments and confuses us when we're told to do something someone else said to not do.

Anonymous

The department offers a wide range of modules for us to chose from and caters to a lot of different interests. I feel like we learn things that no other course has a chance to learn and the kind of skills we acquire through the course will help us in any career path we take. The teaching has almost always been to a high standard and they take our comments and feedback into account. For example, they changed one of our mandatory modules completely after negative feedback from our year group. There are no exams and so all forms of assessment is either coursework or performance based (including one or two vivas).

Anonymous

This Drama degree is outstanding. The split between theory and practice is 50/50, ensuring well-rounded knowledge and a broad learning environment. The facilities are excellent, as are the staff, especially the technical team. The atmosphere created on this course is unique - the inter-year group relations are special and the cross-year group relations are also brilliant.

Anonymous

University has been the best decision I have ever made. I have loved the academic content of my course and most of the tutors have been so passionate about what they are teaching. The only problems is with grading and marking politics, it seems impossible for arts and humanities students to get above an 80 whereas in other disciplines like the sciences high marks are much more common. There is not a wide range of facilities, a very small props workshop and it is quite limiting if you do not want to pursue acting. For instance, I wanted to do playwriting but because a certain member of staff left, this was no longer an option.

Anonymous

Strong and powerful but often lacks the enthusiasm neded to get me out of bed at 9am! some lecturers feel like they're there only because of their knowledge not their teaching abilities, making it difficult to learn.

Anonymous

Very good teaching, lots of contact time.

Anonymous

Fantastic course structure - well balanced between practical and theoretical work - and great opportunities to work across year groups.