The Drama programme at the School of Creative Arts
The BA Drama degree in the School of Creative Arts is an exciting and challenging programme with an emphasis on contemporary performance practice. Drama@Magee is committed to integrating theories and practices of performance as a means to extend our understanding of Drama as an area of research in ways that are meaningful for our students.
Our expert lecturing Staff are internationally-recognised researchers with a range of industry-related experience. Students are able to take advantage of Staffs’ nationally-acknowledged teaching expertise and will have opportunities to explore additional contemporary performance practices through contact with part time staff and key visiting lecturers. The BA Drama programme benefits from extensive links with theatre practitioners and key Irish theatre companies, who often use our spaces for performances and delivering practice-based workshops.
Drama@Magee allows students to learn in a supportive and stimulating environment where they are encouraged to develop essential skills as thinking creative practitioners. The BA Drama programme is designed specifically to facilitate the development of students who feel confident and able to work independently. While students are offered extensive support and guidance throughout their studies, the programme also places increasing emphasis on the development of those skills necessary to carry out rigorous and sustained independent research and practice. In this way, students develop key skills alongside foundational professional competencies they can draw on in their future careers.
Students have a range of opportunities to develop their performance skills at the University of Ulster. Practical assessments in Drama require students to engage in a variety of performance projects across the BA programme, including: acting, directing, devising, site-specific, and full production projects. In addition, there are a number of extra-curricular performance groups and societies that offer students the opportunity to develop their practice, such as the Society for Performing Arts at Magee (SPAM; who compete annually in the Irish Student Drama Association festival) and DEME (an avant-garde performance group established by students in the School of Creative Arts).
Graduates from the BA Drama programme advance to a variety of careers and postgraduate study. Recent graduates have progressed to work as theatre practitioners, arts administrators, directors, and actors. Others have gained places and scholarships on a number of prestigious postgraduate courses throughout the UK and Ireland. Many students progress from the Drama degree to a further year of study on a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE); while others have taken up positions in the Media, as Drama therapists, Youth Workers, and Community Arts practitioners.