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Drama

  • BA (Ed) in Theatre and Drama

    The Theatre and Drama programme explores critical aspects of theory, practice and pedagogy, to reflect an integrated approach to drama education. The programme identifies how theatre and drama theories and practices provide platforms to incorporate new educational thinking that includes 21st century competencies. Theatre and drama processes and practices will be applied to nurture individual and collaborative learning, reflective and reflexive practice, active problem-solving, empathetic engagement, inter- and intra-cultural understanding, and social and self-awareness. The programme draws from Asian and Western theory, practice, history and philosophy to respond critically to global trends in arts education and cultural policy.

    There are no academic pre-requisites for specialisation in Drama. Students who are interested to do Theatre and Drama at NIE must attend an interview-workshop which offers students an opportunity to discuss the programme and participate in a short drama workshop that conveys some of the approaches and pedagogies used. No academic pre-requisites are required. Some background in performance and theatre-making is however preferred. What is most important is that students are willing to collaborate, be imaginative and participate fully in practical and theoretical learning.

    Students will do a combination of Academic Subjects (AS) and Curriculum Subjects (CS) in Theatre and Drama, depending on whether they elect to do Theatre and Drama as a Major (AS1) or Minor (AS2) study. The modules include the following:

    Academic Subjects (AS):

    AAU 10A Acting 1: The Actor’s Voice and Body

    AAU 10B Theatre & Drama in Society: Historical Perspectives                  

    AAU 10C Acting 2: Physical Theatre and Embodying Character

    AAU 10D Contemporary Theatre: Styles and Conventions

    AAU 20A Dramaturgy and Directing

    AAU 20B Evolution of Theatre and Drama: Practice and Philosophy

    AAU 20C Playwriting and Script Analysis

    AAU 20D Traditional Theatre: Styles and Conventions

    AAU 20E Devising Theatre: Methods and Practices

    AAU 20G Performance, Imagination and Play

    AAU 30A Technical Theatre: Staging and Design                   

    AAU 30B Performance Processes: Rehearsing, Staging and Responding

    AAU 30C New Theatre Practices (Secondary only)

    AAU 40A Applied Theatre: Theory, Practice and Pedagogy (Secondary only)

    AAU 40B Young People’s Theatre Practices (Secondary only)

    AAU 40C Research Frames for Theatre and Drama Education

    Curriculum Subjects (CS):

    ACU 22A Theatre and Drama Education

    ACU 32A Planning and Facilitating Theatre and Drama Education

    ACU 42A Critical Pedagogies in Theatre and Drama Education

    ACU 42B Curriculum and Assessment in Theatre and Drama

    Please follow this link for detailed course descriptions for BA(Ed) Primary (Drama).

    Please follow this link for detailed course descriptions for BA(Ed) Secondary (Drama).

    For general information on Undergraduate Programmes, please follow this link.

  • Minor Study in Drama and Performance

    CDP courses are theatre and performance electives offered to students from Wee Kim Wee School of Communications, School of Art, Design and Media and School of Humanities and Social Sciences only (specifically Art Design and Media, Chinese, Communication Studies, Economics, English, History, Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, Philosophy, Public Policy and Global Affairs, Psychology and Sociology). They can be taken as general electives or as part of a ‘Minor Study in Drama and Performance.’ These courses introduce to students a broad range of concepts, theories, histories of, and practices in, theatre and performance: some courses focus on theatre’s relevance and engagement with contemporary and traditional society, both Western and Asian, while others offer students opportunities for more practical work in acting, playwriting and directing.

    To obtain a ‘Minor in Drama and Performance’ a student will have to complete 5 modules in total – one Foundation Level module and four other modules. The Foundation Level module, ADP16A: Introduction to Theatre and Performance, is a pre-requisite for access to other modules.

    ADP16A will be offered every semester, and at least two other courses from the Secondary Level will be offered each semester. Each module is worth 3AUs.

    The modules offered from August 2017 are as follows:

    Foundation Level (Compulsory and Pre-Requisite for other CDP Modules):

    ADP16A Introduction to Theatre and Performance

    Secondary Level (Choose and Complete at least 4 Modules):

    ADP26A Contemporary Theatre: Styles and Conventions

    ADP26B Theatre for Young People: Methods and Practices

    ADP26C Acting: The Actor’s Voice and Body

    ADP26D Theatre and Technology

    ADP26E Playwriting and Script Analysis

    ADP26G Independent Study in Theatre

    ADP26H Directing and Dramaturgy

    ADP26J Traditional Theatre: Styles and Conventions

    ADP26K Contemporary Theatre in Singapore and Southeast Asia

    ADP26L Devising Theatre: Methods and Practices

     

    ADP26M Applied Theatre: Theory, Practice and Pedagogy

    Please follow this link for the respective course descriptions: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/Academics/Pages/MinorProgramme.aspx

    For more information, please contact NTU’s Office of Academic Services: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/Students/Undergraduate/AcademicServices/Pages/ContactOAS.aspx

    Information on NTU Minor Study Programme can be found here: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/Academics/Pages/MinorProgramme.aspx

     

  • Master of Education in Drama (MEd Drama)

    The Master of Education in Drama is a specialised Master’s by Coursework or Master’s by Coursework and Dissertation degree that provides opportunities for advanced academic study in drama, professional practice in drama, and drama education. It addresses drama performance and processes, their application to educational contexts, and the multi-disciplinary approach needed for drama learning and performance. Both theoretical and practical issues of drama pedagogy are discussed, focusing on contemporary issues in drama and drama education. Students will develop insight and understanding of the creative processes of drama and drama education, including performance, and skills in the teaching of drama as a subject and as a vehicle for learning.

    Entry requirements include a good Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university, a teaching qualification such as the Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education, Singapore or at least one year of relevant working experience in education.

    We currently only offer part-time candidature, that would take a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 4 years to complete.

    The next intake will be offered in January 2018, and the course includes the following modules:

    Complete Coursework Route

    Coursework plus Dissertation Route

    Core Course

    MED900 Educational Inquiry

    Core Course

    MED900 Educational Inquiry

    Required Specialisation Courses

    MDR901 Theatre Making

    MDR902 Drama Education, Curriculum & Assessment

    MDR903 The Teacher as Facili-Actor

    MDR904 Arts-based Research

    Required Specialisation Courses

    MDR901 Theatre Making

    MDR902 Drama Education, Curriculum & Assessment

    MDR903 The Teacher as Facili-Actor

    Elective Courses (Select 2)

    The course(s) to be selected from either the specialization electives

    MDR921 Page to Stage

    MDR922 Theatre in the Community

    and/or any of the courses offered in NIE's Master degree programmes

    Open Elective Courses (Select 1)

    The course to be selected from either the specialization electives

    MDR904 Arts-based Research

    MDR921 Page to Stage

    MDR922 Theatre in the Community

    and/or any of the courses offered in NIE's Master degree programmes

    MED999 Integrative Project (2 AUs)

    Dissertation (6 AUs)

    *AUs, or Academic Units, refer to the number of contact hours per week over a 13 week semester. All courses are 4AUs (52 hours) unless otherwise stated. Courses involve face-to-face time and online learning.

    For detailed course descriptions, please follow this link.

    For application processes, fees and frequently asked questions, please follow this link.

  • Master of Arts (Research)

    The Master of Arts (Research) in Drama is an advanced degree that is done by independent but supervised research in an approved area of drama studies, drama education or drama pedagogy. The award of the degree is dependent on the successful completion of 40,000 to 50,000 word thesis.

    Candidates must have a good Bachelor's degree with Honours of at least a Second Class Upper level in a relevant area and must have the ability to pursue independent research in the proposed field of advanced study.

    The Master of Arts degree by research is offered on both full-time and part-time basis. The candidature period for full-time study is a maximum of 3 years, and for part-time a maximum of 4 years.

    At present, the following areas of research specialisation are offered:

    • Issues in Drama Education and Drama Pedagogies
    • Performance Studies in the School Context
    • Emergent Asian Theatre Forms and Training
    • Intercultural Theatre and Intercultural Shakespeares
    • Contemporary Southeast Asian Theatre
    • Theatre in Singapore
    • Digital Performance and Virtual Theatres

    Current and past research areas by MA candidates include:

    • Using drama for English Language learning in primary schools
    • Exploring the Subjectivities of teaching theatre artists through Performance Ethnography

       

    For more information on the Master of Arts programme, including application processes, please follow this link.

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Drama)

    The Doctor of Philosophy programme is a andvanced degree that is done by independent but supervised research in an approved field of drama studies, drama education or drama pedagogy. The award of the degree is dependent on the successful completion and oral defence of a 70,000 to 100,00 word dissertation / thesis.

    Candidates must have a good Bachelor’s degree with Honours of at least Second Class Upper Level and a Master’s degree in the field of drama, drama education or drama pedagogy.

    The degree of PhD by research is offered on both full-time and part-time basis. The maximum candidature for full-time study is 5 years, and for part-time a maximum of 7 years.

    At present, the following areas of research specialisation are offered:

    • Issues in Drama Education and Drama Pedagogies
    • Performance Studies in the School Context
    • Emergent Asian Theatre Forms and Training
    • Intercultural Theatre and Intercultural Shakespeares
    • Contemporary Southeast Asian Theatre
    • Theatre in Singapore
    • Digital Performance and Virtual Theatres

     

    Current research areas by doctoral candidates include:

    • Drama Pedagogies
    • Drama and Literacy
    • Singapore Theatre

     

    For other application processes and other information, please follow this link.