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Would you like to develop the practical and intellectual skills required to be a creative, critical and reflective arts practitioner?

Acting as a gateway to degree-level study, the Drama Foundation Year course allows you to study a broad range of creative arts disciplines, with a key focus on drama and performance. You will also acquire key transferable skills such as effective communication, team work, time and project management, research and digital literacy, all of which can prove vital to achieving at University and gaining employment after graduation.

Taught by a team of world-leading artists and academics, you will be equipped to successfully take your learning to the next level.

This course is delivered through a mix of classroom and studio-based learning, with engagement with the cultural centres in the region available to further enhance your learning.

Upon successful completion of the foundation year, you will automatically progress onto the BA (Hons) Drama course.

Would you like to develop the practical and intellectual skills required to be a creative, critical and reflective arts practitioner?

Acting as a gateway to degree-level study, the Drama Foundation Year course allows you to study a broad range of creative arts disciplines, with a key focus on drama and performance. You will also acquire key transferable skills such as effective communication, team work, time and project management, research and digital literacy, all of which can prove vital to achieving at University and gaining employment after graduation.

Taught by a team of world-leading artists and academics, you will be equipped to successfully take your learning to the next level.

This course is delivered through a mix of classroom and studio-based learning, with engagement with the cultural centres in the region available to further enhance your learning.

Upon successful completion of the foundation year, you will automatically progress onto the BA (Hons) Drama course.

Course Information

UCAS Code
W450

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time followed by a further 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 or September 2021

Fee Information

Module Information

Department / Arts

From creating fine art to conserving it; from animation to film, theatre and television, through to arts management and teaching, our Arts department is a dynamic and stimulating environment to study in.

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The Healthcare Foundation Year is taught over 2 semesters and will be completed in one academic year. The programme consists of 5 modules which will prepare you both academically and professionally for your chosen level 4 degree. The aim of the Healthcare Foundation Year is to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the key subjects in health and to meet the prerequisites for level 4 study on Northumbria University’s Degree Programmes. 

The course focuses on developing effective communication, study skills and basic theories and concepts within health. It will enhance your theoretical knowledge of the wider determinants of health and provide you with transferable skills to articulate into your chosen degree programme.

If you are an international student, you will have access to Academic Language Skills (ALS) sessions to help you develop your academic language, writing and study skills. These sessions will run throughout the course.

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We ensure that our students learn from the best. Our staff are inspirational academics, with a genuine passion for their subject, whilst our courses are at the forefront of current knowledge and practice and are shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research. Our staff's talent is also recognised by others. Northumbria is now rated in the top 20 in the UK in eleven subjects, and in the top five in three subjects, by the Complete University Guide 2015.

Between 2008 and 2014 we doubled the number of our academic staff submitted for research assessment. We encourage early-career researchers and have a distinctive appeal based on academic excellence, entrepreneurialism and innovation. Our academics balance teaching, research and working with external organisations.

Our professional staff ensure the smooth delivery of the University’s activities. Their work contributes to an outstanding student experience, supports research and underpins successful partnerships and collaborative working with external organisations.

Each module will be delivered by a qualified practitioner registered in their field of practice. Guest lecturers will also be part of the course to give experience and contemporary context to the module content.

We will also provide you with a Personal Tutor (PT) who will help you reflect on, and monitor, your own learning journey. The tutor will work with you in creating an action plan for areas that you feel are important to your studies and future career.

 

 

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Our state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Centre, located at the Coach Lane Campus, replicates many different nursing environments and situations. Our investment in Simulated Mannequins (SimMan and SimBaby) will allow you to practise skills, challenge your learning and develop confidence in your clinical ability – all within a safe environment. 

Technology Enhanced Learning is embedded throughout the course. The most important lecture content is recorded so that you can listen again for clarity or revision purposes, or to support comprehension of English language.

You will have access to the libraries both at Coach Lane and City Campus, which host a collection of 500,000 print books, over 843,000 ebooks, and an extensive print and ejournal collection of over 110,000 titles so that our students and staff can access learning resources at the point of need.

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During the Preparation to Study module you will address research methodology and how to critically evaluate the quality of research. You will then re-visit these topics in each module as you explore the evidence base for subjects and assessments.

The research interests of tutors will inform teaching and help ensure that what you learn is fully relevant and up-to-date. For example, Northumbria researches student experiences of studying, which generates insights that help reinforce the quality of our course. The quality of Northumbria’s research is indicated by our top quartile ranking in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing.

 

 

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Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study the Drama Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Throughout the Healthcare Foundation Year, we emphasise the development of your resilience and communication and decision making skills which will have value in every workplace. We will give you feedback and specifically assess your ability to craft and present a persuasive argument to others, which gives you confidence and competence to be a safe practitioner.

Northumbria University’s Careers and Employment Service will also support you with CV advice, interview preparation and portfolio development. 

 

 

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A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

Book An Open Day / Experience Drama Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study the Drama Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Throughout The Healthcare Foundation Year, you will develop attributes including, critical reflection and intuition. The Healthcare Foundation Year prepares you for what is to come and develops your ability to think and act independently. Self-learning will prepare you for whatever specialisms and future career you choose. 

As the nature of healthcare continues to ever evolve, your transferable skills will help you thrive. The Healthcare Foundation Year enables you to apply for Northumbria University’s Nursing Degree, in Adult, Mental Disability or Mental Health. Your Personal Tutor will be happy to guide you in the process of applying. The Healthcare Foundation Year will prepared you for degree study. A degree qualification is widely seen as an essential passport to more advanced clinical, research, education and management roles.

 

 

Book An Open Day / Experience Drama Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study the Drama Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

80 UCAS Tariff points
From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:
There are no specific subject requirements for this course

GCSE Requirements:
Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional Requirements:
There are no additional requirements for this course

International Qualifications:
We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications<

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

80 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language Requirements:

International applicants shoud have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,500

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Scholarships and Discounts

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1*: TBC

* It is anticipated that fees for 21/22 will be £9,250. EU fees status will be confirmed following confirmation from Government


International Fee in Year 1: TBC

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AD3017 -

The Body (Core,20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to contemporary concepts and creative studio production processes related to the theme of the ‘Body’.
You will learn to develop and produce a range of experimental collaborative and individual artworks under the direction of academic staff from across subject disciplines. Through directed and self-directed approaches around a range of studio and workshop practices you will produce a portfolio of work that offers a personal reflection on a subject that has fired the imagination since the first humans established their presence through paintings on cave walls, collective performance or carvings into rocks.
You will learn to understand the importance of primary research from source and the application of collaborative interdisciplinary practices.
The Body is a complex subject and you will be engaged in a number of learning situations that will build your awareness and understanding of critical engagement and reflective thinking through creative practice.
You will develop a greater knowledge of how the Body has been the catalyst for artists producing paintings, sculpture, live art performances, drama, dance, text, photography and film; and be introduced to the theoretical debates such as body politics, feminism and ethics.
Working in a team you will further learn from each other’s practices and creative interventions through experimentation, making and discussion. This will enable you to build confidence in outlining your own views and position.

Creative practitioners have often looked to artists in the past to inspire new directions in their own work. In this module you will be asked to identify a specific artwork inspired by the Body theme and transcribe it in your own terms. This is a valuable learning tool in research and development leading to a final output. The transcription project will aid you develop a more personal direction that will inform the Identity module in semester 2.

More information

AD3018 -

Art and the City (Core,20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to contemporary concepts and creative studio production processes related to the theme of Arts and the City.
You will learn to develop and produce a range of experimental collaborative and individual artworks under the direction of academic staff from across subject disciplines. Through directed and self-directed approaches around a range of studio and workshop practices you will produce a portfolio of work that offers an exploration of the inter-relationship between the city that we see and the city that we imagine.
Arts and the city are intertwined, and this module gives you an opportunity to develop your own arts practice through observation and interrogation of the cultural life, activities and artefacts of a real city.
Through arts practices, students will consider the role of arts within the environments of the city, developing knowledge on how arts can explore, reflect, enhance and critique the city and its citizens.
The module will consider the location and impact of arts and culture in introducing the relationship between artist and spectator/audience/public.
The module will also introduce you to the distinctive environment and culture that has shaped Newcastle and Gateshead and how Tyneside has evolved into an international centre for the arts. Consequently this Semester 1 module will help locate you in a studio culture for the first time and complement the learning activities around interpretation of form and function linked to the Body module.

More information

AD3019 -

Identity (Core,20 Credits)

“Identity’ is the final module in the Arts Foundation Year course and helps position your practice towards a BA Honours programme in one of the visual and performing arts subjects.
Through this module you will learn to demonstrate in a portfolio of work your creative practice and emerging personal philosophy moving towards a major project output and personal statement.
In building a profile as a student of the arts, your practice is informed by your skills, knowledge, experience and imagination. Across the visual and performing arts there are a wide range of delivery processes and methodologies for presenting your practice. This module enables you to be ambitious with your creative studio work and learn to make critical decisions about your identity that will influence your future direction.
Gombrich once told us that ‘there is no such thing as art, only artists.’ In completing this final study you will learn how to draw upon the creative practitioners that have influenced you and examine 2 artists/performers/directors/scriptwriters with whom you strongly identify.
In this module you will also learn to outline your personal development to date and position your practice against the cultural sector that it is most aligned (fine art, drama, live art performance, applied theatre, animation etc). A supporting document will provide a narrative of that development and will be considered alongside a final major work.
Working in a team you will further learn from each other’s practices and creative interventions through experimentation, making, discussion and evaluation. Following semester 1 and the Nature and Technologies module you will learn how to use your feedback to develop a greater understanding of your personal artistic position moving towards your final submission.

More information

AD3020 -

Nature and Technologies (Core,20 Credits)

Our interaction with nature and the environment and a need to capture and understand these experiences has informed the production of a range of creative arts practices (landscape painting/site specific performance/multi-media installation). Likewise artists have always had an interest in the natural sciences and have an increasing concern about the trajectory of change given the rapid developments in modern technologies in the last century.
This module will introduce you to contemporary concepts and creative studio production processes related to the theme of Nature and Technology. You will learn about new digital methodologies of production and be able to discern between appropriate use of low tech or high tech production processes in the making of work and the development of your practice.
Workshops will enable you to learn more about new media technology and how it may be applied to your scholarly and studio interests.
Creative practitioners often look to the sciences to develop new directions in their own practice. In this module you will also be asked to examine the concept of evolution and how this is aligned to your own creative practice; the germination of an idea, fermentation and final output/product.
You will learn to understand the value of being a student in a university that has a wide variety of academic resources available to enable you to develop your knowledge and creative practice (geo-sciences/life and chemical sciences/earth and space research)
Working in a team you will further learn from each other’s practices and creative interventions through experimentation, making, discussion and evaluation.
Following semester 1 you will learn how to use your summative feedback to develop a greater understanding of student centred learning building a more personal artistic position in advance of the final ‘Identity‘ module

More information

AD3021 -

Arts Portfolio: Skills for University (Core,40 Credits)

On this module, you will build a portfolio demonstrating and evidencing the broad range of academic, professional and transferable employability skills you have developed throughout the Arts Foundation Year. These will include demonstrations of cogent academic prose, accurate academic citation, research skills, independent learning, oral presentation, and teamwork. You will develop this portfolio throughout the year, drawing evidence from work you conduct in your other modules, and from workshops and seminars from this year long module.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AD3017 -

The Body (Core,20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to contemporary concepts and creative studio production processes related to the theme of the ‘Body’.
You will learn to develop and produce a range of experimental collaborative and individual artworks under the direction of academic staff from across subject disciplines. Through directed and self-directed approaches around a range of studio and workshop practices you will produce a portfolio of work that offers a personal reflection on a subject that has fired the imagination since the first humans established their presence through paintings on cave walls, collective performance or carvings into rocks.
You will learn to understand the importance of primary research from source and the application of collaborative interdisciplinary practices.
The Body is a complex subject and you will be engaged in a number of learning situations that will build your awareness and understanding of critical engagement and reflective thinking through creative practice.
You will develop a greater knowledge of how the Body has been the catalyst for artists producing paintings, sculpture, live art performances, drama, dance, text, photography and film; and be introduced to the theoretical debates such as body politics, feminism and ethics.
Working in a team you will further learn from each other’s practices and creative interventions through experimentation, making and discussion. This will enable you to build confidence in outlining your own views and position.

Creative practitioners have often looked to artists in the past to inspire new directions in their own work. In this module you will be asked to identify a specific artwork inspired by the Body theme and transcribe it in your own terms. This is a valuable learning tool in research and development leading to a final output. The transcription project will aid you develop a more personal direction that will inform the Identity module in semester 2.

More information

AD3018 -

Art and the City (Core,20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to contemporary concepts and creative studio production processes related to the theme of Arts and the City.
You will learn to develop and produce a range of experimental collaborative and individual artworks under the direction of academic staff from across subject disciplines. Through directed and self-directed approaches around a range of studio and workshop practices you will produce a portfolio of work that offers an exploration of the inter-relationship between the city that we see and the city that we imagine.
Arts and the city are intertwined, and this module gives you an opportunity to develop your own arts practice through observation and interrogation of the cultural life, activities and artefacts of a real city.
Through arts practices, students will consider the role of arts within the environments of the city, developing knowledge on how arts can explore, reflect, enhance and critique the city and its citizens.
The module will consider the location and impact of arts and culture in introducing the relationship between artist and spectator/audience/public.
The module will also introduce you to the distinctive environment and culture that has shaped Newcastle and Gateshead and how Tyneside has evolved into an international centre for the arts. Consequently this Semester 1 module will help locate you in a studio culture for the first time and complement the learning activities around interpretation of form and function linked to the Body module.

More information

AD3019 -

Identity (Core,20 Credits)

“Identity’ is the final module in the Arts Foundation Year course and helps position your practice towards a BA Honours programme in one of the visual and performing arts subjects.
Through this module you will learn to demonstrate in a portfolio of work your creative practice and emerging personal philosophy moving towards a major project output and personal statement.
In building a profile as a student of the arts, your practice is informed by your skills, knowledge, experience and imagination. Across the visual and performing arts there are a wide range of delivery processes and methodologies for presenting your practice. This module enables you to be ambitious with your creative studio work and learn to make critical decisions about your identity that will influence your future direction.
Gombrich once told us that ‘there is no such thing as art, only artists.’ In completing this final study you will learn how to draw upon the creative practitioners that have influenced you and examine 2 artists/performers/directors/scriptwriters with whom you strongly identify.
In this module you will also learn to outline your personal development to date and position your practice against the cultural sector that it is most aligned (fine art, drama, live art performance, applied theatre, animation etc). A supporting document will provide a narrative of that development and will be considered alongside a final major work.
Working in a team you will further learn from each other’s practices and creative interventions through experimentation, making, discussion and evaluation. Following semester 1 and the Nature and Technologies module you will learn how to use your feedback to develop a greater understanding of your personal artistic position moving towards your final submission.

More information

AD3020 -

Nature and Technologies (Core,20 Credits)

Our interaction with nature and the environment and a need to capture and understand these experiences has informed the production of a range of creative arts practices (landscape painting/site specific performance/multi-media installation). Likewise artists have always had an interest in the natural sciences and have an increasing concern about the trajectory of change given the rapid developments in modern technologies in the last century.
This module will introduce you to contemporary concepts and creative studio production processes related to the theme of Nature and Technology. You will learn about new digital methodologies of production and be able to discern between appropriate use of low tech or high tech production processes in the making of work and the development of your practice.
Workshops will enable you to learn more about new media technology and how it may be applied to your scholarly and studio interests.
Creative practitioners often look to the sciences to develop new directions in their own practice. In this module you will also be asked to examine the concept of evolution and how this is aligned to your own creative practice; the germination of an idea, fermentation and final output/product.
You will learn to understand the value of being a student in a university that has a wide variety of academic resources available to enable you to develop your knowledge and creative practice (geo-sciences/life and chemical sciences/earth and space research)
Working in a team you will further learn from each other’s practices and creative interventions through experimentation, making, discussion and evaluation.
Following semester 1 you will learn how to use your summative feedback to develop a greater understanding of student centred learning building a more personal artistic position in advance of the final ‘Identity‘ module

More information

AD3021 -

Arts Portfolio: Skills for University (Core,40 Credits)

On this module, you will build a portfolio demonstrating and evidencing the broad range of academic, professional and transferable employability skills you have developed throughout the Arts Foundation Year. These will include demonstrations of cogent academic prose, accurate academic citation, research skills, independent learning, oral presentation, and teamwork. You will develop this portfolio throughout the year, drawing evidence from work you conduct in your other modules, and from workshops and seminars from this year long module.

More information

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