Investigate the world of contemporary theatre and performance practice. Gain practical experience and theoretical understanding through workshops and seminars. You’ll explore many different modes of performance, including text-based and devised work, as well as live art and innovative practice.
This course will help you to develop into a confident, versatile and exciting practitioner. You’ll explore texts and practices from the 20th century onwards, through theoretical study and practical workshops.
Performance will be central to your learning. Most of our modules focus on 20th century and contemporary innovative performance practice. You’ll work on public productions as well as smaller scale practical projects, and have the chance to work with students from other disciplines, to develop collaborative and multi-disciplinary approaches to your creative work.
Your text-based and devised productions will be performed in a variety of venues on and off campus in Cambridge. You’ll also have chance to develop your technical and production skills, with full support and training from our specialist staff.
Course leader: Dr Sue Wilson
National Student Survey 2015
Our Drama course will prepare you for many different careers, and its combination of practical skills and academic understanding will make you stand out to employers. Studying drama will give you the ideal training for any position that requires creativity, self-reliance, imagination, teamwork and the ability to organise both yourself and others. You might decide to use your talent to help others by going on to take our MA Dramatherapy.
We have close links with many industry partners, including venues such as The Junction and Anglia Ruskin’s own professional venue, the Mumford Theatre, which regularly hosts professional touring companies and musicians. In these, you can see performances and gain work experience front of house or back stage in a professional theatre environment.
Our assessment methods mirror the combination of practice and theory you’ll encounter on the course. You’ll demonstrate your learning through essays, reports, critical reflections, presentations, studio and public performances and a Major Project, which may include practical work.
The Department of Music and Performing Arts is a community of over 400 students and staff, working together in a supportive environment to create new and challenging compositions and performances. Our lecturers are research-active practitioners and recognised experts in their field, so our students always have access to the latest theories and practice, as well as invaluable career guidance.
We organise many activities to help our students prepare for the future, like concerts, theatre performances, work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
You’ll work in our two dedicated drama studios, complete with flexible black-box performance space as well as an additional rehearsal space, and the Mumford Theatre, a full-size venue for professional touring companies.
With our internships, you'll also have the chance to experience the production side of running a professional touring theatre company, such as the award-winning NIE.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email email@example.com for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
Entry requirements are for September 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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