Full-time undergraduate (3 years)
Combine your love of film and drama. Use our industry-standard equipment and fantastic studio spaces to create high-quality film and live performance work – and get the practical skills you need to work in the film and theatre industries.
This course is a fascinating mix of drama and film, of practical work and theory.
Our Drama modules focus on 20th-century and contemporary performance practice. You’ll work on public productions as well as smaller scale projects – sometimes alongside students from other courses, developing collaborative approaches to your creative work.
Meanwhile, our Film modules will allow you to investigate the process of film-making and the way that different people have approached it all over the world, throughout the history of cinema. You’ll make explorative, creative short films in video, animation or 16mm formats, and develop your particular interests with our specialist subjects such as film reviewing, film theory and screenwriting.
Course leader: Dr Sue Wilson.
Our course will equip you with the practical skills required by institutions and employers in the film, drama, theatre and performance industries. You’ll receive work experience through self-organised placements, and our career-focused modules will encourage you to reflect on what you’ve learnt.
All our students create a Personal Development Planning portfolio, which we'll asses during your studies. It will be an invaluable tool throughout your career.
Our recent graduates enjoy successful careers in film, theatre and video production, directing, performing and technical theatre roles, film criticism, festival and events administration and management, film and theatre education and teaching, broadcasting, journalism, publishing, advertising and public relations.
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.
Our previous students have undertaken work placements and commissions with regional and local television, radio and newspapers, MTV and the Cambridge Film Festival, often as part of their assessed work. For many, this has led directly to a paid position with the company.
You’ll have the chance to experience the production side of running a professional touring theatre company on one of our internships, such as award-winning theatre company NIE.
You can apply to spend one semester in either years 2 or 3 studying abroad at universities in Italy and the USA.
You’ll get to work in our two dedicated drama studios, complete with flexible black-box performance space, an additional rehearsal space, and the Mumford Theatre, a full-size venue for professional touring companies. You’ll also have access to industry-standard film equipment, including Super 8 Nizo cameras, 16mm Bolex film cameras, and a number of rostrums for traditional animation. Our digital facilities feature Panasonic and JVC HD cameras, and Macs with Final Cut Pro software for editing and post-production. In addition, our Cambridge campus houses film and television studios, multimedia studios and screening theatres.
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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