Explore many different modes of performance to develop your practical skills and knowledge of contemporary theatre - whether you want to direct, perform, work backstage or teach others.
Our BA (Hons) Drama will help you grow into a confident, versatile and exciting drama practitioner, whichever field you hope to work in.
With a focus on performance, you’ll work on public productions and smaller-scale projects, exploring texts and practices from the 20th century onwards as well as devising your own productions.
You’ll also have the chance to work with students from other courses, such as Performing Arts and Music, to create innovative and daring performance practice and give you experience of group collaboration.
With our optional modules, you can choose to weight your studies towards drama theory or performance, or even specialise further towards a particular career, such as directing or dramatherapy.
Our close links with local companies, including venues such as Cambridge Junction, will help you make contact with industry leaders and gain work experience in professional theatre environments, both backstage and front of house.
During each of your first two years of study, you’ll put on a performance at our on-campus Mumford Theatre and, in your third year, at a commercial venue in Cambridge. Outside of the course, you’ll also find opportunities for work experience at the Mumford, as well as the chance to see regular performances by professional touring companies and musicians.
Our internships will give you the chance to experience the production side of running a professional touring theatre company, such as with the award-winning New International Encounter. You can also volunteer for our Anglia Ruskin Community Theatre Company, putting on workshops and performances at local schools to get more experience of being part of a professional ensemble.
All this experience will make it easier for you to find work with theatre companies when you graduate - or even to create your own. One of our recent students, Oliver Scott, formed Momentum Theatre after graduating, and now leads acting workshops as well as being a radio presenter, director and professional actor.
Course leader: Dr Sue Wilson
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.
Our BA (Hons) Drama degree will give you practical experience as a performer or stage technician, and the academic understanding needed to be a director or a teacher.
If you have an interest in arts therapy, you could go on to take our MA Dramatherapy after you graduate.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
You’ll show your progress through a variety of methods, mirroring the combination of practice and theory on the course. These include studio and public performances, essays, presentations, critical reflections, and a Major Project, which can include practical work.
The School of Performance 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, a highly flexible black-box performance space as well as an additional rehearsal space. In Years 1 and 2, you will also have the chance to put on a production in our Mumford Theatre, which presents a range of touring professional touring companies, local community and student theatre, as well as music concerts.
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
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.
Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.
You will be interviewed for 15-20 minutes by one of our lecturers and will have the opportunity to ask your own questions about the course and university.
The audition will last for 10-15 minutes and you will be asked to prepare a monologue from a selection in our audition performance pack.
This will be a practical session, so it would be a good idea to wear clothes in which you are able to move freely.
You are invited to bring any other examples of creative or written work to the audition, or to provide links to online media.
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.
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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