Explore many different modes of performance and practical work to develop your skills for the stage and other performance media. Learn about different modes of contemporary theatre and modern production skills - 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 strong focus on performance, you’ll work on public productions and smaller-scale projects, exploring practices from the 20th century onwards as well as devising your own original productions.
You'll be encouraged to create innovative and daring performance practice and develop expertise in group collaboration, alongside your own solo performances.
With our optional modules, you can choose to weight your studies towards 80% performance and practice or specialise further towards a particular career, such as Applied Theatre, dramatherapy or backstage production skills in lighting, sound, video or theatre administration and marketing.
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 your first year of study, you’ll work on a performance at Covent Garden Studio as soon as you arrive, and then at our on-campus Mumford Theatre in your second Semester. Your second year will begin with another major production for the mumford Theatre and, in your third year, at a commercial venue in Cambridge. Besides these major productions, the majority of your compulsory and optional modules will also be based on and assessed by practical or performative work. For your course-ending major project, you can even propose a project that is 100% practical.
Our internships and optional modules 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. Outside of the course, you’ll find opportunities for work experience at the Mumford, as well as the chance to see regular performances by professional touring companies and musicians. 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. We offer directly vocational modules in Applied Theatre, production skills, workshop leadership and showreel preparation.
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 mainly through performance and practical work, with some small written components or longer essays if you choose theoretical options. The methods of assessment will include studio and public performances, essays, presentations, critical reflections, and a Major Project, which can be practical or written 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.
You will be required to attend an interview of around 30 minutes, during which you will also need to perform an audition piece.
For more guidance on how to prepare for this, please visit our auditions and interviews page, or go straight to the detailed auditions information for School of Performance courses.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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