Explore many different modes of performance, and film theory and practice from all over the world, then use them to create your own innovative projects. If you hope to become a producer, director or practitioner on the stage or screen, this course will prepare you perfectly, as well as opening avenues in many related careers.
On our BA (Hons) Drama and Film Studies, you’ll explore the latest theory and practice in both fields, but most importantly, our focus on practical work will give you a taste of what it’s like to work as a modern performance practitioner, both in front of and behind the camera.
You’ll be introduced to the languages and conventions of drama and film, taking in some of the key movements in their history, from Hollywood cinema to more experimental films and modes of performance. Your learning will be backed up by practical workshops as well as visits to venues and festivals, giving you first-hand experience of two different sides of performance: as both a means of expression and as an industry.
You’ll also use your learning to create your own innovative projects, designing, directing and performing in large-scale performances as well as experimenting with the principles of filmmaking. Whether you choose to specialise in stage or film practice, or a combination of both, you’ll have the chance to see your work aired in public venues including Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, our own Mumford Theatre and other commercial venues in the city.
On our optional modules you can explore your own interests further, with subjects including documentary film theory, new media performance and animation. You can also take up the opportunity of work experience in your chosen profession. Our close links with local organisations, including Cambridge Film Festival and Cambridge Junction, can help you make contact with industry leaders in professional environments, both backstage and front of house.
Throughout the course, your studies will be supported by our team of expert lecturers, and a close community of students and alumni, fostered through our dedicated Drama Facebook group** and Film Studies Facebook group / YouTube channel. We also have a Facebook group dedicated to helping you find work experience on film and video projects.
Course Leader: Dr Sue Wilson.
*The Guardian University Guide 2018.
**To join the Drama Facebook group, please contact the Course Leader after registering in Welcome Week.
The Guardian University Guide 2018
Our BA (Hons) Drama and Film course will give you a solid understanding of the work of film and drama practitioners, in historical, contemporary and technical contexts. Having used this knowledge to develop your own projects, you’ll possess both the theoretical understanding and practical skills required by institutions and employers in the film, drama, theatre and performance industries.
Many of our previous graduates have taken up roles in film and theatre production, directing, film criticism, festival/events administration and management, film and theatre education, broadcasting, journalism, publishing, advertising and public relations.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
You’ll show your progress on the course through a combination of essays, reports, critical reflections, presentations, studio and public performances and a major project, which may 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 take part in self-arranged work placements, and our career-focused modules will encourage you to reflect on what you have learned from them. Our previous students have undertaken 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.
During the course of your studies, you’ll also create a Personal Development Planning portfolio, which will be an invaluable tool throughout your career.
You can apply to spend one semester in year 2 or 3 studying abroad at universities in Italy and the USA.
For all of your practical work, you’ll have access to our industry-standard facilities, including:
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 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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