University of East London

Degree level: Undergraduate

Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance

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Course summary

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Of all the university courses that study the dramatic arts, none is as different, stimulating and engaging as ours. That’s because our Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance course is enriched by a unique interaction between our drama and theatre students and our vibrant local community. ‘Applied theatre’ asks if we can use drama and performance to think about the world in new ways. It devises theatre that communicates with its audience and opens up the arts to the entire community. So, your studies will have a practical core as you develop your performance projects to make connections with a range of diverse groups within educational settings and the wider community. One minute you could be involved in intensive studio-based work at our new, £33 million University Square Stratford building. The next, you could be working on projects beyond the University and in the community with our professional partners such as the Theatre Royal Stratford East and the Half Moon Theatre Company visit our work placements page to find out more about these and other partners. You’ll be developing your knowledge and understanding of different cultures through theatre, as well your ability to think critically, analyse arguments and write intelligently. And our study abroad option will give you the chance to develop your artistic skills and gain an international perspective on theatre at the same time.

Course details


Year1: World Performance (core) Reading & Writing Performance (core) Participatory Performance Practices (core) Performing the City (core) Year 2: Politics of Performance & Memory (core) Cultural Entrepreneurship: Staging Events (core) Urban Interventions (core) Applied Performance (core) Year 3: Staging Philosophies (core) Research Project: dissertation (core) Professional Practice: placement (core) Final Practical Project (core)

Assessment method

We assess approximately 50 per cent of the course through practical rehearsals, presentations and performances. We assess the remainder through essays and workbooks/study journals, reflecting on a critical understanding of drama and theatre and its application to performance. Second and third-year module grades contribute towards your final degree award classification. The final year of the course contains a compulsory written dissertation and a placement in a theatre or arts institution. Project work forms an important part of the course. Many of the modules are practical in nature and the teaching takes the form of lecture, seminar and practical, studio-based workshops. You’re also expected to engage in a wide range of research-based personal assignments.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeW442
Institution code E28
Campus nameStratford Campus
Campus codeS

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 points For entry to this course you will be assessed by interview/audition.
A level BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D*

For detailed information on entry requirements for our courses, please see the individual course pages. We consider a range of UK and worldwide qualifications at the appropriate level and also take relevant work experience into account when considering an application. Many courses have a Foundation Year option for those students whose qualifications do not meet the BA or BSc entry requirements. Applicants should have, or be working towards, grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent Level 2 qualification such as Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Mathematics or Key Skills Level 2 in Application of Number and Communication) Entry requirements are intended only as a guide for applicants. They are not a guarantee of an offer, nor of the conditions that may apply. When making a decision on your academic suitability, we will make an assessment of you as an individual and will use information other than qualifications; which may include predicted grades, performance at Level 2, relevant work experience, previous study at degree level, personal statement, references and any portfolio, written test or interview, to make our decision. If you have any questions, please contact a member of our Applicant Relations Team from Monday to Friday (9am–5pm) on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email [email protected]

Additional entry requirements


Applicants selected to attend the audition need to come prepared to move in comfortable clothing and to participate in a practical workshop session. Please also read the set reading in advance of the audition day. You may wish to bring notes with you of any points that you find particularly interesting, or would like to ask questions about. Following the workshops, each student will have a short individual interview. Our auditions are conducted through a relaxed and playful approach with the goal of both parties getting to know each other. We are looking for students who are able to engage with others in an experimental and creative environment, and who have the foundational skills needed to thrive in a higher education setting. You do not need to prepare a monologue.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £12100 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance at University of East London - UCAS