In 2019, our course achieved an amazing 100% Student Satisfaction (NSS)! Our BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance is an innovative degree programme that combines a commitment to socially-engaged performance practice with contemporary theatre as well as the processes of making performance for and with specific audiences. We offer exceptional opportunities for work-based learning through our network of leading industry partners. Our practice-based curriculum enables our students to thrive as creative performance-makers and applied theatre practitioners. On our programme you will gain high level skills in facilitation, devising, performance and production enabling you to act across disciplinary fields of cultural work. You also develop strong academic foundations that equip you to question, analyse and understand the cultural and ethical contexts you work in. We are passionate about your creativity and imaginative potential of our students and their ability to transform the cultural landscape of the future. 'Applied Theatre' uses drama and performance to connect with communities that may have been marginalised. It devises theatre with, for and by its audience enabling participation and opening up the arts to the entire communities. Examples of practice include theatre in prisons, in schools, and in hospitals, as well as with specific groups such as the homeless, older people, or disabled people. Right from the outset of the degree you will be making performances and workshops in real social contexts touring your work to reach new audiences and build your facilitation skills. Some of our industry partners include the Royal Court Theatre, Young Vic Theatre, Gideon Reeling, Creative Access, Kingsford Community School, School 21, Duckie, Access All Areas, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Stratford Circus, Clean Break, Brolly Prods, ZU UK, Half Moon Young People's Theatre, Outside Edge Theatre, London Bubble, Unicorn Theatre, Hackney Pirates, M-SET and Magic Me. We have a thriving Study Abroad programme whereby students apply to spend a term in their second year at Columbia College, Chicago. The University's Going Global programme funds shorter trips abroad for students to take part in training, undertake research participate in workshops, or visit theatre projects worldwide. If you don't meet the entry requirements for a BA, you can study this course as an 'extended', four-year programme. You'll begin by taking a foundation year which prepares you for a successful transition to the BA degree. This means it will take you four years to complete the course full-time, and eight years to complete the course part-time.
Year 1: Applied Theatre Technique 1 (Core), Collaboration 1 (Core), Public Project 1 (Core), Applied Theatre Technique 2 (Core), Collaboration 2 (Core), Mental Wealth: Professional Life: Enterprise and Engagement 1 (Core) Year 2: Socially Engaged Theatre 1 (Core), Multidisciplinary Collaboration 1 (Core), Public Project 2 (Core), Social Engaged Theatre 2 (Core), Multidisciplinary Collaboration 2 (Core), Mental Wealth: Professional Life Enterprise and Engagement 2 (Core) Year 3: Professional Participatory Practice 1 (Core), Final Project: Research and Development (Core), Public Project 3 (Core), Professional Participatory Practice 2 (Core), Final Project: Implementation and Impact (Core), Mental Wealth: Professional Life : Enterprise and Engagement 3 (Core) For more information about individual modules, please visit our course pages via the link below.
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
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
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.
The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|