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Course summary

Explore film theory and film-making from all over the world, as well as different modes of performance with our BA (Hons) Drama and Film degree in Cambridge. As a Drama and Film student, you’ll explore the latest theory and practice in both fields as we help you to grow into a confident, versatile and exciting practitioner with transferable skills to suit whichever field you hope to work in. Performance is at the core of our Drama and Film degree here at ARU, whether you’re in front of or behind the camera. Your understanding of film theory and history will improve your acting skills and your hands-on knowledge of performance practice will enhance your filmmaking or writing skills. In drama, you’ll work on public-productions and smaller-scale projects, exploring practices and texts from the 20th century onwards as well as working on original pieces. In film you’ll explore the language and convention of drama and film, taking in some of the key movements in history from Hollywood cinema through to more experimental modes of performance. You’ll also have the chance to weight your studies to prepare for a career in the arts or fields such as teaching – get ready to change the way others see the world. You’ll follow an experiential, 'learning-through-doing' programme. Your degree will see you choosing from a range of career-focused optional modules, completing a 100% practical Major Project in either Drama or Film, and graduating with a professionally produced showreel and portfolio. There are opportunities to gain valuable work experience throughout the course. Connect with Cambridge’s performance scene through our links to local networks such as Cambridge Arts Network and Cambridge Live. You’ll get the chance to perform in public venues around Cambridge as well as on campus, in the Mumford Theatre and Covent Garden Studio. As part of your studies, you’ll see your films screened at Cambridge Arts Picturehouse and other public venues, and get involved behind-the-scenes at local events – thanks to our connections with organisations such as Take One magazine and Cambridge Film Festival. Experience being part of a professional troupe with our very own Community Theatre Company and take the chance to perform and collaborate with other creative industries students. You’ll be able to collaborate with other Cambridge School of Creative Industries student such as our film students who need actors for their films. We’ll also support you to find placements and work experience – our students recently took part in a live brief with Great Abington Primary School, devising performances and workshop activities to enhance curriculum learning through interactive drama events - and you can also take an optional placement year as well. Develop your technical and production skills in our specialist facilities, with full training and support from our technical staff. You can also choose to study abroad for a semester, with funding available to help cover the cost. As an ARU student, you can also get involved with the University of Cambridge's Footlights comedy events as a writer, performer or member of the production team. Industry-standard facilities As one of our Drama and Film students, you’ll have access to:

  • Dedicated drama studio; on-campus professional Mumford Theatre; large rehearsal space with audio playback facilities; and a Student Union-run dance studio
  • Film studio and multi-camera television studio
  • Full range of location kit and sound-recording equipment; Aaton Cameras and Steenbeck editors for 16mm film production; motion capture equipment
  • Editing and finishing suites with Da Vinci Resolve and Adobe Creative Cloud
  • podcast and video capture system
  • Training in all our creative industries facilities


Year 1 core modules: Interactive Learning Skills and Communication, Information and Communication Technology, Critical Thinking, Intercultural Studies, Ethics, Psychology, Composition and Style, Social Perceptions. Year 2 core modules: Film Language and Concepts; Creative Moving Image; Ensemble Performance; Key Skills. Year 3 core modules: Classical Hollywood Cinema; Making Performance; Theorising Spectatorship; Community Theatre Performance; Ruskin Module. Year 3 optional modules: Practice as Research; Independent Cinema: US and Beyond; Non-Fiction Filmmaking; Performing Shakespeare; Performing New Writing; Professional Theatre Practice 1; Anglia Language Programme; Filmmakers on film. Year 4 core modules: Major Project; Festival of Performance. Year 4 optional modules: Special Topics in Film Studies; TV Drama Production; Site Specific and Immersive Theatre; Independent Film Practice 1; Gender and Popular Cinema; Working in English and Media; Narrative in Global Cinema; Workshop Facilitation; Provocations; Anglia Language Programme. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Assessment method

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.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 3, or grade D, or above, (or equivalent) plus evidence of having attempted two years of post GCSE study at level 3. Students who have achieved a minimum of 1 A level (or equivalent), will be exempt from the two year post GCSE requirement (as stated above) but must still hold 5 GCSEs (as stated above). Students without English as their first language will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 5.5 (Academic level with at least 5.5 in each of the four components) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognized by Anglia Ruskin University.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information
Drama and Film [with Foundation Year] at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS