Bath Spa University

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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Drama at Bath Spa University is an innovative course that provides you with an exciting introduction to the world of drama. The programme allows you to strategically develop practical skills knowledge and understanding through performance, research, reflection and analysis. You will gain knowledge of the subject by making theatre, performing, reflecting upon, and writing about performance in its many forms, whilst gaining a strong grounding in the ideas, traditions, and debates that inform contemporary drama practices. The programme will give you an opportunity to:

  • explore the place of drama in the contemporary world;
  • make your own work;
  • collaborate with local theatres, theatre companies, arts venues, and and cultural institutions in Bath, Bristol and beyond;
  • work with industry professionals, writers, actors, directors and theatre practitioners from the fields of experimental, educational, professional and community-based theatre and performance;
  • collaborate with other academic disciplines.

Course details


You can choose between modules such as performance and media, writing for performance, Shakespeare, acting and directing, and theatre for social change. We also offer you strands of study in ensemble performance-making, and performance analysis, and for those of you who wish to specialise in-depth in a particular area of study, we offer the option of two bespoke pathways which may include: Writing and Performance, and Musical Theatre. As you progress through your degree, BA Honours Drama thus gives you the choice between pursuing a specialist interest in depth or gaining a more broadly based grounding in the different forms of drama, theatre and performance. You will be taught through a mixture of practical workshops, rehearsals, seminars and lectures. In Years 1 and 2, your core modules will focus on a range of contemporary performance practices, while your optional modules will allow you to explore topics such as physical theatre, acting and directing, applied theatre, musical theatre and theatre production. In Year 3, you’ll apply your skills to making a variety of performance work and carry out self-directed research into areas of drama and performance that particularly interest you, while also selecting areas of study from a range of specialist modules that cover topics such as Modern American Drama; Devising for Performance; Experimental Drama; Writing for Performance; Media and Performance, and Staging Shakespeare.

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 codeW400
Institution code B20
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level CCC Grades CCC including Grade C in Drama, Theatre studies, English or related subjects accepted.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM Extended Diploma in Drama, Theatre Studies or Performing Arts grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) accepted.
Access to HE Diploma M: 30 credits Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) accepted in addition to evidence of additional qualifications or experience in Acting, Drama or Theatre Studies
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 26 points A minimum of 27 points required in addition to evidence of additional qualifications or experience in Acting, Drama or Theatre Studies.

Additional entry requirements


Suitable applicants will be invited to audition at our Newton Park campus between December and March. The interview process will focus primarily on your: group skills; aptitude for taking part in workshop activities; spontaneity and creativity; interest in drama practices More information will be sent via email on invitation to audition


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

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

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Drama at Bath Spa University - UCAS