Drama and Performance at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

Drama and Performance

University of Portsmouth

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Overview Always dreamed of becoming an actor, treading the boards and wowing audiences with your impressive performances? Or do you want to write, direct and produce your own shows? Whatever area of performing arts excites you, give your ambition the limelight on this BA (Hons) Drama and Performance degree course. You’ll study the past, present and future of theatre while developing performance skills. You’ll learn techniques from professionals and get plenty of opportunities to create and exhibit your own dramas. By completing this degree course, you’ll be one-to-watch in the drama and performance world, with plenty of links to influential people in the industry. What you'll experience On this Drama and Performance degree course, you'll:

  • Study and practice in brand new facilities, kitted out with studios, lighting rigs, and video and music suites
  • Studying contemporary approaches from the likes of Growski and Berkoff
  • Examine the past to explore how it’s shaping the future of theatre
  • Build your drama skills, with workshops, projects and opportunities to develop your performances
  • Get professional input from local theatres as you create your own theatre company
  • Demonstrate everything you’ve learned in a performance project and dissertation
  • Get insight from guest speakers – recent speakers have included Sheila Hancock, Edward Bond, Mark Ravenhill, David Edgar, Howard Brenton, Michelene Wandor, Pete Wyer and Yvon Bonenfant
Careers and opportunities On this course, you’ll develop the skills to create your own working opportunities or get employment in roles such as:
  • actor
  • producer
  • playwright
  • theatre manager
  • arts administrator
Previous graduates have formed their own event companies, found work in media and arts organisations or gone into teaching. When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

Course details

Modules

Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • Milestones
  • Text and Practice
  • Theatre, Drama and Performance Histories
  • Intensive Drama Workshop
  • Devised Project
  • Practical Skills
There are no optional modules in this year. Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Critical Approaches to Theatre
  • Drama in Context
  • Performance Laboratory
  • Theatre Skills
Optional modules in this year currently include:
  • British Musical Theatre: Unsung Legacies
  • Immersive and Micro Performance
  • Professional Experience
  • Puppetry and Object Theatre
  • Student Enterprise
  • Voice Studies
Placement year (optional) On this course, you can do an optional work placement between your second and third years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year. Year 3 Core modules in this year include:
  • Applied Theatre
  • Drama and Performance Dissertation
  • Forming a Company
  • Post-Dramatic Performance
  • Studio Project
There are no optional modules in this year. We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through:

  • practical productions
  • dramatic writing
  • essays
  • video productions
  • group presentations
  • examinations
  • dissertation/project
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future. The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
  • Year 1 students: 8% by written exams, 48% by practical exams and 44% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 47% by practical exams and 53% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 37% by practical exams and 63% by coursework


Unistats information

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Student satisfaction
75%
Employment after 6 months (Most common jobs)
90%
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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

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Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 104 - 112 points 104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. Applicants will be invited to a workshop.
A level 104-112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma 106-112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D - D*D*
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Scottish Advanced Higher 104-112 Tariff points.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 25 points 25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3, H4 - H3, H3, H3, H4, H4
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Cambridge Pre-U score of 44-48.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English.

Additional entry requirements

Interview

UK applicants will be invited to an Interactive Workshop. All EU/International applicants will be asked to upload a short video task. Details will be given to applicants on invitation to interview.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

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 £14300 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU/Islands Year in placement/industry £925 Year abroad of a language course £925. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £2,500 Year abroad of a language course £2,500. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/international-students/funding **Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.**
Drama and Performance at University of Portsmouth - UCAS