University of Winchester

Drama and Performing Arts University of Winchester Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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  • Enjoy opportunities to act, direct and devise performance work, while studying the history and theory of popular and experimental forms

  • Benefit from successful working partnerships with local venues, festivals and award-winning theatre companies

  • Make the most of our excellent Performing Arts Studios, which provide six bespoke spaces and the latest technology for your productions

  • Gain core skills in communication, critical thinking and team building valued in a variety of employment contexts including the theatre, the creative industries, education and beyond

Through ancient times and diverse cultures, drama and the performing arts have been used to reflect society, confront controversial social issues and unlock our understanding of life. Our Drama and Performing Arts degree is a highly practical, dynamic course that allows you — as a passionate individual who cares deeply about these issues and gets a buzz from working together with like-minded people — to explore your own creative world through performance.

Drama and Performing Arts at Winchester offers a rich combination of practical workshops and critical theory delivered by an experienced team of academics well versed in the arts of devising, directing, acting and studying theatre. We also have excellent working partnerships with local venues, festivals and theatre companies. All of which helps to open the door to a future in the performing arts world and other graduate careers.

The course has a contemporary focus but reviews the histories and traditions of theatre and performance, often with an emphasis on text-based drama. The extent to which drama can be a tool for social change, in applied and community contexts, is explored, and you can also learn how drama can be used within the educational system to enhance learning.

In Year 1, you are introduced to a full range of practical performance skills and knowledge of the history and context of Drama and Performing Arts.

In Year 2, you study a number of different critical and reflective methodologies in viewing and analysing, and for creating texts and performance work. A wide range of optional modules are on offer so you can develop and pursue your own interests.

You focus on devising group and solo performances and synthesising different artistic forms and disciplines. There is scope to devise, think about, discuss and critique a wide range of professional performances and art events.

You may create performances of any kind using the body, voice or digital technologies, in a theatre or site-specific location. There is no need to study texts to perform these; however, many practitioners use a text as a starting point for devising. You may also use a piece of music, image, event, short story or an environment.

In the final year, you undertake an extended independent study. You may negotiate to present it as a performance, a dissertation of 8,000-10,000 words, or as shorter dissertation with a practical performance.

Graduates have gone on to start their own theatre companies or entered careers in the creative industries. They have also found work in areas such as theatre in education, community drama, drama therapy, arts development, teaching and the media.

Course details


Please see the single honours course pages for modular structure. Usually combined honours study two modules from each subject to make up the four modules per semester (2 semesters) (8 modules per year.) These two modules are usually comprised of the core modules in 1st year and then core and optional modules in 2nd and 3rd year. You will find course specific leaflets as a PDF on our website, these give further details of modular structure for combined and single honours. It is normally possible to transfer to a single honours programme at the end of Year 1.

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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Course code WW44
Institution code W76
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

We accept a wide range of non-UK qualifications and use UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre) guidelines to confirm their equivalence.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 88 - 104 points A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.
Access to HE Diploma We welcome applications from students who are completing an Access to Higher Education Diploma. We normally look for applicants to have studied a course that is in a similar subject and offers are usually made in line with our published tariff point range.

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of 2 x A-level or equivalent qualifications (e.g. 2 x BTEC National Subsidiary Diplomas) and we accept all A-level subjects, including Critical Thinking, General Studies and own-language A-levels. We welcome applicants who have completed the Extended Project (EP/EPQ) and points obtained from this qualification will be included in any offer. In addition, we accept a maximum of 32 points from level 3 qualifications below A2 that are included in the tariff (e.g. AS-levels not studied at A-level, music or dance qualifications).

If you are a mature student, your application will be considered on its individual merits and work or other professional experience may be taken into consideration in lieu of other published requirements.

Additional entry requirements


Applicants to this course are expected to attend an interview at the University. Our Admissions Team will be in contact with further information about the format of the interview on receipt of your application.

Applicants from outside the UK can be interviewed via Skype if preferred.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 An overall score of 6.0, including 5.5 in writing is required. If you require Tier 4 sponsorship, you will require a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,300 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

For further information about any additional costs associated with this course please see the individual course page on the University of Winchester website (

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