University of Winchester

Drama (with Foundation Year) University of Winchester Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: The University of Winchester

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  • Collaborate and work with like-minded people to explore the full breadth of drama in both theory and practice

  • Drama achieved more than 90% overall satisfaction as rated by final-year undergraduate students in the 2018 National Student Survey

  • Enjoy opportunities to act, direct and devise performance work, while studying a range of theatrical traditions and critical theory

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

  • Benefit from excellent working partnerships with local venues, festivals and theatre companies

Ever since the ancient Greeks took to the stage, drama has been used as a mirror, a sounding board or a radical tool to invite or require a society to confront the most pressing (and often most controversial) issues of the day. Our Drama degree 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 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 have excellent working partnerships with local venues, festivals and theatre companies. You also have the chance to acquire an impressive range of creative, critical and practical skills that will 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.

The Foundation Year (first year of study) gives you the chance to commence your studies with us if you have not quite achieved the degree qualifications required or if you feel you would benefit from the opportunity to develop your study skills and subject knowledge prior to embarking on your degree. Through a range of engaging, small-group lessons and practical placements, you will be equipped with the academic, professional and personal skills to help you succeed at university. Modules will cover broad topics as well as an introduction to your chosen subject area. You will also have the opportunity to study alongside students undertaking a range of degree programmes.

In Year 1, you gain insights into the history of drama, the context in which dramatic production has taken place, take a practice-based module in the nuts and bolts of theatre-making, consider the political underpinning of texts and practices, and analyse the ways in which performances, on stage and on screen, are viewed and interpreted.

In Year 2, you extend your practical and critical skills and construct an experience of your own from a range of programme specific modules, including Controversy and Censorship, Theatre in Education, and Digital Performance.

Year 3 focuses on both an extended independent project and a group project. The latter involves creating a small company with fellow students to produce a major performance or develop an applied/educational project. You also elect a specialist option focused on staff research interests. These range from creative entrepreneurship to autobiographical performance and representations of violence on stage and screen.

Graduates have gone on to start their own theatre companies or perform in theatre. They have also found work in areas such as Theatre in Education, community drama, drama therapy, arts development, teaching and the media.

Course details

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

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 code W40X
Institution code W76
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation
  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 48 points A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language

Applicants are usually required to hold a minimum of 1 x A-level or equivalent qualifications (e.g. 1 x BTEC National Subsidiary Diplomas) and we accept all A-level subjects, including Critical Thinking, General Studies and own-language A-levels.

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.


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 £13,500 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 (www.winchester.ac.uk).

Provider information

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University of Winchester
Sparkford Road
Winchester
Hampshire
SO22 4NR


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