Drama and Performance University of Portsmouth


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.

On this 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

Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work and performing experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your CV.

Placement year
After your second year, you can do a year-long paid placement year in the industry. This lets you put your knowledge and skills to work, while developing links in the industry.

Previous students have taken placement years at theatres such as the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth.

Interested in running your own business on your placement year instead? You can start up and run your own company for a year as an alternative to a work-based placement. You'll work alone or with fellow students to build and launch a successful venture.

Whatever you decide to do in your placement year, you'll get support and mentoring throughout.

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.

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