Anglia Ruskin University

Drama Anglia Ruskin University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Explore many different modes of performance to develop your practical skills and knowledge of contemporary theatre - whether you want to direct, perform, work backstage or teach others.

Perform in venues on-campus and around Cambridge
Tailor your modules towards your ideal career
Use our performance culture to practise and perform alongside students from other courses
Develop technical and production skills supported by our specialist staff

Our BA (Hons) Drama will help you grow into a confident, versatile and exciting drama practitioner, whichever field you hope to work in.

With a focus on performance, you’ll work on public productions and smaller-scale projects, exploring texts and practices from the 20th century onwards as well as devising your own productions.

You’ll also have the chance to work with students from other courses, such as Performing Arts and Music, to create innovative and daring performance practice and give you experience of group collaboration.

With our optional modules, you can choose to weight your studies towards drama theory or performance, or even specialise further towards a particular career, such as directing or dramatherapy.

Our close links with local companies, including venues such as Cambridge Junction, will help you make contact with industry leaders and gain work experience in professional theatre environments, both backstage and front of house.

During each of your first two years of study, you’ll put on a performance at our on-campus Mumford Theatre and, in your third year, at a commercial venue in Cambridge. Outside of the course, you’ll also find opportunities for work experience at the Mumford, as well as the chance to see regular performances by professional touring companies and musicians.

Our internships will give you the chance to experience the production side of running a professional touring theatre company, such as with the award-winning New International Encounter. You can also volunteer for our Anglia Ruskin Community Theatre Company, putting on workshops and performances at local schools to get more experience of being part of a professional ensemble.

All this experience will make it easier for you to find work with theatre companies when you graduate - or even to create your own. One of our recent students, Oliver Scott, formed Momentum Theatre after graduating, and now leads acting workshops as well as being a radio presenter, director and professional actor.

Course details


Year one, core modules

Performance Analysis Performance Contexts 1A Performance Contexts 1B Performance Skills 1A Digital Performance Staging and Reception Staging and Production

Year one, optional modules

Directing Skills

Year two, core modules

Twentieth-Century Drama Making Performance Performance Practitioners The Body in Performance

Year two, optional modules

Performance Laboratory New Media Performance Performing Shakespeare Design for Performance Applied Theatre

Year three, core modules

Devising Performance Major Project

Year three, optional modules

Art, Music and Performance Contemporary Texts Enterprise in the Creative Arts Performance and Identity Principles of Music Therapy and Dramatherapy Special Subject

Optional modules available all years

Anglia Language Programme

Assessment method

For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.

You’ll show your progress through a variety of methods, mirroring the combination of practice and theory on the course. These include studio and public performances, essays, presentations, critical reflections, and a Major Project, which can include practical work.

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 W490
Institution code A60
Campus name Cambridge Campus
Campus code C

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:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 points UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), preferably to include Drama, Theatre Studies or a related subject.
A level 96 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), preferably to include Drama, Theatre Studies or a related subject.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above.

2020 Entry requirements are under review for the next cycle and have been published using the current cycle information. Please check back when apply opens for the exact requirements.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 * Year 1
EU £9,250 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information 2020 International Fees are to be confirmed

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