Drama BA (Hons)
UCAS code: W402
Act. Create. Produce. Find your voice as a student of the arts as you probe the social and political impact of theatre. We’ll help you discover the many opportunities presented by a life on stage in our drama degree.
What is drama? Why do we need it? You’ll challenge the meaning of popular entertainment and engage in artistic debate on our drama degree.
Live performance is central to our ethos. We’ll encourage you to develop your artistic skills and vision in the theatres and studios of our Arts Centre. Join workshops with professional directors and companies. Try new techniques for improvisation, rehearsal and performance as you collaborate on stage.
Interrogate plays across time and culture to answer questions on the origins, development and value of drama. You’ll examine the work of key ensembles in contemporary theatre, before creating dynamic group productions. And you’ll also have opportunities to push yourself further with our staff- and student-led drama groups.
We want you to feel supported during your drama degree. Our team of experienced actors, playwrights, directors and theatre technicians will work with you as you grow. Together, we’ll connect theory to practice so you graduate as a practitioner with a deep understanding of your profession and real experience of live performance.
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Sandwich Year Option Available
Studying Abroad Option Available
What you'll study
In Year 1 of your BA (Hons) Drama degree, you’ll look at acting, how theatre gets made and how textual interpretation impacts dramatic messaging. See modern and historical productions from around the world through a critical lens. Explore dramatic theory and innovative approaches in a performance laboratory environment. Our drama technique workshops will give you a reflective space to put ideas into practice, and find your voice.
Analysing Theatre Productions: Interrogating the Performance Text
Module code: DRA1105
Drama, Theatre and the Idea of the Play: Concepts, Cultures, Contexts
Module code: DRA1101
Introducing the Art of the Actor: Text, Voice, Chorus
Module code: DRA1103
Staging the Play: Text into Action
Module code: DRA1104
The History of the Actor: Traditions and Styles
Module code: DRA1102
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Drama Technique Workshops 1: Basic Practical Skills Development
Module code: DRA1106
Module code: TLC1010
Explore ideas around the play as a form, process and purposeful activity. Examine what drove key historical figures in theatre, and study the range of artistic movements developed during drama’s modern age. Learn how different actors and directors rehearse together. Then use your findings to create and present work as an ensemble. Choose to focus on performance interventions, dive into dramatic technique, or investigate the role of the actor and director.
Modern Rehearsal Strategies: Process Research
Module code: DRA2103
Modern Theatre Practitioners: Principles, Practices, Purposes
Module code: DRA2102
The Making of Modern Theatre: Staging Classic Modern Plays
Module code: DRA2104
The Modern Age of Drama: Forms, Movements, Modernity
Module code: DRA2101
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Drama Technique Workshops 2: Advanced Practical Skills Development
Module code: DRA2106
Imagining Better Worlds: Theatre, Learning and Development
Module code: DRA2105
The Art of the Actor and Rise of the Director
Module code: DRA2108
Module code: TLC2000
What values, practices and ideas sustain the current theatre scene? Examine contemporary performers, directors and companies and develop your own informed view. Take an active part in ensemble productions. Understand practice-based research. Then refine your path with two additional modules. Dig into acting and directing, or rummage through popular culture. Experiment with interventionist theatre or question political themes on stage. In Year 3, you’ll build the skills and confidence you need to launch your artistic career.
Module code: PAR3104
Ensemble Production Project
Module code: PAR3103
Module code: PAR3101
The Contemporary Ensemble: Theatre Manifestos
Module code: DRA3102
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Acting and Directing Reconsidered
Module code: DRA3103
Contemporary Popular Performance
Module code: PFA3107
On the Road: Enabling Better Worlds
Module code: DRA3107
Theatre, Gender and Sexual Politics
Module code: DRA3104
Module code: TLC3000
Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.
How you'll study
Through formal lectures and seminars, practical workshop classes, production projects, independent ensemble work and personal research, you will acquire critical and creative skills which will be of use in your future career. Alongside your study programme, you will maintain personal reflective journals and prepare practice CVs for employment.
Our lectures include workshops, tutorials and seminars which provide an opportunity to study a wide range of plays and to interrogate ideas in the history, theory and practice of drama and theatre. Some modules include placements alongside taught sessions.
Through compulsory full-scale production modules you will have the opportunity to develop your practical skills in live theatre in front of audiences in fully-equipped professional theatre spaces.
How you'll be assessed
Assessment is through a balanced mixture of practical and written work including essays, reflective journals, workshop performances, full productions and oral presentations. Practical work and research go hand-in-hand and all good practice is informed by sound theoretical investigation. In assessment, you can expect to be tested on your practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding. You will be encouraged to reflect critically on your learning and use journals to reflect on your personal development.
There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this degree.
Who will be teaching you
You will be taught by a dedicated team of academic specialists and professionally-experienced practitioners and benefit from a wide range of learning experiences.
Learning is driven by the principle of research-informed teaching and supported by a team of technicians.
Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points, preferably to include Drama, Performing Arts or Theatre Studies. Other subjects will be considered if you have demonstrable interest or experience in Drama.
Relevant experience will be taken into account and all offers are made on the basis of an audition.
|BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications)||Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).|
|T Level||Overall grade of Merit.|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Level (HL) Grade 5 may apply.|
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.|
Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.
If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.
English language requirements
International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.
If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.
How to apply
Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.
Did you know?
If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.Discover our accommodation
Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre students at Edge Hill University enjoy industry-standard teaching and learning facilities in the £7million Arts Centre which is also home to the Rose and Studio Theatres.
The Department of Creative Arts’ outstanding resources ensure you gain practical experience to a professional standard. Contemporary performance environments include dance studios, black box drama studios, rehearsal rooms, a theatre construction workshop, costume construction workshop, scene dock, theatre design studios, digital sound studio, digital design suite, music technology room, music practice studios, a recital room and an outdoor amphitheatre. The Studio Theatre also functions as a fully equipped aerial performance space.
The Arts Centre hosts a diverse range of high-quality productions and performers, including comedy, dance, drama and music, designed to supplement Creative Arts programmes and entertain both students and the local community.
Where you'll study
£77 per credit
for 360 credits
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.
Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.
Your future career
A drama degree develops specialist and transferable skills, so you’ll have lots of exciting career options when you graduate. Our EHU-Arts HUB offers professional opportunities to ensure you are industry-ready. If you decide to kickstart your career straight away, you could go for rewarding roles in:
- theatre production
- television production
- drama therapy
- social work
Many of our students choose to pursue their passion with freelance careers as actors and directors. Others find alternative paths in the creative industries. You could also start your own performance company. We’re proud to have alumni working at the BBC and York Theatre Royal, as well as an award-winning artistic director of a theatre company.
Edge Hill drama graduates sometimes decide to continue studying or go into teacher training. One of our alumni is now thriving as head of performing arts in a secondary school. Other students have explored a wide variety of roles, including running their own theatre company and working as drama therapists.
A drama degree is a great way to explore acting, so if performance is your passion, this is the course for you.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.
Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.
Track changes to this course
Update to Example Offers - 2 March 2021
Example offers updated to include the Digital Production, Design and Development T Level with an overall grade of Merit.
Change of Modules - 22 January 2021
PAR3101 Researching Performance (20 credits) replaces DRA3101 Researching Contemporary Drama: Theatre and Postmodernity (20 credits) as a compulsory module in Year 3.