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About this course

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Film and Journalism
City Campus
Three years full-time
Full-time; Part-time
Programme leader:
Dr Amanda Penlington
Key fact:
This course is designed to explore theatre making from every angle. Offering a wide selection of modules it allows you to tailor your experience.

Page last updated 4 July 2017


Why BA (Hons) Drama?

Develop your talent on a path of discovery through every facet of theatre making. Choose from a wide selection of modules to become a theatre maker with a wealth of experience, abilities, and creativity. Focus on the areas of expertise you're passionate about such as writing, directing, devising physical theatre, and acting.

Why study this course?

If you love theatre making and facing a challenge, studying BA(Hons) Drama at UWE Bristol is the next step for you. Our theatre community is supportive and dedicated. You will work closely with staff and your fellow students to share ideas and work as a collective on many productions.

You will develop a strong foundation in all aspects of theatre making, with the option to specialise in directing or technical theatre. Students who continue with the modules Playwriting and the Creative Writing Project can choose to graduate with the title of Drama with Creative Writing. Overall, our graduates emerge as confident and creative individuals, equipped with an array of soft skills including collaboration, networking and organisation - ready to operate in the real world.

Real-world experience

You will have a wealth of opportunities to develop personally and gain real-world experience. We work closely with the local theatre network and, from your first year, we'll support you to form your own theatre company producing your own extra-curricular work and making the most of rehearsal and performance space.

As a writer, director, technician, or as a performer, you will devise and produce original performances. Specialist workshops led by staff and industry professionals will give you the chance to develop specific skill-sets, and you'll showcase your work at the New Performance Festival.

Where it can take you

You'll graduate ready for a career in theatre, television, film or education. You may also choose to progress to further study with one of the country's prestigious theatre schools such as LAMDA and RADA.



Year one

You will take the following compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Actor Training
  • Introduction to Physical Theatre
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Introduction to Performance Texts and Contexts.

Year two

You will study four of the following modules (according to chosen course pathway):

  • Acting for Stage
  • Devising Physical Theatre
  • Playwriting
  • New Shakespeares
  • Inventing Modernism.

Final year

You will take the following compulsory module:

  • Final Year Project.

In addition, you will study three of the following optional modules (according to chosen course pathway):

  • The Creative Writing Project
  • Acting for Screen
  • Avant-Garde Theatre
  • Contemporary British and American Drama.

Please note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Our staff come from a variety of theatre backgrounds around the world. We're committed to your personal development, and we offer a unique curriculum and a variety of teaching methods.

There are no lectures or written exams, you'll be taught through three-hour practical workshops.

Find out more about our academic staff and their areas of expertise.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


The way that your work will be assessed depends on which modules you choose. Assessments can take the form of live and filmed performances, portfolios of writing, written reflections, presentations and essays. Every performance will be double or triple marked.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.



You will have a wealth of opportunities to develop personally and to gain real-world experience through our strong links with Bristol theatres. Formal placements are not part of the course but we actively encourage you to make your own extra-curricular work and will provide you with open access to rehearsal and performance space.

We are actively involved in the staging of our work in professional theatres throughout the region.

Study facilities

BA(Hons) Drama is based at our City Campus in the heart of Bristol.

City Campus at Arnolfini offers studio and teaching spaces and technical facilities on Bristol's harbourside, as well as access to the ground floor auditorium for performance workshops.

You will also use the resources available at other City Campus sites. This includes Bower Ashton Studios which has a working theatre, and houses the main library dedicated to the creative and cultural industries, as well as a number of student support services.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

The Drama Society

The Drama Society is open to all UWE Bristol students. It stages three or four shows a year, including a traditional pantomime and a large-scale summer production which has previously travelled to the Edinburgh Fringe. You'll also have the opportunity to audition for musicals produced by the Centre for Performing Arts.


Careers / Further study

Our graduates go on to a wide range of careers in theatre, television, film, arts management, education and business (including marketing). As well as postgraduate courses at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (BOVTS), the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and the Central School of Speech and Drama.

You'll be supported in your final year by workshops dedicated to applications and the audition process.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Useful links

Guardian - what to do with a degree in drama studies


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee11750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1469
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Part Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Further information about fees and funding.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Relevant subjects: English, Theatre Studies, Arts, Social Science
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Due to the creative nature of the course, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed. We may make different offers where appropriate to candidates who have substantial relevant work/other experience and whose motivation and skills would enable them to succeed on the course. In your application, please give full details of any relevant work experience and qualifications (including modules and units).

Selection process

Please note, as part of the entry selection process, you will be expected to attend an interview and workshop.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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