Actors in a performance


Drama and Acting

Please note the tariff points stated for this course are indicative. The tariff points for 2018 will be published by August 2017.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Film and Journalism
City Campus
Three years full-time; six years part-time
Full-time; part-time
Programme leader:
Dr Amanda Penlington
Key fact:
This course enables you to develop a strong foundation in every aspect of live performance. Balancing acting theory with extensive practical experience, you will graduate confident, creative, and ready for an exciting future as a performer.

Page last updated 3 March 2017


Why BA (Hons) Drama and Acting?

If you love performing live and facing a challenge, studying BA (Hons) Drama and Acting 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'll develop a strong foundation in all aspects of performing, balancing a background in acting theory with plenty of practical experience. You'll also have the opportunity to contribute to a large number of live performances each year.

Why study this course?

We support you to develop in many aspects of performance through core modules in acting for stage and screen, and devising physical theatre.  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.

Drama and Acting is based at Bower Ashton Studios, part of UWE Brstol's City Campus and all that it has to offer. Classes are also taught at the Arnolfini, including Acting for Stage.

Real-world experience

We play a big part in Bristol's vibrant culture, with regular exchanges between the University and the local theatre network. 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 an actor, you will devise and perform original pieces of theatre. Specialist workshops led by staff and industry professionals will give you the chance to obtain 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 performing for theatre, television, and film. 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 study 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 the following compulsory modules:

  • Acting for Stage
  • Devising Physical Theatre

Plus any two of the following optional modules:

  • Playwriting
  • New Shakespeares
  • Inventing Modernism.

Final year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Final Year Project
  • Acting for Screen

Plus any two of the following optional modules:

  • The Creative Writing Project
  • 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 the 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. And 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.

Study facilities

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

City Campus offers studio and teaching spaces and technical facilities at the Arnolfini building 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 which has a working theatre, and houses the main library.

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 career performing for theatre, television, and film. Many progress to 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 Central School of Speech and Drama.

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

Award-winning careers service

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

Graduate destinations

Find out what our graduates are doing six months after graduating- includes examples of careers, employers and further study. Download a PDF from graduate destinations.

See great graduate prospects for further information.

Creating employable students

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


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563

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.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


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

Please read the general information about 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 a strong portfolio, or 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.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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