A group of student performing a play



Please note the entry requirements stated for this course are indicative. The entry requirements for 2019 will be published by September 2018.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Film and Journalism
City Campus
Three years full-time
Full-time; Part-time
Programme leader:
Dr Amanda Penlington
Key fact:
Choose from a wide selection of modules to focus on areas of theatre making that you're passionate about such as writing, directing, devising physical theatre and acting.

Page last updated 6 March 2018


Why study drama?

Increasingly, independent professional theatre is about making your own work.

A contemporary company needs to write, devise, direct, tech, and perform original theatre. Individuals may excel in one of these areas, but they also need a good working knowledge of everything else.

It's all about sharing skills and working as a group to create exciting live performances.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Drama is perfect for those who love theatre making and appreciate a challenge.

Work closely with our supportive theatre community to share ideas and work collectively on productions.

Develop your talent on a path of discovery through every facet of theatre. 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.

Specialise in directing or technical theatre or continue with writing modules and graduate with the degree title Drama with Creative Writing.

You'll have a wealth of opportunities to develop personally and gain real-world experience. We work closely with the local theatre network and 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, and/or performer, you'll devise and produce original performances for your assessed final year projects. 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.

City Campus is a creative powerhouse that spans the city of Bristol and is made up of Bower Ashton, Spike Island, Arnolfini and Watershed.

Drama uses specialist spaces at the Arnolfini and theatre facilities at Bower Ashton Studios.

Our students emerge as confident and creative individuals, equipped with an array of soft skills including collaboration, networking and organisation - ready to thrive in the real world.

Showcase your work to talent scouts and potential employers at the final year Creative Industries Degree Show and graduate with an impressive portfolio of work.

Where can it take me?

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 the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).

Accreditations and partnerships:



The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

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

Year two

You will study four optional modules* from:

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

Final year

You will study:

  • Final Year Project.

Plus three optional modules* from:

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

*The combination will depend on your chosen course pathway.

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.

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.

Learning and Teaching

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

There aren't any lectures or written exams - you'll be taught through three-hour practical workshops.

In your final year, you'll attend workshops dedicated to helping you put together applications and the audition process.

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

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year: 

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check

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. The latter has previously travelled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

You'll also be able to audition for musicals produced by the Centre for Performing Arts.


The way your work will be assessed depends on which modules you choose.

You can be assessed through live and filmed performances, portfolios of writing, written reflections, presentations and essays. Every performance will be double or triple marked.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year: 

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check



You'll have a wealth of opportunities to develop personally and gain real-world experience through our strong links with Bristol theatres.

Formal placements aren't part of the course but we encourage you to find your own extra-curricular work and provide open access to rehearsal and performance space.

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'll 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.

A mix of traditional and hands-on learning environments helps you quickly take on essential knowledge and skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

Our graduates go on to careers in theatre, television, film, arts management, education and business (including marketing).

Some take 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.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

See also:

The Guardian - what to do with a degree in drama studies


Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above 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

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information


UWE Main Campus

You might also like

Back to top