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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 1 August 2019
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.
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).
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
You will study:
- Introduction to Actor Training
- Introduction to Physical Theatre
- Introduction to Creative Writing
- Introduction to Performance Texts and Contexts.
You will study four optional modules* from:
- Acting for Stage
- Devising Physical Theatre
- New Shakespeares
- Inventing Modernism.
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.
Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:
|Year||Scheduled learning and teaching study||Independent study||Placement study|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
The Drama Society
The Drama Society is open to all 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 Music.
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.
Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:
|Year||Written exam assessment||Coursework assessment||Practical exam assessment|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
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.
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.
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.
Full Time Course
|Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee||9250|
|Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
|International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee||13000|
|International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1625|
|Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee||9250|
|Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
Part Time Course
|Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
Indicative Additional Costs
|Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year||160|
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.
We are pleased to confirm that our New students webpages are now available for students starting this course in September 2019. Here you can find links to useful information about registering, course start dates, arriving on campus what to expect before and when you arrive.
We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your Preparing to Study information is available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages.
- 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 and 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.
We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.
Please note, as part of the selection process, you will be expected to attend an interview and workshop.
The selection session will provide applicants with an opportunity to demonstrate their
- communication, interaction and analytical skills
- critical engagement with the discipline/profession/programme area
- interest and motivation to study.
Interviews typically take place between November and April, according to when you apply.
English language support
If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.
Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.
If you have not received your exam results, your offer from us will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.
If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that we will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.
To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies here, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A-Levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.
How to apply
For further information
- Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44(0)117 32 83333