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Drama, Theatre and Performance, BA

Lancaster University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
On campus
Lancaster
English
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Program description

Drama, Theatre and Performance, BA

Studying Drama, Theatre and Performance at Lancaster gives you the opportunity to learn about innovative twentieth and twenty-first century theatre and performance through an exciting and varied mix of practical and academic approaches. You will gain critical and creative skills that open up possibilities for working in theatre, while making you highly attractive to a wide range of other employers.

You will be taught by theatre practitioners and scholars and will benefit from performance facilities and the access to professional practice provided by our close relationship with Lancaster Arts and with other leading organisations in the creative and cultural industries.

Throughout your degree you will be given the opportunity to gain knowledge of different modes of acting and theatre production from ancient Greek theatre to cutting edge contemporary theatre. You will be given the option to choose modules on Devising, Dance Theatre, Performing Texts, Theatre for Social Change, Visual Theatre, Writing for Performance, Contemporary European Postdramatic Theatre, Contemporary Dance and the Visual Arts, New Scenographies in Performance, New Writing in Contemporary British Theatre and Community Theatre. You will have a number of opportunities to complete solo and group performance projects including the final degree show.

The interdisciplinary environment supported by the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts gives you the opportunity to either focus solely on Theatre or choose to take some modules in Art, Design, Film, or Sound. You will have the opportunity to gain real world experience in the creative arts with our Creative Enterprise module, working on a live project to deliver a creative arts initiative in the community.

Admission requirements

Grade Requirements

  • A Level ABB
  • Required Subjects Theatre, Drama, Dance or Performance are considered desirable but applications from those studying other subjects who can demonstrate experience and interest in practical theatre are welcomed
  • IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component.

Other Qualifications

  • International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects
  • BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Merit

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Year 1

Core

  • Fundamentals: Contemporary Arts and Design
  • Fundamentals: Drama (part 1)
  • Fundamentals: Drama (part 2)
  • Skills and Concepts in Drama, Theatre and Performance

Year 2

Core

  • Critical Reflections in Creative Arts
  • Theatre Practice

Optional

  • Dance Theatre
  • Devised Theatre
  • Environmental Performance
  • Performing Texts
  • Theatre for Social Change
  • Visual Theatre
  • Writing for Performance

Year 3

Core

  • Advanced Theatre Practice
  • Dissertation

Optional

  • Community Performance
  • Contemporary Dance and the Visual Arts
  • Contemporary European Postdramatic Theatre
  • Creative Enterprise
  • New Scenographies in Performance
  • New Writing in Contemporary British Theatre
  • The Popular, the Political and the Avant-Garde

Tuition fees

  • For UK students: £9,250 per year
  • For International students: £19,930 per year

Continuing studies

Previous graduates also successfully progress onto PGCE, MA, MPhil and PhD courses, either at Lancaster or at other high quality national institutions.

Career opportunities

The performance, creative, communication, entrepreneurial skills and professional practice you will have access to as part of your degree will enable you to consider a wide range of jobs in the creative and cultural industries and in many other employment sectors.

Our previous graduates have gone on to work in a wide variety of roles within theatre and performance - as performers, directors, dramaturgs, writers, producers, technicians or administrators - while others are employed in television, film and digital media, journalism and publishing, or in teaching, social work, community arts and drama and dance therapy. A Drama, Theatre and Performance degree at Lancaster supports graduates in developing confidence and capability to produce work for themselves and a significant number go on the set up their own theatre companies, or small, thriving businesses.

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Lancaster University

Lancaster University is located in the northwest of England near the major cities of Manchester and Liverpool. It was established in 1964 as a collegiate university with a reputation for innovation. Lancaster is one of the few UK universities to...


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Lancaster University, Bailrigg
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