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3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Colchester
English

About this program

Drama BA

Theatre is a radical and influential art form. Its roots lie deep in the ancient world but its relevance to contemporary life is urgent and ongoing. Theatre enables different cultures and societies to confront the most important issues of our time; it provides a crucial space to laugh, to dream, and dare to project different worlds.

Studying theatre and drama at Essex enables you to examine some of the most influential play-texts ever written, and to be ready to take part in shaping the essential performances of tomorrow. This degree is a chance to unlock and explore your creativity. You will be performing and producing work in the professional context of our state-of-the-art Lakeside Theatre, and will be developing a wide range of creative, critical and practical skills that will open the door to a future in the theatre, cultural industries or a wide range of other graduate careers.

Admission requirements

UK entry requirements

A-levels: BBB, including one essay-based subject

BTEC: DDM, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.

IB: 30 points or three Higher Level certificates with 555.

We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

Access to HE Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

English language requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the school or the inquiries team.


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Program content

Year 1

  • The Humanities Graduate: Future Pathways
  • Introduction to Theatre Studies
  • Theatre Making: Autobiography
  • Devising
  • Theatre Production and Technology
  • The Writer's Toolkit
  • Introduction to United States Literature
  • Introduction to European Literature

Year 2

  • Models of Practice
  • Criticism: Practice and Theory
  • The Romantics: Poetry, Prose, Imagination
  • Tragedy
  • Gender in Performance: Sexual Politics and the Stage
  • Global Encounters in Theatre: Contexts and Modernities

Final Year

  • Independent Practical Theatre Project
  • Writing for the Theatre
  • Theatre and Human Rights
  • American Film Authors

Program delivery

Drama BA: 3 years

Drama BA (Including Year Abroad): 4 years

Drama BA (Including Placement Year): 4 years

  • Teaching will take the form of lectures, seminars, practical workshops and skills-based training sessions
  • We offer a unique combination of theoretical and creative approaches
  • Class sizes are up to 20 students and taught in specially designated teaching rooms
  • A typical timetable is a mixture of one hour lectures and three-hour seminars and/or practical workshops

Tuition

Tuition fee for the academic year 2020-21

  • Home/UK fee: £9,250
  • International fee: £16,850

Career paths

Be an actor, a writer, a director, a stage-manager, a producer – or something even more exciting! A drama degree opens many doors. Creativity, communication and versatility are highly valued skills in our rapidly changing world.

Our students have gone on to become actors, directors and playwrights, as well as producers, live artists, dramaturgs, stage-managers, and arts managers. Essex students have built rewarding careers as youth workers, community practitioners, drama therapists, and as teachers and academics.

The skillsets developed at Essex have also seen our students find success in a range of related creative industries including journalism, television production, broadcasting, radio presenting, gaming, magazine editing, copywriting, press relations and marketing, as well as in business, commerce and law.

About this institute

University of Essex

We’re a university where curiosity prevails, and where exploring new ways of thinking and pushing boundaries, isn’t just encouraged, it’s expected.  We’re proud to be Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017 and ranked in the top 30 in...


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Contact info

University of Essex

Wivenhoe Park
CO4 3SQ Colchester


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