BA (Hons) Drama and Performance

University of Portsmouth
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

BA (Hons) Drama and Performance

Do you love drama, theatre and performance? Are you fascinated by how performance is created and how it relates to contemporary issues?

If you’re inspired by the process of making theatre and performance as well as studying the history and social context, then this BA (Hons) Drama and Performance degree is for you.

You'll study drama in all its forms, and make and perform in physical theatre, fringe productions, and promenade performance. In year 2, you'll also choose optional modules that allow you to study what you're most interested in, and design your own path.

Come to Portsmouth to study the subject you love, and gain the practical skills you’ll need to turn your degree into a career.

Admission requirements

Typical offers

  • A levels – BBB–BBC
  • UCAS points – 112–120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 25

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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

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Program content

Year 1

Core modules

  • Making Theatre
  • Movement for Performance
  • Performance - Criticism and Analysis
  • Performance and Society
  • Devised Project
  • Voice and the Actor

Year 2

Core modules

  • Advanced Scene Study (Drama and Performance)
  • Critical Contexts
  • Performance Histories
  • Political Performance
  • Theatre Skills

Year 3

Core modules

  • Alternative Theatres
  • Applied Theatre For Young Audiences
  • Applied Theatre: Workshop Skills
  • Forming a Company
  • Major Academic Project

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery


  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years sandwich with work placement


  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £15,500 per year


On this degree, you'll:

  • Study the history of theatre and drama, and apply what you learn to new productions
  • Hone your acting skills, with workshops and projects to help you develop your performances
  • Learn about technical theatre, including lights, sound, scenography, set, direction, and stage management
  • Practice your new skills in brand new facilities, kitted out with studios, lighting rigs, and video and music suites
  • Take part in making a range of productions, including physical theatre, fringe theatre, applied theatre, and promenade performance
  • Be taught and inspired by internationally recognised teaching staff and benefit from their expertise and experience in the industry
  • Get professional input from local theatres as you create your own theatre company
  • Get insight from guest speakers about their experiences in the world of theatre production

Career paths

When you finish this drama degree, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

What jobs can you do with a drama degree?

On this drama degree, you’ll develop the skills to create your own working opportunities or get employment in roles such as:

  • Actor
  • Director
  • Playwright
  • Stage manager
  • Theatre manager
  • Arts administrator
  • Producer

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University of Portsmouth

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Why study at University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth is consistently within the top-ranked institutions in the UK for student satisfaction, which is reflected in the teaching quality, but also the experience that students enjoy with us.

Students can live a few minutes' walk away from their faculty buildings on campus, with only a 5-10 min walk to the seaside.

The cost of living and accommodation in Portsmouth are significantly lower than in the larger cities in the UK, meaning you'll be able to live more comfortably here. The city is so compact that you don't need to take any public transport and most students/lecturers get around by bike.

The city has a population of around 200,000 and over 10% of this is made up of our student population. We have 5,000 students from overseas on campus.

Contact info

University of Portsmouth

Winston Churchill Avenue
PO1 2UP Portsmouth Hampshire
United Kingdom

Phone no: +442392843464

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