UWE Bristol - BA Hons Drama

UWE Bristol

BA Hons Drama

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.

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, technical theatre or writing and graduate with the degree title Drama with Creative Writing, Drama with Technical Theatre or Drama with Theatre Directing.

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 our rehearsal and performance space.

As a writer, director, technician, and/or performer, you'll write, devise and produce original performances for your assessed final year projects, which will then be featured in our end of year public Degree Show. Specialist masterclasses led by staff and industry professionals will give you the chance to develop specific skills in areas such as puppetry, auditioning and stage combat.

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.

Shaping the course towards the areas of theatre making you're most interested in, through your modules and assessments, you'll emerge as a confident and creative drama professional, one also equipped with soft skills such as collaboration, networking and organisation, and ready to thrive in the real world.

Read about Jake's experience of this course

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).

Entry Requirements

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement: International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.

Career Prospects

Tailoring what and how you study, you can shape the course towards the area of drama you want to move into.

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

Course Details

You will register onto BA(Hons) Drama. As you progress through the course you will have the opportunity to specialise in a specific subject.  Depending on your module choices, you could graduate with one of the following awards:

  • BA(Hons) Drama
  • BA(Hons) Drama with Creative Writing
  • BA(Hons) Drama with Technical Theatre
  • BA(Hons) Drama with Theatre Directing.

Year 1

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

Year 2

Acting for Stage
Devising Physical Theatre
New Shakespeares
Inventing Modernism.

Final Year

Final Year Project.

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

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