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Drama & Performance and Film Studies BA (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • All Film Studies modules are assessed by coursework, not formal examinations
  • Small-class sizes, one-to-one tutorials and robust communication between students and staff
  • Research-led teaching by committed and enthusiastic academics
  • For those wishing to pursue a range of careers in theatre, including acting, writing, lighting and sound, directing and set design; a very stimulating and motivating course
  • Drama & Performance element of course predominantly taught in two state-of-the-art drama studios, fully equipped with lighting, sound, video and projection facilities
  • Earn-as-You-Learn opportunities, for example paid work as a youth theatre assistant or as a performer in our theatre in education company as well as a range of work placement opportunities with local theatres, companies and schools that lead regularly to offers of employment
  • One Drama & Performance course strand addresses the needs of students interested in teaching, theatre in education, youth theatre and community theatre
  • Fantastic library collection of academic resources to include a variety of digital and on-line services
  • Opportunities to study abroad in the United States, Canada and across Europe

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For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Drama & Performance and Film Studies.


Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.


Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Dr Mikel Koven
Course Leader, Film Studies
01905 855297

Stuart Currie
Admissions Tutor, Drama & Performance
01905 855291

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Introduction to Film: Theory & Practice
Hollywood and Beyond
Staging Plays: Reading, Research & Performance
Introduction to Devising


Module options:

Contemporary World Cinema
Truth, Reality and the Documentary Film
Puppetry and Visual Theatre
Mask Acting
Theatre and Communities
European Theatre Practices

Year 2

Core modules:

Approaches to Film


Module options:

Film Genre Studies
Film: Culture, Audience, Industry
Applied Theatre in a Range of Community Contexts
Plays and Playwrights: British Theatre in Times of Change
Devising & Adaptation
Theatre & Digital Media
Music Theatre
Making Theatrical Space
The Actor & Poetic Text
Choreography & Performance
Adaptation from Stage to Screen
Theatre, Real Lives & History
Directors & Directing
Physical Theatre

Year 3

Core modules:



Module options:

Independent Study
Film & Folklore
Film Reviewing
Studies in Cult & Exploitation Cinema
Underworld UK
Cinema and Modern Life
TV Times
Independent Research Project or Final Performance Project
Politics & Performance
Site Specific Performance
Contemporary Performance Practices
Theatre & Disability
Staging Shakespeare Today
New Voices in Contemporary British Theatre
Physical Performance, Choreography & Community Practices
Writing for Performance
Theatre for Young Audiences
Theatre & Education
Sexuality in Performance
Scenography: Specialist Project
Professional Practice



Film Studies develops student skills in practice-as-research and research-as-practice for a number of culture and media industries including exhibition, distribution, audience-based marketing, journalism, film education, curating, programming, filmmaking, screenwriting and further academic research.

There are excellent career opportunities for Drama & Performance graduates. These are both in drama-related areas, such as theatre, education, and the media, and in a wide range of other fields of employment made accessible through skills learned on the course in presentation, performance, critical thinking and writing, creativity, confidence and communication. Former students often set up their own businesses, for example as small scale touring theatre companies or drama education providers. Past students are now working as actors, producers, stage managers and directors for employers across the areas of theatre, TV, radio and film. Teaching and lecturing are very popular career choices for our graduates, as are arts administration and marketing.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Drama & Performance and Film Studies BA (Hons) - WP4H

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Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

How to apply

Part-time applications

If you would like to apply to study this course part time, please complete our online application form.

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