• Drama Studies

Why study at Roehampton

  • We combine the best of traditional theatre studies, including comedies, musicals and playwriting
  • A work placement module to gain experience in a theatre or performance organisation
  • Regular guest speakers from performance industries. Recent speakers have included: Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway (The National Theatre’s Black Plays), Georgia Dale (The Young Vic), Sam Stevenson (casting director for the BBC, ITV, Sky, RSC and the National Theatre)
  • Roehampton is ranked best modern university in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015)

Roehampton is home to one of the largest academic teams in the UK for Drama, Theatre and Performance

This course encourages curiosity and creativity, to help you express your ideas in writing, speech and performance – valuable skills for your career. As well as performing, you will critically analyse plays, performances and audiences, and have direct contact with drama and theatre professionals. The course includes regular field trips to Battersea Arts Centre, the National Theatre, and the Southbank Centre, and free theatre tickets for some of London’s best shows.

More details

The programme is designed with students in mind whose educational experience and training prior to their degree has involved a vocational or industry-related focus (e.g. BTEC Performing Arts), and who will be entering Higher Education with particular capabilities, expectations and ambitions that build on these more vocational qualifications.

The aim is to deliver an ambitious, challenging and exciting BA programme that draws on the best that university Drama has to offer, including the wide range of different sorts of learning experiences and associated skills development that belong the Department's BA Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. More particularly, though, Drama Studies focuses on enabling students to develop critical, practical, creative and well-informed responses to a range of professional contexts; while supporting the development of confidence in writing and other skills that are essential not only to professional life but full participation in contemporary citizenship.

The structure of the programme is built around a pathway of core modules, some of which are shared with Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, and some of which – at each year of study – have been custom-designed for Drama Studies students.

The focus of the modules is not only on performing and performance-making, but other skills and professional contexts that make up the diversity of contemporary drama and performance-related employment opportunities. These include the conceptual, problem-solving and collaborative skills associated with cultural enterprise and arts management; the very particular challenges of self-organisation and engagement with others that belong to applied theatre work; as well as training in critical thinking, independent project work, group theatrical production for public performance, and work experience opportunities.

Year-by-year summary

First year

Your first year is about building confidence in written, spoken and public presentation, and broadening your knowledge. You will be making your own performances as well as learning about performance history and culture. A particular feature of the first year is a year-long module on London's Arts, including hands-on involvement with the city's incomparable range of activities and resources.

Second year

As well as being involved in devising a full-length theatre production, you will take a special module on Arts Management, which will give you a wide-ranging introduction to how theatre companies and other arts organisations are run, from budget management to marketing and audience development. In addition you can select from the wide variety of modules available on the Department's Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies programme.

Third year

In the third year the focus turns towards more independent work, including an Independent Project module, where you will develop a project appropriate to your future career ambitions.

What our students say

Angee Sanchez-Garcia

"Drama Studies gives you the opportunity to find a career in something you love."

Angee Sanchez-Garcia, Drama Studies

Example modules

  • Studio Theatre Production
  • Introduction to Arts Management
  • Contemporary professional practices

Career options

Our drama graduates go on to work as performers, playwrights, theatre, casting or artistic directors, theatre or stage managers, scenic, lighting or sound designers, youth or community workers, festival organisers and drama therapists.

UCAS code





Single honours

Entry tariff

240 points

General entry requirements »


Drama, Theatre and Performance »


3 years (full-time)

Tuition fees

£9,000 (2016; UK/EU) »

£12,500 (2016; International) »

Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

Programme outline

View the full details »

View Key Information Set »

Related courses

BA BSc Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies »

Dance Studies »

Further information

Contact our Recruitment team
undergraduate@roehampton.ac.uk »
+44 (0)20 8392 3232

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