BA Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies

Undergraduate degree 

Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies

Gain a breadth of understanding of theatre and performance around the world and the impact it has had on our history, culture and identity.

Start Date:

September 2022

Duration:

3 years (full-time)
4 years (full-time) if opting for the additional placement year

Degree Type:

BA (single honours)

Entry Tariff:

Call 0300 303 8320 to find out if you are eligible for this programme in Clearing or visit our Clearing page

UCAS Code:

W440

School:

Arts

Specific entry requirements

BTEC(QCF) Extended Diploma possible grades - Relevant accepted DMM

Access - 24 Merits D18M24P3

Undergraduate on-campus open day

Saturday 13 November 2021

Course and Module Details

Overview:

Studying Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at Roehampton is the best of both worlds. You’ll be a stone’s throw away from the famous West End and an array of incredible local performance spaces, set in one of the world’s most exciting performance cities, while studying a curriculum of exciting and varied modules with passionate staff who are experts and active practitioners in their field.

This degree provides you with a breadth of understanding of theatre and performance around the world and the impact it has had on our history, culture and identity. You will have the chance to develop a heightened socio-political awareness and a thorough grounding in both conventional and unconventional approaches to performance-making, writing and production. You’ll learn about yourself as a creative, and in the process, equip yourself with the tools you need to thrive in the industry, whether it be on or off the stage.

The degree is practice-focused and project-based; from day one, you will gain valuable hands-on experience working with our internationally recognized faculty and professional arts organisations. There will be countless opportunities to watch and discuss theatre, read, explore and stage plays, and write, devise and perform your own work. Working across performance for live and digital platforms, you will become skilled, innovative, adaptable artists and entrepreneurs, capable of planning, producing, managing and making both socially-engaged and commercial projects within a variety of professional platforms.

You’ll also complete your final research project, where you will write a play or dissertation, create a performance, or produce a practice-as-research project that mixes genres and media – producing work you can use as a springboard for your next move after graduation.

To enrich your learning, your course includes tickets to a range of theatre productions, as well as trips to exhibitions and cultural events, meaning that you will be able to fully immerse yourself in one of the performance capitals of the world. You will visit some of London’s most well-known theatres, seeing a variety of high-profile shows, thought-provoking plays and cutting-edge performance events.

Modules:

Here are some examples of the modules that we currently offer:

Year 1 

Compulsory modules (single honours)
Encountering Theatre: Performances in a Global Context
Theatre Workshop 1
Writing In Performance
Performance and History: Diversifying the Canon
Theatre Workshop 2
Production Project 1

Compulsory modules (combined honours)
Encountering Theatre: Performances in a Global Context
Performance and History: Diversifying the Canon
Production Project 1

Year 2 

Compulsory Modules (single honours)
Critical Frameworks
Engaging Performance

Compulsory Modules (single and combined honours)
Production Project 2

Optional Modules
Students then take one module (20 credits) from each of the following groups:

Advanced Theatre Workshop
Advanced Theatre Workshop: Acting
Advanced Theatre Workshop: Directing
Advanced Theatre Workshop: Design

Theatre Investigations
Theatre Investigations: Genres and Cultures
Theatre Investigations: Diverse Identities
Theatre Investigations: Histories and Geographies

Year 3 

Compulsory module (single and combined honours)
Work Placement

Optional modules
Single honours students take at least 40 credits from each group. Combined honours students take at least 20 credits from each group.

Contemporary Issues in Performance
Acting for Activists
Archival Encounters
Experiments in Performance and Failure
Theatre and the World
Performance, Gender and Sexuality
The Theatre Image
Performance, Leisure and Tourism
Drama of the '60s Counter-culture
Race Writes Representation
Shakespeare and Contemporary Performance
Theatre Criticism
Special Topic
Special Topic: Performance Countercultures

Independent Learning 
Dissertation
Production Project 3 (Group or Solo)
Production Project 3 (Group or Solo)
Playwriting

 

Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Combinations

Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies and Film [PWH4]

Key Information Set

Tuition fees and funding

September 2022 entry tuition fees

Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.

UK EU and International Placement year
£9,250 £14,174 £925

Placement Year

This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement. If you successfully secure a work placement, you will undertake the placement following year two of your programme and return following the placement to complete your studies.

A placement year is the perfect opportunity to implement the skills and knowledge that you will learn in year one and two, while gaining valuable work experience. The opportunity to make connections in your chosen industry will greatly improve your career prospects and equip you with the skills and experience you need to secure graduate-level employment.

The University Careers and Placements team will support you to develop your CV and skills though webinars, workshops and 1-2-1 appointments. You will also benefit from regular communication about available opportunities to aid your placement search.

Please note while the University will support you with your placement search and applications, a placement cannot be guaranteed.

Study Abroad

This course has the option of studying abroad as part of your degree in your second semester of second year.

With Roehampton Abroad scholarships of up to £1,000 and Turing Scheme funding available, you could spend a semester at one of our partner universities across the globe, with destinations including the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.

Find out more about where your degree could take you here.

Career Options

You will be well equipped to pursue a career in theatre, arts management, playwriting, arts journalism, casting, stage management, scenic, lighting or sound design, events management, and leisure and tourism.

Our BA in Drama, Theatre and Performance is designed to be broad and all-encompassing, meaning that you will be given the tools to flourish both on and off the stage once you graduate.

Our degree also opens up an array of opportunities in other fields and professions by developing key transferable skills throughout your three years at Roehampton, which include but are not limited to collaborative working, creative project management, critical and creative problem solving, and excellent interpersonal communication skills.

You could also go on to a master’s degree in theatre or postgraduate training in teaching or dramatherapy.

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also be able to attend our Roehampton jobs fair and School of Arts Careers Festival, where you can find out about graduate opportunities while networking with employers.

You’ll also have opportunities to work with our trailblazing theatrical partners and guest speakers on campus, across London, and beyond – meaning that you’ll build your practical experience in the field from the start.

How to apply

Undergraduate programmes

How to join us in January or February 2022

To start a degree with us in January or  February, complete our direct application form. See our list of January courses.

How to join us in September 2022

If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Detailed advice on applying for an undergraduate degree is available in the FAQs section below.

International (non-EU) students who do not wish to use the UCAS system can apply directly to us using our online application form. This is available to international students only.

Application process FAQs

 

If you are applying to us for a full-time degree or extended degree programme, you will need to apply online through UCAS, or direct, depending on the start date of your course and your fee status. Please see tabs above. And don't hesitate to contact us at the same time. Either fill in an online enquiry form, or contact us at the details below!

This is the official applications service for the UK, and they will send your application details to each of the universities you have listed on your application.

When you register with UCAS, you will also receive a username and password so that you can access your application at a later date.

It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages on our website.

Contact us directly if you have any questions.

Yes we will take into account the ongoing disruption and impact that Coronavirus has had on applicants when considering the results of students applying to us.

Please visit our dedicated webpages to read more.

The Roehampton UCAS institution code is R48.

Your school, college or centre will give you a buzzword so you can link your application to them. You add this word to your application when you register to make an undergraduate application.

If you are applying independently, without a school or college, you do not need a buzzword.

If you are no longer at school or college you will need to apply to university as an independent applicant. When you register with UCAS they will give you a username and password so that you can complete your application whenever you like.

You will need to complete the online application, including your personal statement and will also need to supply a reference from someone who knows you well, and is able to write about why you are suitable for higher education.

It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages.

Further guidelines can be found on the UCAS website.

Contact us directly if you have any other questions about applications.

No. UCAS will issue you with a username and password which you can use to log in whenever and wherever you want to work on your application.

There is no time limit from when you start your application to when you send it, as long as you complete it within the deadlines set by UCAS and your school.

If you are a international student, you can apply direct using our online application form.

Details of support we provide for international students, and useful information about the application process, are available on our international web pages.

No, you can only send one UCAS application in each year’s application cycle, but this can include applications for up to five courses. Applying for more than one course will cost extra.

If you do not receive any offers from your initial UCAS application, you can make additional choices through UCAS Extra in the Spring term. You will be sent details of UCAS Extra if you are eligible.

If you apply to university before the 15 January deadline you should have received decisions from each of the universities you apply to by 31 March 2020. In this case, you will need to make your replies about which to accept by 5 May 2020.

If you applied after the January deadline, or one or more of your universities hasn’t made a decision on your application by the end of March, other reply dates will apply – please do contact us to find out more.

You can accept two courses – one firm choice and one insurance choice.

If you meet the requirements of your firm choice, then you will be expected to take that place, so you need to be sure that the course you have accepted firmly is the one you want to do.

If you miss the grades for your firm choice and meet the requirements for your insurance choice you will be expected to take up that place.

If you meet the terms of your firm choice and ask to be released from this, you will be entered into Clearing and cannot go to your insurance choice.

Once you have applied through UCAS you will be able to follow the progress of each of your applications by using UCAS Track.

You can also contact us directly to find out the status of your application with us.

If you apply through UCAS and we make you an offer, we will ordinarily make you one of the following types of offer:

Conditional Offers

This offer requires you to meet particular academic or other conditions before you can join the course of study you have applied for. This could be a combination of grade, scores or subjects and will be outlined in the offer communication that you receive.

Unconditional offers

An unconditional offer has no conditions attached. Unconditional offers are often made to students who already have their achieved qualification grades and who are returning to education after a gap year or a period of time in work.

If Roehampton is your firm choice, and you have not met your conditions, please check UCAS track, we may be able to show some flexibility, although this is not guaranteed.

If you have missed the conditions of your firm choice, but met the conditions of your Insurance choice. Congratualtions, you will be studying at your Insurance choice. If you miss the conditions for both your firm and Insurance choice, then UCAS will automatically enter you into Clearing.

Make sure that you are prepared for results day and any decisions you may need/want to make. Check UCAS for more advice about what happens on results day.

If you would like any advice on this, please contact us directly and we can discuss your options.

If you are applying to university from the UK or European Union (EU), irrespective of your nationality, you must submit your UCAS application before the January deadline in order for it to be guaranteed equal consideration. The deadline for the 2022 cycle is Wednesday 26 January 2022 at 18:00.

We understand that there are many reasons why you may not be able to meet this deadline. With this in mind, Roehampton will still consider applications received after the January deadline, if there are places available on the course.

The University of Roehampton welcomes the introduction of T Levels and is delighted to confirm that we will be able to accept them across the majority of our programmes. Students will be able to apply using T Levels for both three year and four year undergraduate degrees. UCAS Tariff requirements for each programme, will be made available on programme webpages.

Yes, if you accepted an offer of study at us or another University through UCAS, you have 14 days in which you can change your response, and you can do so by contacting UCAS.

If you want to change your mind, please do get in touch to discuss your options with us. Call us on 0208 392 3314.

If you first apply through UCAS after 30 June 2022, UCAS will not send your application to universities but will instead send you details about Clearing.

Clearing a service that is available between July and September to help people find places on higher education courses. You may be eligible for Clearing if any of the following are relevant to you:

  • you have applied this year but have not gained a place
  • you have declined your offers
  • you have not previously applied to UCAS for entry this year.

Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.

You can find more information on our financial support pages.

Yes, we have a wide range of on-campus and off-campus student residences. You will be guaranteed University accommodation if you are applying for September 2021, January 2022 or September 2022 entry.

Find out more about our accommodation and accommodation guarantee here.

We can support you to transfer to Roehampton from another university,  into the relevant year of study. Find out more here.

UCAS offers a number of helpful articles on the process of applying to universities. You can also find advice and guidance from the Schools and Colleges Engagement Team here.

 

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Our Students

"I had always dreamed of studying in London from exposure to British cinema, television and literature growing up, so I knew it would be an excellent place to study and refine my passion for theatre and the arts. My most memorable moment at Roehampton so far has been performing live with the student jazz band as their lead vocalist at Summer Ball. We performed on the same stage as John Newman!"

Luke Coffey, Drama, Theatre and Performance

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