Drama and Performance BA (Hons)


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 course 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.

What you'll experience

On this drama degree course, 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

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work and performing experience during your drama degree.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your CV.

What you'll study:

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules

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

Optional modules

There are no optional units in this year.

Year 2

Core modules

  • Performance Histories
  • Theatre Skills
  • Critical Contexts
  • Advanced Scene Study
  • Performance Laboratory

Optional modules

  • A Voice and So Much More
  • Space, Time and Performance
  • Musical Theatre and All That Jazz
  • Theatre Audiences
  • Professional Experience
  • Puppetry and Object Theatre
  • Student Enterprise
  • Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice

Placement year (optional)

After your second year, you can do a year-long paid placement year in the industry. This lets you put your knowledge and skills to work, while developing links in the industry.

Interested in running your own business on your placement year instead? You can start up and run your own company for a year as an alternative to a work-based placement. You'll work alone or with fellow students to build and launch a successful venture.

Whatever you decide to do in your placement year, you'll get support and mentoring throughout. The Creative Careers team is here to help you find placement opportunities within the creative industries. They’ll provide you with access to a database of placement vacancies, support you with your job search, including help with applications and interviews, and give you support throughout your placement, if you need it.

Year 3

Core modules

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

Optional modules

There are no optional modules in this year.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • practical productions
  • dramatic writing
  • essays
  • video productions
  • group presentations
  • examinations
  • dissertation/project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 8% by written exams, 48% by practical exams and 44% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 47% by practical exams and 53% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 37% by practical exams and 63% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

When you finish this dram 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

Previous graduates have also formed their own event companies, found work in media and arts organisations, and gone into teaching.

BA (Hons), BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. Applicants will be invited to a workshop.

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

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