Drama and Performance BA (Hons)

Overview

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 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 degree, 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

Careers and opportunities

When you finish this drama 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.

Placement year

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

Previous students have taken placement years at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, as attractions cast members, for example.

Others have opted for a summer internship, or shorter-term work experience placements such as:

  • Stage and production crew at Rock Challenge
  • Running and stage management at Hip Hop International
  • Stage management at the Groundlings Theatre
  • Dance teaching at Upbeat Music

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. You’ll have access to Creative Careers; a dedicated team within the faculty helping students to find placement opportunities within the creative industries. They’ll provide you with a database of placement vacancies, support with your job search, including help with applications and interviews, and support throughout your placement, should you need it.

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.

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

Entry Requirements For This Course

112–120 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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