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The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Drama

Why choose this course?

The BA (Hons) Drama is a versatile and exciting degree that offers an opportunity for you to gain experience in multiple areas of contemporary drama, theatre and performance. You will take a practical approach to these disciplines, developing physical and vocal performance skills alongside creative thinking and your work will be underpinned by critical performance theory.

The course also provides students with an opportunity to look beyond the role of the performer and consider the importance of designing, devising, directing, writing and teaching in performing arts.


What happens on the course?

You will study a broad range of topics including applied drama, popular performance, physical theatre, text, devising, live art, design and scenography, scriptwriting and performance analysis. You will do this through an engagement with a range of significant 20th and 21st century play texts, performance practitioners, directors and theatre companies.

We take a radical approach to teaching that mirrors industry practice; you will have the opportunity to take part in a key production module at each level of the course, which is rehearsed and performed within an intensive three week period.

During the degree you will

  • acquire a portfolio of key skills and develop an understanding of why and how drama, theatre and performance practices work in different contexts.
  • engage in a substantial final year project that will enhance your future employability.
  • develop industry links through work with influential regional theatre companies such as Stan’s Café, Geese Theatre Company and Gazebo Theatre in Education.
  • have the opportunity to perform in venues such as the Birmingham REP, the Arena Theatre and the Black Country Living Museum.

Modules you will study:

Year 1

  • Practical Approaches: Performance Skills
  • Performance: The Public Performer
  • Applied Drama: Setting the Context
  • Text: Challenging Conventions
  • Performance Analysis: Fundamentals in Drama
  • Scenography: Visualising the Text

Year 2

  • Performance: The Creative Performer
  • Theatre Movements: Practitioner’s Perspectives
  • Applied Drama: Educator or Facilitator
  • Text: How Play’s Work
  • Performance Analysis: Critical Contexts
  • Scenography: Applying Technology

Year 3

  • Performance: The Independent Producer
  • Theatre Movements: Contemporary Perspectives
  • Applied Drama: The Workplace
  • Text: Contemporary Contexts
  • Professional Project

Why Wolverhampton?

You will be taught in the Performance Hub, our purpose-built performing arts building that houses The Black Box Theatre, one of the best-equipped small scale theatres in the country. The hub features two bespoke drama studios that are ideal for rehearsals and small performances. The studios house the latest performance technology, audio/visual equipment and facilities for hanging lighting for performances.

Be in London in just 90 minutes, Manchester in 70 minutes or Birmingham in only 15 minutes on the train from Wolverhampton – the Midlands is the ideal location for those who are keen to engage with theatre and performance nationally.

What our students think

"The course, course leaders and organisation of the drama department is spot on."

"‘Excellent lecturers who are always enthusiastic in teaching."

"The tutors are always approachable and make you feel more confident and at ease knowing that they are there. The tutors are always on hand to offer support and guidance."

"Doing the course has helped me realise what I want to do now in life."

"The course involves a lot of group work, which presents a great opportunity to make friends. The course boosts your confidence both inside and outside university, and it also gives a great opportunity to show off talent."

"The vocational aspect of the course is stimulating, and it prepares you for the professional world."

Career path

The course has a strong focus on employability and enterprise that leads to a diverse range of career opportunities for graduates, these include teaching, performing, directing, working as a playwright, casting agent, stage manager, technician or designer. Previous graduates are also employed in arts administration, media, marketing and management. Alternatively, you could continue your academic studies by progressing on to our MA in Contemporary Theatre and Performance (or other MA courses) and then eventually to a PhD. Following the degree you might also consider going on to train to teach, either through a PGCE course or a Graduate Teacher Programme.

What skills will you gain?

  • Vocal skills including breath control, voice control and delivery
  • Physical skills such as stage combat and physical theatre
  • Applications of drama including workshop facilitation, theatre in education, theatre in museums and teaching experience
  • Devising skills and the ability to take an imaginative approach to performance making
  • Ability to work as a creative collaborator
  • Ability to analyse, critique and evaluate drama, theatre and performance

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • BBC from 'A' Levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade DMM
  • BTEC QCF Diploma grade D*D*
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Prospective applicants will be asked to attend a selection event/audition

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Read further information on the audition process here

Course fees and finance

2018/9 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £11,700
Part time # £2,925

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2018/9. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 323403

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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