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Anglia Ruskin University

Drama

UCAS Code: W490

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


96 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), preferably to include Drama, Theatre Studies or a related subject.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above.

UCAS Tariff

96

UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), preferably to include Drama, Theatre Studies or a related subject.

50%
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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Drama

Explore many different modes of performance to develop your practical skills and knowledge of contemporary theatre - whether you want to direct, perform, work backstage or teach others.

Perform in venues on-campus and around Cambridge
Tailor your modules towards your ideal career
Use our performance culture to practise and perform alongside students from other courses
Develop technical and production skills supported by our specialist staff

Our BA (Hons) Drama will help you grow into a confident, versatile and exciting drama practitioner, whichever field you hope to work in.

With a focus on performance, you’ll work on public productions and smaller-scale projects, exploring texts and practices from the 20th century onwards as well as devising your own productions.

You’ll also have the chance to work with students from other courses, such as Performing Arts and Music, to create innovative and daring performance practice and give you experience of group collaboration.

With our optional modules, you can choose to weight your studies towards drama theory or performance, or even specialise further towards a particular career, such as directing or dramatherapy.

Our close links with local companies, including venues such as Cambridge Junction, will help you make contact with industry leaders and gain work experience in professional theatre environments, both backstage and front of house.

During each of your first two years of study, you’ll put on a performance at our on-campus Mumford Theatre and, in your third year, at a commercial venue in Cambridge. Outside of the course, you’ll also find opportunities for work experience at the Mumford, as well as the chance to see regular performances by professional touring companies and musicians.

Our internships will give you the chance to experience the production side of running a professional touring theatre company, such as with the award-winning New International Encounter. You can also volunteer for our Anglia Ruskin Community Theatre Company, putting on workshops and performances at local schools to get more experience of being part of a professional ensemble.

All this experience will make it easier for you to find work with theatre companies when you graduate - or even to create your own. One of our recent students, Oliver Scott, formed Momentum Theatre after graduating, and now leads acting workshops as well as being a radio presenter, director and professional actor.

Modules

Year one, core modules

Performance Analysis
Performance Contexts 1A
Performance Contexts 1B
Performance Skills 1A
Digital Performance
Staging and Reception
Staging and Production

Year one, optional modules

Directing Skills

Year two, core modules

Twentieth-Century Drama
Making Performance
Performance Practitioners
The Body in Performance

Year two, optional modules

Performance Laboratory
New Media Performance
Performing Shakespeare
Design for Performance
Applied Theatre

Year three, core modules

Devising Performance
Major Project

Year three, optional modules

Art, Music and Performance
Contemporary Texts
Enterprise in the Creative Arts
Performance and Identity
Principles of Music Therapy and Dramatherapy
Special Subject

Optional modules available all years

Anglia Language Programme

Assessment methods

For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.

You’ll show your progress through a variety of methods, mirroring the combination of practice and theory on the course. These include studio and public performances, essays, presentations, critical reflections, and a Major Project, which can include practical work.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cambridge Campus

Department:

Music and Performing Arts

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

72%
low
Drama

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
72%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
67%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

78%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
52%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Drama

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£14,000
low
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
92%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
19%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Drama is a very popular degree subject — in 2015, over 5,000 degrees were awarded to UK graduates. With so many graduates around, jobs in acting are very sought-after and often gained through personal contacts, or through your careers service so be prepared to practise your people skills and to make full use of your university facilities. But there are lots of roles in the arts for drama graduates, in direction, production, audio-visual, set and clothing design and PR. The skills taught by drama courses can be useful elsewhere — a lot of the economy can use people who can perform and present in front of others, and so drama graduates can be found in teaching, management, advertising, project and events organisation and community work. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once — one in ten drama graduates last year had more than one job on the go at once after six months. And starting salaries are not the best - but nevertheless the large majority of drama graduates going into acting still felt that it was just the job for them regardless of pay.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Drama

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£18k

£18k

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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