What students say about drama and theatre studies
My drama course has slightly less teaching time than other courses, but not so you would feel you don't do enough. The course content covers a wide range of subjects from performance art to stand up comedy, so as long you have an interest in any aspect of drama, you will probably find something interests you. The assessments are a combination of essays, presentations and practical performances/workshops, which are evenly distributed either within a module or you can take one practical and one academic module.1st year, University of Kent
Two hours of lectures, two of seminar and six of practical each week. Most of the course is very interesting. Acting, scripting and directing is my favourite module. No exams - purely essays, log books, portfolios and practical work.1st year, De Montfort University
Theatre studies may not have the most packed timetable (we received about six to nine hours of contact time per week in first year), but there is a lot of extra work to do outside of class hours. For example, reading plays, doing extra research, extra rehearsals and so on. The modules on my course are a good mix of theory and practice, which means you are constantly being challenged.1st year, University of Surrey
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
Useful to have
- Drama/ theatre studies
- English literature and language
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
Personal statement advice
Writing a drama personal statement? Demonstrating that your enthusiasm for drama extends beyond the curriculum is key to impressing admissions tutors.
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Theatre director
- Arts administrator
Other real-life job examples
- Events manager
- Community worker
- Stage manager
What employers like about this subject
A degree in drama or theatre studies will help you to develop a number of subject-specific skills including performance training; theories of drama and the use of technology in the performing arts and arts management. Transferable skills you can gain from studying drama and theatre studies include communication and presentation skills, team-working, self-motivation, research and critical thinking. Drama and theatre studies graduates get jobs with a range of employers including theatres and arts organisations, broadcasters, schools, colleges and universities, welfare organisations and advertising agencies.