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University of Portsmouth

Drama and Performance

UCAS Code: W491

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

Entry requirements


104-112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

106 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 44.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H4,H4

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

104-112 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

104-112

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

79%
Applicants receiving offers

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About this course


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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Drama

**Overview**
Always dreamed of becoming an actor, treading the boards and wowing audiences with your impressive performances? Or do you want to write, direct and produce your own shows?

Whatever area of performing arts excites you, give your ambition the limelight on this BA (Hons) Drama and Performance degree course.

You’ll study the past, present and future of theatre while developing performance skills. You’ll learn techniques from professionals and get plenty of opportunities to create and exhibit your own dramas. By completing this degree course, you’ll be one-to-watch in the drama and performance world, with plenty of links to influential people in the industry.

**What you'll experience**
On this Drama and Performance degree course, you'll:
- Study and practice in brand new facilities, kitted out with studios, lighting rigs, and video and music suites

- Studying contemporary approaches from the likes of Growski and Berkoff

- Examine the past to explore how it’s shaping the future of theatre

- Build your drama skills, with workshops, projects and opportunities to develop your performances

- Get professional input from local theatres as you create your own theatre company

- Demonstrate everything you’ve learned in a performance project and dissertation

- Get insight from guest speakers – recent speakers have included Sheila Hancock, Edward Bond, Mark Ravenhill, David Edgar, Howard Brenton, Michelene Wandor, Pete Wyer and Yvon Bonenfant

**Careers and opportunities**
On this course, you’ll develop the skills to create your own working opportunities or get employment in roles such as:
- actor

- producer

- playwright

- theatre manager

- arts administrator

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

When you finish the course, 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.

Modules

Your first year will set you up with a broad platform of understanding of performance. You’ll also establish the basic practical skills which you’ll be able to practise through projects such as devising your own show. In the second year you can opt to take contemporary theatre, interdisciplinary performance or a musical theatre pathway. You’ll experience a specialist introduction to your chosen area and develop the relevant skills for the route you choose through project group work and independent study. In your final year, your practice becomes industry based. Gain valuable practical experience by working on local theatre projects, forming your own theatre company or doing a work placement. Also, round up your studies with a final practical project and your dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment takes many forms on the course enabling you to demonstrate the variety of your skills and talents. We assess your work through practical productions, dramatic writing, essays, video productions, group presentations, examinations and a dissertation/project.

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
International
£13,900
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

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.

63%
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

73%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
61%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
57%
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

79%
Library resources
77%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
41%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
28%
Male students
72%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
D

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.

£16,016
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
97%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
14%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
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

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

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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