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Drama Studies BA (Hons)

Drama Studies BA (Hons)

Drama Studies combines performance, theory and contextual study. You will have opportunities to act, script, direct and study the history of different theatrical traditions.  


Reasons to study Drama Studies BA (Hons) at DMU:

  • Recognised as a Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts
    with superb facilities providing eight studios and rehearsal spaces designed specifically for performance-based learning activities
  • Lively curriculum 
    giving you the opportunity to engage critically with research and the practices of drama, theatre and performance
  • Top 25 UK university for graduate employability* 
    *according to the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey 2013/14 (Employability Performance Indicator)
  • Creative and educational partnerships
    including Leicester’s Curve theatre where you can take part in internships, placements and work on professional co-productions
  • Extensive performance opportunities
    including Exit Souls: The Drama Festival which showcases students’ work to a public audience each year
  • International opportunity 
    through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience

Drama Studies at DMU is a dynamic program informed by a mix of current scholarly thinking, historical theatrical traditions and contemporary methods of performance making. It offers you the opportunity to learn about the subject in a variety of ways by working with professional researchers, visiting practitioners, undertaking placements and internships, getting involved in professional performances, going on theatre trips at home and abroad, and showcasing your work to a variety of audiences. Studying Drama at DMU it is an excellent preparation for students who wish to seek employment in a range of arts and industry related careers or to continue into postgraduate level study.

You can take part in talks and workshops run by actors, practitioners, directors and theatre companies. For example, past talks and workshops have included Punchdrunk, Frantic Assembly, and Reckless Sleepers. We also offer regular theatre trips in the UK, and abroad.  

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At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are currently finalising our scholarship packages for 2017 entry.

More courses like this:

Drama Studies (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)
Dance BA (Hons)
Performing Arts BA (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: W400

Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time.

Fees and funding: For 2017/18 tuition fees will be £9,250 (subject to Parliamentary approval)

Find out more about course tuition fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding 2016/17: £11,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal or direct application form.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

  • 112 points from at least 2 A'levels or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM or
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points

GCSEs - Five GCSEs grades A* - C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above.

Access - Pass QAA Accredited AHE Diploma

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs. including English at grade C or above.

Audition/Interview required: Yes

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 Collaborative partnerships


First year

  • Acting, Scripting, Directing: A Practical Introduction to Drama
  • Texts and Stages
  • A Contextual Introduction to Performance
  • Making Performance

Second year

  • Drama and Theory

You will take the above module and choose from:

  • Naturalism and Anti-naturalism
  • Shakespeare in Performance
  • Devising
  • Directing
  • Drama Performance Project
  • Drama in the Community

Third year

  • Drama Research Project

You will take the above module and choose from:

  • Plays in Production
  • Writing for Performance
  • Live Art
  • Engaging with Creative Industries
  • Drama Production Project
  • Popular and Political Theatre
  • Education and Performing Arts


Our drama staff have expertise in a number of different fields, including: Shakespeare in performance, popular theatre, applied drama, directing, language and performance, 20th-century modernist drama and the avante-guarde, 20th-century women playwrights, performer training, performance and documentation, theatre and translation, postcolonial performance, performance and the body, gender and performance, live art and contemporary performance practice.

Visiting lecturers, actors, practitioners, directors and theatre companies further enhance your learning. We are dedicated to the student experience more widely, and run extra and co-curricular activities and events throughout the year.

Contact hours
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 11 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 26 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.


Curve theatre

DMU and Curve theatre have a cultural partnership which gives you the opportunity to be involved in professional practice in a variety of ways.

An annual collaborative production allows Drama Studies students from all years to participate in professional productions, working with in-house directors, lighting designers and producers on a week of public performances.

Facilities and features

Performance facilities

We offer some of the finest facilities in the sector to support studies in Drama. The Performing Arts Centre for Excellence (PACE) building provides four studios and rehearsal spaces designed specifically for performance-based learning activities. Further studios are located in the Campus Centre. You will be able to book rehearsal space and equipment to support your work.


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.


Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.


Opportunities and careers



Placements are embedded into the Level 6 module, Engaging with Creative Industries, which allows students to set up a work placement as part of a wider research project, to engage with professional practice, to structure individual learning (with academic supervision), to explore potential career options, and to gain valuable practical experience. Additionally, students at all levels may have the opportunity to apply to undertake a placement at Leicester’s Curve theatre. Other placements opportunities may also become available.




During your studies you will be offered the opportunity to engage with a range of international experiences including trips organised by #DMUglobal, trips you can organise, and trips organised by Drama as part of modules and as co-curricular activity. #DMUglobal experiences offer you the chance to explore other countries and cultures, to engage with drama and performance practices from around the globe, to visit key cultural institutions, and to develop skills in communication.  Previous #DMUglobal destinations in Drama include New York, Dublin, Amsterdam and Paris.  


Graduate careers

Graduates in Drama Studies have strengths in critical analysis, reflection and research, possess excellent oral and written communication skills, are able to collaborate, devise, organise and self-manage projects, and can deal confidently with public performance. Previous graduates have developed careers in teaching in primary, secondary and further education, media and technical theatre production, or gone on to work in theatres and community arts organisations, develop personal professional practice, set up a theatre company, or gone onto postgraduate studies such as DMU's Performance Practices MA.

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Exit Souls: The Drama Festival

Our Drama Festival offers students of Drama Studies the opportunity to take part in an end-of-year public showcase of selected work from across all levels of study, including devised performances, film, living sculptures, live art and performed extracts from plays.


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