Drama Studies BA (Hons)

Drama BA (Hons)

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

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Reasons to study Drama BA (Hons) at DMU:

  • 100% of our Drama
    graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating, according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report
  • Recognised as a Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts
    with superb facilities providing spacious studios and rehearsal rooms, and large fully-equipped performance spaces designed specifically for performance-based learning activities
  • 100% overall student satisfaction
    with the quality of the course and its organisation according to the National Student Survey, 2019

  • Lively curriculum 
    giving you the opportunity to engage critically with research and the practices of drama, theatre and performance
  • Creative and educational partnerships
    including Leicester’s Curve theatre where you can take part in internships, placements and work on professional co-productions. Previous productions have included The Crucible by Arthur Miller; A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess and Our Day Out by Willy Russell
  • Extensive performance opportunities for all years of study
    including Exit Souls: The Drama Festival which showcases students’ work to a public audience each year
  • International opportunities 
    through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for inspiring international trips that are significantly subsidised to destinations such New York or European trips such as experiencing the world-renowned International University Theatre Reunion (RITU) in Liège, Belgium

Drama at DMU is a dynamic programme informed by a mix of contemporary methods of performance making, current scholarly thinking, and historical theatrical traditions. It offers you the opportunity to learn about the subject in a variety of ways by working with professional researchers, research-active academics, 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 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. We also offer regular theatre trips in the UK, and abroad.  

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  • 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 2020/21 tuition full-time fees will be £9,250 per year.

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, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding international: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £13,750 per year.

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, call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

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

Plus five GCSEs grades 9-4 including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above.

  • Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit (or equivalent) and GCSE  English (Language or Literature) at grade 4 or above.

We will normally require students have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

  • We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade 4 or above (if required as part of our standard requirement)

Interview and Practical Workshop required: Yes

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band, 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.

Interview and Practical Workshop
UK applicants with relevant qualifications will be invited to a practical workshop and interview. Overseas applicants will be invited to send samples of their performance work. Please see our Practical Workshop Advice Drama BA (Hons) for full details.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 Collaborative partnerships


First year

  • Acting and Performing
  • Drama Performance Project: Collaboration
  • Performance in Context: History and Analysis
  • Theatre for Social Change

Second year

  • Performance in Context: Culture and Theory

You will take the above module and choose from:

  • Directing
  • Curve Company 1
  • Popular Performance
  • Devised Theatre and Performance
  • Drama Performance Project: Staging
  • Drama and the Community

Third year

  • Drama Research Project
  • Performance as Research

You will take one of the above modules and choose from:

  • Live Art and Experimental Performance
  • Curve Company 2
  • Engaging with Creative Industries
  • Political Performance
  • Drama Performance Project: Production
  • 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, performer training, performance and documentation, 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, performances, essays and reflection). Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 12 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures, seminars and workshops) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 25 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 students from all years to participate in professional productions, working with in-house directors, lighting designers and producers on public performances.


Curve theatre website

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.


The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.


Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.


Opportunities and careers

Drama student placements


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. In addition to this, Drama and the Community students have the opportunity to work with various organisations in the local area (these have included schools, Age UK centres and HM Prison Leicester) and all Second Year and Third Year students are able to audition for the two modules that are based at Curve theatre and centre on professional theatre performance. Other placements opportunities may also become available.

Drama students participate in the #DMUglobal Berlin trip 2017


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, Liege, Berlin and Montreal.  

Drama degree careers

Graduate careers

Graduates in Drama 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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