Undergraduate prospectus

Drama, BA Hons

Our drama degree is your chance to explore all aspects of theatre making. You'll work with professionals and choose your own path - performing, directing, writing, community arts or backstage.

Drama at Greenwich offers a supportive environment to study the practice and theory of theatre. Students are taught by creative practitioners and theatre scholars and will engage with professional artists through the Bathway Theatre Network. Our excellent facilities include the 100-seat fully-equipped Bathway Theatre in south-east London and six studio spaces for teaching and rehearsal.

A wide range of modules provides the opportunity to perform and direct theatre, enabling you to explore drama from all perspectives and improve your performance skills. You will gain other expertise such as public speaking, analysis and critical reading, research and project management, and the ability to work collaboratively.

UCAS points

104 (view full requirements)

Course/institution codes

W400 G BA/Dr

Location

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time
  • 4 years sandwich

UK/international fees

What you should know about this course

  • This course focuses on live performance with modules ranging from contemporary performance skills to modern dramatic texts and technical theatre.
  • All modules combine theory and practice, so you can acquire expertise in performing, theatre making, critical writing and public speaking.
  • Specific performance practices such as applied drama, physical theatre and contemporary performance allow you to show your work in different contexts and platforms.
  • Trips to London West End Theatre and fringe theatre scene are part of your learning and are embedded in the course modules.
  • Each summer we take a team of students to perform in the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Studying BA H Drama at the University of Greenwich has been a truly rewarding experience as I have had the opportunity to work in a creative and welcoming environment. The staff are both passionate and supportive and have inspired me to continue working in the arts after I graduate.

- Cora Mason, BA Hons Drama Graduate

What you will study

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About the course team

Drama staff are all creative practitioners and scholars involved in original research projects. You will be taught by an experienced team of experts in a supportive environment. We connect with other artists and academics through the Bathway Theatre Network. Partners include Greenwich Theatre, Protein Dance Theatre, Greenwich and Lewisham Young People's Theatre (GLYPT), and a variety of professional theatre companies, writers and performers.

Literature, Language & Theatre

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Come and see why Greenwich is the ideal university for you.

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Entry requirements

If you are

  • You will need a minimum of 104 UCAS points, which must include 2 A-levels or equivalent.
  • You will also need GCSEs in English language and mathematics at grade C / 4 or above.

General studies is not normally accepted.

We also accept alternative qualifications including:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Irish Highers.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses, such as the International Baccalaureate.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Further information about entry

  • Promising applicants will be invited to participate in an audition workshop.
  • We welcome applications from mature students.
  • International students will be interviewed by phone or Skype.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

For entry: applicants with professional qualifications and/or four years of full-time work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

For exemption: If you hold qualifications or courses from another higher education institution, these may exempt you from courses of this degree.

How you will learn

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

Class sizes vary to suit the type of activity. Workshops will normally hold around 25 people, whereas lectures may be larger.

You will be put in to smaller groups for particular assessment tasks, projects and performances.

Where you will learn

Most of your lessons will be taught at the Bathway Theatre site in Woolwich.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you are also expected to dedicate sufficient time for self study and group work. You will carry out practical and theoretical research, undertake set reading, and work in small groups towards assessments, performances, and presentation. 

You can reserve studio space at Bathway for this and use the computers and other technical resources on site, plus the Stockwell Street library in Greenwich.

In addition, during the week you can also:

Overall workload

Drama requires both independent study and a large amount of group work. If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. Each 30-credit module should take 300 hours in total including staff contact time; 15 credits need 150 hours. 

Learning to work independently and as part of a creative project team makes our graduates highly desirable employees, whether they pursue careers in theatre or in other fields.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include ‘practice’ assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

We aim to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

Academic year: 24 September 2018 to 28 June 2019.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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* For full fees information please visit our fees information pages.

Fees information International fees

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

Accommodation pages

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

You will need to pay for specific theatre trips but tickets will be subsided by the University of Greenwich by 50%. For certain courses you will need to buy a limited number of textbooks and plays, as advised by the module leader. Full-time UK students receive an Aspire card to help with these costs.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

You can choose to take a 30-credit work placement in your final year alongside your other modules.

You can also opt to register on 'sandwich mode', which means you can do a one-year full-time paid placement between your second and final years. Whilst on a sandwich placement you retain your student status and have full support from the university and your tutors as normal. 

Students are responsible for finding their own placements, though we will support you through the application process.

How long is my placement?

The 30-credit work placement requires you to gain 100 hours in total.

Sandwich placements must last for a minimum of 36 weeks full-time, though they can be as long as 13 months.

What are the financial arrangements?

Credit-bearing work placements are unpaid. However, sandwich placements are normally paid, full time positions. The salary should reflect the going rate for an entry level role in the relevant industry.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

The skills you acquire through studying our courses will prepare you for careers in a wide range of industries and jobs. Many graduates of our drama course go on to careers in the theatre, in film and socially engaged drama.

Are internships available?

Credit-bearing work placements are unpaid. However, sandwich placements are normally paid full-time positions. The salary should reflect the going rate for an entry level role in the relevant industry.

Do you provide employability services?

Employability activities take place all the time at Greenwich and students are encouraged to take part in as many opportunities as possible.The central Employability and Careers Service provides support for students preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles, such as CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer who provides specific opportunities relevant to your own course. They work closely with professionals in industry to ensure you are well-prepared for the workplace and have already begun to build your professional network by the time you graduate.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Accommodation information

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