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)(full requirements below)

Course/institution codes

W400 G BA/Dr

Duration

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

Start month

September

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What you should know about this course

  • Enjoy regular field trips to theatre and arts venues in London as part of your learning.
  • Connect and learn from industry professionals throughout the degree.
  • Have the freedom to focus your learning on specific areas of Drama such as performing, performance-making, technical theatre, administration and community engaged practices.
  • Learn life-long skills such as public-speaking, critical thinking, project management and teamwork.
  • Take part in a well-balanced degree that combines theory with practice and allows for regular opportunities to perform.
  • Get the chance to perform, direct or produce a show at the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe. We take student-led productions every summer!

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

Drama, BA Hons


Want to find out what studying Drama at the University of Greenwich is like? Hear from one of the academics who teaches the course, Jillian Wallis.

What you will study

Like all universities, the University of Greenwich develops courses to ensure they meet the future demands of our students and industry. To do this, we have a schedule of course re-approvals. The module content of this course is currently subject to this review process and will be changing. We anticipate this to be finalised by February 2020. 

Successful applicants will be invited to an interview where we discuss these changes directly and consult on any further changes should they arise before the September 2020 start date.

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About the course team

Tutors on the Drama course are world-leading academics and creative practitioners. You will learn through innovative research-led teaching at the cutting-edge of the discipline. Teaching is supported by regular engagement with community and industry professionals including: Punchdrunk; Emergency Exit Arts; Protein Dance Company; White Light Technical Team; Woolwich Works; ZU-UK, and a variety of other professional theatre companies, theatre-makers, writers and performers.

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Entry requirements

If you are

For entry in September 2020 you will require:

  • 104 UCAS points and also GCSEs in English Language (or Literature) and Mathematics at grade C / 4 or above. (We accept equivalent qualifications in English and Maths at Level 2, in place of GCSEs.)

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

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

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

  • 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

You are assessed at least 60% on practical work and we aim to give feedback on all assignments within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

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

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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.

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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.

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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

Resources: You will need comfortable clothing for practical modules (including steel toe capped boots for technical theatre students). You will also need to buy a limited number of texts for your studies. Many other texts and resources are available from our Stockwell Street Library.

Trips: Drama students typically attend 3-4 theatre trips per year (typically in/around London). We subsidise these so you only pay half the ticket cost.

Transport: You face any costs for travelling to/from our theatre facility in Woolwich, where several of our drama modules may be taught.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

You can choose to take a 15-credit work placement - this is in the first term of 2nd year for Sandwich or Full-time mode students or the first term of the 4th year for Part-time mode students - alongside your other modules.

In the 3rd year, if you are a student on the Sandwich mode, you can do a one-year full-time Industry Internship between your second and final years. Should you choose to take this option you retain your student status and have full support from the university and your tutors as normal. Students on the Sandwich mode can also use this 3rd year to work towards the Professional Practice diploma which, if passed successfully, you will be awarded alongside your degree upon graduation.

Students are ultimately responsible for finding their own placements, though we will support you through the application process. We have a number of industry partners who we regularly work with on student placement should you wish to work with them.

How long is my placement?

The 15-credit work placement requires you to work on placement for 50 hours in total.

Industry Internships 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, the Industry Internships are full time positions and can be paid at the hosts discretion. 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 as creative leaders in a wide range of industries and jobs. Many graduates of our drama course go on to careers in theatre, film and socially engaged drama, as well as teaching and arts administration roles.

Are internships available?

Yes, we work with a number of industry partners who offer, to those on the Sandwich mode, 1-year full time internships as part of the 3rd year of the degree.

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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We've got plenty of other courses for you to choose from. Browse our undergraduate prospectus or check our related courses below.

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