BA single honours or in combination with another subject Drama 2016/17

100% of Drama graduates were in employment six months after completing their studies

2013-14 DLHE

Drama offers you a range of opportunities to develop as a contemporary theatre practitioner with the practical, managerial, directorial, creative, and intellectual abilities required to undertake sophisticated and effective work in the contemporary world of drama – whether as a highly skilled, confident performer, as a theatre director, as an educator and facilitator, or as an academic practitioner.

An exciting feature of the Drama degree course is its focus on international theatre practices which gives you the opportunity to explore and experience theatre and performance from a range of historical and cultural perspectives.

“The Drama course is brilliant! There is a wide variety of modules and workshop opportunities, allowing you to learn all about the theatre industry”

Camilla Watkins Student

Students on this programme are also eligible to apply to study for a year in North America as part of their degree.

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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This course offers you a focused and intensive exploration of drama as a practical and academic discipline, gaining valuable experience and skills in acting, directing, stage management, applied drama, and contemporary theatre making. You will develop these skills through drama productions, lectures/seminars, theatre visits, practical workshops, and masterclasses with practicing professionals. The course draws on the extensive experience of our team of academics and practitioners to provide you with the opportunity to develop a range of practical and academic skills in international theatre and performance practice, and you will benefit from industry links through residencies, masterclasses, professional performances and partnerships.

Students of Drama are eligible to apply to study for a year in North America as part of their degree.

This course usually appeals to students wishing to pursue a career in acting, directing, stage management and applied drama/drama in education, or to those interested in postgraduate study, or in pursuing a career in other areas of the creative arts industry and related fields.

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Students on this course benefit from trips, workshops and opportunities to work with professional companies.

Our graduates are equipped to compete successfully, and tackle challenging roles in a wide range of professions including acting, directing, stage management, applied drama, as well as pursuing postgraduate study in drama or a related field. Students who take the applied drama options will also be equipped to work as drama practitioners in educational and community settings. Our graduates will also possess a range of transferable skills gained on the course which are highly valued and sought after for work in fields other than drama and the arts.

Transferable skills gained on your course:

  • Confidence
  • Self-presentation
  • Team work and collaboration
  • Time management and organisational skills
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-discipline
  • An open mind and the ability to move beyond boundaries and experiment with different ideas
  • Communication skills
  • Analytical, critical and research skills
  • Ability to cope with criticism and learn from it
  • Stamina

Download a fact sheet with more information about your career options with Drama.

An exciting feature of the Drama programme is its focus on international theatre practices which provide students the opportunity to explore and experience theatre and performance from a range of historical and cultural perspectives.


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact fees@canterbury.ac.uk or the International Office: ipo@canterbury.ac.uk.

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

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Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Core modules

Year 1

Introduction to Text in Performance

The module will focus on text analysis, practical methodologies, and rehearsal techniques of practitioners such as Konstantin Stanislavski and Cicely Berry.

Perspectives on Performance

The first part of the module will be dedicated to the theory of performance studies taking Richard Schechner’s seminal text as the core work; you will apply its central concepts to examples ranging from canonical dramatic text to everyday life. The second part will focus on exploring ways of reading text and performance with reference to theories relating to space (Pavis, Balme) and the framing of performance (Goffman), and to semiotics and reception theory (Esslin and Bennett).

Introduction to Stagecraft

This module will serve as an engaging and primarily practical way of introducing fundamental design concepts for theatre that traditionally fall under the banner of stagecraft.

The Actor and The Ensemble

The module will concentrate on a variety of means by which an actor can develop and expand his/her skills through a study of techniques focused on improvisation and composition such as Viewpoints.

Theatres of the World

This module will be focusing on: different understandings of theatre practice across cultures; intercultural theatres; a historical understanding of theatre traditions that have changed the history of world theatre; the changing roles of the director and actor in Western theatre practice in the twentieth-century.

Interdisciplinary Devising – (Dancers, musicians, actors all work together to create work)

This module focuses on interdisciplinary working and the devising processes. The investigation and development of ideas through exploration tasks is central to the work you will produce. You will study mainstream/traditional devising devices and compositional structures and be introduced to aspects of production and design. In interdisciplinary groups (which may include students from music, performing arts, dance and drama) you will create a devised performance piece from a given stimuli.

Year 2

Perspectives 2

You will explore the politics of identity through feminist theory and psychoanalysis and then reception theory and postmodern performances, placing the emphasis on issues of space and the body.

Contemporary Performance Practice

The module will enable you to appreciate the responsibilities of a director in the production process, as well as the evolving nature of the role. You will explore various techniques and approaches for directing a performance.

Option modules

There is a range of option modules to choose from in Terms 1 and 2 likely to include:

African and European Theatre

The module will be drawing on a range of plays and practitioners from 20th and 21st century theatre traditions as developed in continental Europe and Africa. The chosen case studies will cover selected countries from each continent’s different geographical regions (e.g. France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Uganda, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa).

Stage Management 1

This module is designed to introduce you to the concepts and processes relating to stage-managing live performance events. You will explore the very specific roles relating to managing performance for large-scale events together with examples of how those roles conflate to a more all-encompassing single management role for small performance companies.

The Actor and Verse

You will gain awareness of techniques that will help you to analyse and perform verse in order to meet the demands of heightened style. The range of texts chosen for study will further develop your understanding of the relationship between the text and its performance and your ability to respond to specific textual and performative conventions.

The Actor and the Object

You will gain awareness of techniques that will help you to explore and perform a piece of stylised dramatic text and meet the demands of stylised characterisation. Voice and movement sessions will focus on voice and body as tools with which to perform stylised emotions and characterisation, while developing your awareness of kinesics, vocalics, and verbal aspects of communication.

Approaches to Applied Performance

The module will primarily focus on the application of drama techniques for intervention in educational settings and/or with young audiences. The first weeks will be dedicated to the study and practical exploration of relevant theories and methodologies from applied theatre practice and arts management, covering a range of contexts including Theatre in Education (TIE) and Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA).

Year 3

Practice as Research or Dissertation

You can choose to engage more practically or in the written form as you explore an area of interest in greater depth.

Professional Practice

The module aims to prepare you for professional roles in the theatre and related industries. It aims to provide the environment for you to develop practical knowledge and understanding of the principles of professional practice that operates in the discipline, as well as some of the opportunities that are available to you within the profession.

Option modules

There is a range of option modules to choose from, likely to include:

British Theatre

The module will be focusing on the study of post-war and contemporary theatre examples by an array of British playwrights such as John Osborne, Harold Pinter, Sarah Kane, debbie tucker green, Martin Crimp and theatre companies such as Stan’s Cafe and Joint Stock. It will be covering a range of theoretical approaches and themes including identity politics and stylistic innovation.

The Actor and the Production

This module will engage you in the creative and collaborative process of staging and performing a dramatic text for a public audience. Throughout an intensive actor-training period, you will re-explore key acting techniques, and engage with selected contemporary texts that are recognised as posing the greatest challenges for the actor.

Stage Management 2

You will focus on company stage management and the logistics of stage management in a professional context. Emphasis will be placed on professional development and employability, and you will build a portfolio of practical experience to evidence engagement with the professional process.

Post-Dramatic Devising

The module will primarily focus on post-dramatic techniques of characterisation and storytelling including the use of persona, autobiographical performance, collage and adaptation. It will be drawing on existing practice by theatre collectives and practitioners such as The Wooster Group, Stan’s Cafe, Reckless Sleepers, Bobby Baker and Forced Entertainment.

Practicing Applied Performance

The module will primarily focus on broadening your understanding of applied performance by introducing you to the broad area of practice, such as the application of performance in the context of heritage, healthcare, social inclusion, environment, and management. In the first weeks, you will explore theories and practices related to applied performance within these contexts as well as their social, political, ethical and environmental implications.

A lively mixture of practical sessions, lectures and seminars, and collaborative group work, mentored by tutors, forms the great majority of students’ academic experience at the University – and, as we are forever pointing out, their engagement with the surrounding cultural community gives them a rich resource upon which to draw.

Almost all modules have a considerable practical element in them, and this is assessed by means of performance/presentation of some kind. Most have an element of written reflection, in the form of portfolio/documentary evidence, reflective commentary, and the occasional essay.

We encourage students to spend time abroad because we understand the importance of personal and academic growth during your university career. As part of this programme you can apply to our internal competition to study at one of our exchange partners in the USA or Canada as part of your degree. Find out more by visiting our study in North America web page.

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