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

BA (Hons) Drama at Canterbury Christ Church University is a three-year programme offering students a focused and intensive exploration of drama as a practical and academic discipline. The programme draws on the extensive experience of our team of academics and practitioners to provide students with the opportunity to develop a range of practical and academic skills in international theatre and performance practice. Students on the programme gain valuable experience and skills in acting, directing, stage management, applied drama, and contemporary theatre making. These skills will be developed using a variety of teaching strategies including drama productions, lectures/seminars, theatre visits, practical workshops, and masterclasses with practicing professionals.

Those interested in this course will ideally be people wishing to pursue a career in acting, directing, stage management and applied drama/drama in education. The course will equally appeal to anyone interested in postgraduate study, or in pursuing a career in other areas of the creative arts industry and related fields.

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

The degree makes use of a good mix of practical and theoretical modules, with students also learning to reflect critically and analytically on their practice. Year 1 serves as the foundation year and forms the basis for studies in Years 2 and 3. Across all three years, single honours students will undertake modules in Acting Techniques which operate as the practical spine of the Drama programme. The academic spine of the programme, on the other hand, is Critical Studies in Years 1 and 2 which introduce students to critical/analytical concepts and terminologies operating in the fields of drama and performance.

Acting Techniques will start by introducing students to somatic and movement practices like the Feldenkrais Method, as a way of supporting their development of essential performance skills such as physicality, awareness and control. Theatres of the World in Year 1, will introduce you to notions of theatre and performance in different cultures of the world, and prepare you for options in African Drama, American Drama, and British Drama in Years 2 and 3.

The programme equally enables students to take specialist modules in Directing, Stage Management and Applied Drama starting from their second year of study. Applied Drama will challenge you to apply drama techniques and skills in a professional context within a diverse range of community and educational settings. Directing enables you to create your own professional-level drama production as a practice-led research project, while the Individual Study option allows you to undertake research leading to a dissertation on a topic chosen from your area of specialism.

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.

Further information

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.

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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