- BA (Hons) Drama
- Bath School of Music and Performing Arts
- Campus or location
- Newton Park
- Course length
- Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year. Part time available.
- UCAS codes
- Institution Code: B20
- Course Code: W400 or W404
- Campus Code: A,BSU
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your specific details.
Explore your creative identity with our Drama degree.
- Pursue your passions. Choose to specialise, broaden your skills-base or combine Drama with another subject you love.
- Experiment, reflect and innovate. Learn by making, producing, performing, directing and collaborating.
- Graduate with a host of skills valued in a range of industries, from theatre to media to education.
Studying Drama at Bath Spa gives you the performance, critical and creative skills you need to launch yourself into a variety of exciting careers.
You'll explore your creative identity through core and optional modules in areas of practice such as play production, performing, writing and directing, and topics such as Shakespeare, musical theatre, physical theatre, applied theatre and media and performance.
Among many of the options open to you will be acting, directing, education, theatre production, arts administration, or arts therapies; you could also choose to progress to further study, for example in as Directing, Creative Producing, Performing Shakespeare, Creative Writing and Scriptwriting.
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Joint 2nd in the UK
and #1 in the South West for Value Added in Drama and Dance (Guardian University Guide, 2024)
#10 in the UK
and #1 in the South West for Student Satisfaction in Drama, Dance and Cinematics (Complete University Guide, 2024)
"Through studying Drama I acquired the confidence to stand up in front of a group of young people and lead a workshop – a workshop that may include elements of creativity, or drama games to assist learning. And I think the most valuable thing I’ve learned is that I don’t have to do just one thing. I’m a teacher, a writer, a consultant, a facilitator, a project manager, an events organiser, a social media content producer and so much more."From BA Drama to LGBTQIA+ sex ed: read Laura's career story
What you'll learn
You’ll study plays, practitioners and genres that have been particularly influential in shaping contemporary theatre and performance. We give you the opportunity to explore:
- Theatre practitioners
- Performance making
- Writing, directing and performing.
The course also includes a focus on:
- Plays and musical theatre productions in the University Theatre
- Theatre in education performances and workshops in local schools
- New plays written by students
- New and existing works devised, directed and performed by students.
Build the foundations. You’ll gain skills in working with play texts as part of a theatrical ensemble, performing and directing, theatre production and performance; these will underpin your work in years two and three.
Apply your skills. You’ll work with local practitioners, collaborate with local venues and learn from visiting professional companies and artists. You'll also have the opportunity to apply yourself in a variety of performance projects. Our focus is allowing you to create original work, while you explore your particular areas of interest such as physical theatre, applied theatre, musical theatre and theatre production.
Develop your specialisms. Increasingly, you'll define and manage your own work, and carry out research into an area of drama or performance of your choice. You may explore topics such as performance, staging gender, modern American drama, staging Shakespeare, musical theatre, theatre for social change, media and performance, and devising. There's also the opportunity to collaborate with staff on projects relating to their areas of expertise.
We use a variety of assessment tasks across the programme, including:
- Public performance
- In-class performance of devised or published work
- Oral presentations
- Performance of backstage/technical roles
- Critical reflection
- Working as part of an ensemble
- Script analysis
- Individual and group research projects.
“The Drama department has been excellent in supporting us and offering advice and support when needed. The course was a springboard into the professional world of Drama.”Simon Crispin, third year Drama student
This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document for more information.
- Investigating Theatre and Performance
- Contemporary Theatre
- Building the Ensemble
- Theatre Project
- Introduction to Theatre Production
- Performance Practices
- Making Performance 1
- Acting and Directing
- Applied Theatre
- Creative Production Skills
- Writing for Performance 1
- Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
- Musical Theatre Workshop
- Performance Explorations
- Making Performance 2
- Performance and Media 1
- Writing for TV and Radio
- Musical Theatre Workshop 2
- Professional Placement Year
- Theatre and Social Engagement
- Staging Gender
- Performance Project
- Performance Lab
- Staging Shakespeare
- Drama Independent Study
- Musical Theatre Project
- Musicals as Popular Culture
- Writing and Directing for Performance 1
- Writing and Directing for Performance 2
- Modern American Drama
- Creative Enterprise Project 1
- Creative Enterprise Project 2
You’ll benefit from visits from industry professionals. Previous visitors have covered a range of specialisms including: playwriting, directing, acting, television production, theatre in education, and children’s theatre. We also have partnerships with local venues, local schools and local community groups.
You'll also get the chance to take part in Dramafest – a festival of performance that's devised and run entirely by students. This event typifies our way of teaching, which is to enable you to experience a wealth of roles and approaches so that you can find your passions and choose to specialise in them if you wish.
Drama students create the material for Dramafest, then perform and produce it. They design and construct the sets. They take on roles in stage management, publicity, and health and safety. In doing this, they gain transferable skills such as project management, collaboration and teamwork, that they can use in a range of careers.
Dramafest will be a chance for you to discover your strengths and define your own roles within a project; an invaluable skill in the workplace. Find out more about opportunities within the Drama department.
We equip you with creative, collaborative, writing, presentational and communication skills that are useful in many professional and vocational areas.
Some graduates choose to pursue postgraduate study, especially in teaching, or vocational training. Recent graduates have gone on to study Master's degrees at Central School of Speech and Drama, Yale Theatre School and the Royal Academy of Music.
Other graduates launch careers in the creative industries, including working with theatre and media companies. Some of our Drama graduatesare now:
- Founder of an award-winning theatre company
- Executive Director of a theatre school
- Principal of an Academy of Performing Arts
- Dramatherapist and Tutor.
If you’re a full-time undergraduate student starting your first year at Bath Spa University, you can apply for the Certificate in Global Citizenship, which you’ll study alongside your degree.
You’ll gain global awareness and add an international dimension to your student experience, and funding is available. On successful completion of the programme, you’ll be awarded a Certificate in Global Citizenship. This is in addition to your degree; it doesn’t change your degree title or results.
Develop a wealth of indispensable digital skills that you can take into your future career. One of only three Adobe Creative Campuses in the UK, we provide all Bath Spa students with access to the full Adobe Creative Suite, giving you the tools to communicate creatively, whatever your course or chosen professional field.
Professional placement year
This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.
By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.
Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.
On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.
“Because of the staff and resources at Bath Spa University, I feel confident that I will reach my potential.”Ashley McGinty, third year Drama student
Our Drama community
Facilities and resources
|Student||Annual tuition fee|
|UK full time||£9,250|
|UK part time||£4,625|
|International full time||£16,905|
Professional Placement Year
During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. This applies to UK and EU/International students.
- UK: £1,850
- International: £3,381
Interested in applying?
We’re looking for dynamic individuals with an interest in exploring a wide range of drama and performance forms. You’ll typically have CCC or above at A-Level including a C grade, or above, in Drama, Performing Arts or English.
On your application form you should refer to:
- Your experience, skills and interests
- Performance work, plays or the books that have influenced your thinking
- Shows in which you have performed
- Why you think Drama at Bath Spa is the right course for you.
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:
- A Level – grades BBB-BCC including a grade B in Drama, Theatre Studies or Performing Arts preferred.
- BTEC – Extended Diploma grades from Distinction Distinction Merit (DDM) to Distinction Merit Merit (DMM) in a related subject, or evidence of experience in Performing Arts.
- T Levels – grade Merit preferred in a relevant subject.
- International Baccalaureate – a minimum of 32 points are required in addition to evidence of involvement in drama or performing arts.
- Access to HE courses – typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, at Merit or higher) together with evidence of involvement in drama and performing arts.
If you don’t meet the entry requirements above, we may be able to accept your prior learning or experience from outside of formal education. See our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) page to learn more.
English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.
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Suitable applicants will be invited to audition at our Newton Park campus between December and March.
The interview process will focus primarily on your:
- Group skills
- Aptitude for taking part in workshop activities
- Spontaneity and creativity
- Interest in drama practices.
More information will be sent via email on invitation to audition. We do not charge an audition fee.