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Drama and Performance BA (Hons)

University of Portsmouth

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

**Overview**Take the stage and go behind the scenes to discover the process of making theatre on our BA (Hons) Drama and Performance degree course.You'll study the theory and history of theatre and drama, and explore drama in many forms: performance through plays, production through devising new shows, techniques in voice, movement, criticism and analysis. After your first year, you can tailor the course to your preferences, from choosing modules you’re most interested in, to designing your own path in your final year project.At Portsmouth, we give you the power to choose how you’ll create a career in drama and performance – whether it be as an actor, designer, technician, teacher, or working in the community. The world is your stage.**Course highlights**- Expand your knowledge by learning from our internationally recognised teaching and research staff- Hone your professional skills by working in industry-leading facilities and with guest practitioners regularly throughout your course- Enhance your acting, performance and production talents by taking part in workshops, productions, and self-created shows in professional venues outside the University- Develop future-proof skills for the industry by working with advanced technologies in digital theatre design and production, such as extended reality- Broaden your abilities by learning about the spectrum of drama: technical theatre, design, production, marketing, teaching, and many other elements- Nurture skills you can adapt to roles in theatre and other related fields- 90% Graduates in work or further study (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019)**Careers and opportunities**The skills and experience you gain on this course will set you up for a career in all areas of the drama and performing arts industry, whether you want to be on stage or backstage.And because the art of performing is embedded in daily life – from business negotiations to people's behaviour in the workplace to marketing communications – you can also apply the skills you learn in roles in other industries.Graduate roles and destinationsPrevious graduates have secured roles at prestigious theatre companies including the Barbican, Chichester Festival Theatre and Marlowe Theatre and performed at events including the Edinburgh Fringe and Brighton Fringe.Typical roles graduates go onto after the course include:- actor- director- playwright- stage/theatre manager- arts administrator- producer- drama teacher (with further training)- event coordinatorWhile studying at Portsmouth, graduates have received seed funding to make their own work, taken that work to local venues such as Guildhall Studio and New Theatre Royal, then performed their new productions at Edinburgh.Ongoing careers supportGet experience while you study, with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities, and work experience. You can also venture into freelancing, or set up and run your own business with help from the University Startup Team.Towards the end of your degree and for up to five years after graduation, you’ll receive one-to-one support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to help you find your perfect role.

Application deadline

26 January

Tuition fees

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£ 16,200per year

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University information

University of Portsmouth

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    University of Portsmouth, University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, Portsmouth, PO1 2UP, England

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Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    85th out of 103 33

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    118 62%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    54.0 54%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.18 84%



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