Guide to Studying Drama, Dance and Cinematics

What is Drama, Dance and Cinematics?

  • Drama is, typically, the performance of fiction on stage. Drama comes from the Greek word 'action' - meaning that those who engage in drama are in action; they are, of course, 'actors'.
  • Dance is the performance of a specially selected and ordered series of movements that construct an art. Cinematics, meanwhile, is the performance of dance and drama designed for the cinema.

Why study Drama, Dance and Cinematics?

  • Drama, contrary to popular opinion, is not a soft degree option. If you want to be physically, mentally and creatively tested to the very peak of your capabilities, it is a good choice for you.
  • The ratio of practical to theoretical study on courses varies from uni to uni, meaning you can pick and choose the type of study that is right for you. Optional module choices will also allow you to personalise your degree.
  • There's more than learning Shakespearean soliloquys. These subjects encompass set design, directing, stage management, lighting and design. There are also related courses in cinematography and photography.
  • If you're taking on a degree in performing arts, then chances are you're already an extrovert. A degree will halp reinforce you, however, with nous and skills to do well in auditions, performances and the world of work.
  • Most courses actively encourage work experience, and give you a real boost into the world of work. Tutors are usually ex stars of stage and screen, and will know the business inside out, and pass that on to you.

Coursework, Assessment and Exams

  • Many performance subjects are assessed entirely through coursework. The methods through which the course work is done will depend on the module you study.
  • You will be tested in essays and written analysis, seminars, mid-term tests, logs and work diaries, group work and peer assessment. Obviously some will require physical performance. A dissertation in third year is usual.

What degree can I get? 

  • BA Drama and Visual Culture
  • BA Drama and English
  • BA Drama and a Modern Foreign language
  • BA Dance and Drama

What qualifications do I need?

  • Some courses will require an audition/portfolio.
  • Always confirm the entry requirements for the particular university/course you are interested in, as they differ from institution to institution.

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What are the postgraduate opportunities?

  • There is an exciting range of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level.
  • Examples include an MA in Ballet Studies, Choreography, Advanced Performance, Vocal Studies, Applied Theatre, and Dramatic Therapy.

Graduate job prospects



*Professional employment refers to a job or occupation which normally requires a degree.
**Non-professional employment refers to a job or occupation which doesn't normally require a degree.

What are the job opportunities?

  • Drama is a very competitive industry, and gets a bad rap for having low graduate employment and prospects. If you have the skills and talent, however, you could make it in a very profitable industry.
  • Particular job areas include, as well as being an actor, as a community worker, dancing, dramatherapy, theatre, film and television directing, presenting, teaching and lecturing, and stage management.
  • Several professional organisations offer specialised positions for Performance graduates, such as National Opera.