School of Performing Arts


BA (Hons) Full-time 1 year

The BA (Hons) Drama is a versatile and exciting degree that offers an opportunity for you to gain experience in multiple areas of contemporary drama, theatre and performance.

The BA (Hons) Drama is a versatile and exciting degree that offers an opportunity for you to gain experience in multiple areas of contemporary drama, theatre and performance.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code W400
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  • Start Date(s) 18 September 2023
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (1 year)
  • Campus Location Colaiste Dhulaigh College, Dublin
  • School School of Performing Arts
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Why choose this course?

The BA (Hons) Drama is a versatile and exciting degree that offers an opportunity for you to gain experience in multiple areas of contemporary drama, theatre and performance. You will take a practical approach to these disciplines, developing physical and vocal performance skills alongside creative thinking and your work will be underpinned by critical performance theory.

The course also provides students with an opportunity to look beyond the role of the performer and consider the importance of designing, devising, directing, writing and teaching in performing arts.


What happens on the course?

You will study a broad range of topics including applied drama, popular performance, physical theatre, text, devising, live art, design and scenography, scriptwriting and performance analysis. You will do this through an engagement with a range of significant 20th and 21st century play texts, performance practitioners, directors and theatre companies.

We take a radical approach to teaching that mirrors industry practice; you will have the opportunity to take part in a key production module at each level of the course, which is rehearsed and performed within an intensive three week period.

During the degree you will

  • acquire a portfolio of key skills and develop an understanding of why and how drama, theatre and performance practices work in different contexts.
  • engage in a substantial final year project that will enhance your future employability.
  • develop industry links through work with influential regional theatre companies such as Stan’s Café, Geese Theatre Company and Gazebo Theatre in Education. 
  • have the opportunity to perform in venues such as the Birmingham REP, the Arena Theatre and the Black Country Living Museum. 

Modules you will study:

Year 1

  • Practical Approaches: Performance Skills
  • Performance: The Public Performer
  • Applied Drama: Setting the Context
  • Text: Challenging Conventions
  • Performance Analysis: Fundamentals in Drama
  • Scenography: Visualising the Text

Year 2

  • Performance: The Creative Performer
  • Theatre Movements: Practitioner’s Perspectives
  • Applied Drama: Educator or Facilitator
  • Text: How Play’s Work
  • Performance Analysis: Critical Contexts
  • Scenography: Applying Technology

Year 3

  • Performance: The Independent Producer
  • Theatre Movements: Contemporary Perspectives 
  • Applied Drama: The Workplace
  • Text: Contemporary Contexts 
  • Professional Project

Potential Career Paths

The course has a strong focus on employability and enterprise that leads to a diverse range of career opportunities for graduates, these include teaching, performing, directing, working as a playwright, casting agent, stage manager, technician or designer. Previous graduates are also employed in arts administration, media, marketing and management. Alternatively, you could continue your academic studies by progressing on to our MA in Contemporary Theatre and Performance (or other MA courses) and then eventually to a PhD. Following the degree you might also consider going on to train to teach, either through a PGCE course or a Graduate Teacher Programme.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

You will be taught in the Performance Hub, our purpose-built performing arts building that houses The Black Box Theatre, one of the best-equipped small scale theatres in the country. The hub features two bespoke drama studios that are ideal for rehearsals and small performances. The studios house the latest performance technology, audio/visual equipment and facilities for hanging lighting for performances.

Be in London in just 90 minutes, Manchester in 70 minutes or Birmingham in only 15 minutes on the train from Wolverhampton – the Midlands is the ideal location for those who are keen to engage with theatre and performance nationally.

The member of academic staff who leads this course is Paul Brownbill

  • Vocal skills including breath control, voice control and delivery
  • Physical skills such as stage combat and physical theatre
  • Applications of drama including workshop facilitation, theatre in education, theatre in museums and teaching experience
  • Devising skills and the ability to take an imaginative approach to performance making
  • Ability to work as a creative collaborator
  • Ability to analyse, critique and evaluate drama, theatre and performance

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

Applicants are required to hold 120 credits at Level 4 (for Year 2 entry) or 120 credits at Level 4 and Level 5 (for Year 3 entry) from either a HNC/HND or a Foundation Degree in a Drama or Acting related subject.

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted to attend an Audition. Further details can be found at

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

"The course, course leaders and organisation of the drama department is spot on."

"‘Excellent lecturers who are always enthusiastic in teaching."
"The tutors are always approachable and make you feel more confident and at ease knowing that they are there. The tutors are always on hand to offer support and guidance."
"Doing the course has helped me realise what I want to do now in life."
"The course involves a lot of group work, which presents a great opportunity to make friends. The course boosts your confidence both inside and outside university, and it also gives a great opportunity to show off talent."
"The vocational aspect of the course is stimulating, and it prepares you for the professional world."


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to pay.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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