Drama, Theatre and Applied Performance full-time top-up award BA (Hons)

Honours Degree , Full-time

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Key Details

  • 1 Year
  • W40A Course Code
  • Full Time
Drama, Theatre and Applied Performance


Clearing places available to start this September

Find out more about applying via our Clearing webpages or call 0121 476 1181


Why study this course?

This course is for students who enjoy drama and want to understand more about how the art form has developed over time and is used in various ways to reflect and explore some of the most important questions in society today. Visit the SCUDD website to learn about Drama graduates’ career prospects and the wide-ranging benefits of a Drama degree.

As a Drama student at Newman, you have the opportunity to get involved with the Community & Applied Drama Lab (CADLab). CADLab is a research unit established within Newman’s Drama department. Read more about CADLab.

What does the course cover?

The course is structured in such a way that theory arises out of practice – you will work practically through a range of dramatic structures covering both improvisational and scripted work, and have the opportunity to take part in a major production.

The course also looks at the different ways in which you can use drama in your career, with modules on Drama for Therapy and Well-being, and Writing for Theatre.  Finally, you get to decide how you would wish to use Drama and begin to set out on your own path.

How will I be assessed?

The course offers a variety of assessment to suit the experience of the module studied, and will range from presentations, productions and written work, essays, reviews and log books.

What is noteworthy about the course?

One of the main attractions for students on this course is the close personal attention you receive from tutors. As classes and workshops are held in small groups, the tutors can observe your development and help you to improve your skills an individual basis. The lecturers have experience of both the academic and theoretical sides of drama and its practice. In addition, Newman has excellent links with a wide variety of people currently working in the industry, who advise students and know what is required to be successful in the theatre.

This course is one of the few drama degrees in the UK which is vocation centred. Live theatre is seen as a vital aspect of the course and the whole department will usually make a visit to the theatre at least once a term. There is a large element of practical work such as workshops and field trips to help you define your career plans. There is also the opportunity to be involved in applied drama projects in schools, hospitals and community venues as part of Newman’s Community & Applied Drama Lab (CAD Lab).

What careers can I consider after this degree?

This degree, because of its practical nature, offers you a wide variety of career possibilities. You could become an actor, director, or writer; working in theatre in education, community theatre or mainstream theatre. You could also become a teacher or youth worker, or undertake further study of drama at postgraduate level. In addition, you will acquire a range of skills including developing ideas and constructing arguments, and the capacity to present them in appropriate ways which will be useful in a number of careers.

Entry Requirements

All applicants will need to have 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 in a relevant Foundation Degree or HND.

All applicants will be invited to prepare a short audition piece.

Contact details

Admissions Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2426) Email: admissions@newman.ac.uk

ContactGraham Stephenson (Head of Drama) Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2468) Email: G.Stephenson@newman.ac.uk


Course Fees

Fees for academic year: 2018/19 Full-time UK/EU Students: £9,250*

* Fees shown are for 2018/19 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Additional Costs

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is not required for entry into this programme, although it is in many cases required by employers before students can begin their Year 2 (level 5) work placement.  Find out more about completing the DBS application form and the related additional costs.


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