Drama and Performance Practice (BA Hons)

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Oxstalls, Gloucester

From classical acting to improvisation, physical theatre to contemporary digital performance, you’ll experience the full range of theatre of theatre practice on this performance focused and creative degree. Based in the purpose-built Performing Arts Centre, this course combines theory with practice in preparation for performance, incorporating sessions on:

  • Stage Combat
  • Voice
  • Laban Movement for Actors
  • Improvisation skills
  • Acting for camera

The Modules focus on the latest developments in both Contemporary and Classical theatre and give you the chance to work with professional directors and leading theatre companies. The academic programme is supplemented by specialist workshops in areas like Commedia dell' Arte mask performance, TV Drama, and Clowning, as well as regular opportunities to access professional performances at a reduced ticket price.

You will be regularly performing at professional venues such as Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre, and you will also have an opportunity to take a show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. There are optional international study trips to New York and Berlin to see shows and undertake professional workshops and talks. A special feature of the course is site-specific performance work where you will create theatre for historic buildings like Blackfriars Abbey in Gloucester, or at the National Trust’s Croome Court.

Your skills will be nurtured through working within a friendly and vibrant performance community with lecturers who have professional experience in all aspects of the theatre. Practical classes run alongside accessible and interactive lectures where you will develop skills in presentation, debate and academic writing as well as gaining an understanding of theatre’s rich history.

Lecturers are experienced actors and directors, bringing their extensive knowledge to exciting modules and you will have opportunities to gain professional experience through work placement experiences within theatres, schools, or companies, which will boost your employability and allow you to make valuable industry contacts.

Classes are based in our purpose-built Performing Arts Centre at Oxstalls campus where specialist facilities include drama and dance studios with full lighting rig, a multi-media theatre studio and an acoustically designed music and singing room.

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Study style

Alongside your timetabled hours of module-focused learning each week, you’ll benefit from further hours of skills training. In addition to contact time per week, there are optional classes in improvisation, dance, and choral singing.
You will explore the techniques of pioneering actors and directors such as Stanislavski, Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg and Rudolf Laban and apply these to your own performances. You will study the Ancient Greeks and Shakespeare, and also discover the latest developments in Contemporary Multimedia and Immersive theatre. Elective modules include Performing Arts in Education, Creative Writing for Performance and Acting for Camera.   

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2019 entry*

120 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2019 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

* Selection is by audition interview. Please refer to the interview guide for further information.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeW400


  • Actor
  • Teacher
  • Director
  • Arts management
  • Technical theatre
  • Media and PR

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Student Focus

Cathie Cooper

There is a huge variety on offer - from learning about different styles of acting to working with digital media and set design. The course allows you to try out different things then focus on what really inspires you. There are many opportunities to meet and get to know professional theatre directors and actors, and that’s so helpful when it comes to planning your career.

Industry links

Your lectures are supplemented by a programme of visiting speakers that has recently included professionals from the performance companies,  Frantic Assembly, Motion House and Sixth Sense, BBC TV director, Sean Gleeson, Sound Artist and Opera Director, Melanie Wilson and  Film Director Mark Jobst.  We also have excellent links with the Royal Shakespeare Company, British Actors Equity, the BBC, The Everyman Theatre, The Wilson Gallery, The National Trust, Gloucester Cathedral, Croome Park, Hailes Abbey, Strike a Light Festival, Tewkesbury’s Roses Theatre, plus local primary and secondary schools.

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Staff Profile

Sue Colverd

"I’ve toured the world with the Actors Touring Company and been nominated for an Olivier Award. I’ve acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Royal National Theatre, as well as touring with my own company as artistic director and performer before becoming artistic director of the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham for 10 years. I’ve worked as an actor, director, writer, practitioner and theorist. I am passionate about drama and the process of creating work with young people and building their understanding of the theory and power of performance through practice. This is a crucial part of my delivery and ethos as a lecturer."

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Learn from leading actors and directors

Recent guests include: Mark Powell, artistic director of Sixth Sense Theatre who focused on issue-based theatre; Paul Milton, creative director at the Everyman Theatre who shared acting expertise; and Sean Gleeson, BBC director, who coached acting techniques for television and film. 


Gain experience through live theatre performances

Work within theatre settings including Cheltenham's Everyman Theatre and Gloucester's King's Theatre, with professional directors, designers and technicians. Present site-specific productions in venues like the Wilson Art Gallery, the historic Blackfriars Priory and the National Trust’s Croome Park.

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Achieve a stage combat certificate

Under the tuition of Tom Jordan, fight director for film, TV and the Royal Shakespeare Company, you will build your skills for hand-to-hand and weapon combat using character and scripts to inform your process. You’ll achieve an industry-recognised British Academy Stage Combat Certificate.

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