Drama and Performance Practice (BA Hons)

Drama students at Hailes Abbey

Study mode

Full-Time

Length

3 Years (Full-Time)

Campus

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. This course scored 92% satisfaction for both learning opportunities and learning resources in the National Student Survey 2019.

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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

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Classical Acting into Performance' to 'Physical Theatre, Body and Voice'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

Because we want to offer this course to creative students with talent and potential (and because we know that exam grades don't always tell the whole story), we make offers following an audition instead of using tariff points.

You will need to have, or be studying for, a NQF level 3 qualification – that's A-level/BTEC/Welsh Baccalaureate or equivalent.

Once you apply, we will invite you to audition so we can decide whether to make you an offer.

Check out our Audition Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

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.

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.
Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.

Fees

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

UCAS codes

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

Careers

  • Actor
  • Teacher
  • Director
  • Arts management
  • Technical theatre
  • Media and PR
  • Production
  • Film
  • TV

Bradley Sargeant

Student Focus

Bradley Sargeant

"The lecturers have opened my mind to lots of different types of performance and given me the confidence to be a versatile actor."

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."

Performance posters for 2014 shows

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. 

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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.

Students in stage combat class

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.

School of Arts

Our School of Arts provides specialist studios with the latest industry technology so you can develop your creative talent. You will collaborate with other artists and designers and be inspired by practising professionals to refine your own authentic voice.

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