BA (Hons) Drama - BA (Hons) Degree
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Penrhyn Road Centre, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2EE
Tel: 020 8417 9000
Dean of School: Professor Martin MacQuillan
Director of Studies for Dance and Drama: Jackie Smart
This course explores the practice, history and theory of drama in a range of contexts and settings. You will have the chance to work with leading professionals and be actively involved with productions. Our drama team has links with many theatre companies and practitioners, a close association with the town's Rose Theatre, and is engaged in cutting-edge research. You can also choose to study this course as a joint honours degree alongside another subject.
Four key themes run throughout the course: performance histories; creative theatre-making; performance texts; and performance in relation to culture. Each theme integrates theory and practice. You will explore how these complementary areas relate to and impact upon each other.
Year 1 introduces approaches and ideas central to the study of drama. You will study key approaches to interpreting performance, analyse playtexts and productions; explore skills and methodologies of performing and theatre-making; learn basic principles of theatre design; and study key phases in theatre history. You will then consolidate your different kinds of learning in a performance project.
Year 2 develops your understanding of key themes. Core modules cover contemporary play study, devising performance and Modernist theatre theory and practice. You may also choose from option modules in popular performance, Shakespeare, scriptwriting and directing.
Year 3 encourages greater independence and specialisation. A major production project, either text-based or devised, is a core element. You will be able to follow your interests through a choice of option modules; for example, cabaret and variety performance, Renaissance theatre, performance and identity, scriptwriting theatre in the digital age.