BA (Hons) Drama & Theatre - BA (Hons) Degree
University of Kent at Canterbury
School of Drama Film & Visual Arts, Eliot College, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NS
Tel: 01227 764000
Fax: 01227 827850
Deputy Head: Oliver Double
Combining the study of traditional theatre with performance practice, our Drama and Theatre BA develops your skills and creative vision for a career in the theatre profession.
In your first year, you learn basic performance skills, technical theatre disciplines, and how to work creatively and safely on and behind the stage. Productions are directed, devised, designed and performed by students, advised and supported by their tutors. Previous examples include plays, installations, physical theatre, stand-up comedy, applied theatre projects in schools, museums and community venues and design exhibitions.Later in the programme, you are given the opportunity to undertake work experience in the theatre world. Close links with the professional industry are reflected in guest lectures and placement opportunities.
Our diverse range of teachers includes academics with years of university teaching experience, and theatre professionals who have worked in the industry doing anything from theatre design to directing, stand-up comedy, stage management, acting or arts funding. Our technical team (made up of a production manager and three technicians) is equally well qualified, with professional experience ranging from local festivals to international collaborations in opera, film, music and performance.
The course structure has an emphasis on employability, with modules covering a range of professional practices, and we offer a range of employability support. Past graduates have gone on to become actors, theatre producers, directors, and scriptwriters among other professions.
If you wish to combine drama with another subject, we offer a wide range of joint honours degrees, which lead to a combined BA (Hons) over three years.The on-campus Gulbenkian Theatre seats 340 people and is regularly used for productions and post-performance discussions. Additional facilities include the Aphra Theatre courtyard venue, the Lumley Studio, two rehearsal and teaching studios, flexible seminar rooms, a fully equipped construction workshop and a sound studio.
Study resources on campus are excellent. Templeman Library offers over a million publications, films and images. It is particularly renowned for its Drama and Theatre Studies manuscripts, including collections of playbills, programmes, prints and other theatre ephemera, as well as theatrical biography and the history of the stage in the 19th and 20th centuries. It also has particular strengths as a research resource in English Renaissance drama and European theatre, especially Russian and French drama, as well as specialist collections on Jacques Copeau and Jerzy Grotowski. There are also over a thousand PCs on campus and a range of support services for help or advice.