Eva Tritschler - Drama and Theatre BA
Become one of the next generation of makers, thinkers and influencers in the arts. You study a broad range of modules which enable you to shape your degree around your own areas of interest. Our dynamic arts community is made up of students, graduates, academics, professional practitioners, and a team of technical specialists, so you are in the ideal environment to explore and develop your own distinctive style and creativity.
Our industry-standard facilities include three large workshop studios, a flexible black box theatre and a fully equipped professional theatre space seating 144. In these spaces you explore and develop the skills and expertise equipping you for a future in the arts and creative industries.
You benefit from the department’s close relationships with key local and regional arts organisations giving you the opportunity to enhance your practice in public. Our links with the profession are also reflected in our teaching staff, guest lecturers and opportunities for work placements.
All our modules incorporate an exciting blend of practical work and academic study enabling you to develop your critical understanding alongside your performative skills. Some of the many areas you can study are traditional text-based theatre, acting, comedy, puppetry, participatory and community performance, innovative contemporary performance, and gender and identity in performance.
At Kent we challenge the distinction between practical and theoretical study, which means that many of our modules include both written and performed assessments.
First-year modules develop your key skills and core knowledge, and introduce you to a wide range of theatre practices. You take two compulsory modules focusing on approaches to making performance; single honours students choose a further two modules.
In your second year you choose four modules from a range covering areas such as acting, physical theatre, popular performance, Shakespeare’s theatre, musical theatre dance, theatre and adaptation, gender and performance, and disability and the arts.
In your final year you choose three modules from a selection, covering areas such as acting Shakespeare, physical theatre, stand-up comedy, participatory and community arts, verbatim and documentary theatre, and theatre and ideas. You then either take a module in which you produce an original production in small companies, or you complete an independent written project.
You graduate from Kent with an understanding of theatre in all its forms and the creative competence to succeed in a future career in the arts or beyond.
Dr Oliver Double speaks to some of our Drama graduates about their current careers in the arts, how they got there after they graduated, and how studying Drama at Kent helped to equip them for what they do now.
It is possible to spend a year on placement gaining valuable workplace experience and increasing your professional contacts. You don’t have to make a decision before you enrol at Kent but certain conditions apply.
Single honours and three-year joint honours students can apply to spend a year or a term abroad studying at a university in a range of locations around the world.
Drama and Theatre students benefit from some of the best rehearsal, teaching, study and performance facilities in the UK, including:
There are a whole range of student-run societies. In previous years, students have had the opportunity to join:
The School of Arts organises special events that you are welcome to attend. These may include:
The School of Arts has developed links with some of the major players in the industry:
You are more than your grades
At Kent we look at your circumstances as a whole before deciding whether to make you an offer to study here. Find out more about how we offer flexibility and support before and during your degree.
Please also see our general entry requirements.
The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis.
If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.
The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances. A typical offer would be to achieve DDM.
34 points overall or 15 points at HL
Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average.
All UK students will be invited to a practical workshop and informal group interview. Applicants not living in the UK, and those unable to attend, will be offered one-to-one Skype discussions in place of this. Please let us know if there are circumstances preventing from attending.
International students should visit our International Student website for further specific information. International fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot study part-time due to visa restrictions.
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
If you need to improve your English language standard as a condition of your offer, you can attend one of our pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes before starting your degree programme. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
Find out more about what it's like to study Drama and Theatre from the people who know.
We gain a lot of skills here that are useful in all sorts of jobs, which is a good thing.
Eva Tritschler - Drama and Theatre BA
Your confidence in your ability to present ideas improves and ultimately you become a lot more creative.
Alex Barnes - Drama and Theatre BA
It's great to create work with people from different places, or who have different views to yours.
Aleksandar Angelov - Drama and Theatre BA
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Duration: 3 years full-time (4 with a year abroad/in industry)
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.
On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take ‘elective’ modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you.
The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this programme are:
For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.
For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.*
The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.
Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.
Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.
Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.
The following course-related costs are included in your tuition fees:
The following course-related costs are not included in your tuition fees:
Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details.
You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.
Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.
At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence.
The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.
Teaching is through workshops, seminars, lectures and practical projects. Most Drama and Theatre modules are continuously assessed on the basis of coursework, projects and presentations, performances, essays and dissertations.
For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours. The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
This programme aims to:
You develop knowledge and understanding of:
You develop intellectual skills in how to:
You gain subject-specific skills in:
You gain the following transferable skills:
Drama and Cinematics at Kent scored 94% overall and was ranked 12th for research quality in The Complete University Guide 2021.
Drama and Cinematics at Kent was ranked 21st out of 93 in The Times Good University Guide 2021.
Of final-year Drama students who completed the National Student Survey 2021, 88% were satisfied with the quality of academic support on their course.
Our graduates have developed careers as:
Some have gone on to work for major players in the West End and for theatre companies. These include:
We also support past students to set up companies and remain in Kent with the Graduate Theatre Scheme. Successful professional companies who started with us include:
Our graduates include:
The School of Arts works hard to maintain strong links with professionals throughout the industry, as well as with major players such as:
We run the Kent Arts Network (KAN), which connects students, staff, alumni and friends from the creative industries. It gives you the chance to discover possible career paths and establish connections with current professionals.
The University’s Careers and Employability Service offers advice on how to:
Alongside specialist skills, you also develop the transferable skills graduate employers look for, including the ability to:
You can gain extra skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021/22 academic year. Please visit the 2022 entry course pages.
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