Drama and Theatre - BA (Hons)

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Become one of the next generation of makers, thinkers and influences in the theatrical world with our exceptional teaching and industry links.


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.

Why study Drama and Theatre at Kent?

  • Discover your specialism: from physical theatre to puppetry, stand-up comedy to community arts, we blend practical work with academic study, enabling you to develop your critical understanding alongside performative skills.
  • Access fantastic facilities: our Drama spaces include three large rehearsal studios, our scenic workshop space for set and props, a flexible black box theatre and a fully equipped professional theatre space seating 144.
  • Gain Industry Experience: Kent has strong links with arts organisations and theatres locally and regionally to enhance your practice in public. Our professional links are also reflected in our teaching staff, guest lecturers and opportunities for work placements.
  • Explore special resources: Our library houses over 150 archival collections of international interest, including historical theatre and performance material from pantomime, melodrama and variety, as well as the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive.
  • Get career ready: Our students can apply for the Graduate Theatre Company Scheme, which funds drama project work for 18 months after they finish their studies with us.

What you'll learn

At Kent we challenge the distinction between practical and theoretical study, which means that many of our modules include both written and performed assessments. We offer a broad range of options which enable you to shape your degree around your own areas of interest.

First-year modules develop your key skills and core knowledge, and introduce you to a wide range of theatre practices. 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.

See the modules you'll study

Do you have a passion for Film or Literature? We have three joint-honours options available: BA (Hons) Drama and Comparative Literature, BA (Hons) Drama and English Literature or BA (Hons) Drama and Film.

What our students say

" The variety of modules and the ability to learn new things was astounding. Kent allowed me to grow into the person I am. I loved learning from quality teachers on fantastic courses. I got to demonstrate my intelligence in my own voice"

- Matt Hoss, graduate and professional stand-up comedian

“When I visited, I was impressed with the School of Arts’ building, it was modern and the facilities were really good. I could see that the teachers were passionate about their subject.”

– Eva Tritschler, current Drama student

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Make Kent your firm choice – The Kent Guarantee

We understand that applying for university can be stressful, especially when you are also studying for exams. Choose Kent as your firm choice on UCAS and we will guarantee you a place, even if you narrowly miss your offer (for example, by 1 A Level grade)*.

*exceptions apply. Please note that we are unable to offer The Kent Guarantee to those who have already been given a reduced or contextual offer.

Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.

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    A level


  • medal-empty Access to HE Diploma

    The University welcomes applications from Access to Higher Education Diploma candidates for consideration. A typical offer may require you to obtain a proportion of Level 3 credits in relevant subjects at merit grade or above.

  • medal-empty BTEC Nationals

    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.

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    30 points overall or 15 points at HL

  • medal-empty International Foundation Programme

    Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average.

  • medal-empty T level

    The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.

Applicants for the BA in Drama and Theatre will be invited to a practical workshop and informal group interview, either in person or online. This is designed to allow us to get to know you better, and for you to ensure that all your questions about the course are answered. Those who attend the workshop and receive a conditional offer will receive a one-grade reduction from the published offer level, meaning that your offer would be BBC rather than BBB, or equivalent.

If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.