Drama and Film - BA (Hons)

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Explore your passion for the visual and performing arts on our joint honours degree in Drama and Film.

Overview

Develop your critical and theoretical understanding, alongside your performance and production skills, to kick-start a successful career in the creative industries.

Why study Drama and Film at Kent?

  • Your degree, your way: from puppetry to stand-up comedy, film culture to screenwriting and sound, we blend practical work with academic study, with elective modules from both disciplines, enabling you to tailor the course to your interests.
  • Access fantastic facilities: our specialist spaces include a fully equipped professional theatre, a scenic workshop space for set and props, rehearsal studios, Mac Pro editing suites, chroma-key green screen and black serge cycloramas and much more!
  • 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: Kent has excellent links with arts organisations and theatres as well as film bodies, including the British Film Institute and Arts Council England. We offer opportunities for work placements and our students can apply for the Graduate Theatre Company Scheme, which funds drama project work for 18 months after you finish your studies with us.
  • Join our community: Our Jarman Building, the centre of the School of Arts, is a creative hub for Drama, Film, Media Studies and Art History students, where you can engage in activities and societies including our television and radio station and magazine.

What you'll study

You begin with an introduction to theories of performance studies and a wide range of theatre practices that also includes practical workshops. In addition, you are introduced to the language of film and its history, including framing, sound, editing and lighting. During all stages of your study, you have a wide range of modules to choose from, covering everything from documentary cinema and location scouting to musical theatre and Shakespeare.

In your final year, you have the opportunity to complete an independent research or practice-based project on a subject of your choice. This allows you to focus on a topic you are particularly passionate about.

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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

    BBB

  • 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.

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    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 DMM.

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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.

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

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.

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Course structure

Duration: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

Modules

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.

Fees

The 2023/24 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • Home full-time £9250
  • EU full-time £16400
  • International full-time £21900
  • Home part-time N/A
  • EU part-time N/A
  • International part-time N/A

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.* 

Your fee status

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 Year in Industry

Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.

Fees for Year Abroad

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.

Additional costs

There may be some additional costs related to the subjects studied in this programme. Please see the Additional costs section for each subject below. Please note that these may vary depending on your specific module selection:

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Funding

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

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 and assessment

Film

All modules involve lectures, small group seminars and film screenings (where relevant). Depending on the modules you select, assessment varies from 100% coursework (extended essays or dissertation), to a combination of examination and coursework.

Drama

Teaching is through workshops, seminars, lectures and practical projects. Drama and Theatre modules are continuously assessed based on coursework, projects and presentations, performances, essays and dissertations.

Contact hours

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.

Programme aims

For programme aims and learning outcomes please see the programmes specification for each subject below. Please note that outcomes depend on your specific module selection:

  • Film (joint honours)
  • Drama (joint honours)

Independent rankings

Drama and Cinematics at Kent scored 89% overall and was ranked 7th for research quality in The Complete University Guide 2023.

Film at Kent was ranked 7th in The Guardian University Guide 2023.

Careers

Graduate destinations

As part of your degree, you develop critical thinking, transferable knowledge and skills that enable you to work in a variety of professions.

Our graduates have gone on to work in:

  • film and TV production
  • media, journalism, broadcasting
  • the cultural and creative industries including theatre companies
  • arts administration
  • the organisation of social and community projects
  • film and TV archives
  • film marketing and distribution
  • casting agencies.

Help finding a job

Kent School of Arts has an excellent reputation and many links with institutions and individuals working in the field. This network is very useful to students when looking for work.

The University also has a friendly Careers and Employability Service, which can give you advice on how to:

  • apply for jobs
  • write a good CV
  • perform well in interviews.

Career-enhancing skills

Our graduates develop substantial transferable skills that are valued in a range of professions.

These include the ability to:

  • think critically 
  • communicate your ideas and opinions 
  • work independently.

You can also gain additional skills by signing up for our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.

Apply for Drama and Film - BA (Hons)

If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can choose to apply through UCAS or directly on our website.

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