Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Drama, Theatre and Performing Arts
with a Year Abroad

Become one of the next generation of makers, thinkers and influencers in the theatrical world.

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2024

Course overview

On our Drama and Theatre course, you'll benefit from exceptional teaching and industry links that will help you to launch your career. Covering a wide range of subjects and developing your practical skills as well as critical thinking, this dynamic course allows you to explore your own style and creativity as well as follow your passions and ambitions. 

We'll challenge you with theoretical and practical study, empowering you to shape your degree around your areas of interest. You'll work alongside fellow students, creating new work and new ways of seeing established works. Our team of academics, professional practitioners, and technical specialists will support you every step of the way as you analyse, create and critique, developing your understanding of drama and theatre and becoming a more confident performer.

You'll study within an exciting and diverse environment, benefitting from our strong connections with industry and local arts venues, opportunities for workplace learning and our flagship Graduate Theatre Company scheme, all of which support you in kick-starting your career within the creative industries.

Your year abroad takes place between your second and final year of study; you can either study at a partner institution or work. It's a great opportunity to discover a new culture. Your confidence will grow and you'll also demonstrate to employers that you have the drive to succeed in new environments.

Why study Drama, Theatre and Performing Arts at Kent?

Take centre stage.

Choose between different kinds of theatre and performance. Choose onstage or backstage. Choose to be yourself through an inclusive curriculum.

Make the right choice
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Top 10

We're ranked 7th for research quality in The Complete University Guide 2023.

How to get ahead in TV.

Three years after graduating, Amelia Mundy has already managed to land her ‘dream job’ in TV production. So how did she manage it?

Gain industry experience.

Links with industry and local arts venues and our flagship Graduate Theatre Company scheme help to kick-start your career in the creative industries.

Fantastic facilities

From rehearsal studios to theatres and a construction workshop, our bespoke drama facilities will improve your practical skills and technical knowledge.

Everything you need to know about our Drama, Theatre and Performing Arts course

Entry requirements

Typical A level offer
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The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Click below to find out more.

Course structure

By studying drama, theatre and performing arts at Kent, you'll be able to explore your interests and discover your strengths. From physical theatre to puppetry, acting to directing, stand-up comedy to community arts, you blend practical work with academic study, developing your critical understanding alongside creative skills.

How you'll study

Teaching is through workshops, seminars, lectures and practical projects. Most modules are continuously assessed on the basis of coursework, projects and presentations, performances, essays and dissertations.

Your future

The School of Arts works hard to maintain strong relationships with professionals and venues, helping to launch your career in the creative and cultural industries. You’ll be taught by leading actors, comedians and makers with first-hand experience of what it takes to carve out a successful career in the arts. Their continued involvement in the industry will help you as you start to build your own network.

Our graduates have developed careers as: journalists, authors, literary managers, directors, performers, scriptwriters for television, stand-up comedians, casting agents, event managers, arts administrators, community theatre officers for local councils, and drama teachers.

Some recent graduate success stories include:

  • Little Bulb theatre company win an Olivier award
  • Kyrah Gray performs stand-up at the O2
  • Ben Langley stars in US TV series American Gods
  • Laura Lexx appears on Mock the Week
  • Mimi Findlay, Executive Director at the Bush Theatre London
  • Deirdre O’Halloran, literary manager at the Bush Theatre as it wins ‘Theatre of the Year’ in 2023 
  • Faith Austin, Technical Production Manager at the Barbican.
Graduate Theatre Scheme
Through this scheme we support past students to set up companies and remain in Kent. Professional companies who started with us include: The Pantaloons; The Noise Next Door; Three Half Pints (stars of Spot Bots) and the Olivier Award-winning Little Bulb Theatre, pictured above.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

Full-time

  • UK
    £9,250
  • EU
    £22,700
  • International
    £22,700

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 undergraduate students are £1,850.

Fees for year abroad

Fees for undergraduate students 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:

  • Props and costumes for practice/performance pieces/student work
  • Tickets [excluding travel costs] for compulsory theatre trips

The following course-related costs are not included in your tuition fees:

  • Optional textbooks (approx. £50 in stage 1; £50 in stage 2; £50 in stage 3)
  • Optional trips/theatre tickets (around £45 per year, based on 2-3 theatre trips per year) and travel costs

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

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

Scholarships

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

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Next steps

Ready to apply?

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 apply through UCAS or directly on our website if you have never used UCAS and you do not intend to use UCAS in the future.

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