BA Drama with Study Abroad

UCAS codeW401
Duration4 Years
Typical offerAAA-ABB; IB: 36-32
Location Streatham (Exeter)


Our degree programme in Drama is composed of a series of modules, most of which conclude with a presentation open to fellow Drama students and staff, the University at large or to the general public. In the early stages of the programme the emphasis is on group collaborative work. As you move through the degree this group work becomes the basis for the development of individual interests and skills. Throughout the programme you will get equal opportunities and challenges to act, direct, write or create dramatic events.

In the first half of your first year you will study a compulsory studio-based module and a compulsory seminar-based module, introducing you to theatre studies and performance analysis as disciplines of Drama. In the second half of the year your practical work will focus on a performance-orientated module rooted in research through practice and you will be introduced to a selection of modern and contemporary practitioners in their context. Your second year extends and deepens your critical and theoretical vocabulary of theatre; while in the studio you will explore a range of theatrical texts. You may be able to study abroad for half a year and you can choose to integrate work experience into your degree. Your final year allows you to specialise in practical and research options, and your degree culminates in a piece of original performance that you will create with a small group of fellow students for an audience beyond the University, alongside an in-depth independent study of a chosen area of theatre and performance.

Modules are taught by staff with expertise in theatre, drama and performance theory from the classical era to the present, and in practice fields including acting, directing, scriptwriting, voice, applied theatre, live art, digital theatre crafts, music theatre, puppetry, dance and intercultural performance training.

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

The BA Drama with Study Abroad degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are usually worth 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.

During your programme, you have the opportunity to take up to 30 credits in another subject during the academic year, subject to criteria.

Current students - please note that modules lists for module choice are on the Student Intranet.

Year 1

The first year comprises of four core modules. In the first half of the year you will study a studio-based module and a seminar-based module, which is aimed at introducing you to theatre studies and performance analysis as disciplines of drama.

In the second term your practical work will focus on a performance-orientated module rooted in research through practice and the remaining module will introduce a selection of modern and contemporary practitioners in their context.

Year 2

In your second year you study two core modules, Staging the Text in the first term and Performance and Interpretation in the second. You will look at play texts in their historical and cultural context and the transition from page to stage and extend and deepen your critical and theoretical vocabulary of theatre. You will also choose one practise and one research option from a range of modules.

You may be able to study abroad for half a year or you can choose to integrate a work experience into your degree in the module HUM2000 Humanities in the Workplace.

Year 3

Students will spend the third year of their studies in a partner university. The year abroad comprises 120 credits and assessment is based on the credits gained at the partner institution.

Year 4

In your final year you can specialise in practical options such as interpretative acting, directing, vocal practice and applied drama. Your degree culminates in the Practical Essay, a piece of original performance that you will create with a small group of fellow students for an audience beyond the University, and Theatre Praxis, an in-depth independent study of a chosen area of theatre and performance.

Full module descriptions

For full module descriptions please visit the Drama website.

Entry requirements 2017

Typical offer

AAA-ABB; IB: 36-32


We try to see as many applicants as possible before making an offer, and normally interview applicants who may be offering alternative qualifications. A large proportion of applicants are invited to attend two days of workshops and an interview. A short interview with an individual member of staff is combined with staff-led and separate student-led studio sessions. Working and talking with each other and with present students are important features of this experience. This involves an overnight stay in Exeter.

Programmes with Study Abroad

Entry for programmes ‘with Study Abroad’ is offered on the basis that you will spend your time abroad at an institution where the teaching and examining is delivered in English. However, we also have partners that teach in French, Spanish and German. Should you wish to study at one of these institutions you will need to take modules through the Foreign Language Centre up to ‘Advanced’ standard in the appropriate language. In order to reach this standard before the year abroad, students usually need to have entered the University with the equivalent of a good GCSE or AS level (or higher) in that language.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements and may be interested in our Foundation programmes.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

We teach mainly through studio sessions, which means you will practise the subject as you learn. At the start of the programme, the emphasis is on group collaborative work which becomes the basis for the development of your individual interests and skills later on. Practical class sizes are limited to around 20.

Each week you will have, on average, six to nine scheduled hours per module and will need to allow for additional hours of private study per module. You should expect your total workload to average about 40 hours per week during term time. As well as attending sessions and writing essays and assignments, you will be expected to deliver presentations and lead workshops. We encourage presentation work because it involves you actively in the teaching and learning process as well as developing important life skills such as good verbal and visual communication and effective interaction with other people.

We are committed to enhancing and developing your key personal and transferable skills. You will develop a range of professional skills, for example, time management and team-working. You will gain valuable critical, analytical and communication skills. Technical skills will include accurate note taking from presentations, research and IT skills and you will also learn a wide range of Drama-specific skills appropriate to your module choices.


Drama is based on two sites on the Streatham Campus. All of the practical spaces we use are reserved solely for Drama students, giving us a high degree of flexibility. Our facilities include two digital media suites and upgraded technical facilities. We have six studios fully equipped for stage lighting and sound, 10 other studios and seminar rooms, two sound studios, a video and multimedia studio, state-of-the-art computer facilities for lighting and sound design, costume and props stores and workshops for set construction, costume and prop-making.

Research-inspired teaching

Teaching that is inspired by research ensures lectures are up-to-date and relevant; you will benefit from access to the latest thinking, equipment and resources. All staff teach second and third year options which are linked to their own interests, including areas such as theories of actor training, non-western performance, 20th and 21st century theatre practitioners, site-specific performance, applied performance, gender and performance, theatre history, music theatre, arts management and the politics of culture.

Other opportunities

The Term Three Festival is a fringe-style experience, providing Drama students with exciting opportunities to showcase additional self-directed, non-assessed work. Students produce their own performances, take part in workshops, receive technical and practical training, participate in careers and employability sessions and watch over 50 brand new performances as part of the event. All students have the option to get involved with the Drama Society and a number of student-run theatre companies supported by the Students’ Guild.

Academic support

All students have a personal tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies. There are also a number of services on campus where you can get advice and information, including the Students’ Guild Advice Unit.


Assessment of each module varies and may include continuous assessment, essay, performance and portfolio or viva interview. In the first year, most work is assessed continuously through studio practice, seminars and essays. There are currently no written exams for Drama Single Honours Drama students, however Combined Honours students should refer to the relevant subject’s entry for their other subjects. You are required to pass your first year in order to progress, but these results do not count towards your final degree classification. In order to be eligible for ‘with Study Abroad’ programmes, you will need to attain an average of 60% or more in your first year. The assessments in the second year, year abroad (if applicable) and final year will contribute to your final degree classification.

Study abroad

Studying for your degree at Exeter offers you the exciting possibility of spending up to one year abroad. You could learn a new language and experience different cultures, become more self-confident and widen your circle of friends. You could also get the chance to specialise in areas that are not available at Exeter, and when it comes to a career, your skills and knowledge of another country will prove invaluable to many employers.

Drama students have the possibility of choosing from a number of universities around the world, including Monash University in Melbourne, the University of Texas at Austin and the Iceland Academy of Arts.


Drama graduates from the University of Exeter benefit from a degree which is internationally recognised. Our graduates compete very successfully in the employment market; 6 months after graduation 97%* of our Drama graduates are in work and/or further study.

Graduating from the University of Exeter with a degree in Drama will put you in a great position to succeed in a range of different careers. Should you want to progress into careers in the Arts sector, a degree in Drama will give you with both the theoretical and practical skills which you will need to succeed. Our recent graduates have gone on to work for companies such as the English National Opera, Spa Theatre Company and the BBC, with job titles such as:

  • Assistant Producer
  • Casting Director
  • Freelance Director 

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA Theatre Practice
  • Applied Theatre
  • PGCE English secondary
  • MA Acting
  • MA Acting for Stage, Screen and Radio

Studying in Drama will also equip you with valuable skills for graduate-level work in other sectors. Alongside your performance skills, you will learn to critically engage with the social, historical and cultural contexts surrounding theatre. Through studio-based work, you will become a highly capable communicator who will be able to adapt to individual and team work scenarios. Our recent Drama graduates have since secured jobs for companies such as Hearst, Universal Records, and Think Jam. Others have pursued careers in:

  • Public Relations
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Higher Education
  • Teaching 

Career Zone

The services offered by the Humanities careers and employability team are complimentary to the services offered by our central Career Zone, where you can participate in practical sessions to develop your skills; access paid internships and volunteering opportunities; explore postgraduate study options; meet prospective employers; get one-to-one advice and learn how to secure the right job for you.  

*First–degree University of Exeter graduates of Drama. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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Contact us

Streatham Campus, Exeter

Phone: +44 (0)1392 722427

Website: Visit the Drama website