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2nd for Drama, Dance and Cinematics in the Complete University Guide 2025

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14th for Drama and Dance in The Guardian University Guide 2024

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Professional standard performance spaces and state-of-the-art production facilities for video, sound and scenic design

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Collaborative and practice-based approach, including drama in the community

Drama at Exeter offers you the time and space to explore and experiment with performance and performance making. Taught largely through studio sessions, the relationship between theory and practice is central to the discipline. Our academic staff teach a range of performance and specialist skills and all of our teaching grows out of our research interests, so you will be taught by people at the forefront of their field who are passionate about the subject.

We will encourage you to research a broad array of theatre histories and critical theories as well as specialist practical modules which will prepare you for work in many areas of the cultural and creative industries. You will obtain key transferable skills which may be used in a range of professions.

You will have regular contact time with staff, who will challenge you and support the development of your intellectual and creative skills. Your lecturers will be active researchers whose interests include areas such as the theory and practice of actor-training, transnational performance, 20th and 21st century theatre practitioners, dramaturgy and playwriting, new media, live art, site-specific performance, applied performance, gender and performance, Shakespeare, music theatre, voice training, arts management, theatre and religion and the politics of culture.

We provide a supportive environment, where collaborative work with fellow students allows you to explore innovative approaches. You will need a great deal of commitment and demand the same from us in return; this commitment will be rewarded with an outstanding experience and education.

The study of Drama at Exeter dates back to 1927 and we have been offering a fulltime Drama programme for almost 50 years. The department is one of the largest and best equipped in the UK. Over the last few years we have expanded and have excellent facilities which place Exeter at the top for teaching spaces and resources. We have invested £3.7 million in our industry standard drama facilities, providing a superb environment for learning and research.

Since studying Drama at Exeter, I have been academically and practically challenged with creating new work that has led me to develop my own skills and research.

I am also lucky to have been involved with the common purpose study which allowed me to travel to Philadelphia to experience culture for my developing projects and studio-based work.  

The lecturers in the Drama department are world leaders in academic research and industry development and are always encouraging and nurturing with any issues or ideas you may have, personal or industry related.

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BA Drama