BA Drama and Film & Television Studies

UCAS code W404
Duration 3 Years
Typical offer AAB-ABB; IB: 34-32; BTEC DDD-DDM
Discipline Drama
Location Streatham (Exeter)


The BA in Drama and Film & Television Studies at the University of Exeter is a challenging and flexible degree that builds on two internationally-renowned centres of excellence in research, teaching and practice. Our teaching grows out of our wide-ranging, world-leading research and we provide a supportive and high-quality environment for learning. The programme provides you with a sense of the range and variety of textual, performance-based, filmic and televisual work, introduces you to theoretical approaches that enable you to engage critically with theatre, film and television in their historical and cultural contexts, and develops your imaginative and practical engagement with the art-forms.

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

Film & Television Studies offers the opportunity to study an exciting range of film and television from different periods and international contexts; you will watch films from American, European, and other World cinemas, as well as learning about the trends and technologies of television. You will gain a deep and wide ranging knowledge of film and television as cultural, social, industrial and global phenomena and familiarity with different conceptual and theoretical approaches to them. The range of material studied will equip you to understand the complex histories of these media as well as how important issues of cultural difference are raised through them, giving you the tools and vocabulary to take a questioning attitude to your own media culture.

Programme variations

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.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Full module descriptions

For full module descriptions from previous years, please visit our Humanities student website.

Entry requirements 2020

Typical offer



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 a day-long workshop and an interview. A short interview with an individual member of staff is combined with staff-led and separate student-led studio sessions along with a chance to explore our facilities. Working and talking with each other and with present students are important features of this experience. The day runs from midday to 6pm.

Additional selection criteria

We are looking for well-qualified students with a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the subject.

In addition to the specific requirements listed above, we look for excellent A level* results/predictions and we may also take into account results up to and including GCSEs* and AS Levels* as part of our holistic assessment of an application.

*Equivalent qualifications will be considered. For more information about our equivalencies for specific qualifications please contact our Admissions Office.

International students

International students should check details of our English language requirements

If your academic qualifications or English language skills do not meet our entry requirements our INTO University of Exeter centre offers a range of courses to help you reach the required language and academic standards.

International Foundation programmes

Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:

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


Drama is taught mainly through studio sessions, which means you will practice 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.

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.

Film is taught using a variety of learning and teaching methods including lectures, seminars, screenings, student study groups, web and IT resources. All of our modules centre the learning experience on seminars, involving groups of between 10 and 20 students, typically running for two hours. Many modules are supported by weekly 50-minute lectures. Students often prepare for seminars by getting involved with student study groups, which encourage collaboration and team working. Typical contact time with academic staff is 10 hours per week in your first year, on top of which you are expected to attend other activities such as study groups, workshop activities and film screenings

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, as well as subject-specific skills. Through seminar work you will be trained in skills of critical analysis and learn to develop evidenced-based arguments. We foster your research skills through training in the use of library-based or electronic resources to research a topic.


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.

Exeter has unique resources which make it ideally positioned to support the study of Film. The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum holds a wide-ranging collection of more than 70,000 film related artefacts. The collection is available for all students to use as a research and study resource. The diverse collection includes objects relating to the history of the moving image, such as optical toys, magic lantern slides and a Lumière cinematograph; film publicity such as posters from the Hollywood era to contemporary film; material on film stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn; and material on animation, particularly Disney films. The holdings also include the papers of various producers such as James Mackay whose papers relate to the work of Derek Jarman. Many of our film modules exploit these resources, giving students a highly distinctive and valuable experience of studying and researching film using primary materials, documents and artefacts.

Our audio-visual collection in the University library comprises over 12,000 films on DVD and video, in addition to books about and recordings of American music of all kinds.

We have invested £1.2 million in a state-of-the-art Digital Humanities Lab and research space for the examination and preservation of important historical, literary and visual artefacts. You will have access to the new facilities’ cutting edge equipment to support and enhance your studies.

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. In Drama this includes 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. In Film & Television Studies specialist research areas include film history; adaptation; gender studies; issues of identity; European, Asian and American cinema and urban space in the cinema. All staff are members of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Film Research (CIFR) which host talks with visiting speakers and our own staff about various research projects, to which all are welcome.

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

You will have access to an academic 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.

Taking modules outside your course

Depending on your programme you can take up to 30 credits each year in another subject, for instance a language or business module, to develop career-related skills or widen your intellectual horizons. If you achieve at least 60 credits in a language via our Foreign Language Centre you may be able to have the words ‘with proficiency in’ and the language added to your degree title.


In Drama, 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. The assessments in the second year and final year will contribute to your final degree classification.

With Film & Television Studies, assessment will be via a combination of exams, essays, presentations and sequence analyses (the detailed analysis of film clips).

For both 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.


University of Exeter graduates have an excellent reputation and compete very successfully in the employment market.

Graduating with a degree in Drama and Film & Television Studies will put you in a great position to succeed in a range of different careers. You will have developed an informed, critical and creative approach, alongside strong oral and written communication skills.  You will also be able to manage your time and workload effectively, work well as part of a team or independently, be flexible when faced with new situations and have strong analytical skills.

Should you want to progress into careers in the Arts sector, you will have both the theoretical and practical skills needed to succeed. Alongside your performance skills, you will be able to critically engage with the social, historical and cultural contexts surrounding theatre.

Recent Drama graduates have gone on to work in a variety of roles such as Assistant Producer, Casting Director or Freelance Director; some have progressed on to postgraduate courses, including MA Theatre Practice, PGCE English secondary, MA Acting for State, Screen and Radio

Recent Film Studies graduates have found employment in a range of positions, including Digital Media Assistant, Marketing Executive, Post-production Assistant. Some have chosen to continue their studies on postgraduate courses such as MA International Film Business, MA Arts and Cinema Studies, MA Creative Writing.

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.  

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