Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

BA DRAMA

Key details 

BA DRAMA

Start Year
2022
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Bachelor of Arts
UCAS course code
W400
Entry Requirements
BBB
Duration (years)
3

Assessment for Year 1

Assessment 

Our BA Drama modules do not have written exams. The technical skills you're developing will be assessed through tasks such as making a 3D model of a set, designing a costume, or placing mics on a soundstage. Your performance work will be graded, and so will the rehearsals for your end-of-year production, capturing your development in the round. You'll also write analytical essays or pieces where you reflect on your own practice in the theatre. You only need to pass your first year and your marks do not form part of your final degree, which makes it the perfect opportunity to take risks and develop as a performer and thinker.  

Feedback 

You're given constant feedback on your practical work, helping you to deepen your craft as a performer. When it comes to written work, you'll often submit 'formative' work which leads towards your final submission and on which you receive feedback. You'll be supported by an academic adviser, who oversees your whole journey as a Drama student at UEA. 

  

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Assessment for Year 2

Assessment 

You'll continue to be assessed on your practical work in all its forms, whether that's acting, directing, filmmaking, or technical theatre. Your writing will be assessed, too, but this year you might also submit creative writing inspired by one of our celebrated scriptwriting workshops. In the Drama Outreach module, the entire process through which you devise your piece in collaboration with a real-world client will form part of your final mark, and you'll write an essay which reflects on that process and evaluates your project's success.  

Feedback 

Your practical work is constantly enriched by your drama tutors' feedback during rehearsals, and you'll continue to receive advice on 'formative' writing, too. In a scriptwriting workshop, you'll benefit from the constructive critique of your workshop's leader (a published, practising writer), and of your peers. Your collaborative work with a client in the Drama Outreach module will be informed by the regular advice of your drama tutors, and you'll receive feedback from the client at the end.  

  

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Register interest   
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Assessment for Year 3

Assessment 

Your rehearsal and technical work throughout the Drama Production module will be continuously assessed by the drama tutor who's leading the whole project, and your final performance will be marked and that mark moderated by an external examiner. Your Drama Project will also be assessed and externally moderated to ensure robust fairness and transparency. In the third year, you might find yourself writing reflections on your performances, academic essays, scripts, or pieces of creative-critical writing, where you fuse critical and imaginative writing.  

Feedback 

As well as constant advice on your practical work as it develops, you'll receive full written feedback on your work in both the Drama Production and Drama Project modules. Written work in your third year - which may also include a choice between research-led seminars or a full-length dissertation in either a creative or a critical mode - continues to be supported by feedback on formative writing. 

Admissions Live Chat   
Register interest   
Virtual Open Day   

Modules in this range are core, which means they have to be passed and are not eligible for compensation.

Assessment for Year 1

Assessment 

Our BA Drama modules do not have written exams. The technical skills you're developing will be assessed through tasks such as making a 3D model of a set, designing a costume, or placing mics on a soundstage. Your performance work will be graded, and so will the rehearsals for your end-of-year production, capturing your development in the round. You'll also write analytical essays or pieces where you reflect on your own practice in the theatre. You only need to pass your first year and your marks do not form part of your final degree, which makes it the perfect opportunity to take risks and develop as a performer and thinker.  

Feedback 

You're given constant feedback on your practical work, helping you to deepen your craft as a performer. When it comes to written work, you'll often submit 'formative' work which leads towards your final submission and on which you receive feedback. You'll be supported by an academic adviser, who oversees your whole journey as a Drama student at UEA. 

  

Admissions Live Chat   
Register interest   
Virtual Open Day   

Important Information

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.

Modules in this range are core, which means they have to be passed and are not eligible for compensation.

Assessment for Year 2

Assessment 

You'll continue to be assessed on your practical work in all its forms, whether that's acting, directing, filmmaking, or technical theatre. Your writing will be assessed, too, but this year you might also submit creative writing inspired by one of our celebrated scriptwriting workshops. In the Drama Outreach module, the entire process through which you devise your piece in collaboration with a real-world client will form part of your final mark, and you'll write an essay which reflects on that process and evaluates your project's success.  

Feedback 

Your practical work is constantly enriched by your drama tutors' feedback during rehearsals, and you'll continue to receive advice on 'formative' writing, too. In a scriptwriting workshop, you'll benefit from the constructive critique of your workshop's leader (a published, practising writer), and of your peers. Your collaborative work with a client in the Drama Outreach module will be informed by the regular advice of your drama tutors, and you'll receive feedback from the client at the end.  

  

Admissions Live Chat   
Register interest   
Virtual Open Day   

Important Information

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.

Modules in this range are core, which means they have to be passed and are not eligible for compensation.

Assessment for Year 3

Assessment 

Your rehearsal and technical work throughout the Drama Production module will be continuously assessed by the drama tutor who's leading the whole project, and your final performance will be marked and that mark moderated by an external examiner. Your Drama Project will also be assessed and externally moderated to ensure robust fairness and transparency. In the third year, you might find yourself writing reflections on your performances, academic essays, scripts, or pieces of creative-critical writing, where you fuse critical and imaginative writing.  

Feedback 

As well as constant advice on your practical work as it develops, you'll receive full written feedback on your work in both the Drama Production and Drama Project modules. Written work in your third year - which may also include a choice between research-led seminars or a full-length dissertation in either a creative or a critical mode - continues to be supported by feedback on formative writing. 

Admissions Live Chat   
Register interest   
Virtual Open Day   

Important Information

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, the University will endeavour to consult with students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will inform students.

Entry Requirements

A Levels

BBB including Drama/Theatre Studies/English Literature or BBC including Drama/Theatre Studies/English Literature with an A in the Extended Project

BTEC

DDM in an Arts/Humanities subject (usually Performing Arts) accepted. Excludes BTEC Public Services, Uniformed Services or Business Administration

Scottish highers

AABBB including Drama, Theatre Studies or English Literature

Scottish highers advanced

CCC including Drama, Theatre Studies or English Literature

Irish leaving certificate

2 subjects at H2, 4 subjects at H3 including Drama, Theatre Studies or English Literature

Access course

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Merit in 45 credits at Level 3 including an English Literature or Theatre Studies at Merit

European Baccalaureate

70% overall including 7 in English Literature or Drama and Theatre studies

International Baccalaureate

31 points including HL 5 English or Theatre Studies

GCSE offer

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.

Additional entry requirements

If you do not have an A-Level or equivalent qualification in English Literature (or English Language and Literature), Drama or Theatre Studies, once you have submitted your UCAS form we may then contact you to ask you to submit a short analysis of a passage of a literary text in support of your application.

If you do not meet the academic requirements for direct entry, you may be interested in one of our Foundation Year programmes such as BA English Literature with a Foundation Year 

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic and or English requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO University of East Anglia offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme, and successful submission of a creative writing portfolio. Depending on your interests, and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

International Foundation in Business, Economics, Society and Culture (for Year 1 entry to UEA)

International Foundation in Humanities and Law (for Year 1 entry to UEA)

Alternative Entry Requirements

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Students for whom english is a foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

Pre-sessional English at INTO UEA

English for University Study at INTO UEA

Interviews

If your application tells us that you're capable and enlivened by your chosen course, we will invite you to a one-to-one online workshop with an academic. This is a chance to meet us, discuss the course and work on a monologue from a play you love, giving you a taste of what it would be like to study Drama here at UEA. You'll be asked to prepare a monologue of your choice that you enjoy, so that you can work on it together with an academic. We'll also talk about your current studies, extra-curricular interests and the theatre that excites you.

Gap year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry on your UCAS application.

Intakes

This course is open to UK and International applicants. The annual intake for this course is in September each year.
Course Reference Number: 4479778

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of course-related costs.  

Course Reference Number: 4479778

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14.

Further Information

Please complete our Online Enquiry Form to request a prospectus and to be kept up to date with news and events at the University. 

 

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Course Reference Number: 4479778
Key details
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Bachelor of Arts
UCAS course code
W400
Entry Requirements
BBB
Duration (years)
3
Command the stage – from both on and off it – as you build your confidence and experience, drawing on a wealth of performance styles and traditions from across time periods and from all around the world. You’ll develop your own practical performance skills alongside studying great plays and works of theatre, mastering everything from acting and directing to theory and stagecraft.
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