Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

BA DRAMA

Key details 

BA DRAMA

Start Year
2023
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Bachelor of Arts
UCAS course code
W400
Entry Requirements
ABB (specific subject requirements apply)
Duration (years)
3

Assessment for Year 1

Assessment 
Our BA Drama modules do not have written exams (apart from one technical theatre test). The technical skills you're developing will usually 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 rehearsal process, capturing your development in the round. You'll also write analytical essays, creative responses, 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. This year, you’ll have lots of chances to create your own performances. 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 your mentor and 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   
Open Days   

Assessment for Year 1

Assessment 
Our BA Drama modules do not have written exams (apart from one technical theatre test). The technical skills you're developing will usually 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 rehearsal process, capturing your development in the round. You'll also write analytical essays, creative responses, 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   
Open Days   

Important Information

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring and review of modules. Where this activity leads to significant change to a programme and modules, the University will endeavour to consult with affected students. 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. Availability of optional modules may be restricted owing to timetabling, lack of demand, or limited places. Where this is the case, you will be asked to make alternative module choices and you will be supported during this process.

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. This year, you’ll have lots of chances to create your own performances. 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   
Open Days   

Important Information

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring and review of modules. Where this activity leads to significant change to a programme and modules, the University will endeavour to consult with affected students. 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. Availability of optional modules may be restricted owing to timetabling, lack of demand, or limited places. Where this is the case, you will be asked to make alternative module choices and you will be supported during this process.

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 your mentor and 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   
Open Days   

Important Information

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring and review of modules. Where this activity leads to significant change to a programme and modules, the University will endeavour to consult with affected students. 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. Availability of optional modules may be restricted owing to timetabling, lack of demand, or limited places. Where this is the case, you will be asked to make alternative module choices and you will be supported during this process.

Entry Requirements

A Levels

ABB including Drama, Theatre Studies or English Literature

T Levels

Not accepted

BTEC

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

Scottish highers

AAABB including Drama, Theatre Studies or English Literature

Scottish highers advanced

BCC including Drama, Theatre Studies or English Literature

Irish leaving certificate

3 subjects at H2, 3 subjects at H3 including Drama, Theatre Studies or English Literature

Access course

Pass Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3 including 12 credits in English Literature or Theatre Studies

European Baccalaureate

75% including 7 in Drama, Theatre Studies or English Literature

International Baccalaureate

32 including HL 5 in 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.

We welcome and value a wide range of alternative qualifications.  If you have a qualification which is not listed here, please contact us via Admissions Enquiries.

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

Important note 

Once enrolled onto your course at UEA, your progression and continuation (which may include your eligibility for study abroad, overseas experience, placement or year in industry opportunities) is contingent on meeting the assessment requirements which are relevant to the course on which you are enrolled. 

International Requirements

We accept many international qualifications for entry to this course. View our International Students pages for specific information about your country. 

If you do not meet the academic and/or English language requirements for direct entry our partner, INTO UEA offers progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a preparation programme. 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)

Students for whom english is a foreign language

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):  

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) for year 1 entry 

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Review our English Language Equivalencies for a list of example qualifications that we may accept to meet this requirement.

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:  

Interviews

Most applicants will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some applicants an interview will be requested. Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a time.  

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 is in September each year.  
Course Reference Number: 6775428

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

See our Tuition Fees page for further information. 

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: 6775428

How to Apply

Apply for this course through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS), using UCAS Hub. 

UCAS Hub is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom.

Your application does not have to be completed all at once. Register or sign in to UCAS to get started. 

Once you submit your completed application, UCAS will process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges. 

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

View our guide to applying through UCAS for useful tips, key dates and further information: 

How to apply through UCAS 

Course Reference Number: 6775428
Key details
Attendance
Full Time
Award
Degree of Bachelor of Arts
UCAS course code
W400
Entry Requirements
ABB (specific subject requirements apply)
Duration (years)
3
Hone your craft as a performer and maker, 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. Our BA Drama is ranked 40th for Drama and Cinematics by 'The Complete University Guide 2022', and in the top 30 by 'The Guardian 2021'.
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