Drama, Theatre and Acting
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Do you have a passion for theatre and drama? Do you want to be part of something transformative? Are you ready to explore how the arts can change lives? This exciting hybrid course combines conservatoire-style performance and acting with rigorous academic study. Whatever your educational journey so far, this is a course for people with a passion for theatre.
Our modules cover both theory and practice, so you’ll experience acting, performing, and directing alongside your discussions and written work. You’ll explore how dramatists have tackled political and social issues and responded to historical events, and learn essential skills in acting, staging and directing. You’ll also dive into topics from dramatic forms to practical staging.
You'll enhance these skills on your professional placement, learning how to apply your knowledge to the workplace. Wherever you go and whatever you choose to do after your time with us, we’ll equip you to make a difference to the world around you.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Our course is ranked 1st in the UK for research and 2nd for teaching (Times Higher Education Young University Rankings, 2019).
Professional Teaching Space
Experience being taught in the Old Fire Station, a professional theatre in the heart of Oxford.
Work placement module
Grow your skill set by experiencing the world of work. You’ll think about how your performance and production skills can apply in a professional environment.
Explore your interests
Whether you have dreams of acting in Renaissance tragedies or reviewing and analysing modern British theatre, there are a wide range of topics you can study.
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Immerse yourself in a new place and new tastes. Step out of your comfort zone and experience what it’s like living and learning in a different country.
Drama, Theatre and Acting at Oxford Brookes will provide you with a solid grounding in theatre history, performance skills, and technical production. In your first year, you’ll learn the basics of acting and physical theatre as well as the methods of theatre practitioners such as Stanislavsky and Brecht. You’ll be exposed to a diverse mix of plays, genres, cultural contexts and discover how anywhere can be a theatre. You’ll also develop a good understanding of the history and changing styles of Western theatre.
In year 2, you’ll start to shape your modules around your interests. You’ll explore British theatre and Renaissance tragedies and comedies. And you will go on a work placement to explore how your creative and analytical skills apply in a professional environment.
For your advanced performance project in year 3, you’ll apply the theoretical and practical skills you will have gained on the course to researching, rehearsing, producing, and staging a show.
Learning and teaching
Your learning will take place in the classroom, our on-campus Drama Studio and in a working theatre. Some of your on-stage and technical modules will take place at The Old Fire Station, an arts centre in the heart of Oxford. In this environment, you’ll get to grips with the workings of a real theatre - developing crucial knowledge and experience.
The Old Fire Station works in partnership with Crisis, together aiming to end homelessness in Oxford. And you’ll have opportunities to get involved with the theatre’s work.
Back on campus, you’ll explore dramatic works and theory in a seminar environment. Classes are small and supportive - and you’ll get to know your course mates and tutors well.
You’ll be assessed through a mix of written and practical assignments - including
- performance projects
- technical skills work
Your assessments will help you build the strong communication and collaboration skills that employers expect. Your coursework will also strengthen your critical thinking skills - helping you to thoughtfully stage scripts and confidently create original shows.
Our aim is for you to become an engaged and responsible citizen who believes that the arts can positively change the world. Many of our graduates go into jobs within theatre and the arts, while others enter other sectors of the economy. These include:
- PR, marketing and communications
- NGOs and charities
- higher education
- media and journalism.
Previous students have taken up jobs with organisations such as the Duckegg Theatre, the British Museum, Hestia Charity and the UK Civil Service.
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
Pathways courses for international and EU students
If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.
If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
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Questions about fees?
Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
You may choose to purchase books to support your studies. Many books on our reading lists are available via the Library, or can be purchased secondhand.
It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week
Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.