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Drama, Theatre and Acting
BA (Hons) Drama, Theatre and Acting is an exciting hybrid course that combines the conservatoire-style study of acting and performance with the academic study of post-Renaissance drama as text.
You'll learn through an exciting and eclectic mix of theoretical and practical modules, and examine contemporary pieces that deal with political and social issues like:
- LGBT rights
- mental health
- social unrest and more.
With its strong employability focus, the course prepares you for many careers in theatre and the arts. You will be partly taught at the Old Fire Station, a professional theatre in the centre of Oxford. This enables you to develop hands-on, practice-based skills in all aspects of theatre production both on and off the stage. You'll also take a compulsory work placement module and gain employment skills, including:
- interpersonal skills.
You'll emerge with valuable insight into the theatre arts industry, along with the practical skills and confidence to start your career.
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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. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
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Learning and assessment
You’ll learn through a blend of acting, directing, performance, discussion, reading and writing. You’ll learn in a working theatre, developing performance and production skills that are directly relevant to a career in theatre arts.
You’ll also examine theatrical movements and conventions - considering elements like:
- dramatic form
- practical staging
- key historical events
- political issues
In your first year, you’ll explore acting and performance, including physical theatre. You’ll study dramatic works and theatre practitioners. And you’ll be able to learn about technical theatre as well.
In your second year, you’ll start shaping your degree around your interests. You might explore directing or devising, or build specialist technical theatre skills. You’ll explore modern British theatre, as well as Renaissance tragedies and comedies. And you’ll take up a work placement in the creative industries or related sectors.
In your final year, you’ll specialise. You’ll carry out an advanced performance project. And you’ll be able to research an area of theatre you’re passionate about.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Oxford Brookes. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
After you graduate
This course will prepare you for a career in theatre either on or off-stage. You’ll graduate with confident performance skills. You'll have strong capabilities in theatre production - like operating light and sound, and working in different performance spaces. You’ll have an understanding of arts administration. And you’ll have experience working alongside professional theatre technicians.
You’ll also develop highly transferable skills that are sought by employers. You'll be an expert communicator, strong collaborator and you'll be able to solve problems. This means you’ll be well-prepared to step into persuasive industries - like PR, marketing and digital media.
And your compulsory work placement will build up your CV. You’ll graduate with relevant creative arts experience - in competitive fields like publishing, media, heritage and arts education.
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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.
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