About This Course
This Drama, Theatre and Performance BA is a contemporary and innovative course to ensure your creativity, imagination and confidence is instilled for future growth within the arts and culture sector.
From a variety of performance training, playwriting, directing, production-making, musical theatre, to technical theatre development, arts for health and wellbeing and creativity in education, we will ensure that you are equipped and introduced to a diverse study of theory and practice.
We collaborate with professional staff at the University's Arts and Innovation centre, Pontio, which houses state-of-the-art facilities. We also have our very own £2 million refurbished department of music, drama and performance.
Professional practice, work experience and industry contribution is at the heart of this course, to ensure you’re one step ahead with your employability skills upon graduating.
Why Choose Bangor University for this Course?
- A creative pathway in directing, acting, devising, musical theatre, playwriting and technical theatre.
- This course also offers study in related areas of practice within film, media and journalism, radio, music, psychology, education and business management.
- The University's Arts and Innovation Centre, Pontio will be on your doorstep - home to a 450 seat theatre and a 250 seat studio theatre, a technical white BOX for digital exploration and in-house professional technicians, artistic administrators and a community centred youth programme.
- The University has 5 very popular drama societies who regularly stage productions in classical text, contemporary plays, musical theatre and Welsh language theatre. There are also several music performance societies, a film society and a dance, circus and opera society present.
Additional Course Options
This course is available with a Placement Year option where you will study for 1 additional year. The Placement Year is undertaken at the end of the second year and students are away for the whole of the academic year.
The Placement Year provides you with a fantastic opportunity to broaden your horizons and develop valuable skills and contacts through working with a self-sourced organisation relevant to your degree subject. The minimum period in placement (at one or more locations) is seven calendar months; more usually you would spend 10-12 months with a placement provider. You would normally start sometime in the period June to September of your second year and finish between June and September the following year. Placements can be UK-based or overseas and you will work with staff to plan and finalise the placement arrangements.
You will be expected to find and arrange a suitable placement to complement your degree and will be fully supported throughout by a dedicated member of staff at your academic School and the University’s Skills and Employability Services.
You will have the opportunity to fully consider this option when you have started your course at Bangor and can make an application for a transfer onto this pathway at the appropriate time. Read more about the work experience opportunities that may be available to you or, if you have any questions, please get in touch.
This course is available with an International Experience Year option where you will study or work abroad for 1 additional year. You will have ‘with International Experience’ added to your degree title on graduating.
Studying abroad is a great opportunity to see a different way of life, learn about new cultures and broaden your horizons. With international experience of this kind, you’ll really improve your career prospects. There are a wide variety of destinations and partner universities to choose from. If you plan to study in a country where English is not spoken natively, there may be language courses available for you at Bangor and in your host university to improve your language skills.
You will have the opportunity to fully consider this option at any time during your degree at Bangor and make your application. If you have any questions in the meantime, please get in touch.
Read more about the International Experience Year programme and see the studying or working abroad options on the Student Exchanges section of our website.
You will attend lectures, seminars, tutorials practice-led workshops, masterclasses and rehearsals. Individual and group based performances are also delivered.
You will learn from professionals - performance visits, guest speakers and visiting professional practitioner come in to our workshops to share their experience. Lab Performance events are held in technical and performance practice to encourage enhanced experimentation and innovation in the way we make live work and work across subject areas.
Optional work experience allows you the opportunity to gain real life experience and insight in to the type of career path you could follow in the future.
You will learn as a collective, in small groups and also one to one with your tutor.
In regards to assessments, all modules contain a collection of coursework. There are no written examinations in the subject area. Depending on which modules you choose, these are the type of assessments you could come across: portfolios, technical designs, installation performances, productions, directed rehearsals, play-text, work experience reports, funding applications, marketing presentations, essays, individual performances and performance reviews.
We are aware that not all individuals want to ‘act’ when choosing to study Drama, and we are flexible in this approach to develop directors, writers, technicians with-in the drama programme as well.
In regards to the teaching methods and assessment related to the optional modules in education, psychology or business, further lectures and seminars will be conducted in these areas of study and more information on the assessment styles of complementary subject areas can be found in the modules content list for each academic year of study.
What will you study on this course?
This Drama, Theatre and Performance BA aims to identify the value of the arts in today's society and how we can apply these skills to the wider creative sector. You will be introduced to performance based training in acting, devising, directing, playwriting, technical theatre and musical theatre and a range of optional areas of study in education, business management and marketing, psychology, film, media and journalism. This will ensure you have the essential skills required for today’s competitive job market.
In your first year, you will study a foundation of contemporary theory and practice in the theatre, following 80 credits of compulsory modules alongside 40 credits of optional modules in other related subject areas, such as, music*, film, journalism, psychology, business management, marketing or/and education.
In Year 2, you will begin to specialise, choosing from 60-80 credits of compulsory modules and 40-60 credits from optional modules to ensure a diverse study of the arts and culture sector. Further training and avenues within the arts and culture sector are introduced, such as directing and dramaturgy, production work in new writing and musical theatre, multi-media performance practice with exploration in immersive technologies, such as virtual reality, 360 film, augmented reality and digital performance.
In the final year, there are still options where you can continue on specific pathways of performance-based training, as well as continuing to develop related skills from other areas of study, with the added opportunity of choosing to engage in work experience and developing marketing and finance business skills within the arts. You will also work on an independent practice-led or research-based dissertation in your chosen area of study, guided by your own one-to one dissertation supervisor. You could write your own play, or direct/devise your own performance, or go on to explore a specific pathway within the arts, educational, business or health sector in technical theatre, musical theatre, community practice or arts in health and wellbeing.
An added advantage is that you'll have the University's Arts and Innovation Centre, 'Pontio' your doorstep. Regular performance visits are organised at the venue and masterclasses delivered from national and internationally renowned theatre-makers.
*For some optional music modules the ability to read staff notation may be required. Please contact us for more information.
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Drama, Theatre and Performance Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
- You will benefit from excellent facilities, including John Philips Hall, a large performance space for rehearsal and performance work, and our arts and innovation centre, Pontio, which includes a 250 seated Studio Theatre for performance with technical support from industry professionals.
- Pontio also features the 450-seat Theatre Bryn Terfel which regularly attracts world-class theatre productions.
- 6 practice rooms with Pianos for vocal training (4 of them suitable rehearsal rooms for drama rehearsals) in the department of Music and Drama's building.
- Audio editing suites running Adobe Audition.
- Digital video edit suites running Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express on Apple Macs.
- Professional theatre lighting and sound facilities for rehearsal and performance work.
- Video and Radio kits for use on location work in the field of radio, television and live performance.
- 5 studios equipped to international standards for composition, research and recording.
- 6 Steinway grand pianos.
- The University’s John Phillips Hall provides a large performance space with computer lighting system and digital sound for rehearsal and performance work.
- Rehearsal space and studio with professional technical support and guidance for performance work at Pontio, the University’s arts and innovation Centre.
- Outdoor performance spaces.
- A dedicated Media Centre with a multi-camera television studio and large production gallery.
- A professionally equipped radio studio with the latest digital equipment.
- Avid, Matrox and analogue editing suites, and digital sound editing suites.
- Digital cinema with first-rate projection equipment and Dolby Surround Sound.
General University Costs
Home (UK) students
- The cost of a full-time undergraduate course is £9,000 per year (2021/22 entry and 2022/23 entry).
- The fee for all placement, international, and sandwich years is £1,350 (2021/22 and 2022/23).
- More information on fees and finance for Home (UK) students.
International (including EU) students
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for additional guest tickets (c.£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
Our typical offer is based on a minimum 96-120 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification e.g.
- A Levels: General Studies and Key Skills not normally accepted
- International Baccalaureate Diploma
- BTEC National Extended Diploma: MMM-DDM
- Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMM-DDM
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical/ Extended Diploma: case-by-case
- Access: Pass required
- Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted
- We also welcome applications from mature learners.
Please note: Points from Drama, Music and Dance examinations (e.g. TCL, LCM, LAMDA, RSL, ABRSM, ISTD, etc.) are taken into consideration where appropriate, although are not normally included in the offer.
International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements), details at: www.bangor.ac.uk/international/applying/entryrequirements
General University Requirements
To study for a degree, you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com.
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy, we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more information about studying as a mature student, see our Studying at Bangor section of the website.
EU and International Students' Entry Requirements
For detailed guidance on the entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor University International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.
Employment prospects are excellent, with a wide range of career options available. Many graduates choose to work within the theatre, film or/and television industry, either as actors, directors, playwrights, or take up production posts as researchers, producers, technicians, or designers. Others will work through arts administration, marketing and fundraising within arts centres, festivals or companies, organising and supporting artistic programming and event management.
Drama is an excellent foundation if you wish to work in education or within a social context. Many graduates go on to train as drama teachers, social workers, drama therapists, community theatre facilitators, counsellors. The skill-based training and generic skills in developing confidence, and presentational skills are useful if you wish to pursue a career path in Psychology, Business, Journalism or Law.
Other possible career paths include creative writing; professional writing and publishing; print and/or broadcast journalism; as presenters; radio (as presenters as well as in programme production); digital, web and new media production; multi-media industries; lecturing; advertising and public relations.
Each year several students elect to undertake postgraduate work lasting from one to four years. This enables a further deepening of knowledge and expertise and leads to a truly individual contribution as academic, practitioner or performer. Academic postgraduates often go on to teach in universities, while practitioners and performers make their way into the national and international media and theatre industry.
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)
The BEA is a comprehensive online course that you can work through at your own pace, taking you through all the steps you need to take to explore, prepare and apply for your dream career.
Bangor University runs a paid internship scheme within the university’s academic and service departments.
Volunteering widens your experience and improves your employability. Find out more about volunteering on the Students’ Union’s website.
A ‘with Foundation Year’ option is available for this course. Depending on your interests within Drama, please apply for either Music BA (with Foundation Year) or Media Studies and Production (with Foundation Year) or contact us for more information and advice.
What is a Foundation Year course?
If you don’t have the required qualifications for the degree-level course or are looking to re-enter education after time away from study, then a Foundation Year Programme might be the right choice for you.
The Foundation Year is an excellent introduction to studying this subject at university and will provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence required to go on to study this course at degree-level.
When you have successfully completed the Foundation Year, you can progress on to the first year of this degree-level course.