In addition to the specialist Drama modules all students also undertake core modules. These are designed to help you develop academic and research skills required for successful study within higher education, and to help you both to explore future options for employment and to develop employability skills.
The first year of your degree will include the study of Theatre Practice and Theatre Practitioners where you explore theatrical genre, conventions and innovative approaches through theoretical and practical approaches. The position and significance of theatre as a mirror to society will be explored through the study of plays and performance from Ancient Greece through to 21st century practice. You will consider the study of drama through a range of critical perspectives and consider the religious, social and cultural influences on plays and performance approaches.
In your second year you will be able to work in a small ensemble developing directing and performance techniques and consider the application of these techniques through an entrepreneurship or placement module.
The final year of your degree allows you to tailor your degree by selecting a Dissertation option from either side of your programme. In Drama you can select a performance option which allows you to consolidate your practical and theoretical skills through the staging of a production and presenting a critical analysis. The final year also explores Radical and Protest Performance and Theatre for Change.
Learning & Teaching
Sessions will be a mix of practical workshops, supervised rehearsal, individual tutorials and lectures. There are also one-to-one and group sessions with the department technician. This will allow you to benefit from the use of our fully-equipped drama studios in independent rehearsal sessions as well as during timetabled workshops.
Assessments in Drama are a mix of practical examinations, presentations and coursework.
Practical Exam: This is a rehearsal process and performance or workshop where you will apply practices and techniques explored during a module.
Presentation: Here you will present your knowledge and analysis of a topic to your tutor and peers.
Coursework: This can be a traditional essay, a report, a review or a reflective analysis of your practical exam process.
All assessment is supported by milestone feedback points. These include interim rehearsal show-backs for peer and tutor reflection, as well engagement in self-assessment.
Employability & Careers
On completion of the course there are various options available to you. You may wish to continue your academic study or pursue a career.
Academic routes include:
- Apply for post-graduate study in acting, directing and community theatre
- Secondary PGCE Drama Course at Cardiff Met
- Primary PGCE Course at Cardiff Met
Career options include:
- Associate posts with established theatre/arts companies (eg. Education officer, marketing and administration)
- Setting up of own community arts projects
- Graduate entry positions in a range of industries.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
For further information on entry requirements and how to apply for the joint honours programme, please refer to the Joint Honours Course Overview.
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the
International pages on the website.