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Drama - BA (Joint Honours) Degree


Key Facts

​UCAS Codes:

8GF3: BA (Hons) Drama and Media

J42W: BA (Hons) Drama and Creative Writing

QW34: BA (Hons) English​ & Drama

Place of Study: 
Cyncoed Campus

Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy

Course Length:
Three years full-time.
Six years part-time.

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Course Overview

​​T​​he study of Drama at Cardiff Met forms part of the ​BA Humanities Joint Honours programme within​​ the Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy.​

The Drama side of the de​gree introduces you to a range of theatre genres, playwrights and practitioners using both textual and practical exploration. You will be encouraged to consider the influences from which theatre is made, experiment with performance styles and analyse theatre practice. In addition you have the opportunity to develop your own skills as a theatre maker, as both performer and director. 

You will also explore how drama can be applied to a range of community and educational settings, which will complement your work-based placement in year two.​

You can combine Drama with the following subjects and graduate with the following named degree:

Course information on this page relates to September 2020 entry.

Related courses:
You may also be interested in studying the single honours BA (Hons) Community Theatre.

Course Content


Year One 

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. 

Year Two ​

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. 

Year Three

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.

International Applicants
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.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email ​

For course specific enquiries, please contact Meryl Hopwood
Tel: 029 2020 6594

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