This degree provides the opportunity for sharing modules with Media, Creative Writing and English Literature. At each level, there will be a subject specific strand, a field strand (this will include employability focused opportunities via collaborative projects, certification, and work related placements) and a theory strand which will bring expertise from across the wider teaching team.
The first year of your degree introduces you to concepts of community and identity which will inform your approach to devised performance aimed at specific communities. Alongside this you will study Theatre Practice and Theatre Practitioners exploring 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 explore theatre for and with communities through applied theatre workshops and projects. 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 practical or written Dissertation option. The performance option 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, Immersive Theatre, Verbatim Theatre and Oral Histories.
Learning & Teaching
Sessions will be a mix of practical workshops, fieldwork, 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.
Every student is assigned a personal tutor when they begin the course and this tutor supports them for the entirety of their degree. There are scheduled tutorial meetings that students attend, but tutors also have dedicated office hours which allows students to access them outside the scheduled meetings.
The university has well-established student support provision for students who have additional learning needs and also is equipped to deal with any issues that arise during the course of a student’s studies.
Each 20 credit module has approximately 200 hours of study attached to it. 48 hours of these will be delivered in taught sessions such as lectures, seminars and workshops usually scheduled as two hours per week.
The course benefits from a fully equipped drama studio, rehearsal space and a set construction workshop.
Assessments in Drama are a mix of practical examinations (on and off campus), 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
• Primary PGCE Course
Career options include:
• Associate posts with established theatre/arts companies (e.g. 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
Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) , plus 104 points from at least two A levels (or equivalent).
Typical offers may include:
- 104 points from at least 2 A levels to include grades C; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as the third subject
RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM
104 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4
104 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades D
102 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma
*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE
Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.
If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.
Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualification are interviewed and considered individually on the basis of their prior learning or working background. For applicants who are only undertaking 2 A levels or equivalent, this will be considered along with the rest of the academic profile and we may issue a graded offer in lieu of an offer using the UCAS Tariff.
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.
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview.
How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at www.ucas.com. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.
Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3
If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.
A mature applicant is anyone over the ago of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.
For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email
For course specific enquiries, please contact Meryl Hopwood:
Tel: 029 2041 6594