This Theatre and Drama degree invites you to explore theatremaking. You’ll integrate practice and theory, work with play texts, and devise and link personal creativity with ensemble-based artistic collaboration. You will investigate approaches, conventions and theories connected to theatre and drama through studio practice and academic research.
Our range of modules enables you to study acting, directing, theatre and performance histories and theories, voice and movement, devising, ensemble practice, theatre production, applied drama, practice as research, and more. The flexible nature of our course means you can focus on your personal interests and career goals.
Studying drama in Cardiff, you will benefit from being in the centre of a booming arts industry, from television production to independent arts venues, surrounded by countless opportunities during your drama course and after graduation.
In practical workshops you’ll explore a variety of approaches to theatre from the perspective of the actor, director, deviser, facilitator and writer. In lectures and seminars, you will discuss and debate a broad spectrum of theatre and drama, including historical approaches, theories and ideas about theatre and theatre-making, and performances in different parts of the world.
You’ll have the opportunity to study topics in which staff have specialist expertise such as site-specific and offsite performance, adaptation, scriptwriting, physical theatre, theatre and science/ ction, horror performance, Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, and musical theatre, among others.
Our workshop and seminar studies are complemented by visits to the theatre, participation in public performances, and opportunities for industry placements. You will also have the chance to work with established professionals as part of the international arts scene in Cardiff and further afield.
In year three, working with fellow students, you can present your work at our annual student theatre festival. Our employability module in year three also enables you to ready yourself for a career anchored in theatre and drama.
This drama degree is structured to ensure that the theories, conventions and approaches covered in class are explored through academic and practical work.
We use a range of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, intensive rehearsals, masterclasses with visiting practitioners, web-based forums, work placement projects, and hands-on training with technical equipment.
The work submitted for assessment by our students is equally varied and incorporates conference presentations, online portfolios, reflections on practice, and running workshops, as well as essays and performance work.
There is currently no accreditation associated with this course.
We offer impressive facilities at the enhanced USW Cardiff. This includes a 160-seat auditorium theatre with a sprung stage floor, full lighting rig, two brand-new dance studios and new drama spaces. There are also four black box studio theatres, and professional film studios with green screen and motion capture facilities on campus.
The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.
You will be asked to take part in a group workshop (around 2 hours) which will guide you through a range of performance activities including the creation and devising of work and text based activity. The workshop will include some discussion and you will also have a chance to ask questions. This will be followed by your group interview.
You don’t need to prepare anything but please wear comfortable clothes that you can move in/work practically in.
BCC - CDD to include a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level with a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 to include a relevant higher subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes in a relevant subject (106 UCAS Tariff Points)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes in a relevant subject (80 UCAS Tariff Points)
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
|Kit (Uniform and Equipment)||£150||
Rehearsal clothing/costumes. All academic years
International Field Trip. Year 2 and/ or 3
|Additional assessment or memberships||£50||
Grad Show/Production costs
DBS Clearance for Applied Drama activities (Optional module) This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
|DBS Updating Service||£13||
Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to pursue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
£200 for books across all academic years. £100 Students may be expected to travel to master classes/ conferences at their own cost
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
Theatre and drama graduates follow a wide range of careers. Many are employed in the media entertainment industries, others choose to start up their own production companies, while some enter the teaching profession. The flexible and inclusive nature of the drama course ensures that our graduates have a highly developed range of transferable skills. This enhances their employability and career potential. Graduates can further their studies by applying for one of our postgraduate degrees.
South Wales is a region with a booming arts industry, from television production to independent arts venues. With our degrees you’ll study in the heart of Cardiff, surrounded by countless opportunities during your course and after graduation.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.