|Study location||United Kingdom, Colchester Campus|
|Type||Bachelor courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||3 years|
|Tuition fee||To be confirmed|
High school / secondary education (or higher)
The entry qualification documents are accepted in any language
At least 1 reference(s) must be provided.
Drama is a rich and diverse art form, with an ancient history that spans human cultures across the globe. The theatre is a medium through which societies reflect on the most important issues of the day, laugh, dream and dare to imagine things differently; it is the mirror in which individuals and communities scrutinise themselves. Studying drama allows you to explore some of the most important and influential texts ever written; and it exposes you to new experiences, new ideas and to many worlds.
We believe that the joint engagement of practice and theory produces a deep understanding of how drama works. As a result, our teaching combines practical workshops with critical seminars and lectures, and is delivered by an experienced team of playwrights, directors, and actors, as well as leading academic theatre specialists.
You study a wide spectrum of dramatic literature from Ancient Greek tragedy and Shakespeare, to modern plays from across Europe and the world; and you also study theatre-making practice. You consider different ways in which theatre is made, and relate academic study to the practice of making and seeing theatre. We explore theatre buildings and history, as well as looking at drama in relation to political issues, and in applied contexts such as schools and communities.
- Transforming dramatic texts into dramatic performance
- Political ideas, human rights and social issues in recent theatre
- The theory and practice of acting and performance
- Comedy, tragedy and the development of genre, both in theory and practice
- Gender and sexual politics on stage
- Writing for theatre
At Essex you will make practical theatre, in groups and as an individual, so you develop not only as a reader and maker of dramatic works, but also as an audience member.
Our course offers a varied, flexible and distinctive curriculum, focused on the study of drama, but also enabling you to take options from the other courses within our Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies including literature, creative writing, filmmaking, and journalism.
We are ranked top 10 in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2015), and our students are some of the happiest in the country; we are top in the UK for student satisfaction (NSS 2014).
Introduction to Theatre Making
Text Into Action
Understanding Employability: Preparing for Your Future
Introduction to Theatre
Introduction to European Literature (optional)
Models of Morality
Performing Shakespeare (optional)
Interactive Performance-making: Shaping Audience Participation (optional)
Gender in Performance: Sexual Politics and the Stage (optional)
Writing for the Theatre (optional)
Creative Performance (optional)
Theatre and Human Rights (optional)
Independent Practical Theatre Project (optional)
Our students have gone on to become producers, playwrights, and actors, as well as teachers, academics, dramaturgs, youth workers, stage managers, administrators, live artists, and theatre-makers. They have also found success in a range of other industries including journalism, press relations, marketing, theatre and television production, broadcasting, magazine editing, copywriting, industry, commerce and law.
Our recent graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of desirable roles including:
Freelance theatre facilitating
Youth theatre practice at The Princes Theatre
Front of house theatre manager
We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.