Discover your place in the world of drama and performance.
- Pursue your passions. Choose to specialise, broaden your skills base or combine Drama with another subject you love.
- Experiment, reflect and innovate. Learn by making, producing, performing, directing and collaborating.
- Graduate with a host of skills valued in a range of industries, from theatre to media to education.
Drama at Bath Spa provides you with a range of exciting modules to choose from that equip you with the skills to make, explore and analyse theatre and performance work in diverse contexts.
This Drama programme is for passionate individuals interested in exploring drama, theatre and performance in its many forms. It will give you a strong grounding in the ideas, traditions and (sometimes heated!) debates that inform contemporary drama practices, while providing you with the tools to analyse, interpret and create a wide range of performance work.
Through core and optional modules, you will encounter areas of practice such as play production, performing, writing and directing, and topics such as Shakespeare, musical theatre, physical theatre, comedy and media and performance.
'The knowledge and support from all lecturers and fellow students encouraged me to develop both the skills I already had and those I gained during my time at Bath Spa. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in Drama.'
Natasha Cook, Drama graduate
Ways to study Drama
Drama at Bath Spa allows you to choose between a programme with a clear and specialised trajectory, or a more open and varied study experience.
You can study Drama as a single honours award (with the option of a professional placement year), or opt for one of the pathways or combined awards listed below.
If you wish to specialise in-depth in a particular area of study, we offer two bespoke pathways:
Find out more about Drama as part of a combined course:
What you'll learn
You'll study plays, practitioners and genres that have been particularly influential in shaping contemporary theatre and performance. We give you the opportunity to explore:
- Theatre practitioners
- Performance making
- Theatre history
- Writing, directing and performing.
The course also includes a focus on:
- Plays and musical theatre productions in the University Theatre
- Theatre in education performances and workshops in local schools
- Stand-up comedy performances in local venues
- New plays written by students
- New and existing works devised, directed and performed by students.
Build the foundations. You'll undertake modules in theatre history, approaches to working with dramatic texts, contemporary performance and theatre skills. These will be taught through a mixture of practical workshops, seminars, lectures and rehearsals.
Apply your skills. You'll have the opportunity to apply yourself in a variety of performance projects. The core modules focus on allowing you to create your own original work, while a range of optional modules allow you to explore your particular areas of interest such as physical theatre, comedy, applied theatre, musical theatre and theatre production.
Develop your specialisms. You'll carry out research into an area of drama or performance of your own choice on our Dissertation module (optional for Joint Honours) as well as selecting areas of study from a range of specialist modules such as: Performance Projects, Staging Gender, Modern American Drama, Staging Shakespeare, Musical Theatre, Docu-drama, Media and Performance, and Devising and Site-Specific Performance.
How will I be assessed?
We use a variety of assessment tasks across the programme, including:
- Public performance
- In-class performance of devised or published work
- Oral presentations
- Performance of backstage/technical roles
- Critical reflection
- Working as part of an ensemble
- Script analysis
- Individual and group research projects.
How will I be taught?
You'll be taught through a range of activities including lectures, workshops, seminars, skills classes, rehearsals, tutorials, work placements and theatre visits.
Work placements, industry links and internships
You'll benefit from visits from industry professionals. Previous visitors cover a range of specialisms including: playwriting, directing, acting, television production, theatre in education, and children's theatre.
In 2015 and 2016 visiting professionals and practitioners included:
- Baz Taylor
Television director (Bergerac, Eastenders, Shine on Harvey Moon, Lovejoy)
- Neil D'Souza
Actor and writer
- Kylie Walsh
Paper Birds Theatre Company
- Mark Wilson
Natural Theatre Company
- Geese Theatre Company
Internationally renowned applied theatre company
- Local professional theatre companies
The Misfits; Travelling Light Theatre Company; Up In Arms Theatre Company.
We also have partnerships with local venues, local schools and local community groups.
We equip you with creative, collaborative, writing, presentational and communication skills that are invaluable in many professional and vocational areas.
Some graduates choose to pursue postgraduate study, especially in teaching, or vocational training. Recent graduates have gone on to MAs at Central School of Speech and Drama, Yale Theatre School and the Royal Academy of Music.
Other graduates launch careers in the creative industries, including working with theatre and media companies.
Founding member of award-winning Bristol based company The Wardrobe Ensemble who just performed their new show 1972: The Future of Sex to rave reviews in Edinburgh. The company has recently performed at the National Theatre Shed and the Soho Theatre.
Executive Director of the Theatre Royal Bath Theatre School.
Kristina Penton and Michael Elledge
Founders of Tzedakah Theatre, a theatre company that uses immersive performance to engage with issues of human trafficking.
Principal of Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts in Bath.
Dramatherapist and Tutor.
'Because of the staff and resources at Bath Spa University, I feel confident that I will reach my potential.'
Ashley McGinty, third year Drama student
The Drama community
Facilities and resources
Where the subject is taught
You'll benefit from use of teaching and rehearsal facilities on the Newton Park campus and also from use of Burdall's Yard, a specialised and atmospheric performance venue in the City Centre that is particularly well suited to less conventional or more intimate cabaret, theatre or comedy performances.
Facilities used by BA Drama include: