Our dynamic arts community is made up of students, graduates, academics, professional practitioners, and a team of technical specialists, so you are in the ideal environment to explore and develop your own distinctive style and creativity.
Why study Drama and Theatre at Kent? Discover your specialism: from physical theatre to puppetry, stand-up comedy to community arts, we blend practical work with academic study, enabling you to develop your critical understanding alongside performative skills. Access fantastic facilities: our Drama spaces include three large rehearsal studios, our scenic workshop space for set and props, a flexible black box theatre and a fully equipped professional theatre space seating 144. Gain Industry Experience: Kent has strong links with arts organisations and theatres locally and regionally to enhance your practice in public. Our professional links are also reflected in our teaching staff, guest lecturers and opportunities for work placements. Explore special resources: Our library houses over 150 archival collections of international interest, including historical theatre and performance material from pantomime, melodrama and variety, as well as the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive. Get career ready: Our students can apply for the Graduate Theatre Company Scheme, which funds drama project work for 18 months after they finish their studies with us.
What you'll learn
At Kent we challenge the distinction between practical and theoretical study, which means that many of our modules include both written and performed assessments. We offer a broad range of options which enable you to shape your degree around your own areas of interest.
First-year modules develop your key skills and core knowledge, and introduce you to a wide range of theatre practices. In your second year you choose four modules from a range covering areas such as acting, physical theatre, popular performance, Shakespeare’s theatre, musical theatre dance, theatre and adaptation, gender and performance, and disability and the arts.
In your final year you choose three modules from a selection, covering areas such as acting Shakespeare, physical theatre, stand-up comedy, participatory and community arts, verbatim and documentary theatre, and theatre and ideas. You then either take a module in which you produce an original production in small companies, or you complete an independent written project.
See the modules you'll study
Do you have a passion for Film or Literature? We have three joint-honours options available: BA (Hons) Drama and Comparative Literature, BA (Hons) Drama and English Literature or BA (Hons) Drama and Film.
What our students say
" The variety of modules and the ability to learn new things was astounding. Kent allowed me to grow into the person I am. I loved learning from quality teachers on fantastic courses. I got to demonstrate my intelligence in my own voice"
- Matt Hoss, graduate and professional stand-up comedian
“When I visited, I was impressed with the School of Arts’ building, it was modern and the facilities were really good. I could see that the teachers were passionate about their subject.” – Eva Tritschler, current Drama student
Teaching is through workshops, seminars, lectures and practical projects. Most Drama and Theatre modules are continuously assessed on the basis of coursework, projects and presentations, performances, essays and dissertations.
Knowledge and understanding
You develop knowledge and understanding of:
- key practitioners, practices and theorists of performance, including writers, critics, directors, actors, artists, designers and producers
- historical and contemporary contexts of the production and reception of performance
- the relationship of performance to its material, cultural and historical context.
- histories, forms and traditions of performance and theoretical explanations of their impact
- traditional and contemporary critical perspectives that inform the academic study of performance
- the interplay between theory and practice
- the processes by which performance is created, realised and managed including: the reading of written text and other source material; processes of rehearsal; writing and dramaturgy; devising, directing, design, stage and technical management and producing
- the impact of theatre and performance within a range of social, educational and community contexts
- the reading, analysis, documenting and interpreting of performance
- the role of the audience; the performance and production skills necessary to communicate with audiences.
You develop intellectual skills in how to:
- read, understand and engage analytically with a range of texts, performances and other source material
- research, evaluate and productively apply information from a number of sources (written, visual, aural) in order to develop and present a coherent understanding of the theory and practice of performance
- critique performance events and processes
- undertake and manage extended independent and creative research
- understand processes of creativity and deploy and critique these in your own work
- record, document and analyse processes of making performance
- understand and apply appropriate interdisciplinary practices, concepts and skills
- present coherent arguments verbally and in writing
- understand the relationship of performance to a range of critical, historical and cultural frameworks for its production and reception.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- reading and evaluating scripts, performance texts and other theatre documents from a range of critical and practical perspectives
- envisioning the performance possibilities of a play text, script and other textual or documentary sources
- realising performances derived from a range of starting points (for example, a script; a theoretical position; documentary material; a specific location) and using a range of techniques, structures and working methods to develop those performances
- engaging and collaborating in production and performance
- engaging with current debates on theatre arts, productions, cultural policy and funding
- practising creative, physical and vocal skills for practice-based work, including appropriate warm-up exercises and techniques
- using technical apparatus and associated resources necessary to realise the demands of production in live and recorded performance safely, efficiently and effectively
- documenting performance processes and events
- engaging in research, whether independent, group or practice-based
- considering theories of spectatorship, developing an awareness of the audience or client group for performance, and an ability to respond and adapt to it through flexible means.
You gain the following transferable skills:
- working collaboratively with others utilising a variety of team structures and working methods, understanding group dynamics and handling interpersonal issues
- developing and pursuing creative projects within specified resource constraints (for example, time, space and/or budget), therefore, developing problem-solving skills
- managing workloads to meet deadlines and sustaining focus for extended periods working on independent creative projects, developing autonomy and self-management
- using information retrieval skills to gather and critically evaluate material
- applying critical and creative skills in diverse forms of discourse and media
- identifying health and safety issues and undertake risk assessments.
- negotiating effectively with a variety of agencies (inside and outside the programme), developing interpersonal skills
- effectively and professionally communicating coherent arguments and propositions in a variety of media, verbally and in writing
- undertaking basic design, engineering, construction, and technical work
- demonstrating numeracy using scale, simple equations, simple geometry, basic arithmetic, data collection, presentation and analysis
- reflecting on your own learning and progress, identifying strategies for development, exploring strengths and weaknesses and developing autonomy in learning and continuous professional development.
This programme aims to:
- provide a stimulating environment which encourages and assists you to achieve your creative and intellectual potential
- produce independent, motivated graduates who are equipped to meet the needs of, and to contribute creatively to, the theatre and associated media and professions
- develop critical judgement and personal organisation skills to enable you to respond positively to the challenges of further study, training or employment in relevant career destinations
- enhance the learning experience through a range of teaching and assessment methods that reflect and respond to the values and diversity inherent in drama and theatre studies
- provide teaching that is informed by research and current developments in the pedagogy of drama and theatre as well as theatre practice and the arts
- provide a broad grounding in the subject in the early stages of study, becoming increasingly specialist in the later stages
- provide you with creative competence and understanding that is grounded in (and prepares for) professional practice
- offer you the opportunity to apply to undertake a term or year abroad or a year’s placement in industry.