Applied Drama, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

University of Wales Trinity Saint David the United Kingdom

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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9000 per year

How you will study

Course starts
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International course fees
GBP 14900 per year

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About Applied Drama at University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Course Overview

The course is exciting, practical and supported by lots of opportunities to explore what applied drama can be, engaging with visiting professional practitioners and partaking in practical projects in the community. Each year strengthens your theoretical knowledge and gives you a chance to try different approaches in a range of professional settings and to specialise in the areas that interest you:

YEAR 1: Modules such as Digital Arts and Play & Creativity will throw you in to a fun, challenging and exciting atmosphere where you develop your core skills and the working methods that you may use in Applied work. You get to explore Applied theory and a range of contemporary practitioners.

YEAR 2: You practice your skills in real-life situations with carefully targeted groups in the community. Our modules Workshop Facilitation Skills and Applied Practices 1 enable you to build strong facilitation skills, run your own workshops and develop creative projects out in the community. Students work in schools, mental health settings, charities or set up their own projects in community spaces.

YEAR 3: This is your time to move towards being an independent practitioner. What kind of practitioner do you want to be? You will be supported by a range of Applied professionals to answer this question, creating your own research and practical projects based on your specialist interests such as Drama Therapy, Prison Theatre or Education. On Applied Performance Practices 2 you will set up and run your own project. Previously students have developed projects in schools supporting a range of different subjects and also collaborated with professional organisations to deliver drama projects for adults and young people in different community settings. Your final project is where you design, organise and deliver a major project of your own choosing, acting as far as possible as a professional in your own right.

Key Features

  • Students will engage with specialist workshops and masterclasses delivered by visiting practitioners in the field of Dramatherapy and applied practices.
  • Real Applied Drama projects in the community


Typical modules include:

Year 1

Year 1 is a common foundation year with Performing Arts with modules on:

  • Play & Creativity
  • Digital Arts in Performance
  • Challenge & Explore
  • Voice & Body
  • Create & Perform
  • The Reflective Practitioner

Year 2

  • Practice as Research
  • Workshop Facilitation Skills
  • Applied Performance Practices 1
  • Applied Performance Practices Project
  • Boundaries of Performance

Year 3

  • Investigating Performance
  • Advanced Workshop Facilitation Skills
  • Applied Performance Practices 2
  • What Happens Next?
  • Final Project

Course Tutor(s)

Students will work with our core staff:

  • Ali Franks
  • Jonathan Morgan

Students will also work with visiting specialist practitioners including Geese Theatre, Theatr Fforwm Cymru and The Sesame Institute.


You will be assessed through a range of different methods. Practical work and project observation, oral exams, presentations and written assignments such as essays and portfolios.

Career Opportunities

Career and employment opportunities include:

  • PGCE studies where the specialism in Drama is required for teaching Drama in the Secondary or FE sectors
  • MA studies in Dramatherapy
  • A career as an independent drama practitioner and workshop facilitator
  • Employment with government and local authority agencies, Health Boards and Social and Community action groups in the 'third sector'
  • Community or Educational theatre

Further Information

'The course as a whole changed my perception of Drama as a subject.

The lectures were always innovative. I began to see that the skills I was learning could be used universally and not just for the purposes of teaching Drama.

My projects with mental health groups has helped to shape me both as a person and as a facilitator. The endless persistence and support from lecturers has helped me to see the positives both in myself and my practice.

This has now led me to go on to a 6 week facilitation programme where I will be working alongside young adults to help them overcome obstacles and flourish like my university experience has enabled me to do. I am eternally grateful.'

Charlotte Haran, Graduate

Related Courses

  • BA Performing Arts (Contemporary Performance)
  • BA Acting
  • BA Dance
  • BA Theatre Design & Production

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU: £9,000

International: £14,900

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course starts find outDomestic course feesGBP 9000 per yearInternational course feesGBP 14900 per year

Entry requirements

Entry Criteria

You will be invited to visit the University to take part in an interview/workshop.

Entry is based on individual merit as well as academic profile which is ordinarily expected to be a minimum of 80 UCAS Tariff points.

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