BA Applied Drama

90% of UWTSD’s Drama students agreed that their course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth – NSS 2017.

Our innovative BA (Hons) Applied Drama is an exciting opportunity to combine theatre, drama and performing arts skills with an interest in people and communities.

Our degree programme will enable you to develop key performance and facilitation skills whilst giving you the chance to work within a range of settings and sectors.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: W401
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years

Swansea College of Art
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  • I remember when I came for my interview at UWTSD and being told by the end of the three years I would be out their setting up and running my own projects, and I didn’t believe that I would be able to – but then it did actually happen!

    HannahBA Applied Drama graduate

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: Learn and develop contemporary performance and applied drama skills through exploration, play and devising.

YEAR 2:  Build strong facilitation skills to apply in a variety of contexts. You will have a chance to work as a company to create your own participatory performance project.

YEAR 3:  This is your time to move towards being an independent practitioner. Run your own workshops and develop creative projects out in the community. 

You will be supported by a range of artist practitioners, create your own research and practical projects based on your specialist interests in education, health and wellbeing and community arts.

Typical modules include:

Year 1

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

  • Play & Creativity
  • Contextual Studies
  • Digital Arts in Performance
  • Introduction to Applied Drama
  • Voice & Body
  • Reflective and Academic Skills

Year 2

  • Practice as Research
  • Drama and Theatre in Education
  • Drama Health and Wellbeing
  • Participatory Performance Project
  • Performing Cultures

Year 3

  • Investigating Performance
  • Independent Project
  • Professional Practice
  • The Advanced Practitioner
  • Applied Practice in Action
  • International Independent Study Module (optional)

We focus on:

  • Creating work outside of traditional theatre spaces
  • Community and social engagement
  • Theatre for change 
  • Creative approaches to education

We have strong partnerships with theatre companies, community arts organisations, schools and charities in Wales and across the UK

Opportunities to study abroad in your third year, UWTSD offers exciting opportunities to work with global communities.

Students will work with our core staff

Students will also work with visiting specialist practitioners including Re-Live Theatre, Cardboard Citizens, Organised Kaos, Valley & Vale Community Arts, People Speak Up among many others.

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.

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.

Our graduates have gone on to work in a variety of settings,
these include:

  • drama-in-education
  • theatre-in-education
  • forum theatre
  • prison theatre
  • reminiscence theatre
  • participatory theatre
  • theatre for development
  • drama for health and wellbeing
  • autobiographical storytelling
  • therapeutic applications of drama
  • community theatre, youth and children’s theatre

Graduates have also gone to do post-graduate education in:

  • teacher training (PGCE)
  • arts management
  • drama therapy

UK/EU Tuition Fees

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Overseas Tuition Fees

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Bursaries and Scholarships

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 our Bursaries and Scholarships section.