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.

If you love theatre and drama and want to make a career out of it then BA (Hons) Applied Drama is for you!

What you will do on BA (Hons) Applied Drama:

  • grow drama and theatre skills
  • learn to run drama workshops
  • work with theatre makers
  • make and tour shows
  • create and run your own drama projects
  • work in schools, health and wellbeing and community arts

BA (Hons) Applied Drama is career-focussed and set in the heart of Swansea with its stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife and busy arts scene!

Key Facts

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

Tuition Fees for 2018/19:
£9000 (Home/EU students)
£11000 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

Swansea College of Art
Contact Email:
Language Choice:


facebook  twitter  youtube  Instagram  UCAS

Art & Design Bursary information

  • 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

YEAR 1 - Challenge - you will develop your performance skills through play, voice and body and digital arts. An introduction to Applied Drama will challenge you to consider the power of drama to change lives as you participate and develop your own Theatre of the Oppressed workshops

YEAR 2 - Explore - You will learn facilitation skills whilst exploring drama in different settings, such as schools and health and wellbeing.  You will form a company to devise and tour your a performance to a targeted audience outside of the University

YEAR 3 - Create - You have the opportunity to work with arts organisations, theatre groups and schools.  You really start to focus on your own skills and interests as you develop your projects and performances to take out into the community.  

Every year you will attend shows and events, have the opportunity to work with visiting theatre-makers and applied practitioners.  We encourage you to build your professional networks by taking volunteer positions and work experience opportunities through our many links and partnerships in South Wales and beyond.

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)

Why choose BA Applied Drama at UWTSD Swansea College of Art?

  • Small class sizes
  • Skilled and experienced lecturers
  • Strong industry links in Wales and the UK
  • Working in non-traditional theatre settings
  • Strong focus on your career
  • Final year projects tailored to your interests and skills
  • Chance to study abroad

We also offer this programme as a part-time study option. If you need flexibility in your study but are still passionate about training and developing your skills, then contact the programme director to discuss the ways in which our part-time study pathway can meet your needs.

Students will work with our core staff

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

As part of the Swansea College of Art, we also have direct access to guest lecturers who visit us directly from the film and TV industry, music and production sector and the art world.

You will be assessed through a range of different methods - but no exams...!

Practical work and project observation, oral vivas, presentations and written assignments such as essays and portfolios are all methods of assessment that allow you to grow and develop your communication practice whilst developing key academic strengths.

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

Entry is based on individual merit as well as an 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 specialist 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 on to do post-graduate education in:

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

UK/EU Tuition Fees

Visit our UK/EU Tuition Fees section to find out more.

Overseas Tuition Fees

Visit our Overseas Fees section to find out more.

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.

Our students have access to a diverse range of equipment and resources, which in most cases are sufficient to complete their programme of study. We provide the basic materials necessary for students to develop their practical work within our extensive workshop and studio facilities. However, it is likely that performing arts students will incur some additional costs to extend their investigation of their personal practice. For example, purchasing their own specialised materials and equipment, joining in optional study trips, and printing.