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Applied Drama: Education, Wellbeing, Community (BA, CertHE)

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If you love theatre and drama and want to make a career out of it, then Applied Drama: Education, Wellbeing, Community at UWTSD is for you!


Pathway Options

Applied Drama: Education, Wellbeing, Community (Cert HE)
1 year full time
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Applied Drama: Education, Wellbeing, Community (BA Hons)
3 years full time 
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How to apply

All applications to study for a full-time undergraduate degree programme are made through UCAS. Part-time applicants should apply through the University. 

All our course come under the institution code T80

Visit the University's apply section to find out more.

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Contact Email: J.Pugh@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Jonathan Pugh

Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Reasons to study this course

  • Learn to run drama workshops
  • Grow drama and theatre skills
  • Work with theatre-makers
  • Make and tour productions and workshops, create and run your own drama projects
  • Work in schools, health and wellbeing and community arts
  • Applied Drama is career-focused and set in South Wales with its stunning beaches and busy arts scene!

What you will learn

Course Overview

Why choose BA Applied Drama at UWTSD?

  • 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
  • The chance to study abroad

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 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.

Module Topics

Year One – Level 4 (Cert HE, Dip HE & BA)

  • Contemporary Challenges: Making a Difference (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Improvising and Devising (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Introduction to Applied Drama (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Performance Practice (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Voice and Movement  (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Two – Level 5 (Dip HE & BA)

  • Changemakers: Building your Personal Brand for Sustainable Employment (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Drama and Theatre in Education (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Drama Health and Wellbeing (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Inclusive Practice (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Participatory Performance Project (20 credits; compulsory).

 Year Three – Level 6 (BA)

  • Advanced Practitioner (30 credits; compulsory)
  • Applied Practice in Action (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Final Project (30 credits; compulsory)
  • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module).

You will be assessed through a range of different methods - but not with exams...!

We know that the best way to assess practical subjects is by making practical work and that is what you’ll do. You will also learn about project observation, present oral vivas, give detailed presentations and write reflective assignments such as essays and portfolios.

These are all methods of assessment that allow you to grow and develop your communication practice whilst developing key academic strengths, and sharing your vision of the creative and performing arts.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

Creative Carmarthen, Graduates and Industry Links

Key Information

Entry Criteria

We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to art and/or design and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your portfolio of work.

Our standard offer for this course is 80 UCAS tariff points. We expect applicants to have a grade C or above in English Language (or Welsh) at GCSE level, together with passes in another four subjects. Plus we accept a range of Level 3 qualifications including:

  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, plus one GCE A-Level in a relevant academic subject
  • Three GCE A-Levels or equivalent
  • BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject
  • UAL Extended Diploma in Performing Arts
  • International Baccalaureate score of 32
  • Other relevant qualifications can be considered on an individual basis

Qualifications are important, however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. If you don’t have the required UCAS points then please contact the courses admissions tutor as we can consider offers to applicants based on individual merit, exceptional work, and/or practical experience.

Career Opportunities

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
Additional Costs

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 art and design 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. 

Students are expected to bring their own personal art and design equipment with them when they commence the course.  We can advise on the correct equipment needed for your programme of studies and signpost appropriate suppliers if you wish to purchase essential items before or during your studies.  

A basic ‘art and design kit’ will cost approximately £100 but you may well already have much of the equipment required so check with us first.  Also, although we have extensive dedicated digital design studios (PC and MAC) for you to undertake your coursework you may wish to bring your own digital devices, again check with us first before making a purchase.

Student Quotes

Hannah, Graduate

"I remember when I came for my interview at UWTSD and being told by the end of the three years I would be out there setting up and running my own projects, and I didn’t believe that I would be able to – but then it did actually happen! I highly recommend BA Applied Drama  for people who love performance but want to us it in a way that benefits people directly rather than it just being for entertainment."

Vicki, Graduate

"I found the Applied Drama course at UWTSD and realized this was perfect.  I had the opportunity to learn how to work with people using my performing arts skills.  Drama had given me confidence over the years and now I could learn how to pass that onto other people.  One of the great things about UWTSD is it is like a community in itself.  It is so friendly and everyone knows each other, and Swansea is a great place to live and study."

Lucy, Graduate

"Starting the Performing Arts Degree at UWTSD. It was quite literally one of the best decisions I have ever made. During my three years there I studied both practical performance and arts marketing. During my third year, I was lucky to be selected to perform in Simon Harris’ production The Elsinore Project (with Volcano Theatre) and also had a placement in the marketing department of Taliesin Arts Centre.

The support offered at UWTSD was excellent. The course was very friendly and the lecturers always had time for us – and were very understanding about those who had additional commitments. I had so many wonderful experiences and worked with some fantastic practitioners Although my passion was in performance, the lecturers also encouraged me to build up additional skills in arts marketing and community arts. They offered support to me and another graduate to set up a theatre company.

Since graduating I now work at UWTSD looking after their Creative Bubble initiative and manage some community engagement projects. I also work at a creative regeneration agency called Urban Foundry as a Project and Marketing Manager. The course gave me the confidence, new skills and contacts to make huge changes in my life. I also made some amazing friends and am still in contact with them today".

Olivia, Graduate

"BA Applied Drama is so much more than a performing arts course.  I would never have believed when I started it the impact it would have on my life, I feel like I have truly changed, grown and developed so much as a person – in ways that I could never have believed possible when I started at UWTSD"

Gemma, Graduate

"Applied Drama is different from other courses because it is more practical – you learn whilst doing, meaning for me that I felt more prepared and employable." 

Bursary / Scholarship Information

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.

Study Abroad Opportunities

During your time with us, you will have the opportunity to study abroad with the Erasmus exchange programmes currently running with Universities in Norway, Barcelona and Sweden.

Study Abroad 
Students can also take up the opportunity to study a semester in the USA and Canada.

Visit our Study Abroad and Exchange section to find out more.


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