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Performing Arts: Drama and Media

Performing Arts: Drama and Media is a unique Performing Arts degree where you will learn the skills you need to be a great performer. In practical workshops and lectures you will develop your own creative skills to make innovative work in a range of unconventional performance settings.


Pathway Options

BA Performing Arts: Drama and Media
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How to apply

All applications to study for a full-time undergraduate degree programme are made through UCAS - Swansea College of Art UWTSD is part of University of Wales Trinity Saint David

All our course come under the institution code T80

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

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Course Length:
3-4 years Full-time
6-8 years Part-time

5 reasons to study this course

  1. Develop and enhance your theatre and performance skills and work with theatre makers and media content creators.
  2. Devise and make your own work, and collaborate with others
  3. Use physical theatre and devised theatre techniques
  4. Grow your physical literacy skills and develop your performer’s voice
  5. Work in an dynamic art college environment with opportunities to collaborate across art forms (Fine Art, Film and TV, Photography etc.

The course is creative industry focussed and set in the heart of Swansea with its stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife and busy arts scene!

What you will learn

Course Overview

Why choose Performing Arts: Drama and Media at UWTSD Swansea College of Art?

  • Small class sizes
  • Skilled and experienced lecturers
  • Art School ethos and great opportunities to work with other creative students
  • Strong industry links in Wales and the UK
  • Work in conventional and non-traditional theatre settings
  • Strong focus on your career in the creative industries
  • Final year projects tailored to your interests and skills
  • Chance to study abroad
  • Strong study support
  • Great bursary and award opportunities.
  • Cyfle i gyflwyno aseiniadau yn y Gymraeg.

You will build upon traditional and conventional approaches to create new, boundary-breaking theatre following our key themes: Challenge, Explore, Create

Year 1 – Challengeyou will follow a highly practical programme that focuses on the fundamental skills of vocal and physical expression, developing creativity and working towards a final production.

Year 2  -Explore  -you will develop your skills as a creative practitioner by exploring your own creative voice outside of traditional theatre spaces, and develop your ability to make exciting original work. You will have contact with professionals from different fields of the performance, entertainment and creative industries, and will combine text, movement and digital arts to achieve your vision.

Year 3  -Create– you have the opportunity to demonstrate your skills in making work, either in solo or ensemble projects. You will continue to develop your practical skills as a performance maker along with valuable research skills, showcasing your production work in interdisciplinary and independent projects.


Year 1

Year 1 is a shared year across Performing Arts pathways.

  • Play & Creativity
  • Contextual Studies
  • Digital Arts in Performance
  • Create and Perform
  • Voice & Body
  • Reflective and Academic Skills

Year 2

  • Practice as Research
  • Site-Specific Theatre
  • Physical Theatre
  • Boundaries of Performance
  • Performing Cultures

Year 3

  • Investigating Performance
  • Independent Project
  • Professional Practice
  • Advanced Practice
  • Interdisciplinary Arts
  • International Independent Study Module (optional)

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.

Our Facilities, Graduates and Industry Links

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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, with minimum grades of Merit
  • 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 or email artanddesign@uwtsd.ac.uk as we can consider offers to applicants based on individual merit, exceptional work, and/or practical experience.

See our Interview Guide for more information.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from these programmes will have the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue careers in the following areas:

  • Performance and performance-making
  • Acting and cabaret
  • Leaders of inclusive creative practice
  • Professional performance and production work
  • Forming new companies and creating original work
  • Working with Third Sector organisations and broader educational work
  • Further postgraduate specialist study and training at masters level for example PGCE
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.

Related Courses

Art & Design Foundation
BA Applied Drama

Student Quotes

Georgios Archrontis, Graduate

"What we do here is like being on the frontline of performance, just like certain scientists are the front-liners of science..."

Lucy Beddall

"I was a mature student with a young child when I started 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, especially if you have been out of education for a long time. 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."

Bursary / Scholarship Information

Swansea College of Art at UWTSD offers two Academic awards:  

  • Swansea College of Art 1853 Scholarship
  • Cert HE Foundation Bursary

Information on these as well as University wide offers can be found here.

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.

For more information please click here