BA (Hons) Drama and Performing Arts

Drama and Performing Arts at Winchester is a highly practical, dynamic programme allowing students to study the history and theory of performance - embracing popular and experimental forms - as well as creating  pieces themselves.

BA (Hons) Drama and Performing Arts at University of Winchester

UCAS code: WW44

Entry Requirements* 

Typical offer: 

2017 Entry: 88-104 points 

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

Degree duration: 

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2017 Entry Full-time £9,250** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,939.
Total Cost: £27,750** (3 years)

International Students

2017 Entry Full-time £11,600** p/a
Total Cost: £34,800** (3 years)

For further details click here

Additional costs: 


  • Core Texts: Multiple copies of core texts are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however due to limited availability students are recommended to purchase a copy for their own use. It is possible for students to buy second-hand copies. Cost £50. 
  • Live Performances: Students will be encouraged to attend live performance whenever they are able, to develop their understanding of performance.  Costs and travel expenses will need to be covered by the student. Cost £50. 
  • Travel: Students may have the opportunity to perform at festivals and platforms in the region throughout their degree. Costs for travel and expenses will need to be covered by the student. Cost £50. 
  • Open Project Module: Students who choose the optional modules 'Open Project' (Level 5) and 'Internship' (Level 6), will be expected to pay for their own travel costs and other expenses should they incur them. Cost £50. 

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information


Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

**If you are starting your degree in September 2017, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 (Home and EU), £34,800 (International). However, please be aware that this may change. Our fees will be reviewed annually before the academic year begins and in-line with Parliament's approval of inflationary increases or decreases to fees for institutions with high quality teaching. 

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

In Year 1, students are introduced to a full range of practical performance skills and knowledge of the history and context of Drama and Performing Arts.

In Year 2, students study a number of different critical and reflective methodologies in viewing and analysing, and for creating texts and performance work. A wide range of optional modules are on offer so students may develop and pursue their own interests.

Students focus on devising group and solo performances and synthesising different artistic forms and disciplines. They have the opportunity to devise, think about, discuss and critique a wide range of professional performances and art events.

Students may create performances of any kind using the body, voice or digital technologies, in a theatre or site-specific location. They do not study texts to perform these; however, many practitioners use a text as a starting  point  for devising. They may also use a piece of music, image, event, short story or an environment.

In the final year, all students undertake the Extended Independent Study. Students may negotiate to present it as a performance, a dissertation of 8,000-10,000 words, or as shorter dissertation with a practical performance.

The University offers excellent facilities for both performance  and rehearsal. The Performing Arts Studios provide six bespoke spaces and offer the latest technology for student productions. The Studios are located on the King Alfred Campus close to the Performance Gymnasium and other facilities in the Bowers Building.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Theatre Histories
  • Histories and Contexts
  • Making

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Dramaturgy: Analysis and Creative Development

Optional modules:

  • Digital Performance
  • Puppetry and Object Manipulation
  • Physical Theatres
  • Performance Criticism
  • Open Project
  • Musical Theatre in the UK and USA
  • Immersive Performance
  • Contemporary Cultural Heritage
  • Transcultural Practices
  • C20th Ghosts: Theatre, Time, Identities
  • Shakespeare and Ideology
  • Production Project
  • Popular Performance
  • Theatre and Cultural Difference
  • Controversy and Censorship
  • Theatre  as Cultural Action
  • Theatre-in-Education and Drama-in- Education
  • Role of the Actor - Intermediate
  • Role of the Actor  - Advanced
  • Writing for Performance
  • Performance Criticism

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Extended Independent Study 
  • Performance Now: Debates and Discourses or Creative Entrepreneurship and Production
  • Collaborative Project or Internship

Optional modules:

  • Group Project
  • Group Project: Theatre  as Cultural Action
  • Performance Now: Debates and Discourses
  • Performance Now: Advanced Research Practice
  • Creative Entrepreneurship and Production
  • Body Parts
  • Theatre Stories
  • Women, Autobiography and Performance
  • British Theatre 1945-2015
  • Volunteering

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e. lectures, seminars etc), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors and the wide range of services to students within the University.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library 

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates enter careers within  the creative industries, teaching, become independent artists and set up their own companies.

For more information about graduate employment visit - From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement


The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

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International Students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to or call +44 (0)1962 827023

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