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  • Explore histories and traditions of theatre and performance and discover the role of drama as a tool for social change
  • Consider the important philosophical questions surrounding religion, the universe, human freedom and equality
  • Personalise your degree by choosing from a diverse range of drama and liberal arts modules
  • In your third year, create a small company to develop a major performance or an Applied Theatre or Theatre in Education project
Deepen your philosophical curiosity through our Liberal Arts and Drama. You will explore the histories and traditions of theatre and performance and discover the role of drama as a tool for social change. You will also learn about key philosophical and political principles and ideas that have shaped ancient and modern culture.
Enhance your critical thinking skills by considering the important philosophical questions surrounding truth (God), the universe, human freedom and equality. You can also personalise your experience by choosing from a diverse range of modules. These include: literary, artistic, cultural, scientific and political ideas. As well as, and some of the issues surrounding them.
Year 1 introduces you to the theory and practice of performance and production. You will also gain insights into the history of drama, the context in which dramatic production has taken place and how to make theatre. As well as the political underpinning of texts and practices, and how texts and performances are viewed and interpreted.
Year 2 explores the practices that underpin the development of drama. You can also personalise your degree by choosing from a range of Liberal Arts and Drama modules.
Year 3 develops your independent learning skills and you also take part in the Group Project. In the Group Project you create a small company with other students. Together you make a major performance or develop an Applied Theatre or Theatre in Education project. You also choose a specialist option focused on the research expertise of the staff teaching you. 


Liberal Arts provides graduates with critical skills that are desirable to employers. You develop skills in problem solving, organisation, time‐keeping, project management, taking initiative, interacting with peers and tutors, team‐working, critical thinking, adaptability, communication of ideas in debate and on paper, team‐work, the courage to meet challenges and difficulties, and commitment to the goal of succeeding.
Graduates are particularly eligible for all humanities‐based graduate‐entry jobs. Our graduates have gone on to start their own theatre companies or work as practitioners. They also perform in theatre, work in Theatre in Education (TIE), community drama, applied contexts and drama therapy. Many graduates go on to work in arts development, teaching and the media. 

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree. 

*Subject to validation

'Validation' is the process by which the University approves a new programme to ensure that it provides a distinct, high-quality academic experience for students, that enables them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career. In the unlikely event that a programme is not validated then we will do our best to find you an alternative programme within the University.


Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Study abroad

Our BA (Hons) Liberal Arts and Drama course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad. For more information see our Study abroad section.

Learning and teaching 

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
Independent learning: 948 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
Independent learning: 936 hours
Placement: 12 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
Independent learning: 948 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course


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


Our validated courses 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.

We ensure 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 on the course you are interested in can be found by attending Open Day or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

75% coursework
0% written exams
25% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

73% coursework
0% written exams
27% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

87% coursework
0% written exams
13% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

This programme is currently being validated. This is an internal process of ensuring our programmes offer students the best learning experience and can result in changes to the content of the course. For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

Entry requirements

96‐112 points

An A level A*‐C pass is required in one of the following: History, Archaeology, Classical Civilisation, History of Art, Economics, Politics, or English

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

If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

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Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by visiting us at an Open Day.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Learning from the Renaissance 15

This module introduces you to themes and personalities that were central to the period of Western history called the Renaissance. It provide you with an historical overview of key events, as well as looking at the relation of the Renaissance to other historical periods. It will also look more deeply into selected ideas with a view to illustrating their significance both within the Renaissance and beyond. Central to the approach of the module will be to illustrate ways in which the Renaissance holds an ‘educational’ import both within itself and in terms of a legacy. Where appropriate, tutors will relate the material to both ancient and more modern issues and ideas. The module aims to increase student knowledge and understanding of the Renaissance but also to draw out its fundamental import for the notion of education in its widest sense. Many of the ideas introduced in this module will be returned to in years 2 and 3.

Harmonia mundi 15

This module looks at the first principle of harmony in ancient and medieval liberal arts as it was seen to structure the ethical and metaphysical properties of the universe. We will think about this idea of harmony in relation to music, astronomy, maths, rhetoric and philosophy as well in the related areas of theology and politics. We will discuss whether we can hold to such principles of harmony today in the social, political and religious experience of dissonance and disharmony. Discussions will form part of an introduction to the Quadrivium and Trivium, the traditional subjects of Liberal Arts, upon which we can begin to think the nature of a modern liberal arts education.

Freedom (is to Learn) 2 30

This module looks at ancient and medieval cosmology, and at the role played by the idea of movement within metaphysics, physics and politics. You will read important texts from Ancient Greece, including Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics and the Sceptics. We look at some of the ideas associated with the ancient cosmos, including its being taken to and from Arabic and Judaic sources. We follow some of these ideas through western European cosmology and end the module by exploring motion and its relation to time, space and the construction of reality.

Freedom (is to Learn) 1 15

The Freedom is to Learn modules run through the three years of the degree. 

There will be much more to be said about this, but for now, remember it is important that you treat all the material you read in each of your MLA modules as relevant to all MLA modules. Think of Year 1 as a whole year of learning, not necessarily divided into modules, and think of each year as part of the whole degree. In time we will reward essays which are able to bring material in from different modules. In this first of the compulsory modules we are looking at some aspects of the origin of liberal arts education in Antiquity. As we do, we will also asks a strange question: what is the meaning of ‘beginning’? This is related to a second question: what is learning?

Making 30

This module takes students on a year-long journey that introduces them to the process of making Performance in the current artistic environment. Building on understandings of performance creation and composition developed at pre-University level, students will be guided, largely through practical workshops accompanied by appropriate critical and practitioner readings, through exercises and formative tasks in inventing new work that take them into the realm of the unknown and that help them expand their capacity to create unique and original creative material for their academic age and experience. This module is a university-level primer in creative and compositional technique for the ensemble group and will engage students in a range of strategies for making work, and will require extensive in-class showings and critical feedback sessions in preparation for the assessment. 


Theatre Histories 30

This year-long module invites students to consider the contexts in which theatre is made today and has been made in the past.

A number of texts will be explored in different contexts exploring different historical moments. The issue of the ephemerality of performance will be considered as textual and contextual materials and evidence are analysed. The key focus will be uncovering and understanding the complexity of the relationship between texts and contexts.

The module will introduce debates in theatre historiography and offer methodologies for investigating theatre and its histories. A range of texts from different moments in theatre history and will be explored with the emphasis on performance in Britain. This module will encompass a breadth of theatre history whilst allowing for detailed case study work.

There are two assessment points connected to this module:

  • An essay building from seminar presentation work
  • A practical performance

Optional Credits

Optional modules

Ancient 'Canonic' Tragedy
Film and Philosophy
Spirit: Innocence and Experience
Creator Texts
First Principles: Core Texts
Foundations of Modern Medicine
Theatre Histories

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Freedom (is to Learn) 4 15

This module looks back to thinking that has featured throughout the programme but also forward to leaving the Academy and becoming a graduate in the world beyond. It explores the concept of modern freedom and in particular examines the idea of Western subjective freedom in relation to such fundamental concepts as life and death, God and man, and master and slave. As you prepare to leave University, we will explore ways in which your higher education might serve you in what lies beyond- for employment as for existence itself.

Freedom (is to Learn) 3 15

The dialectic of enlightenment is one of the most profound and worrying expressions of modern rational thought.  We have seen in previous modules the effect that doubt has on how we understand the work and identity of human subjectivity. Now we will explore the damage wrought by uncertainty and doubt on other fundamental concepts including freedom and enlightenment. Our task will be to see if there is something we can learn from the difficulties of the dialectic of enlightenment when we see within it how truth collapses into a culture of repetition.

Optional Credits

Optional modules

Creator Images
Disciplining the Soul
Music and Philosophy
Theorising the Holocaust (Shoah)
Theorising Education and Ecology
Power of the Teacher
Spirit: In Ruins
Atomic Nature
First Principles: Core Texts
Athens and Jerusalem
20th Century Ghosts: Theatre, Time, Identities
Shakespeare & Ideology
Popular Performance
Controversy & Censorship
Theatre As Cultural Action
Theatre & Cultural
Role Of The Actor Intermediate
Role Of The Actor Advanced
Performance Criticism
Writing For Performance
Theatre In Education And Drama In Education
Puppetry And Object Manipulation
Physical Theatre
Open Project
Digital Performance
Immersive Performance
Musical Theatre In Uk & Usa
Transcultural Practices

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Freedom (is to Learn) 5 15

This module complements the group of modules in Liberal Arts running under the banner of Freedom is to learn. In this module we will revisit some themes from years one and two, particularly regarding first principles and their fate in the modern world; infinite regression; virtue; and begin to open up the theme of modern metaphysics in order to begin to judge the possibility of a new idea of first principles. This is undertaken in a variety of ways, dependent to some extent on the previous work of different groups of students over the previous two years. We may embark on a study of ancient and modern versions of the famous Delphic maxim: know thyself.

Optional Credits

Optional modules

Learning from the Holocaust (Shoah)
(Human) Nature
Spirit: Life and Death
The Natural Universe and Ecology
Philosophy of the Teacher
Know Thyself
First Principles: Core Texts
Group Project
Group Project Theatre as Cultural Action
Body Parts
Theatre Stories
Women, Autobiography & Performance
Performance Now: Debates & Discourses
Performance Now: Advanced Research Practice
Creative Entrepreneurship And Production
British Theatre

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 at
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, 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 for UK and EU students. 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. 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.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU 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 £77.08 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 £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International 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 £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.


Additional costs

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:


We organise incursions and excursions to see performances. Some tickets are free. Other ticket costs are kept to a minimum. Sometimes travel costs to travel to theatre will need to be paid by the student. Cost £30.

Liberal Arts optional reading pack

The reading pack contains the essential readings for each week's seminars and forms the basis for seminar discussions and assessments. Costs maximum £40 per year.

Core texts

Core Texts are available from the University Library; however some students prefer to purchase their own copies. Some Core Texts can be bought second hand, or as an ebook which can often reduce this cost. Cost £50‐60.


If students undertake placements as part of their optional module choices in Years 2 and 3. They are responsible for their travel costs. Cost £50‐60.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

Students will need to pay for the Disclosure and Barring Service fee if they chose an optional module where they carry out work in a school or other community context. This will either be in the second or third year of study. £44 current cost of check.

Key course details

UCAS code
3 years full-time
Typical offer
96‐112 points
King Alfred or West Downs, Winchester