Drama and Film - BA (Hons)

Performance is at the core of our Drama and Film degree here at ARU, whether you’re in front of or behind the camera. Your understanding of film theory and history will improve your acting skills and your hands-on knowledge of performance practice will enhance your filmmaking or writing skills.

Course details

As a Drama and Film student, you’ll explore the latest theory and practice in both fields as we help you to grow into a confident, versatile and exciting practitioner with transferable skills to suit whichever field you hope to work in.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

In drama, you’ll work on public-productions and smaller-scale projects, exploring practices and texts from the 20th century onwards as well as working on original pieces. In film you’ll explore the language and convention of drama and film, taking in some of the key movements in history from Hollywood cinema through to more experimental modes of performance.


Entry requirements

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements.


Not only will you develop your performance skills during your time at ARU, our BA (Hons) Drama degree will give you practical experience as a stage technician, and the academic understanding you need to be a director or a teacher.


You’ll show your progress on the course through a combination of essays, reports, critical reflections, presentations, studio and public performances and a major project, which may include practical work.

  • Film Language and Concepts
  • Creative Moving Image
  • Studio Performance
  • Staging and Production
  • Classical Hollywood Cinema
  • Making Performance
  • Theorising Spectatorship
  • Community Theatre Performance
  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)

Optional modules

  • Practice as Research
  • Independent Cinema: US and Beyond
  • Non-Fiction Filmmaking
  • Performing Shakespeare
  • Performing New Writing
  • Professional Theatre Practice 1
  • Anglia Language Programme
  • Filmmakers on film
  • Major Project
  • Festival of Performance

Optional modules

  • Special Topics in Film Studies
  • TV Drama Production
  • Site Specific and Immersive Theatre
  • Independent Film Practice 1
  • Gender and Popular Cinema
  • Working in English and Media
  • Narrative in Global Cinema
  • Workshop Facilitation
  • Provocations
  • Anglia Language Programme