Drama and Theatre Arts BA (Hons)

You will engage both creatively and critically with a range of topics including acting, performing, directing and theatre for social change, while being supported to develop your own artistic vision, personal interests and aspirations.

The course offers you the opportunity to learn about Drama in a rich variety of ways by working with professional researchers, research-active academics and visiting practitioners.

Course details

Informed by a mix of contemporary methods of performance making, current scholarly thinking and historical theatrical traditions, this course is ideal for those seeking a career in a range of arts-related areas.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Leicester campus

De Mortfort University

Course overview

You will benefit from great facilities that have contributed to DMU being recognised as a Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts – an accolade that also reflects our commitment to innovative and excellent teaching and learning.

Benefit from our long-standing partnership with Leicester’s iconic Curve theatre. Opportunities include internships, work placements and the chance to work on or perform in an annual production, which have included Lorca’s Blood Wedding and Lucy Prebble’s Enron.

DMU is recognised as a Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts, with great facilities providing specialist studios and rehearsal spaces designed specifically for drama and performance learning activities.


Entry requirements

112 points from at least 2 A’levels or

BTEC Extended Diploma DMM or

International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points or

T Levels Merit

Plus five GCSEs grades 9-4 including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above.

Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit (or equivalent) and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade 4 or above.

We will normally require students have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above


Our Drama graduates learn how to gain strong skills in critical analysis, reflection and research, and are taught to acquire excellent oral and written communication skills. By studying this course you can gain the ability to effectively collaborate, devise, organise and self-manage projects, and deal confidently with public performance.

Previous graduates have developed careers in teaching media and technical theatre production, as well as gone on to work in theatres and community arts organisations, develop personal professional practice, set up a theatre company, or pursued postgraduate study such as our Performance Practices MA. Recent destinations include actor for the National Theatre, Associate Director at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre and Drama coach at Berzerk Productions.

Drama graduate Clive Keene has been travelling the world starring in the National Theatre’s acclaimed play War Horse. Clive said, “It was one of the best decisions in my life coming to DMU. The Drama course opened up so many new opportunities that I may not have got anywhere else and gave me an insight into alternative practices within the industry which I feel informed me as an actor.


Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

  • Block 1: Body, Text, Voice
  • Block 2: Participations

Block 3: Shifting Stages OR you can select to study one route from the list below:

  • Creative Writing route – Writers Salon
  • Education route – Childhood, Social Justice and Education
  • English Language route – Evolving Language
  • English Literature route – Introduction to Drama: Shakespeare
  • Film Studies route – Disney, Warner Bros and the Business of the Film Studio
  • History route – Global Cities
  • Journalism route – Understanding Journalism
  • Media route – Media, Culture and Society
  • Block 4: Theatre Company: Ensemble
  • Block 1: Engaging Audiences
  • Block 2: Making Theatre and Performance
  • Block 3: Revolutions: Staging Texts OR continue with the route selected in the first year:
  • Creative Writing route – Story Craft
  • Education route – Preparing for Professional Practice and Cultural and Educational Transformations
  • English Language route – Sociolinguistics
  • English Literature route – Text Technologies
  • Film Studies route – Screen Archives – Preservation, Conservation and Usage
  • History route – Humans and the Natural World
  • Journalism route – Beyond News: Peace journalism and Opinion Writing
  • Media route – Public Relations and Strategic Communication
  • Block 4: Theatre Company: Collaboration OR Professional Performance Practice 1 (requires a successful audition)

Blocks 1 and 2: Select two from the list below:

  • Live Art
  • Staging Texts
  • Theatre Company: Production
  • Education and Performing Arts

Block 3: Revolutions: Acting and Directing OR continue with the route selected in the first year:

  • Creative Writing route – Uncreative Writing, Creative Misbehavior
  • Education route – Adult Learners and Lifelong Learning OR Gender and Education
  • English Language route – Language and Identity
  • English Literature route – World Englishes: On the page and Beyond
  • Film Studies route – British Cinema – Creativity, Independents and Interdependence
  • History route – The World on Display
  • Journalism route – Music, Film and Entertainment Journalism
  • Media route – Gender and TV Fictions

Block 4: Final Project OR Professional Performance Practice 2 (requires a successful audition)