Explore different modes of performance and drama practice and develop skills for the stage and screen, with our BA (Hons) Drama degree in Cambridge.
David Alade wrote and performed Fox Hunting at ARU: then developed for a professional 3 week run at the Courtyard Theatre, London. He also starred in The Fisherman, Trafalgar Studios. Both had 4 star reviews or more.
"The Mumford is a beast of a stage. Now that I have left and seen more and more theatre in London it has been a real eye opener, so I'm quite privileged to have trained and performed on it."
Performing is at the core of our Drama degree at ARU.
With our BA (Hons) Drama degree, we’ll help you to grow into a confident, versatile and exciting drama practitioner with transferable skills to suit the field you want to work in.
With a strong focus on performance, you’ll get to work on public productions as well as smaller-scale projects, exploring practices from the 20th century onwards and devising your own productions.
We’ll encourage you to create innovative and daring performance practice as you develop expertise in group collaboration alongside your own solo performances. You’ll also get the chance to weight your studies to suit your interests, be that drama practice, specialising in backstage production or even theatre administration.
You’ll follow an experiential 'learning-through-doing' programme and your degree will see you choosing from a range of career-focused optional modules, completing a 100% practical Major Project, and graduating with a professionally produced showreel and portfolio.
As a student here, you’ll develop your technical and production skills in our specialist facilities. Our technical staff will be on hand to offer help and support.
You can also choose to study abroad for a semester, with funding available to help cover the cost.
Closer to home, you can connect with Cambridge’s performance scene through our links to local networks such as Cambridge Arts Network and Cambridge Live. You’ll get the chance to perform in public venues around Cambridge as well as in our performing arts spaces on campus, the Mumford Theatre and Covent Garden Studio.
Experience being part of a professional troupe with our very own Community Theatre Company and take the chance to perform and collaborate with other creative industries students.
You’ll be able to collaborate with other Cambridge School of Creative Industries students, such as our film students who need actors for their films. We’ll also support you to find placements and work experience – our students recently took part in a live brief with Great Abington Primary School, devising performances and workshop activities to enhance curriculum learning through interactive drama events - and you can choose to take an optional placement year to gain further experience in drama and theatre as well.
As an ARU student, you can also get involved with the University of Cambridge's Footlights comedy events as a writer, performer or member of the production team.
The impact of our Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, and Film & Screen Studies research achieved 'world-leading' in the Research Excellence Framework 2021.
Is drama a good career?
Studying drama can open up a number of career paths, both in the performing arts sector, the creative industries more broadly, and areas such as education and teaching.
What is a degree in drama?
A degree in drama can help you to develop a number of skills. At ARU, our Drama degree is strongly focused on performance and getting you involved in a range of productions. But you'll also gain transferable skills that can be used in areas such as theatre, broadcasting, and arts organisations.
How long is a drama degree?
At ARU, you can study our BA (Hons) Drama degree over three years, or four years with a placement year. There is also the option of a four-year degree with a foundation year.
ARU Acting and Drama Course Leader Dr. Heather Lilley explains which of our undergraduate courses in acting, drama and theatre may be right for you.
An adaptation of Shakespearean classic The Tempest by graduating BA (Hons) Drama students.
An English adaptation of Czech writer Karel Čapek's acclaimed 1920 science fiction play R.U.R.,
The story of the mythical Paul Bunyan as a metaphor for the human struggles of the emerging New World and the personal struggles of the central character Johnny Inkslinger.
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As part of your studies at ARU, you’ll have access to all of our creative industries facilities including:
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Course Leader for BA Drama, Drama and English Literature, Drama and Film and Acting; School Lead for Learning, Teaching and Assessment in CSCI
Deputy Head, Writing and Performance
Course Leader, BA Acting
Lecturer in Drama
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.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters, such as our MA Dramatherapy. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.
To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.
Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.
I took part in Anglia Ruskin Community Theatre Company's 'Theatre in Education' Production... creating a performance for primary-age students and working with a professional director. I have learnt many valuable skills as a resultLAURA MACKIE
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