Explore film theory and film-making from all over the world, as well as different modes of performance with our BA (Hons) Drama and Film degree in Cambridge.
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.
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.
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.
You’ll also have the chance to weight your studies to prepare for a career in the arts or fields such as teaching – get ready to change the way others see the world.
You’ll follow an experiential, 'learning-through-doing' programme. Your degree will see you choosing from a range of career-focused optional modules, completing a 100% practical Major Project in either Drama or Film, and graduating with a professionally produced showreel and portfolio.
There are opportunities to gain valuable work experience throughout the course.
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 on campus, in the Mumford Theatre and Covent Garden Studio.
As part of your studies, you’ll see your films screened at Cambridge Arts Picturehouse and other public venues, and get involved behind-the-scenes at local events – thanks to our connections with organisations such as Take One magazine and Cambridge Film Festival.
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 student 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 also take an optional placement year as well.
Develop your technical and production skills in our specialist facilities, with full training and support from our technical staff.
You can also choose to study abroad for a semester, with funding available to help cover the cost.
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.
ARU Senior Course Leader Heather Lilley talks with James Ward, Head of School for Cambridge School of Creative Industries, about her role, courses, and career journey.
An adaptation of Shakespearean classic The Tempest by graduating BA (Hons) Drama students.
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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
Lecturer, Media and Communication
Associate Professor in Film and Media; Course Leader, BA (Hons) Film
Course Leader, BA (Hons) Film and Media; Senior Lecturer, Writing, Film and Media Practice
Deputy Head, Film and Media
Senior Lecturer, Screenwriting
Associate Professor of Media and Culture; Research Convenor in Film and Media
Professor of Film and Feminist Media Studies; Course Leader, BA (Hons) Media and Communication
Associate Professor, Film and Media
Senior Lecturer, Media Studies
Course Leader, BA Media Production; Senior Lecturer, Film and Media
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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