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Study drama abroad

An in-depth guide to studying drama as an international student.

Drama degrees abroad

Drama is a broad field of academic study that explores the role, function, and operation of the theater across different cultures and time frames. It’s sometimes called theater studies or theater arts.

As a drama student, you’ll use theory and practice to explore how theater performances are shaped by social and historical contexts. You’ll study a range of texts, techniques, and traditions, helping you to develop a comprehensive understanding of the subject.

Every culture and society expresses itself differently through theater. By studying drama abroad, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation of how local culture and traditions influence the type and style of performances across the globe. Drawing on these new methods and techniques will mold you into an adaptive and well-rounded storyteller.

Drama program structure

Students can study drama at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Undergraduate degrees are usually studied as a BA, but some institutions will offer a Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA). The difference between these degrees is minimal and they will both last between three or four years.

Once you’ve completed your BA, you can go on to study a master’s over one or two years. The most advanced level of study is a PhD, which typically takes around five years to complete.

Drama is a great joint-honors option. This means that it can be easily studied alongside another related subject, like English, creative writing, music, or film. A joint-honors degree can give you more freedom to tailor your program to your specific interests and strengths.

Drama programs are usually taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, and practical workshops. You can expect to be assessed in a variety of ways including, written exams, essays, performances, presentations, and group projects.

On most drama programs, you’ll study a range of theoretical and practical modules. Although these will vary from university to university, here are some of the areas you can expect to study:

  • Theories and contexts of drama
  • Playwriting
  • Acting for stage
  • Theater skills
  • Stage and screen productions
  • Production design
  • Stage management
  • Reading and staging theater texts

Types of drama degrees

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Drama study abroad programs

Drama undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in drama

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    Drama and Theatre Arts - BA University of Birmingham, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,700 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Drama - BFA University of Saskatchewan, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    19,749 CAD
    Start date
    January, May, July, September
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    Drama - BA University of New Brunswick, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    17,357 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Drama and Film Studies - BA (Hons) University of Hull, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,000 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Drama - BA (Hons) University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,000 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Drama graduate programs

Master's in drama

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    Creative Writing (Dramatic Screenwriting/Playwriting) - MFA St. Francis College, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,688 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Theatre (Dramatic Writing) - MFA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    25,118 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Drama - MPhil University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,895 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Theatre - Dramatic Writing - MFA Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,034 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Actors Studio Drama School - Acting, Directing and Playwriting - MFA Pace University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,714 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Doctorate in drama

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    Drama - PhD University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,250 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Certificate in drama

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    Secondary Drama - PGCert Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,300 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Future drama careers

A drama degree opens doors to various career paths. Your communication, teamwork, and presentation skills will be highly valued by a range of employers. You’ll graduate with the tools you need to excel in any of the following roles:

  • Actor
  • Director
  • Dramatherapist
  • Music, film or television journalist
  • Performing arts teacher
  • Theater stage manager
  • Community arts worker
  • Special effects technician

The world of performing arts is a famously competitive one, so it’s a good idea to gain more experience by joining your university’s drama society. Making use of any theater open days organized by your university, and securing some work experience with local companies, will also help you to stand out from the crowd.