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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 undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in drama

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    Drama - BA (Hons) Ulster University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,145 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,360 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Education Secondary and Drama - BA (Hons) Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,577 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,300 GBP

    Start date
    January
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    Drama - BA/BA (Hons)/HBFA University of Saskatchewan, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,990 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,487 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, July, September
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    Drama - BA (Hons) University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,761 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Drama - BA (Hons) University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,048 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,086 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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Associate in drama

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    Drama - AA Seattle Central College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    June, September, January, April
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    Drama Theater Arts - AA-T Diablo Valley College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,304 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,304 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Drama: Acting - AA Los Medanos College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,304 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,304 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Drama graduate programs

Master's in drama

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    Actors Studio Drama School: Acting, Directing and Playwriting - MFA Pace University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,714 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 44,714 USD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Drama - MA University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    23,048 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,086 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Education: Drama in Education - MEd Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,593 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,850 EUR

    Start date
    September
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Diploma in drama

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    Drama - GradDipArts University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    22,385 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,048 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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Certificate in drama

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    English with Drama and Media Studies - GradCert Ulster University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    10 months
    Annual tuition fee
    6,020 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,830 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Secondary Drama - PGCert Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,577 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,300 GBP

    Start date
    January, February
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    Secondary English with Drama - GradCert London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    15,829 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,700 GBP

    Start date
    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.