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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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    English Literature and Drama - BA (Hons) Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,184 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,300 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Drama and English Literature - BA (Hons) University of Greenwich, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,141 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,000 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Drama and Performance - BA (Hons) University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,192 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,500 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Drama - BFA Lynn University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    37,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,600 USD

    Start date
    January, May
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    Drama and English Literature - BA (Hons) Edge Hill University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,749 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
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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
    September, January, April, June
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Drama graduate programs

Master's in drama

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    Actors Studio Drama School - 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, September
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    Drama - MPhil University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,285 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,895 AUD

    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Drama - MSc (Research) University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,483 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,250 GBP

    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
    Annual tuition fee
    19,483 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 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
    Annual tuition fee
    18,184 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,300 GBP

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

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,364 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.