Undergraduate Drama and Theatre Arts Degrees

Our degrees get you ready to perform as an actor, director, teacher or an arts administrator.

You'll experience play productions, documentary and applied theatre projects. Work as actors, writers, directors, designers, stage managers or lighting and sound designers. In your final year, you'll concentrate on a specialist area to suit your strengths.

You'll also learn your craft from theatre industry professionals who deliver 100% student satisfaction. Well, that's what our students said in the 2015 National Student Survey.

Whichever degree you choose, our aim is to unlock, develop and deepen your potential. Our nationwide professional theatre contacts could also lead to work placement opportunities.

Courses

What our staff and students say

My time and experience at Staffs Uni whilst studying Drama and Theatre Arts was hugely influential in giving me the confidence to apply for a postgraduate diploma at LAMDA. You could say, that I really found myself and my voice as an actor at Staffs.

Amit Shah - Professional Actor

Working with the next generation of theatre makers on great plays is immensely rewarding and rich in discoveries about the nature of human beings. The lessons learnt in the rehearsal studio are often as valuable in real life as they are on the stage.

Paul Christie - Lecturer

One of Staffordshire's many benefits is that the excellent departmental staff are complemented by high quality specialist visiting lecturers and industry professionals, which ensures training remains current and relevant.

Justine Cope - Graduate

Facilities

We've designed Drama degrees to reflect the roles and careers our students want. Our facilities are no different.

You'll use our dedicated performance centre with rehearsal studios, workshops, props, costume stores and green room to screen work. For performances that attract large audiences, we also have access to the 250 seat Stoke Repertory Theatre close by.

You'll hone your practical skills in Studio One, our main performance space, and in The Performance Centre, where through workshops, rehearsals and staged productions you will explore plays, ideas and methodologies in acting, performance and theatre/screen arts.

The Centre includes three purpose-built studios. Studio One holds up to 70 seats and has professional stage management equipment, lighting and sound facilities. The studio can be configured in a traditional proscenium-like arrangement, as a theatre-in-the-round, as a traverse theatre or in an end-stage arrangement.Two of the studios provide dedicated rehearsal spaces with sprung floors. We also have workshops dedicated to set construction, painting and costume making.

Performance Centre

Our Performance Centre has three rehearsal studios, two workshops, props, costume stores and a green room.


Studio One

As well as extensive use of our own on-campus space, Studio One, we also occasionally use external venues for presentations including the 250 seater Stoke Repertory Theatre.


Careers

Our graduates gain the skills, knowledge and potential to progress in the creative industries.

Many of our graduates have become successful arts professionals, actors, directors and teachers. Others have gone on to become industry leaders.

Our Acting and Screen Performance prepares you for professional theatre, arts and media careers. You can also consider further training, set up your own company or train to teach.

Employment Opportunities:

  • Acting
  • Theatre Practitioner
  • Assistants
  • Community Arts
  • Teaching
  • Theatre Production
  • Stage Management
  • Broadcasting
  • Sound Management
  • Lighting
  • Set Designer
  • Set Manager

Guaranteed Work Experience

Who says students have never done a day's work? We provide the opportunity of work experience for all new students joining us in September.

This work experience may be closely linked to your course, or it could be a broader experience designed to develop your employability skills. Our commitment will give students the best possible mix of knowledge and experience.

Our nationwide contacts give you the best possible introduction to the world of work. We maintain professional links with the film and theatre industries. These include, Lime Pictures, BBC and ITV. As well as the New Vic Theatre, Regent Theatre, Lichfield Garrick Theatre, B-Arts and Reveal Theatre Company.

We also maintain professional links with the theatre and film industries, including Lime Pictures, BBC, ITV, New Vic Theatre, the Regent Theatre, Lichfield Garrick Theatre, B-Arts and Reveal Theatre Company amongst others.

Work Experience Opportunities:

As well as industry panels, masterclasses and guest directors, to give you a real insight into the world of employment, we have extensive links with many professional theatres and with industry employers nationwide. We also maintain strong links with several highly acclaimed local theatres.

As proof of the strength of our relationships with industry, several former students have gone on to work for the theatres and schools where they completed their final year work placements.