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Drama and Dance BA

UCAS code WW45
Year of entry 2017
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Course Length
3 years full time
Department Drama and Theatre »
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In studying Drama and Dance you will combine critical and creative practice, giving you the skills to master physical performance, across both drama and dance.

On this course the text and the body, thinking and doing, work together. There's no barrier between theory and practice: theory helps you understand and make the most of practice, while practice sheds light on theory. You'll find your place as an informed dance and theatre-maker and by studying a variety of practices, by yourself and with others, you'll get knowledge of the industry as a whole, and learn how your interests could fit into the bigger picture.

In the study of dance, there is a focus on an active and exploratory engagement with the discipline, and how movement, choreography and text help shape performance practices. This course will take you beyond the traditional borders of dance, as embodied awareness and practice is complemented by cultural, historical, social and aesthetic context.  This will enable you to reflect critically about what you do, enhancing your own performance, choreographical skills and technique.

We are top-rated for teaching and research, with a campus community recognised for its creativity (rated 14th in the world, and 6th in the UK, for Performing Arts in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016). Our staff cover a huge range of theatre and performance studies, but we're particularly strong in contemporary British theatre, international and intercultural performance, theatre history, dance and physical theatre, and contemporary performance practices.

You'll be taught in incredible performance spaces you won't find anywhere else, each perfectly enhancing our teaching and research strengths:

  • the state of the art Caryl Churchill Theatre for exploring issues around contemporary theatre
  • a converted ‘found space’ 19th century Boilerhouse studio, a stunning backdrop for movement work
  • the only permanent Noh stage outside of Japan, which is reflective of our unrivalled international outlook.

Our location means that you'll be able to experience the cultural life of London, with its theatres, productions and practitioners just a short train ride away, but base yourself in the close, stimulating community and safe environment that only a campus university can offer.

Our links with industry professionals and companies are unsurpassed and we enourage you to experience the incredible theatre, productions and practitioners of London, such as London's West End and South Bank. 

Our campus environment and community gives you the space to experiment with your own ideas alongside fellow dance and drama students and other top rated arts departments, such Media Arts and Music. We're justifiably proud of our creative campus, with a wide range of performance societies on campus including the Department’s own Student Workshop.

Core modules

Year 1

The core modules in Drama and Theatre are:

Theatre and Performance Making

You will encounter a range of creative methods for work-shopping practice, and produce a 20-minute performance as a response to one company.

Theatre and Culture

This module looks at the ways in which theatre reflects, intervenes and questions the culture around it. It will expand your horizons and introduce you to a range of unfamiliar practices.

Dance: Moving Bodies 1

The module provides you with practice in contemporary dance technique in order to facilitate your engagement with the ways that technique can help generate movement ideas. You will also develop your understanding of dynamics, musicality, alignment, placement, posture, breath, weight, flow and spatial awareness.

Dance: World Dance Histories

In this module you are exposed to a variety of dances and choreographers from the 20th and 21st century. You will examine what histories they tell, how they are told and explore their relevance to today.

Year 2

Drama and Theatre: Theatre and Performance Making 2

You will choose an option that enables you to focus on a particular creative skill, such as acting for camera, dance, playwriting, physical theatre, site-based performance or scenography.

Drama and Theatre: Theatre and Text 2

Building upon your first year work, you will choose an option that focuses on a particular period or genre that interests you. These might include Black and Asian theatre, Greek tragedy, Shakespeare, or staging the real.

Dance: Dance Technique and Composition 2

This module provides you with the opportunity to to apply an intermediate embodied understanding of contemporary dance practices within a performance context. It will deepen your technical, reflective and artistic development and introduce you to specific choreographic forms - solo and duet.

Dance: Dancing Bodies, Global Culture

This module investigates the relationship between dance practices and wider cultural contexts. This provides you with ideas to creatively engage with cultural studies when making performance.

Year 3

Dance: Dance Repertory and Repertoires

This module will provide you with the opportunity to develop a comprehensive embodied understanding of contemporary dance practices through continued participation in classes and workshops led by a specific practitioner.

Optional modules

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.

Year 1

Only core modules are taken

Year 2

Only core modules are taken

Year 3

Optional modules in Drama and Theatre include:

Methods and Processes


Culture and Creativity


Asylum Seekers in the 21st Century - Theatre, Film and Activism


Love, Gender and Sexuality on Stage and Screen


Race Relations in Theatre, Film and Television




National and Folk Dance at the Boundaries


Modern European Directors


Research Seminar - Naturalist Theatre and Its Audiences


Research Seminar - Black British Playwriting


Research Seminar - Theatre & Globalization


The Birth of Experimental Theatre


A Violent Act - Women, Performance and Historiography


Contemporary British Theatre - Politics and Philosophy


Spectacle and Politics in International Performance


Race Relations in Theatre, Film and Television


Medicine and the Body in Performance


Final Year Project - Dissertation


Final Year Project - Group Performance


Final Year Project - Special Study


Dance: Special Topics in Dance Studies

Assessments vary according to the type of module, and you will be expected to be a partner and facilitator in your learning process.

Seminar/workshops, two to three hour classes with a maximum of 20 students, are one of our important teaching methods. All of our modules have an online presence via Royal Holloway's comprehensive e-learning facility, Moodle. Moodle becomes your all-access guide to your modules where tutors place reading, upload related internet links, and set up discussion forums for active student participation.

The department and the wider college offer study skills courses during your first year. These courses do not count towards your final degree but they are designed to provide critical writing skills necessary for successful progress in your degree.

Most of our modules offer a mix of both creative and critical assessment methods. These include:

  • reflective and/or argumentative essay
  • digital presentations and projects
  • dissertations
  • independent and group movement projects
  • performance presentations

Typical offers

Typical offers


The offer given will take into consideration:

  • subjects taken at A level
  • the educational context in which academic
  •  achievements have been gained
  • whether the Extended Project Qualification is being taken
Required/preferred subjects

Preferred: Drama, Dance, Theatre Studies, English Literature, English Literature & Language. Applicants are required to be studying Dance or have Grade 8 in a graded Dance qualification. Applicants without these qualifications will be required to attend an audition.

Required: At least five GCSE passes graded A*- C including English and Maths

Other UK Qualifications
International Baccalaureate 6,5,5 at Higher Level, with a minimum of 32 points overall 
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in relevant subject such as Dance,
Performing Arts or Musical Theatre.If applicants are studying an alternative BTEC we require Grade 8 in a graded Dance qualification. Applicants without these qualifications will be required to attend an audition.
BTEC National Extended Diploma Distinction, Distinction in relevant subject, plus an A Level Grade B
BTEC National Extended Certificate Distinction, Distinction in relevant subject, plus an A Level Grade B
Welsh Baccalaureate A non-subject specified A Level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate
Scottish Advanced Highers AB plus Higher Level requirements
Scottish Highers AABBB plus Advanced Higher Level requirements
Irish Leaving Certificate H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass with at least 30 level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 level 3 credits at Merit in a relevant subject. The Access to Higher Education Diploma is only acceptable if you have had a considerable break from education.

Other UK qualifications

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International and EU entry requirements

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English language
 IELTS 6.5 overall with 7.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in each remaining subscore. For equivalencies please see here.

For more information about entry requirements for your country please visit our International pages. For international students who do not meet the direct entry requirements, we offer an International Foundation Year, run by Study Group at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, students can progress on to selected undergraduate degree programmes at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Graduates from the Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance go into a wide variety of careers, as well as further academic study. Many go into performance, stage management, broadcasting (including at the BBC), arts administration, journalism, teaching, health, marketing, and PR. Lots of our graduates also start their own performing arts companies.You'll be familiar and confident in performance situations – skills which are vital for meeting and networking, and make you viable for visible leadership roles.

You'll also walk away with considerable experience of technical, intellectual, imaginative, and practical skills, valued by most employers. Aside from these performance skills, you'll also get whole host of other skills in research and project management.  Find out more about what our graduates are doing now.

Some of our recent graduates have gone on to work for:

  • Lyceum Youth Theatre, Edinburgh
  • The Salmon Youth Centre, London
  • Youth Music Theatre UK
  • Canterbury Institute for the Performing Arts
  • Block Stop Game makers
  • Lazarus Theatre Company
  • Next Stage Theatre Company
  • Imperium Management Talent Agency
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Home and EU students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £9,250

International students tuition fee per year 2017/18**: £15,600

Other essential costs***: There are no single associated costs with studying this course greater than £50 per item. It is a requirement to purchase a pair of safety boots in the first year, for which a range of cost options are available. Ticket costs for mandatory theatre trips are capped at £10.

How do I pay for it? Find out more.

*Tuition fees for UK and EU nationals starting a degree in the academic year 2017/18 will be £9,250 for that year. This amount is subject to the UK Parliament approving a change to fee and loan regulations that has been proposed by the UK Government. In the future, should the proposed changes to fee and loan regulations allow it, Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for UK and EU nationals annually. If relevant UK legislation continues to permit it, Royal Holloway will maintain parity between the tuition fees charged to UK and EU students for the duration of their degree studies.

**Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for international fee paying students annually. Tuition fees are unlikely to rise more than 5 per cent each year. For further information on tuition fees please see Royal Holloway’s Terms & Conditions.

***These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.

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