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. 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:
- Practical dance and drama skills grounded in a strong theoretical basis.
- Reflect critically on your own performances.
- Work with specialists across both disciplines.
- Gain valuable analytical, research and project management skills.
- Be close to London’s theatres and practitioners.
Core ModulesYear 1
- Theatre and Performance Making 1
- Theatre and Text
- Moving Bodies 1
- World Dance Histories
- Moving Bodies 2
- Theatre and Culture: Dancing Bodies, Global Culture
- Dance Repertory and Repertoires
- Group Project
Optional ModulesYear 1
- All modules are core
- Theatre and Performance Making: Devising
- Theatre and Performance Making: Theatre Directing
- Theatre and Performance Making: Acting for Camera
- Theatre and Performance Making: Dance and Theatre
- Theatre and Performance Making: Scenography
- Theatre and Text: Staging the Real
- Theatre and Text: Decoding debbie tucker green
- Shakespeare, Ecology and Performance
- Love, Gender and Sexuality
- Race Relations in Theatre, Film and Television
- Naturalist Theatre in Context
- Final Year Project - Dissertation
- Taught Dissertation
- Final Year Project - Special Study
Teaching & assessment
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
- independent and group movement projects
- performance presentations
A Levels: ABB-BBB
Required: At least five GCSE passes graded A*- C or 9-4 including English and Maths.
Where an applicant is taking the EPQ alongside A - levels, the EPQ will be taken into consideration and result in lower A-level grades being required. Socio - economic factors which may have impacted an applicant's education will be taken into consideration and alternative offers may be made to these applicants.
Other UK Qualifications
International & EU requirements
English language requirements
All teaching at Royal Holloway (apart from some language courses) is in English. You will therefore need to have good enough written and spoken English to cope with your studies right from the start.
The scores we require
- IELTS: 6.5 overall. Writing 7.0. No other subscore lower than 5.5.
- Pearson Test of English: 61 overall. Writing 69. No other subscore lower than 51.
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE): ISE III.
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) grade C.
For more information about country-specific entry requirements for your country please visit here. 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.
Your future career
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.
Fees & funding
Home and EU students tuition fee per year*: £9250
International students tuition fee per year**: £16500
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.
*The tuition fee for UK and EU undergraduates is controlled by Government regulations, and for students starting a degree in the academic year 2018/19 will be £9,250 for that year. The UK Government has confirmed that EU students starting an undergraduate degree in 2018/19 will pay the same level of fee as a UK student for the duration of their degree.
**Fees for international students may increase year-on-year in line with the rate of inflation. The policy at Royal Holloway is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5% for continuing students. For further information see fees and funding and our terms and 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.