St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

Drama St Mary's is a vocational actor training programme ' 30 contact hours a week working on practical skills which prepare the Applied Theatre performer for a career in the industry. We have strong links with local, national and international communities which means we can see the impact of our work in the 'real world.' The programme offers drama school style actor training to develop your skills as an actor and then looks to apply those to community groups, buildings, spaces and settings. Through a series of practical projects, you will learn how to use theatrical solutions to address social need. In developing your practice you will be expected to reflect critically on your work, asking yourself two key questions: 'why are we doing this?' and 'who will benefit?' This degree is designed for Applied Theatre performers, but also gives a solid training ground for drama teaching, workshop facilitation, Dramatherapy and much more.

Course Modules

Drama and Applied Theatre Year 1: Modules are: ways of seeing; theatre in context; making theatre; London theatre now; acting; production; performance; schools based project. Year 2: Modules include: creative thinking; theatre theory and theorists; early modern drama; international practice and practitioners; theatre for change; voicing stories; site specific design; regional tour. Year 3: Modules include: theatre and society; contemporary plays and playwrights; dissertation; prison theatre; theatre for development; the third year company.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
1 - 4 years
Part Time Day
BA (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 112
  • SQA Higher BBBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBBC
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) DD
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units) D
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2

Key Course Information

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93% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 66%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 73%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 66%

90% Go on to work and/or study

In work 85
Studying 5
Studying and working 0
Unemployed 0
Unknown 0

30% Total study time lectures

Total Coursework: 36%

Total Practical: 64%

£4,410 - £5,783
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,800 - £6,000
Typical cost of private accommodation