St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

St Mary's offers a new type of degree that brings together the best of university and drama school training. Drama and Theatre Arts is for students who want to work in mainstream Theatre, TV and Film. The foundation of the programme is actor'training, but as the course progresses it allows students, if they so wish, to pursue interests in directing and playwriting. The practical and production work here is text'based, but there are also modules in improvisation and devising. The programme offers a public showcase event and prepares you to be an individual artist or form your own theatre company. 75% of the programme is practical (workshop'based) classes and production. There is one lecture/ seminar class a week of the core Drama programme shared with students from the other Drama pathways. Teaching contact time is, on average, 30 hours per week.

Course Modules

Level 1: Ways of seeing; theatre in context; making theatre; London theatre now; performance; acting; Production; directing. Level 2: Creative thinking; theatre theory and theorists; early modern drama; international practice and practitioners; acting preparation for performance; contemporary theatre making; production project. Level 3: Theatre and society; contemporary plays and playwrights; dissertation; acting ' preparation for the profession; acting ' showcase (option); company production; workplace learning (option).

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
  • European Baccalaureate 60%
  • 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: 39%

Total Practical: 61%

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

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