Course Information

BA (Hons)

3 years 6 years School of Fine & Performing Arts Lincoln Campus [L] Subject to Validation BCC (or equivalent qualifications) W400


Our BA (Hons) Drama degree puts the creativity of performance at centre stage. With modules that explore a variety of genres and playwrights, the programme aims to prepare students for a range of careers in the theatre and media, both on and off stage.

Students have the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of professional practice and an appreciation of diverse performances. A broad range of optional modules is designed to enable students to inform the direction of their study and explore specialist areas such as acting, musical theatre or stage management.

There are opportunities to participate in a variety of productions, collaborate with other departments and external companies, work with academics on research projects and perform at national and international festivals. Students may decide to join our semi-professional theatre group, The Lincoln Company, and benefit from enhanced opportunities to perform. The highlight of which are our annual performances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which will incur additional costs. You may also enjoy an opportunity to study abroad in North America for a term in your second year. Costs relating to a period of study abroad are outlined under the Features tab.

Is This Course Right For Me?

This course is ideal for students who have a passion for the study of Drama as an academic subject. The balance of practical and scholarly approaches is about equal, and a range of optional modules available throughout the degree aim to enable students to tailor the course to suit their interests.

How You Study

The history of performance, tragedy and comedy, and modern European drama are all covered in the first year of study, with the aim of ensuring students have a full understanding of the structures within which the world of theatre operates. In the second and third years, students can choose from a wide range of options including stage combat, teaching drama, physical theatre and theatre for young audiences.

For specific modules, learning can also take place via placements, screenings and viewing theatrical performances. Each student will receive event/performance credits at £90 p/a, which can be used against ticketed performances at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre. Information on costs relating to placements can be found under the Features tab.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of your degree. However, remember that you are engaging in a full-time degree; so, at the very least, you should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time and you may undertake assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Are Assessed

As this course aims to develop a wide range of practical and intellectual skills, assessment is varied and includes presentations, written projects, individual and group practical work, projects and portfolios, in addition to academic essays.

There are no formal end-of-year examinations. Throughout the degree, students are assessed through their production of practical and written work.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above).

Methods of Assessment

The way you will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

Interviews & Applicant Days

As part of the admissions process, all Drama applicants are required to attend an interview with tutors from the Lincoln School of Fine & Performing Arts. For further information please follow this link:

What We Look For In Your Application

Students do not need to be a star performer on the stage. They will, however, need plenty of passion and commitment in order to energetically engage with the course, in terms of both practice and scholarship. Expect to work hard, both in and outside of class. A willingness to read, broadly and deeply, is a must for any degree-level course.


Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Fine & Performing Arts Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2017-18

GCE Advanced Levels: BCC

International Baccalaureate: 28 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required.

In addition, applicants should have a minimum of three GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent), including English.

Mature students with extensive relevant experience will be selected on individual merit.

If you would like further information about entry requirements or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on + 44 (0)1522 886097 or email

Level 2

Placements (Fine & Performing Arts) (Option)

On completion of their degree, students need to be able to decide how best to employ the skills that they have gained. As well as the more obvious routes within a performing arts degree such as teaching, students need to be aware of what other options may be open to them practically, to explore their route out of the University and on into appropriate employment.

This module encourages students to think beyond the confines of the University, reaching into the wider community to hone their skills for future employment. This module should enable students to examine closely how various arts based organisations work from day to day, whilst at the same time relating that experience to their studies.

Stage Combat (Option)

This module aims to introduce the basics of engaging in stage combat and gives students the option of taking the Academy of Performance Combat Basic Three Weapon exam.

Teaching Drama (Option)

This module aims to introduce students to teaching drama in schools and enables them to take part in a mix of practical workshops, interactive seminars and school-based research projects. It promotes the teaching of drama as a subject in its own right and helps students review their own experiences and concepts of drama.

The module will take account of the latest developments in all areas of drama teaching while emphasising recent developments curriculum developments at GCSE, AS, A level and BTEC levels. The module explores how the teaching of drama as a discreet subject links with the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3. The module aims to introduce students to a range of educational and drama-specific strategies enabling them to teach a successful lesson or run a successful workshop.

Level 3

Directing (Option)

This optional module at level three aims to introduce students to the practical process of directing for theatre, from researching the script, through casting, auditions and rehearsals to reviewing performances. It is taught through seminars and practical, studio-based classes. Principles and practices developed in class are applied by students to individually-chosen plays.

Physical Theatre (Option)

This practice-orientated optional module at level three aims to introduce students to the range of approaches to Physical Theatre.

How to define Physical Theatre – can we question different paradigms? How can the physical audience’s presence shape performance? What is the human body and what is it capable of doing/performing? Why could space be seen as the dominant physical factor?

Solo Performance (Option)

This module seeks to enable students to explore various techniques of producing solo material in order to eventually produce their own 20-minute solo performance piece. During the course of the module, students may analyse the work of several contemporary solo artists and can discover a personal voice and persona as an artist.

Theatre For Young Audiences (Option)

What part does theatre have to play in the lives of young people today? How do we make such theatre relevant, accessible and alive in a world dominated by interactive video games and reality TV shows? What is the most appropriate setting and subject matter to engage younger audiences in a theatrical experience? These are some of the questions that students will have the opportunity to address by undertaking this module.

Students will have the opportunity to engage in the history of making theatre for young audiences as well as analysing contemporary practice in the area. Students can engage in a series of case studies to assist in the formulation of their own methods of devising a relevant piece of theatre for today’s audience of children and or teenagers.

The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Special Features

Study Abroad

The growing reputation of the Lincoln School of Fine & Performing Arts has allowed us to develop partnerships with other international institutions. Recently, we have established two exciting ‘study abroad’ affiliations in North America, with the University of Ottawa in Canada and at Drury University in Missouri, USA. These partnerships will enable up to eight drama students per year to participate in an exchange programme, where they will study for a term at one of these partner institutions. These international exchange programmes provide a fantastic opportunity for students to develop life skills, expand the breadth of their education and enhance their employability upon graduation.

Exchange students applying to study outside of Europe do not pay tuition fees at their host university, but continue to pay tuition fees at their home institution.

Participants will usually be responsible for all other costs themselves including travel, accommodation, general living expenses, visas, insurance, vaccinations and administrative fees at the host institution.

Students undertaking an exchange keep their entitlement to UK sources of funding such as student loans and should apply to their awarding body in the normal way, indicating that they will be studying abroad.

If a period of study or placement abroad is a mandatory part of your degree, you may be entitled to extra funding. Students should direct enquiries to their funding body about this.

Students may also be able to apply to their Local Education Authority or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland for further funding to assist with travel expenses. Please contact them for further information.

Performance Opportunities

The Lincoln Company, the University of Lincoln’s student and alumni company, has taken a range of exciting shows to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for nearly a decade. Our work ranges from new writing to contemporary and experimental performance, but all of our shows are produced and directed by our current and former students who are supported by our in–house technical team.

The Lincoln Company works all year round running shows in repertory, touring regionally, and engaging in national and international festivals. Previous work taken to Edinburgh includes Joe Orton’s 'Loot', David Greig’s 'The cosmonaut’s letter to the woman he once loved in the Soviet Union' and a devised performance, 'Cartography', by graduate company, Flickbook Theatre, which was highly commended by the National Student Drama Festival in 2015.


Where students have the opportunity to participate in an optional placement in the UK or overseas or are studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport, accommodation and meals costs.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.


Students have the opportunity to work and perform in the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, a £6 million, 450-seat professional theatre on the University’s Brayford Pool Campus. The Centre hosts a year-round programme of comedy, dance, drama and musical performance from students and national touring companies, providing an opportunity to get involved with the running of a modern theatre. Facilities include industry-standard studio and rehearsal spaces.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever your area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which you may need in your future career.

View our campus pages [] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can develop the skills and knowledge relevant to a variety of roles within the theatre, such as actor, director, playwright, producer, stage manager and technician, as well as in related professions in publishing, marketing, research and academia. Some go on to study further at postgraduate level or undertake qualifications in teaching.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

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Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and your meals may be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional you will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay your own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Other Costs

For students who wish to participate in The Lincoln Company's Edinburgh Festival Fringe performances there are additional costs.

An approximate break down of these costs includes £570 for travel, accommodation and a levy to participate, and an additional £200-£400 to cover the cost of meals and entertainment during the trip. These costs are based on those incurred by individual students during the 2015 performances.

Related Courses

Lincoln’s BA (Hons) Dance degree links the theoretical and academic study of dance through its role in history and modern society with the practical and creative disciplines of technique, choreography, performance and production.
In studying the BA (Hons) Drama and English degree at Lincoln, students will be encouraged to make connections between the subjects, explore key differences between them and also develop critical rigour while questioning conventional assumptions about literature, drama, and the world.
The BA (Hons) English degree at the University of Lincoln explores a lively and varied collection of texts within their historical and theoretical contexts, from Shakespeare and the Renaissance to postcolonialism and postmodernism.
The BA (Hons) Film and Television degree comprises academic study in both film and television, which is complemented by practical and creative projects in television studio production, film and scriptwriting. This programme is 75% theory and 25% practice based.
The BA (Hons) Music degree is a contemporary, industry-focused course led by practising professionals in popular music, audio production, musical theatre and composition. Pathways within the degree enable students to tailor their learning to their own interests and career aspirations.

Tuition Fees

Full-time £9,250 per level £14,500 per level
Part-time £77.09 per credit point  
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

In 2017/18, subject to final confirmation from government, there will be an inflationary adjustment to fees to £9,250 for new and returning UK/EU students. In 2018/19 there may be an increase in fees in line with inflation.

We will update this information when fees for 2017/18 are finalised.

Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [] []


Drama Showcase

  • Edinburgh Festival

    Since 2008, our resident student and alumni theatre company (The Lincoln Company) has taken shows up to the Edinburgh Festival. 

    A Modernist Event Poster Edinburgh Fringe 2014The Underwater Adventure: Lucy Limpet's Quest for Chippy Cove poster Edinburgh fringe 2014The Baron Conspiracy poster Edinburgh Fringe 2014

    The Edinburgh Festival is the largest, most important and most famous Arts Festival in the world. The world’s media cover it. Hundreds of thousands of people attend it. And the University of Lincoln students perform in it!


    Social Media

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    The School of Fine and Performing Arts Magazine is our opportunity to share with you some of the remarkable work that takes place in our department, from ground-breaking research, to community projects, to the incredible successes of our students. 

    The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions. []