BA (Hons)
Drama, Theatre and Performance

Key Information


Duration

3 years

Part-time

6 years

Typical Offer

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Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Subject to Revalidation

UCAS Code

W400

Academic Year

Course Overview

Our Drama, Theatre and Performance degree gives you the opportunity to create, perform in, and examine a broad and inspiring range of innovative theatre and performance practices from across a variety of styles, aesthetics, and cultures.

Led by experts in theatre and performance research, professional performers, theatre makers, and industry specialists with national and international connections, this course will help prepare you for a choice of careers whether in drama/theatre, the wider arts and cultural industries, or beyond.

You can develop an understanding of theatre and performance by exploring it through a variety of current and global perspectives, including different culture, histories, politics, and aesthetics. At the same time as studying the subject, you can learn and progressively employ a range of creative skills and performance practices, all the way from devising, dramaturgy, and ensemble work, to specialised acting technique both for stage and screen. Whether you wish to study the discipline, create work of your own, or engage with acting skills and performance technique, you will have the opportunity to navigate your own journey through the programme, develop your own artistic practice, and choose to focus on what is of greatest interest to you.

As part of your studies, you may also choose to study abroad through one of our many international schemes, or take up a placement in a professional setting, working alongside a theatre company, arts organisation, school or other education setting.

Why Choose Lincoln

Subject area ranked in the top 20 in the UK*

450-seat professional theatre on campus

Opportunities to tour performances around the UK

Optional extracurricular technique classes

Exchange opportunities in Canada and North America

Credits which can be used against ticketed performances at the Lincoln Arts Centre

*Guardian University Guide 2024 (out of 84 ranking institutions).

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How You Study

The BA (Hons) Drama ,Theatre and Performance degree interrogates practice and theory side by side, creating a broad, interconnected range of knowledge and experience for our students.

Students on the Drama, Theatre and Performance degree can work alongside Film Production students in a shared project where they are able to explore fundamental approaches, techniques, and practicalities involved in acting for camera. At the same time, students with interests in aspects of the discipline such as Shakespeare, stage combat, theatre for children, scriptwriting, and popular performance are able to explore their interests in these areas and many more. Not only will you have the ability to study modules related to drama, theatre and performance, the degree gives you the ability to select optional modules from across the Lincoln School of Creative Arts if you wish, allowing you incredible diversity in your choices, flexibility in customising your own pathway, and opening you up to new experiences and horizons.

Within the drama curriculum itself, employability lies at the heart of what we offer, with a suite of optional modules that encompass those that wish to enter teaching, arts administration, portfolio creative careers, acting, performing, directing, and much more.

Modules aim to give you an insight into the professional side of the cultural sector, and project-based and performance assessments look to equip you with a host of transferable skills, from problem-solving, project management, and marketing and advertising, to enable you to become self-directed, resourceful, and creative, increasing employability prospects and equipping you for your future career.

Teaching practice in the School is diverse and takes place mainly through lectures, seminars, studio-based workshops, and individual tutorials. You may also receive opportunities to engage in practical workshops and talks delivered by a variety of guests including practitioners, academics, and industry leaders. Students may have the opportunity to participate in external visits and theatre trips, where offered.

Modules


† Some courses may offer optional modules. 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.

Devising and Making 2024-25DRA1046Level 42024-25This practice-based module introduces the foundational elements of performance technique and performance making. Students undergo technical training in ensemble and spatial awareness, physical skills and movement for theatre, the operation of the voice, writing for performance, fundamentals lighting and sound design. Alongside technique sessions, they take part in devising workshops where they investigate the theories and methodologies that underpin performance making. As the semester progresses, students form groups and create performances informed by the techniques and theories they have been exploring. At the end of the module, they are assessed through a presentation of work - an Annotated Performance - which will demonstrate an applied understanding of technique and the ability to engage in meaningful critical analysis of their work.CoreEnsemble Show 2024-25DRA1047MLevel 42024-25This highly creative and inspiring module is the practical culmination of our students' first year, in which the artistic skills and performance techniques learned in Devising & Making (in semester A) are implemented in a larger group ensemble context. Students collaborate to devise, produce and perform an original piece of contemporary theatre based on the ensemble's collective exploration of a particular theme or concept under the supervision of a specialist staff member. The performance is then scheduled as part of Lincoln Arts Centre's public programme and showcased on the main auditorium stage.CoreExploring 1: The Creative Arts 2024-25CAR1001Level 42024-25In this module, students will explore creative arts disciplines through the lens of cultural themes, ideas and principles. This will encompass Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Fine Art, Music, Musical Theatre and Technical Theatre and highlight the commonalties which connect these disciplines, as well as the nuances and differences that make them distinct.CorePlays in Context 2024-2025 2024-25DRA1049MLevel 42024-25What is a play and how do we read it? In this module, we explore the tools that we can use to assist our encounter with a range of texts from significant playwrights, practitioners throughout the history of world theatre. You will spend time in seminars and lectures considering the play-text and its various cultural contexts, as well as developing a range of academic skills to apply the critical perspectives in your play analysis.CoreIntroduction to Prose 2024-25CRW1005MLevel 42024-25Prose is fundamental to understanding narrative whether in fiction or non-fiction. This module aims to give students an understanding of how stories work, using the insights that have originated and developed from narrative theory and prose techniques. Contemporary writers in both the short story and non-feature writing will be used to introduce a set of critical concepts for the analysis of all forms of prose writing.OptionalProject Space Plus 2024-25ART1018Level 42024-25The module provides students with opportunities to develop their practice in response to critical spatial practices. This includes: writing a proposal that responds to a Live Brief theme; creating an artwork for a public exhibition/event; writing a contextual statement; utilising appropriate documentation techniques of creative practice; and disseminating responses to the contexts of spatial practice. This Module asks students to create a proposal and a new artwork for a curated exhibition/event in the University’s Gallery, Project Space Plus. Students will learn about curatorial issues through lectures and workshops, which will then be put into practice through the curation of an exhibition/event that will include all students on the module. Artworks are specified here as being considered in the widest sense to include creative media including but not restricted to: dance, digital, drawing, installation, music, painting, performance, print, sculpture, sound, text, video, virtual reality). Students are introduced to established and alternative models for spaces where creative arts take place. Students are encouraged to create work that imagines alternatives to the fixed, institutional space of an exhibition and how artwork can effectively engage a public audience through its situation.OptionalScreen Performance 2024-25DAN1022MLevel 42024-25Screen Performance gives students the opportunity to explore multi-disciplinary approaches to acting, choreography, music, and technical skills for screen. This module focuses on the creation of a screen work that provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in acting, directing, dance for screen, composing, technical production and scriptwriting. Students will have the opportunity to create storyboards as part of the planning process, shoot and edit a short film, as well as document this process in a production folder. Students will work in production teams to achieve a final video.OptionalSolo Performance 2024-25MUS1018Level 42024-25OptionalStaging a Musical 2: Another Opening. Another Show 2024-25MST1007MLevel 42024-25This module gives you the chance to collaborate as a company to rehearse and stage a book musical. Through this experience, you will gain valuable insight into the development and rehearsal process involved in a professional show.OptionalTechnical Theatre Technology 2024-25TTH1006MLevel 42024-25This module is a practical exploration of the many technologies available for use in technical theatre and the contexts in which they are used. From lighting consoles to sound mixers and QLAB software. This module will teach the fundamentals of setting up and programming equipment for stage productions.OptionalThe Physical Performer 2024-25DRA1052Level 42024-25In this module students explore a range of approaches to the constantly evolving field of Physical Theatre. Through a series of workshops, they investigate different techniques, styles, methodologies ranging from classical traditions to contemporary performance, and are offered the opportunity to gain a practical and analytical insight into the countless possibilities of the body in performance - in relation to other bodies, to the space, to the audience. Students will work to develop skills that will equip them to use the body expressively, imaginatively, communicatively, collaboratively. They will engage with and draw inspiration from a variety of stimuli - words, images, sounds, scents, objects, culture and society - in order to devise original performances, using the body as the primary vehicle to generate, express and communicate meaning.OptionalActing & Directing for Screen 2025-26FIL2019Level 52025-26CoreExploring 2: Place and Space 2025-26CAR2001Level 52025-26In this module students will practically interrogate interdisciplinary arts practices and investigate creative arts practitioners that utilise ‘site’ in innovative ways. In multidisciplinary groups they will conduct their own experiments to explore the challenges and possibilities of working in unconventional spaces. This will culminate in a final presentation of their work.CoreActing the Song 2025-26MST2001MLevel 52025-26This is a practical module which explores the techniques of singing and acting a song. You will work on vocal technique, character development, and acting approaches to prepare solo numbers for performance. The module will equip you with the skills to begin to put together a rep portfolio appropriate for your voice. This will be invaluable if you are planning to apply for postgraduate study at drama school or begin auditioning for shows. Assessment will be part practical, and part based on a portfolio detailing your exploration of acting and vocal techniques through the module.OptionalArts and Health 2025-26ART2021Level 52025-26Arts and Health, an optional 30 credit module in Semester B, is a live brief project that offers students the opportunity to work in a professional public setting to facilitate artwork with participants. This may be a community, charity, educational, public or private sector setting in Lincoln or elsewhere. You will be given the opportunity in this module to facilitate artwork with service users, communities or clients in organisations such as We Are With You / Double Impact / NHS / YMCA / HMS or another charity or community setting. We have successfully worked with We Are With You / Double Impact Lincoln for the past 7 years, a national drug and alcohol charity offering support to people to enable them to make positive behavioural change. Their work encompasses community support, education, help for those in the criminal justice system, mental health services, family and employment support. In recent years we have also started to grow our community settings to provide students with further professional facilitation experiences such as working with adults with lived experience within the NHS and local communities at Doddington Hall, that draw upon community arts, participatory arts, arts psychotherapeutic methods and occupational health approaches. Students considering a career in arts-led intervention or community arts practices, will gain invaluable experience of planning, training for, delivering and evaluating a participatory art process within a community setting.OptionalContemporary Performance Technologies 2025-26TTH2009Level 52025-26This module will cover the latest technologies used in theatre and live events, from contemporary lighting and innovative live sound technology to holographic performance and virtual reality. The module will explore how this technology is used and will encourage students to consider how contemporary technology can be used or developed to create a performance. The module will research and analyse case studies from innovative contemporary productions and manufacturers from around the world.OptionalContemporary Production Practices 2025-26TTH2002Level 52025-26This module aims to enable students to understand the landscape for potential employment post-University. The module runs alongside the Placement module and will have the scope to feature guest talks from industry professionals.OptionalCreative Audio Technologies 2025-26MUS2018Level 52025-26OptionalDigital Performance 2025-26DAN2019MLevel 52025-26This module focuses on the interdisciplinary field of digital performance. “We define the term 'digital performance' broadly to include all performance works where computer technologies play a key role rather than a subsidiary one in content, techniques, aesthetics or delivery forms” (Dixon, 2007, p3). It examines the intersection of digital media and performance in various contexts, such as interactive media on stage, biosensors and the body in performance, and social media and performance opportunities. By working with various digital technologies students can engage and explore practically how to make performance using these tools and new technologies.OptionalDrama Study Abroad 2025-26DRA2039MLevel 52025-26This module offers the opportunity for students to spend the second Semester of Level 2 living and studying at one of our international partner institutions. During the period abroad, students will share classes and modules of study with local students. Not only will students be living and socialising in another culture - providing opportunities to study their respective countries, they will also have an opportunity to examine international theatre practice through attending performances as part of modules and participating in extra-curricular activities.OptionalIndustry Placement 2025-26CAR2005Level 52025-26This module is part of the University's commitment to academic programmes that encourage a high level of vocational relevance. This module encourages students to think beyond their University life, reaching into the wider community to hone their skills and target future employment possibilities. The module aims to enable students to examine how arts-based organisations, educational and non-traditional arts-based establishments function and provide students with valuable workplace experience.OptionalMusical Theatre Futures 2025-26MST2014Level 52025-26This module considers the current moment in musical theatre, and anticipates new innovations. It will focus particularly on musical theatre in the British and digital contexts, identifying new dynamics, new emergences, and new opportunities for and within the musical theatre industry.OptionalSpecialist Elective 2025-26CAR2002Level 52025-26OptionalStage Combat 2025-26DRA2037Level 52025-26This practical module teaches the fundamental techniques of armed and unarmed theatrical combat. Students undergo stage fight training designed to enable them to act out physical conflict in a safe and technically proficient way, while maintaining characterisation and creating a convincing illusion of reality. Throughout the semester, students work in pairs under the combat coach’s supervision. At the end of the module, they engage in an assessment by performing a fight scene that they have selected and rehearsed. The exam gives students the option of obtaining a stage combat certificate issued by The Academy of Performance Combat.OptionalStaging Shakespeare & Co 2025-26DRA2044MLevel 52025-26This practically-based module engages with selected plays of the Early Modern period and uses them as texts for performance on the contemporary stage. Working both as dramaturgs and performers, students can form a production ensemble and stage an Early Modern classic presented on the main auditorium of the Lincoln Arts Centre. Students may connect their interpretation and re-interpretation the text and its performance history with their own ideas and experiences to situate the Early Modern text within our contemporary cultural moment. Recently staged performances on this module include versions of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi and Christopher Marlowe’s Dr Faustus.OptionalTeaching Practices 2025-26CAR2004Level 52025-26Throughout this module you will develop and deepen your knowledge and practice of teaching and delivery in a your chosen discipline. you will practice, analyse and discuss various possible strategies for working in a variety of environments, including more challenging environments, such as integrated settings and with hard-to-reach groups. In addition to the practical exploration of teaching and delivery, you will investigate the key policies and legislation surrounding the teaching profession. This module has a strong industry-facing element, and will provide key knowledge and tools for students wanting to move toward teaching and delivery as part of their career.OptionalThe Craft of Creative Non-Fiction 2025-26CRW2003MLevel 52025-26While students are introduced to prose fiction writing and essential narrative techniques at level 1, the field of prose writing is much wider than short stories or novels. In areas such as travel, historiography, literary journalism and biography, writers frequently employ similar techniques to those used by novelists to make events and characters more vivid. This module will encourage students to use their creative and technical skills to write non-fiction, including but not limited travel writing, life writing, articles, reviews and journals. Particular attention will be paid to balancing the need to convey factual information with the creative potential of narrative, language and form. This module will allow students to research a field they wish to investigate such as current events, the arts, history or some aspect of science. Students will learn both how to conduct research (through archival research, observations, and interviews) as well as the fundamental techniques of telling a true story. Extended over two semesters, it will enable students to engage more deeply with a chosen field of non-fiction, for example to produce chapters that would contribute to a book as well as features.OptionalThe Craft of Fiction 2025-26CRW2006MLevel 52025-26This module will explore the role of fiction writing with an initial emphasis on the short story. Many writers begin with the short story. Through writing short stories they are able to experiment, learn the fundamentals of narrative composition, and have the satisfaction of completing something to a high standard in a relatively short period of time. This module will introduce students to the work of a range of fiction writers, whilst helping them to develop their skills in crafting prose. They will be asked to study particular stories each week, but also expected to pursue their own interests in reading. The skills required for writing short stories are also key to working in other forms, so this module will help students to develop as writers, whatever their plans and ambitions may be.OptionalTheatre and Adaptation 2025-26DRA2055Level 52025-26This module introduces you to adapting texts from one medium (e.g. novel, film, poem, image) to the medium of the theatre. Through seminar discussions and readings (play texts and scholarship), you will explore the aesthetic, political, and cultural implications involved in the adaptation process. Adopting a practical approach as a lens to engage with these ideas, you will also work in groups to develop an adaptation project for a short theatrical performance.OptionalTheatres of Experiment: the Avant-Garde 2025-26DRA2042MLevel 52025-26This module explores the practices, politics, cultural legacy and impact of the European Avant-garde circa 1880-1930 and turns to more recent developments in the course of the module. Students may study the theories, manifestoes, interventions and artworks from key movements including: Symbolism, Futurism, German Expressionism, DaDa, Surrealism, and Absurdism, before considering contemporary expressions of avant-garde practice such as the 1960s Happenings, and the Fluxus Group. The module asks: What can the theatre – and other practices of these avant-garde movements and landmark practitioners – teach us in our approach to making theatre today? Where can vestiges of avant-gardism be seen in diverse contemporary performances and artworks? And how do avant-garde artists’ attempt to create radical fusions of art, life and politics? The answers to these questions form the foundation for the small group performances you will make that have been an influential springboard for the L3 Degree Show projects.OptionalExploring 3: Investigating Creative Practice 2026-27CAR3001Level 62026-27This module will provide students with an opportunity to develop their independent practice and explore a project of their own creation. This will allow students to extend their knowledge of practice, scholarship, and praxis as they curate their own project, identifying a topic of interest for further exploration and dissemination.CoreFestival Showcase Project 2026-27 2026-27DRA3059MLevel 62026-27With the assistance of a supervisor, students will work in groups to propose, plan and perform an ambitious, large scale hour-long performance as as a final Showcase Project that uses the skills, techniques, knowledge and creative influences that they have accumulated over the course of their degree. Student may propose a show of any type, from existing plays to devised work, from site-based to adaptations. They may develop anything from intermedial work to performance-installation, physical theatre and/or live art. All performances will have the opportunity to be shown in the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre as part of its professional programme of staged work.CoreAdvanced Acting for Stage 2026-27DRA3080Level 62026-27This module teaches students how to act in the style of naturalism and realism. It aims to refine performance technique, and instil solid, manageable principles about the craft of acting. Seen from the actor/character point of view, it is about playing actions and pursuing objectives, which are what you do in order to get what you want/need. The module examines various strategies and approaches principally derived from the work of Stanislavski and Laban. Using these practitioners, as well as studying the postmodern characterisation of Churchill and Crimp, the first two thirds of the module (8 weeks) concentrate on introducing acting and scene study techniques. In the final four weeks of teaching, workshops will become weekly work-in-progress sessions where students will showcase their scenes and critique the work of their peers in a ‘masterclass’/ rehearsal format. The module concludes with a public performance of the scene plus a post-show viva. There is also a directing dimension to the module, as scenes have to be interpreted and staged; scene and play analysis is also fundamental to the work of the director. No actor (or director) can begin to act (or direct) successfully without knowing how best to mine the text, wherein most clues are to be found about how to perform the scene, the character and the play.OptionalArtist in Residence 2026-27MUS3012MLevel 62026-27OptionalArts and Cultural Industries 2026-27DRA3056MLevel 62026-27Acknowledging that what happens offstage is as important, if not more important, than what happens onstage. This module offers you invaluable opportunities to develop a detailed understanding of the arts as an ecosystem in relation to the wider world. You'll be introduced to the organisational infrastructure of the creative sector, enhancing your core employability skills for life after graduation, and equipping you for a career in the arts. You will learn directly from industry professionals working in a variety of creative contexts who we invite to speak to you in a series of talks and presentations; you can speak to them, ask questions, and develop your professional network. You will also learn though lectures, discussion, group and individual working, and via research tasks designed to provide you with real-world guidance for working in creative and cultural industries. You'll also be encouraged to keep abreast of government policy and issues such as audience accessibility and diversity within the arts, and ask how the current political climate shapes this generation of arts organisations, makers and companies.OptionalCabaret, Satire & Song 2026-27DRA3062Level 62026-27A mix of theory and practical work, this module explores a wide range of popular performance forms and their continued cultural impact on both society and contemporary performance practice. The explorations include - but are not limited to - traditional and contemporary cabaret forms, music hall and vaudeville, parody songs, satirical news and sketches, drag acts, queer performances, slam poetry, and more. In seminars, students interrogate and critically reflect on the historical and socio-political contexts that have influenced popular performance from the 18th century to the present day. Alongside this, students also engage in weekly practical workshops where they experiment with various modes of performance and deploy their creativity and imagination to generate original material for the final presentation of work. The module culminates with a public cabaret show devised and performed by the students.OptionalDance Management and Production 2026-27DAN3024MLevel 62026-27The module will examine the current dance landscape and encourages students to explore key questions such as: What dance is being made? How is it being made? Who is it being made for? Students will analyse this information in order to identify gaps and trends within the current market to gain further understanding of what skills and knowledge may be required in order to successfully work within the dance industry.OptionalDirecting 2026-27DRA3077MLevel 62026-27This module offers invaluable insight into the skills and techniques required to direct theatre, and offers opportunities to put this specialised knowledge into practice in relation to a variety of play texts. Students are introduced to various practical processes and methodologies, including researching a script and articulating a vision, guiding improvisations and blocking, to casting, running a rehearsal room, and developing performance material. For assessment, students direct their peers in a scene of their choice, following a period of their own script preparation. By studying the artistic and aesthetic concerns of the director, students will come to understand and contextualise what it means to direct theatre in the twenty-first century.OptionalForming a Company (Musical Theatre) 2026-27MST3002MLevel 62026-27This module sets the challenge of launching a small-scale musical theatre company and taking a production to a venue (or venues) outside the University. This is likely to be students' first independent venture into staging a production, which could be performed in a small-scale venue, in a school context, in a site-specific space, or on tour.OptionalPodcasting 2026-27CRW3010Level 62026-27This module will enable you to develop a professional understanding of podcasting creation, production and dissemination. In this module students are given the conceptual terms required for an understanding of how narrative works, and how narrative constructs our idea of ourselves and our social relationships as well as informs our ability to create stories. In lectures and workshops, you will study the podcasting form, its history, its creative techniques, and the practice of how to make and produce an original and innovative podcast. The module will consider elements of audience, genre, aural storytelling, podcast narrative, production and distribution. We will also explore a range of approaches provided by the creative and technical aspects of podcasting.OptionalProduction Design and Realisation 2026-27TTH3004Level 62026-27This module combines both practice and study, in which students can work either independently or collaboratively to design and realise a production for the stage or an unconventional performance space. The module requires students to undertake the roles within the creative team for a production, including the production designer, set designer, lighting designer, sound designer, costume designer, prop designer, video designer and more. The module aims to examine the skills and resources available for each of these roles and allow students to explore the avenue that most suits them. Students can opt to work solo or form groups suited to the area of interest applicable to each students' interests and CPD plan. Students can work independently or in groups to propose, plan and design an ambitious theoretical production that utilises the experience gained over their three years on the programme. Embracing a broad spectrum of theatrical design methods to produce a visualised representation and presentation of a theoretical production. Students may form groups and work collaboratively to fulfil all the design elements of a production, including (but not limited to) set designer, lighting designer, sound designer, AV and costume designer. Alternatively, students may choose to work independently and design all scenographic elements themselves. A preliminary seminar aims to introduce the Module and its processes, offering design briefs to be allocated to each group. A supervisor can be assigned to each group to meet with them at key points over the Semester. Supervisors may advise students on the mode of work each group is producing, and give feedback on their Draft Proposal. Groups can then receive formal supervisions during the Semester, including work in progress stages prior to their final assessment and presentation. The module is designed to simulate a real-world design scenario, requiring students to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to develop concepts, work collaboratively, and produce quality design documentation.OptionalProfessional Production 2026-27DRA3078MLevel 62026-27This 30-credit module puts you at the heart of a professional theatre experience, providing the opportunity to rehearse and perform for public audiences. Once you have successfully auditioned for this module, you will begin an intensive development and rehearsal process for the production, before performing a short run for Lincoln Arts Centre. Supported by the Lincoln Arts Centre’s staff, the production will provide invaluable professional experience from audition to final performance.OptionalScriptwriting for Stage and Screen 2026-27 2026-27DRA3060MLevel 62026-27Scriptwriting for Stage and Screen develops students' skills in scriptwriting for film, television and theatre. Through workshop exercises, group feedback, and seminar-based discussion students will study a variety of writing practices, developing the skills to create character, dialogue, and plot for both the stage and the screen. In addition to writing their own script, students will also attain a realistic understanding of theatre, film and television industries, including how to present their work within production contexts.OptionalTheatre for Young Audiences 2026-27DRA3066MLevel 62026-27What part does theatre play in the lives of children today? How do we make such theatre relevant, accessible and alive in a world dominated by screen-based interaction? What is the most appropriate setting and subject matter to engage children in a theatrical experience? Students can form small groups and devise short performances designed to tour to Primary Schools in the City of Lincoln. The tour will usually play in a different Primary School every day for one working week, with audience sizes ranging from 80 - 300 children. The tour will replicate a professional touring model, accompanied by a dedicated Technician with a full complement of audio, visual and lighting equipment. The audience will usually comprise of 4 - 7 year old children, their teachers and teaching or learning assistants. Students will require DBS Checks to tour, and these will be provided by the Lincoln School of Creative Arts.Optional

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. In addition to the information provided on this course page, our What You Need to Know page offers explanations on key topics including programme validation/revalidation, additional costs, contact hours, and our return to face-to-face teaching.

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.

Specialist Facilities

Students can work and perform in the Lincoln Arts Centre, a £6 million, 450-seat theatre on campus. The Centre hosts a year-round programme of performances from students and national touring companies. Facilities include industry-standard studio and rehearsal spaces. Students on this course receive event/performance credits which can be used against ticketed performances at the Lincoln Arts Centre.

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Interior of the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre main auditorium with colourful seating

Study Abroad 

The growing reputation of the Lincoln School of Creative Arts facilitates partnerships with other international institutions. We have established two exciting ‘study abroad’ affiliations with the University of Ottawa in Canada and at Drury University in Missouri, USA. These partnerships enable up to eight 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 can 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 including travel, accommodation, general living expenses, visas, insurance, vaccinations, and administrative fees at the host institution.

Extracurricular Opportunities

Pursuing the Drama, Theatre and Performance degree also provides multiple extracurricular opportunities for you to perform, create work, and engage with events with an exciting range of partners, including students from across the School of Creative Arts, professional artists and performers, our host partner venue Lincoln Arts Centre; and esteemed external organisations such as In Good Company, the Midlands flagship project offering support and business development to artists and theatre makers.

Previous organisations we have worked with also include BBC, National Youth Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, and the Royal Air Force.

The Lincoln Company

Students have the option to apply for The Lincoln Company, the School's professional company of emerging theatre, dance, and performance makers. Members can take on a variety of roles within the company such as performing, writing, directing, and producing. As the company-in-residence at Lincoln Arts Centre, they work to produce and tour high-quality, original performance to venues and festivals around the UK including Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the world’s largest platform for the arts.

A group of students and staff involved in a theatre production posing together on stage

Meet the Students

Level 3 students, Sydney Vanderhoeven-Palmer from our Drama and English course and Caoimhe Shanahan-Peart from Drama and Theatre, share their experiences of studying, practice, and research, and tell us why they applied to Lincoln.

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Drama at Lincoln challenged me in the best way, pushing me both as a person and a performer. The diverse range of modules ignited my passion for the wild variety of freelance work I partake in as an actor, theatre-maker, and puppeteer. It was hands down the best three years of my life and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without the experience.

Employability

Employability lies at the heart of the what we offer, with a suite of optional modules that may appeal to those who wish to enter teaching, arts administration, portfolio creative careers, acting/performing/directing, and much more. Modules can give you an insight into the professional side of the cultural sector, and project-based and performance assessments will equip you with a host of transferable skills, such as problem-solving, project management, and marketing and advertising, to enable you to become self-directed, resourceful, and creative, increasing employability prospects and equipping you for your future career.

What Can I Do with a Drama, Theatre and Performance Degree?

Graduates can develop the skills and knowledge relevant to a variety of roles within the theatre industry, including performer, director, playwright, producer, and stage manager. There is the opportunity to progress to related professions in the wider creative industries, including publishing, marketing, events coordination, accessibility arts, and venue programming, and to work in television, film, and radio. Some students may choose to undertake further study at postgraduate level or undertake qualifications in teaching.

Recent graduate destinations have included theatre making, directing, stage management, technical theatre, producing, arts administration, teaching, dramatherapy, and working for BBC radio and television.

Studying at Lincoln was the best decision I made. It set me up for my career working as an Assistant Director at The Royal Shakespeare Company, an Associate Director at National Theatre, and Director at Curve Theatre. Lincoln provided the skills, knowledge, and understanding of the Arts I needed to pursue my career as a Director.

Entry Requirements 2024-25

United Kingdom

104 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent qualifications.

International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma from a minimum of 2 Higher Level subjects.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit or equivalent.

T Level: Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points.

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and do accept a combination of qualifications which may include A Levels, BTECs, EPQ etc.

We will also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.

International

Non UK Qualifications:

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills courses.

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/

For applicants who do not meet our standard entry requirements, our Arts Foundation Year can provide an alternative route of entry onto our full degree programmes:
https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/course/afyafyub/

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 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk

Contextual Offers

At Lincoln, we recognise that not everybody has had the same advice and support to help them get to higher education. Contextual offers are one of the ways we remove the barriers to higher education, ensuring that we have fair access for all students regardless of background and personal experiences. For more information, including eligibility criteria, visit our Offer Guide pages.

Interviews

As part of the admissions process, applicants are required to attend an interview day with tutors from the Lincoln School of Creative Arts. The interview day consists of a short interview and taster workshops. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions, meet staff and students, and see our facilities.

Fees and Scholarships

Going to university is a life-changing step and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible undergraduate students going to university for the first time, scholarships and bursaries are available to help cover costs. To help support students from outside of the UK, we are also delighted to offer a number of international scholarships which range from £1,000 up to the value of 50 per cent of tuition fees. For full details and information about eligibility, visit our scholarships and bursaries pages.

Course -Specific Additional Costs

For students who wish to participate in The Lincoln Company's Edinburgh Festival Fringe performances there are additional costs. Students are currently required to contribute £150 towards the cost of attending the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and are responsible for their travel and general living costs.

Accommodation costs in Edinburgh are covered by the University. 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.

Those who choose to undertake a period of study abroad are expected to cover their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs.

There may be additional costs associated with external visits.

Take a look at one of our performances!

Check out our performance for our 'Devising & Making' module from our BA (Hons) Drama, Theatre and Performance first years. This is just one of the exciting and diverse productions that our students create and perform.

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My time at Lincoln was the most enjoyable, creative, and though-provoking time of my life. The lecturers helped to provoke and inspire me, leading me into my current career as a Drama teacher. I certainly made the right choice going to Lincoln - I made friends for life and learnt things I’ll never forget.

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The best way to find out what it is really like to live and learn at Lincoln is to visit us in person. We offer a range of opportunities across the year to help you to get a real feel for what it might be like to study here.

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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.