Dr James Hudson - Programme Leader
Dr James Hudson is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in the Lincoln School of Creative Arts. His teaching and research is concerned with contemporary playwriting, British twentieth-century theatre, and the relationship between theatre and contemporary politics (particularly right-wing and reactionary politics). He is also the School Admissions Officer.Academic Staff List
Welcome to BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre
How You Study
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. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.
Students can work and perform in the Lincoln Performing 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.
Each student will receive event/performance credits which can be used against ticketed performances at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.
Joint Honours students also have the option to apply for The Lincoln Company, The School of Drama’s professional company of emerging theatre, dance, and performance makers. As the company-in-residence at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, each year 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.
Drama also offers additional, optional, extracurricular Technique Classes, which allows students to improve their skills as performers. Previous technique classes have included topics such as singing, ensemble work, play-reading for enjoyment and analysis, and stage combat.
The growing reputation of the Lincoln School of Fine and Performing Arts has led to the development of partnerships with other international institutions. 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 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 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 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.
"The Drama course at the University of Lincoln challenged me in the best way, pushing me both as a person and a performer. I obtained the necessary skills and work ethic to devise and tour shows across the UK. The diverse range of modules offered 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 or be in the job I am without the experience."Felicity Donnelly
An Introduction to Your 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.
How you are assessed
Entry Requirements 2023-24
As part of the admissions process, Drama and Theatre applicants will be invited to attend an interview. More information can be found within our Dance and Drama - Frequently Asked Questions.
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.
"My time at Lincoln was the most enjoyable, creative and though-provoking time of my life. The lecturers on the Drama and Theatre course 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, and I’ll never regret my decision - I made friends for life and learnt things I’ll never forget."Ryan Gooderham
Graduates can develop the skills and knowledge relevant to a variety of roles within the theatre industry, including actor, director, playwright, producer, stage manager, and technician. There is the opportunity to progress to related professions in the creative industries, including publishing, marketing, venue programming, and to work in television, film, and radio. Some students may choose to undertake further study at postgraduate level or take qualifications in teaching.
Recent graduate destinations have included theatre making, directing, stage management, technical theatre, producing, arts administration, teaching, BBC Radio, BBC Television, and drama therapy.
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