Drama and Theatre Studies – 1st in the UK for Student Voice

The University of Chester was placed 1st for Student Voice in the subject area of Drama and Theatre Studies in the 2017 National Student Survey, the largest national survey of final year undergraduates in the country.

Our three-year BA in Drama and Theatre Studies allows you to explore a range of approaches to performance, engaging with contemporary as well as classical drama. We have specialists in areas such as physical theatre, directing, devising, applied theatre, digital performance, actor training and clowning. There is a large emphasis on performance and practical work, and our students enjoy working alongside a warm, professional community of artists and tutors at Kingsway. 

More about Drama and Theatre Studies

Kingsway Campus

The Department of Performing Arts is based at the Kingsway Campus. We boast high-quality technical facilities, including two theatre spaces and two large studios. Alongside this, our students work with a great team of dedicated theatre technicians, with opportunities to develop skills in the areas of sound, lighting and digital performance. 

Professional Links

The department has excellent links with the theatre industry. We have three professional theatre companies that work from Kingsway, 2engage, Performing Pathways and Haylo Theatre Company. We also have links with Chester’s Storyhouse Theatre, where our students have enjoyed placements as trainee directors, stage managers and performers. 

An important strand of our department is our work in community and educational drama. We have excellent links in the area with schools and community arts organisations, and our students regularly enjoy placements as part of their studies. 

Visiting Artists

At Kingsway, we have a thriving performance environment. There is in-house work developed by students from both the BA and MA programmes. Also, each year we invite a number of visiting artists to perform shows and deliver workshops to our students at Kingsway. 

These include our resident artist, Mole Wetherall, director of the internationally acclaimed company Reckless Sleepers. We also have regular visits from Teatro Pomodoro, our other company-in-residence. In recent years we have hosted performers from as far afield as Italy, France, Japan, Canada and Columbia, as well as cutting edge young companies from around the UK. 

Alongside this, we also organise field trips, which involve taking our students to see shows in Liverpool, Manchester and North Wales. 

Supportive, Research-active Staff

Students are taught by enthusiastic and supportive staff and there is an excellent student-to-staff ratio within the department, meaning you never have to wait long to speak to a member of the team. Taught sessions include traditional lectures, practical classes, tutorial classes and small group teaching.

Every student at the University of Chester also has a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT), who provides additional pastoral support to a student throughout their full degree. In Drama and Theatre Studies, your PAT would be one of the lecturers from the Department, giving you another opportunity to get to know a drama practitioner.

Want to Know More?

To find out more about Drama and Theatre Studies at the University of Chester, please contact the Programme Leader Brian Desmond, b.desmond@chester.ac.uk

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