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Acting, drama and theatre

You were born to perform. You want to create work that moves and inspires others. And you want to know there’s a future for you in it. We’ve nurtured strong links with industry, so you can do work placements and start building a standout CV while you study.

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Acting

Undergraduate - BA (Hons)

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
3 years full-time
,
4 years with placement
Course features
  • Explore the tools and techniques of professional acting
  • Work on productions from Year 1
  • Learn in facilities including our professional campus theatre

Drama

Undergraduate - BA (Hons)

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
3 years
,
4 years with foundation
,
4 years with placement
Course features
  • Explore different modes of performance and drama practice
  • Develop your skills for the stage and screen, on and off stage
  • Hands-on experience in an optional placement year

Drama and English Literature

Undergraduate - BA (Hons)

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
3 years full-time
,
4 years with placement
,
4 years with foundation year
Course features
  • Discover how our societies have shaped and been shaped by literature
  • Explore different modes of performance and drama practice
  • Connect with Cambridge’s performance scene through our local links

Drama and Film

Undergraduate - BA (Hons)

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
3 years
,
4 years with foundation
,
4 years with placement
Course features
  • Explore film theory and film-making from all over the world
  • Discover different modes of performance and drama practice
  • Hands-on experience in an optional placement year

Musical Theatre

Undergraduate - BA (Hons)

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
3 years full time
,
4 years with placement
,
4 years with foundation
Course features
  • Develop as a triple-threat performer and excel at singing, acting and dancing
  • Make the most of Cambridge’s performing arts scene with our local links
  • Get hands-on experience with an optional placement year

Dramatherapy

Postgraduate - MA

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
24 months full-time
Course features
  • Train to become an HCPC-registered dramatherapist
  • Learn the latest and most effective techniques from our expert staff
  • Gain experience on clinical placements in a variety of settings

Theatre, Drama and Performance

Research - MPhil : PhD

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
Full-time
,
Part-time
Course features
Our PhD research programmes will allow you to join one of our research projects or explore your own interests in Theatre, Drama and Performance, supported by the expertise of our staff.

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We're here Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm (please note we close at 3.30pm on the first and third Thursday of the month for staff training), and Friday 9am-4.30pm.

Zoe

"We are incredibly lucky with the support of the staff, and the resources and dedication that are brought to every session. It’s an enriching experience, and one that I will never get tired of."

Zoe

BA (Hons) Drama and English Literature

Follow Zoe on a day in the life of a drama student

Here in Cambridge School of Creative Industries, we believe in the importance of experimentation and risk-taking to create experiences that entertain, educate and inspire.

During your studies, you'll gain the confidence and practical skills to pursue your ambitions. And you'll be able to experiment, explore and create in our studios, theatre, recital hall and therapy rooms.

Our research-active staff will support you all the way, sharing the knowledge and insights they've gained as professional musicians, performers, producers and therapists.

Meanwhile our strong industry links, and position at the heart of Cambridge's creative industry, will give you invaluable opportunities to improve your employability through work placements, live briefs, and public performances.

Cambridge School of Creative Industries

Join us in Cambridge School of Creative Industries and:

  • study in facilities including a working theatre, recital hall, music, drama and recording studios, rehearsal rooms, and therapy rooms
  • use industry-standard software and equipment
  • gain experience through internships or perform at commercial venues
  • access our award-winning library and IT facilities.
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Training as a therapist

MA Dramatherapy students talk about how they use drama and art to help clients explore the issues they're going through.

The Queen's Anniversary Prize for our music therapy research

Our world-leading music therapy work, in particular our focus on the wellbeing of people living with dementia, earned The Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2021. These prizes are the highest national honour in higher and further education. They recognise outstanding work that shows the highest levels of quality and innovation and delivers significant public benefit.

Find out more about the Queen's Anniversary prize
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