Explore film theory and practice from all over the world, as well as different modes of performance by studying a full-time Drama and Film Studies degree in Cambridge, ARU. Choose to study abroad for one semester, attend field trips and productions, and get ongoing support to find work placements. Create your own innovative projects as you prepare for a career as a producer, director or practitioner on the stage or screen.
On our BA (Hons) Drama and Film Studies, you’ll explore the latest theory and practice in both fields, but most importantly, our focus on practical work will give you a taste of what it’s like to work as a modern performance practitioner, both in front of and behind the camera.
You’ll be introduced to the languages and conventions of drama and film, taking in some of the key movements in their history, from Hollywood cinema to more experimental films and modes of performance. Your learning will be backed up by practical workshops as well as visits to venues and festivals, giving you first-hand experience of two different sides of performance: as both a means of expression and as an industry.
You’ll also use your learning to create your own innovative projects, designing, directing and performing in large-scale performances as well as experimenting with the principles of filmmaking. Whether you choose to specialise in stage or film practice, or a combination of both, you’ll have the chance to see your work aired in public venues including Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, our own Mumford Theatre and other commercial venues in the city.
On our optional modules you can explore your own interests further, with subjects including documentary film theory, new media performance and animation. You can also take up the opportunity of work experience in your chosen profession. Our close links with local organisations, including Cambridge Film Festival and Cambridge Junction, can help you make contact with industry leaders in professional environments, both backstage and front of house.
Throughout the course, your studies will be supported by our team of expert lecturers, and a close community of students and alumni, fostered through our dedicated Drama Facebook group* and Film Studies Facebook group / YouTube channel. We also have a Facebook group dedicated to helping you find work experience on film and video projects.
Course Leader: Heather Lilley
*To join the Drama Facebook group, please contact the Course Leader after registering in Welcome Week.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
Our BA (Hons) Drama and Film course will give you a solid understanding of the work of film and drama practitioners, in historical, contemporary and technical contexts. Having used this knowledge to develop your own projects, you’ll possess both the theoretical understanding and practical skills required by institutions and employers in the film, drama, theatre and performance industries.
Many of our previous graduates have taken up roles in film and theatre production, directing, film criticism, festival/events administration and management, film and theatre education, broadcasting, journalism, publishing, advertising and public relations.
Modules are subject to change and availability.
You’ll show your progress on the course through a combination of essays, reports, critical reflections, presentations, studio and public performances and a major project, which may include practical work.
Using our creative expertise and industry connections in Cambridge and beyond, we create experiences that entertain, educate, inspire and improve lives.
At Cambridge School of Creative Industries, we believe in the importance of experimentation and risk-taking to create experiences that entertain, educate, inspire and improve lives.
Whether writing bestselling fiction, creating challenging documentaries or sharing a piano with people on the autism spectrum, the expertise of our staff goes far beyond teaching. Their research produces significant funding success, leading to important publications and international conferences.
You’ll take part in self-arranged work placements, and our career-focused modules will encourage you to reflect on what you have learned from them. Our previous students have undertaken placements and commissions with regional and local television, radio and newspapers, MTV and the Cambridge Film Festival, often as part of their assessed work. For many, this has led directly to a paid position with the company.
During the course of your studies, you’ll also create a Personal Development Planning portfolio, which will be an invaluable tool throughout your career.
You'll have the chance to broaden your experience on one of our field trips. Past trips have included Venice, Italy
For all of your practical work, you’ll have access to our industry-standard facilities, including:
UK students (and EU students starting a course before 1 August 2021) can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
You can pay your tuition fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes EU students starting a course before 1 August 2021.
Government funding includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a range of ARU scholarships, which can provide extra financial support while you’re at university.
You will be invited to perform an audition as part of the application process.
For more guidance on how to prepare for this, please visit our creative industries auditions page.
Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of on-campus and online learning from September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. A small number of our courses require additional technical specifications or specialist materials. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting university in 2020-21.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning from September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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