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Communications, Drama and Film

Studying Drama

When you study Drama at Exeter, you become part of a long-standing tradition of practice-based learning. With over 50 years as a subject, Drama at Exeter is a renowned and well-established degree program, but we are not mired in our tradition. Rather, we continue to champion the core principles that infuse theatre and performance and drive drama forward: curiosity, interdisciplinarity, and experimentation.

As a student in Drama you will have the opportunity to explore a range of histories, practices and cultures. From outdoor performance to collaborative devising, screen acting to podcast writing, theatre for young audiences to intermedial performance practices, you will develop your own understanding of contemporary performance while challenging and learning with us, the staff.

Working with unique, local museums, such as RAMM and the Bill Douglas, asl well as alongside leading national theatre makers and performance-related organisations, you will explore the edges of current thinking around theatre and its relation to colonialism, climate change, activism, feminist and queer histories, voice and music studies and creative producing. From embodied learning to experiential archival research, the study of Drama at Exeter will offer you the opportunity to engage deeply with what it means to be human and the creativity of global cultures.

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Dr Bryan Brown

Director of Education: Drama


Drama at Exeter offers you the opportunity to explore and experiment. Taught largely through studio sessions, the relationship between theory and practice is central to the discipline. Our staff teach a range of performance and specialist skills and our teaching grows out of our research interests, so you will be taught by people at the forefront of their field.

Many of our degree programmes include opportunities for placements and study abroad.

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Postgraduate taught

We are one of the largest and best equipped Drama departments in the UK and offer a supportive and stimulating environment for postgraduate research and practice, welcoming students from all around the world.

Our exciting and diverse Masters degrees offer students the opportunity to pursue practice-based and research interests through a structured and flexible programme.

Postgraduate research

Whether your research interest concerns performance analysis, ethnographic methods, historical research or theatre practice, our supportive research environment, academic expertise and state of the art facilities are on hand to support you successfully throughout your PhD. As a doctoral candidate you will be a vital member of our research community, participating in research centres as well as department-level seminars and university-wide training that is tailored specifically to your stage in the research process.

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