Drama and Film Studies (with a study abroad year) BA

University of Sussex
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If you’re interested in both theatre and film, you can combine them in this degree. You also have the opportunity to apply for a year studying abroad.

Our Drama and Film Studies (with a study abroad year) BA gives you the chance to explore theatre through theory and practice, and study the art of cinema from filmmakers across the globe. You’ll have access to dedicated media laboratories, film and sound studios, and an in-house DVD library of over 5,000 films and TV programmes.

Drama at Sussex has been an enlightening experience and has expanded my knowledge and understanding.” Elizabeth Fenn-Tye

GCSEs Extended Project Qualification

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.  

We take the EPQ into account when considering your application and it can be useful in the summer when your results are released if you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer.  We do not routinely include the EPQ in the conditions of your offer but we sometimes offer alternative conditions that include the EPQ. If you wish to discuss this further please contact us

Other UK qualifications

Typical offer Subjects

Pass with 45 level 3 credits at Merit or above of which 24 - 30 credits must be at Distinction.

Cambridge Pre-U Principle Subjects (including A-level mixes) Typical offer GCSEs

D3, M1 and M2 in the Pre-U

If you have one A-level and two Cambridge Pre-U Principle Subjects, we would expect you to have a grade A in the A-level and D3 and M2 in the two Pre-Us.

If you have two A-levels and Cambridge Pre-U Principle Subjects, we would normally expect you to have grades AB in the two A-levels and D3 in the Pre-U. 

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

International BaccalaureatePearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma and one A-level Typical offer GCSEs

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate and two A-levels Typical offer GCSEs

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma) Typical offer GCSEs

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Scottish Highers Additional requirements

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced GCSEs

You should have a broad range of GCSEs A*-C (9-4), including good grades in relevant subjects

International Baccalaureate

European Baccalaureate

Other international qualifications

Typical offer

Relevant state (Year 12) High School Certificate, and between 92% to 88% in the ATAR or UAI/TER/ENTER, or a Queensland OP of 3 to 4 or better.

 

Typical offer

Reifeprüfung or Matura with an overall result of between 1.8 to 2.0 or better for first-year entry.

Belgium Typical offer Please note

Bulgaria Typical offer Please note

Canada

British Columbia Certificate of Graduation AAABB-AABBB from 5 grade 12 courses.

We also recognise the High School Diploma from other provinces -including Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick- where we look for strong performance in grade 12 subjects, and the Diplome d'Etudes Collegiales (DEC) from Quebec.

China Typical offer Please note

We usually do not accept Senior High School Graduation for direct entry to our undergraduate courses.

However, we may consider you if you have studied one year or more of Higher Education in China at a recognised degree awarding institution, or if you are following a recognised International Foundation Year.

If you have the Senior High School Graduation, you may be eligible to apply for our International Foundation Year. If you successfully complete an International Foundation Year, you can progress on to a relevant undergraduate course at Sussex.

CroatiaCyprus Typical offer

Apolytirion of Lykeion with an overall average of between 19 /20 and 18.5 /20 will be considered for first-year entry.

Czech Republic Please note

Denmark Typical offer

Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF) or Studentereksamen with an overall average of at least 7 on the new grading scale.

Finland Additional requirements

FranceGermanyGreece Additional requirements

Hong Kong Typical offer

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with grades of 5, 5, 4 to 5, 4, 4 from three subjects including two electives

HungaryIndia

  • 80% from SSC All India Senior School Certificate Examination (CBSE)
  • 80% HSC Higher Secondary Certificate ( Maharashtra )

 

Please note

IrelandIsrael Please note

Italy Typical offer

Italian Diploma Di Maturità or Diploma Pass Di Esame Di Stato with a final Diploma mark of between 81/100 and 85/100.

Japan Typical offer Please note

Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate is suitable for entry to our Foundation Years. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Latvia Please note

Lithuania Please note

Luxembourg Please note

Malaysia Typical offer

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) with grades of  AAB-ABB, Matriculation with a least a grade of 3.5 or UEC with an overall average grade B3 (75%).

Netherlands Please note

Nigeria Please note

  • Higher National Diploma
  • Professional Diploma (Part IV) from the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology of Nigeria
  • Advanced Diploma

Norway Typical offer

Pakistan Typical offer

 You can apply for direct entry to Year 1 if you are completing at least two years of Bachelor degree studies. 

You'll normally need to complete a Foundation year after taking Intermediate Certificate or the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC).  You might choose one of our International Foundation Years at the International Study Centre on campus.

 

Poland

 

Romania Additional requirements

Singapore Please note

Slovakia Typical offer Please note

SloveniaSouth Africa Please note

SpainSri LankaSweden Typical offer

Fullstandigt Slutbetyg/Högskoleförberedande Examen with a total of 2,500 credits to include B grades in the majority of subjects.

 

SwitzerlandTurkey Typical offer

We'll consider students who have taken the Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme, with a score of at least 4/5 or 80/100 in their final year, on a case by case basis for direct entry to year 1.

Where direct entry is unsuitable, we'll automatically consider you for one of our Foundation Years. Or you might want to apply to one of our International Foundation Years at the international Study Centre on Campus. Visit isc.sussex.ac.uk/our-courses/international-foundation-year or www.sussex.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/foundation-years

USA Typical offer

We look at your full profile taking into account everything you are studying, including the high school graduation diploma, Grade 12 GPA, SAT tests and subject tests and/or ACT grades  We are particularly interested in AP tests and would ideally like to see 3 good AP scores

Advanced Placement Tests with scores of between 5,5,4 to 5,4,4 in 3 AP subjects.

If you have taken the SAT reasoning tests we'd normally expect a combined score of at least 1300 and will look for around 600 in relevant subject tests.

If you've taken the ACT we'd expect to see a composite score of at least 26.

 

My country is not listed

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

English language requirements

6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component

IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test.

If you are applying for degree-level study we can consider your IELTS test from any test centre, but if you require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for an English language or pre-sessional English course (not combined with a degree) the test must be taken at a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)-approved IELTS test centre.

For tests taken before January 2015: Grade B or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic).

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT).

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English

GCE O-level

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language (grade 4 or above in GCSE from 2017).

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language

German AbiturGhana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Grades A – C in English

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptionsSelect to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirements. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries

  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

Admissions information for applicants

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Don’t meet our entry requirements?

If you don't meet our entry requirements, we recommend our in-house Foundation Year course to prepare you for Year 1 of your chosen degree:

Studying abroad – John Giannini, Drama, Theatre and Performance BA

Please note: Programs with a study abroad year are not eligible for USA federal Direct Loan funds. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

Core modules

Research interests

Research interests

American Visual Art, Contemporary Performance, Performance And Live Art, Popular Music, Punk and Post-Punk, Queer studies, Queer Theory, Theatre and performance studies, Visual arts, visual cultures

Research interests

anthropocene, art and ecology, conceptual art, Conceptual dance, Contemporary Performance, Magic and performance, Performance Art, Theatre and performance studies

Research interests

Adaptation, Contemporary Performance, Directing Practices, Dramaturgy, Early Modern Drama in Performance, european theatre, german theatre, Theatre Directing

Research interests

Contemporary Performance, Creative and critical writing, Cultural and Critical Theory, Modern and Contemporary Literature and Art, Playwriting, Site-specific theatre and performance, Theatre and Ethics, Theatre Directing

Research interests

Activist Performance, Aesthetics and Politics, Comedy, Contemporary Theatre, Dramaturgy, Performance Histories, popular culture, Popular Entertainment, Popular Theatre, Puppet Forms, Site-Specific and Public Art, Theatre History

Research interests

Choreography, Dance, Gender and Sexuality, race and racism, Social and political theory, space, Theatre and performance studies

Research interests

Research interests

Research interests

Activism and Documentary, Documentary theory and practice, Experimental Documentary, First Person Film, Jewish Culture and Film, Queer and Transgender Representation, Revolution and Film, Turkish and Middle Eastern Documentary

Research interests

art cinema, cultural memory, european cinema, Film, Film and the Holocaust, Film as philosophy, Film History, Theory and Criticism, Polish cinema, Temporality, the body in film

Research interests

ageing and gender, body image in film and media, Disability Studies, Gay & Lesbian Studies, Minority Rights, representation of gender and sexuality in film and popular culture, Transgender politics and representation

Research interests

Chinese-language cinema, Documentary theory and practice, East Asian cultural studies, Film History, Theory and Criticism, Queer studies, Transnational cinema

Research interests

British cinema, Critical Gender Studies, Hollywood, representation of gender and sexuality in film and popular culture, US cinema and popular culture, youth and media

Research interests

Research interests

American cinema, cinema and architecture, cultural geography and space, Film History, Theory and Criticism, US cinema and popular culture

£9,250 per year

Additional costs

All costs are best estimates based on current market values. We review estimates every year and they may vary with inflation. Find out tips for budgeting as a student

Theatre trips

The School pays the cost of theatre tickets, but you’ll need to pay for travel to the theatre. In the case of drama placements (professional work experience) you will also cover your own travel.

Scholarships

Our goal is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to regardless of financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique people.

Article 26 Scholarship

£3,000 per year with an additional £500 in your first year of study.

You receive a £2,000 cash award

You receive the scholarship during your first year, as two identical payments of £1,000.   The first is paid in November 2019 and the second in March 2020.

First-Generation Scholars Scheme for Students Starting in 2019

£2,000 in your first year of study (Foundation Year or Year 1) if your household income is £25,000 or below. £1,000 in your first year of study if your household income is between £25,001 and £42,875.

In subsequent years all eligible students receive £1,000 if you are studying on the Sussex campus.

You receive £2,000 cash maintenance during your first year of study.

You receive the scholarship during your first year, as two identical payments of £1,000.   The first is paid in November 2019 and the second in March 2020.

  • freelance theatre director, The Gate (JMK award winner)
  • poet and playwright, The Roundhouse (Live Canon Poetry prize winner)
  • media and project co-ordinator, Young Start-up Talent.

(Drama, Theatre and Peformance careers database)

Your future career

Our graduates are intellectually agile, critically rigorous, highly skilled communicators with a flair for independent thought and a creative approach to problem-solving.

You can attend tailored careers events, including workshops, talks and drop-in sessions, throughout your time at Sussex. You continue to receive careers support after graduation.

After graduation, you can go on to postgraduate-level study, or use your Drama Studies and Film Studies degree for a career in:

  • theatre and performance

Working while you study“Sussex has taken me on a journey that includes teaching Drama in Budapest, and working as a film researcher.”Rosa SaundersDrama Studies graduate

Career ambitions – John Giannini, Drama, Theatre and Performance BA

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