Drama and Film Studies BA (Hons)

Key information

Duration:
3 years full time
UCAS code:
WP43
Start date:
September 2025

“Wherever I go next, I know that what I’ve done at Sussex will act as a stepping stone to finding and taking up space in the industry.”

Jordi Carter Drama and Film Studies graduate
Read Jordi’s story

Combine your passion for performance with your love of film.

You’ll explore theatre and performance through a distinctive combination of practice and theory. You’ll examine the social and political contexts shaping contemporary performance trends. Our versatile facilities are perfect for you to develop skills in theatre-making.

Watching a wide range of films, you’ll find out how cinema entertains, informs and influences its audiences. You’ll investigate global film cultures; question cinematic representations of gender, race and sexuality; and analyse popular genres.

Our engaged and passionate tutors will guide you through each year of your degree. Specialist options allow you to tailor your degree to what inspires you most.

We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision. We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described in this prospectus. However, if we need to make material changes, for example due to government or regulatory requirements, or unanticipated staff changes, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are currently under review – please check back in early March 2024.

Modules

Changes to your course

We’ve listened to feedback and have updated the curriculum for the academic year 2024/25 for this course. To review how the new modules for 2024/25 compare with the structure in 2023/24, have a look at Changes to drama courses.

The list of modules below shows modules running in 2023/24 for Year 1 at Sussex, and modules running in 2024/25 for Year 2 and Year 3 at Sussex. 

Check back in January 2024 for more details of all modules running in the academic year 2024/25.

Type of course

This is a joint-honours course, offering you a combinations of subjects, each taking up 50% of your time.

Find out about our types of undergraduate degrees, their structure, modules and credits

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints mean it may not be possible to take some module combinations. The structure of a small number of courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown here.

Check back in January 2025 for more details of the modules running in the academic year 2025/26.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.

While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints mean it may not be possible to take some module combinations. The structure of a small number of courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown here.

Check back in January 2025 for more details of the modules running in the academic year 2025/26.

Study abroad (optional)

Apply to study abroad – you’ll develop an international perspective and gain an edge when it comes to your career. Find out where your course could take you

If your application to study abroad is successful, you’ll have to meet the academic requirements at Sussex and also at the partner university. Find out more about studying abroad as a Sussex student

Placement (optional)

To help you gain experience and increase your employability, you can apply for an optional placement as part of your course. You’ll be responsible for applying for and securing your placement. Our dedicated careers team can provide you with information and advice. If you’re successful in obtaining a placement, this will form part of your course.

Find out more about placements and internships

Please note that if you’re receiving – or applying for – USA federal Direct Loan funds, you can’t transfer to the version of your course with an optional study abroad period in any country or optional placement in the USA if the number of credits for the placement/internship exceeds 25% of the total credits for your course. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.

While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints mean it may not be possible to take some module combinations. The structure of a small number of courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown here.

Check back in January 2025 for more details of the modules running in the academic year 2025/26.

TEF 2023 silver

Silver

The student experience and student outcomes are typically very high quality.
This rating was awarded in 2023, for four years.
(Teaching Excellence Framework 2023)

Find out more about our approach to teaching and supporting you to thrive

Our staff

For me, teaching is a chance to engage in a collective conversation, and that’s renewed with every student I encounter.Sara Jane Bailes
Reader in Theatre and Performance Studies

Drama, Theatre and Performance

Film Studies

Fees

Fees are not yet set for the academic year 2025/26 – please check back in September 2024. Note that your fees, once they’re set, may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

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Scholarships

Details of our scholarships are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2025/26.

Careers

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
  • media and publishing
  • business and teaching.

Graduate destinations

Recent graduates have found jobs as:

  • 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)

Working while you study

Our Careers and Entrepreneurship team can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Sussex has taken me on a journey that includes teaching Drama in Budapest and working as a film researcher.Rosa Saunders
Drama and English BA

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

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