Drama and Production BA (Hons)

What is special about this course?

If you dream of pursuing a career relating to drama and theatre, this new BA (Hons) Drama and Production*, incorporating touring and festival performance, is ideal. With a focus on devising, production and entrepreneurship skills, you will be trained to be performers, practitioners, producers and researchers. The degree also offers progression into wider study and career pathways relating to health and well-being (drama therapy), education (PGDE with drama) and arts administration.

The course combines theoretical, practical and performance-based approaches, along with a programme of master classes, workshops and performances delivered by professionals working within the industry. You will be encouraged to develop your own professional network and will benefit from the programme’s connections with theatre practitioners and arts centres in the region. This will give you fantastic access to a variety of placements and touring opportunities, as well as supporting you beyond the course and onwards onto your chosen path.

The programme runs its own theatre production company, facilitating in-house, extra-curricular productions as well as organising visiting productions, allowing you to develop considerable performance production skills and giving you valuable experience to ensure you are industry-ready. These experiences greatly enhance learning and teaching across the degree, allowing you to make connections with the local and wider performance communities.

In your final year, you will develop a major piece of practice-based and/or text-based research, drawing on the critical and performance skills you have developed throughout the degree. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to showcase your performance work at venues and festivals across the region.

*subject to validation

Special features

  • Theoretical, practical and entrepreneurial approaches to performance
  • Showcase tour of final year work
  • Option to participate in student arts festival
  • Placement opportunities and connections via the programme’s network of theatre practitioners
  • Rolling programme of extra-curricular master classes and workshops
  • You will be involved in running the programme’s theatre production company


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above; these must include English at grade C or above
  • At least one of the above must be taken from the list of relevant subjects
  • Higher Drama is recommended but in cases where this has not been available to applicants, evidence of other drama activity will be taken into account
  • At all levels, recognition of prior experiential learning will be taken into account where appropriate
  • As part of the selection process, you will be required to give a 5-minute presentation on a performance that you have been involved with or researched; this will be followed by an interview, during which you will answer questions relating to your presentation

Advanced entry to year two:

  • Direct entry to year two may be possible with an HNC Acting and Performance, or Musical Theatre, with 15 credits and B or above in the Graded Unit, or 120 credits at SCQF level 7 in a relevant subject.

Note: If you already hold an HND in Acting and Performance, or Musical Theatre, you may be interested in advanced entry to the third year of our BA (Hons) Drama and Performance

Access routes

  • NC Acting and Performance or NC Creative Industries (with at least National 5, or equivalent, in English)

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules may include:

  • Introduction to practitioners and performance
  • Screen performance
  • Physical theatre
  • Corporate and commercial performance
  • Theatre histories
  • Production 1

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules may include:

  • Introduction to performance studies
  • Theatre design and the imagination
  • Audio performance
  • Research and performance
  • Cultural planning 1
  • Introduction to directing

Year 3 - BA

Core modules may include:

  • Script adaptation and development
  • Live and online: digital theatre
  • Production 2 (technical)
  • Reading performance
  • Placement
  • Applied performance 1 (education)

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Core modules may include:

  • Creative industry research project
  • Cultural planning 2
  • Autonomous performer
  • Applied performance 2 (health)

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)


You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference seminars, intensive practical workshops and online via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE) with support from your tutors. 

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years
  • Part-time (unstructured): variable

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

    Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £8,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £8,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free* free*

*4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) -  £1,340 (2017-18) and £1,500 (2018-19).

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  2017-18 2018-19
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £10,500 £11,100
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £5,250 £5,550
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £1,750 £1,850

**There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This degree prepares students for careers in a variety of areas relating to drama and theatre, including:

  • Performance-making
  • Arts management
  • Health and wellbeing (Drama therapy)
  • Education (PGDE with Drama)

Can I progress into further study?

On successful completion of the degree you may wish to consider further postgraduate study or research.

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