Drama and Production BA (Hons)

UCAS code W440

What is special about this course?

If you dream of pursuing a career relating to drama and theatre, the BA (Hons) Drama and Production 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 performance opportunities, as well as supporting you beyond the course and onwards onto your chosen path.

The programme facilitates 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, performance and production 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.

Special features

  • Theoretical, practical and entrepreneurial approaches to performance
  • Showcase of final year work
  • Placement opportunities and connections via the programme’s network of theatre practitioners
  • Rolling programme of extra-curricular master classes and workshops
  • Opportunities to develop independent performance projects


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

Entry requirements

For September 2021, entry to this course is only available into year 2, via HNC Acting and Performance.

Prospective students without the standard entry requirements are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis

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

Advanced entry to year three:

  • 120 credits at SCQF level 7 in a relevant drama/theatre studies degree PLUS 120 credits at SCQF level 8 in a relevant drama/theatre studies degree OR
  • 30 credit HND Acting and performance/Musical theatre (30 credits, and a B or above in the graded unit)

Access routes

SWAP Access courses
If you are eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP), please visit our SWAP access list for further information on grade profiles and available subjects.

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

Year 1 - CertHE

Please apply to the HNC Acting and Performance if you wish to study the first year of this course.

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules may include:

  • Introduction to performance studies
  • Theatre design and the imagination
  • Audio performance
  • Introduction to directing
  • Live and online: digital performance
  • Entrepreneurship and production

Year 3 - BA

Core modules may include:

  • Script adaptation and development
  • Research and performance
  • Production 2 (technical)
  • Corporate and commercial performance
  • Applied drama 1
  • Placement

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Core modules may include:

  • Creative industry research project
  • Entrepreneurship and production
  • Autonomous practitioner
  • Applied drama 2 (health and wellbeing)

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We continue to review government guidance and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will be delivered online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities and practical sessions will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing, where this is not possible alternative options will be available.
  • 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

There will also be one residential seminar per semester for years 2, 3 and 4:

  • Year 2: 2 x 1-week creative residency in Inverness (1 per semester)
  • Year 3: 1-week creative residency in Inverness (Semester 1)*
  • Year 3: 1-week creative residency in student’s home location (Semester 2)
  • Year 4: 2 x 1-week creative residency in Inverness (1 per semester)
  • Students will be required to cover any additional travel and accommodation costs for all residencies

*to be confirmed

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years (HNC + DipHE + BA + BA (Hons))
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years (HNC + DipHE + BA + BA (Hons))
  • Part-time (unstructured): variable

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI
  • Shetland College UHI - advanced entry to years 2, 3 and 4 only

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK, 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

Note: The Scottish Government set this fee which has not yet been confirmed for 2021-22 so may be subject to change.

Rest of UK students

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

Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free free

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500.

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

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

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals starting their study in Scotland from academic year 2021-22, who do not have settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2021-22, students will get an automatic scholarship of £3,000 per annum and the 4th year of study will be free for those studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Year Level 2021-22 Full-time With scholarship
Year 1 HNC £12,360 £9,360 
Year 2 HND £12,360 £9,360 
Year 3 Degree £12,360 £9,360
Year 4 Honours Free Free

Students will need Student Route visa sponsorship to study on the UK.

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:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £12,000 £12,360
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £6,000 £6,180
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £2,000 £2,060

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international undergraduate students for continuous 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.

Additional costs

Students outside of Inverness are required to cover costs for accommodation and travel relating to the residencies (as detailed in the Study Mode section).

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 such as our MRes Creative Practice.

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