Based in the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, BA Drama at Essex is ranked top 10 in the UK for Drama (Dance, Drama and Cinematics - CUG 2018) and provides you with a solid understanding of some of the most influential play-texts ever written, and the opportunity to take part in shaping the essential performances of tomorrow. We are a community of award-winning playwrights, actors and directors, as well as leading academic specialists; teaching comedy, tragedy, physical theatre, and theatre in education, and we are committed to furthering the cause of human rights through drama. You study a wide range of dramatic texts, from Ancient Greek times to the present day, and develop an understanding of the principal developments in European Theatre. You can also benefit from our Lakeside Theatre, which has been established as a major venue for excellent drama known for a commitment to new writing for the stage, with the opportunity to write or direct new plays, as well as re-define classics and re-discover neglected masterpieces. This four-year version of our degree allows you to spend the third year studying abroad, while otherwise remaining identical to the three-year course.