A degree in Drama and Applied Theatre will equip you with a range of transferable skills. As well as the wealth of opportunities within the theatre profession, students may wish to pursue a career within teaching, event management and promotion, diplomacy, politics, international development, youth work, arts therapy, workshop facilitation, social care, the health service or the criminal justice system.
“The Applied Theatre course has introduced me to possibilities beyond the traditional theatre environment. You get stuck into practical work with a full on training programme supporting placements in a range of different community settings. We have worked in historic buildings, created work for schools, designed transformative projects with community artists and are just about to set off to Malawi where we’re working with our partner company Theatre for a Change.”
Kadeem Dunning. Drama
We have just graduated our first students from the new programme which started in 2008, so it is too early to see what sort of job opportunities in the long run is available for graduates.
But there has already been great success for the graduates of the Applied Theatre programme:
We have former students who are acting in a tour with The Comedy School,
Students who are leading drama workshops for disabled children,
Students who are acting in Camden Fringe festival and other festivals around London, One student who is working at the Ugly Models Agency,
Another student who has acted in a film based on the verbatim play, 'Turning Poison into Medicine' This film, about living with HIV in the UK, is due to be picked up by MTV for their Staying Alive campaign as well as be marketed to various student film festivals.
And we have students who are working as teacher aides and applying for their PGCE next year.
This brief example of potential jobs that might be available to our graduates is certainly wide and encompasses much more than working 'within a theatre.'
We look for students who are driven, who have experience beyond their school and who lean forward with excitement when talking about theatre's potential for change. We teach transferable skills - written & oral communication skills, self motivation, leadership, citizenship, working within a group [teamwork], marketing, problem solving, liaising with outside agencies, and confidence in one's ability.