Drama courses in the UK
Introduction to Drama
Drama is the study of dramatic performance and its application in theatre, film, education and therapy. Students of drama focus not just on acting but also on writing, direction, production and theatre criticism during the course of their studies. Students will encounter theatre making, the physical investigation of modes of performance, the close analysis of performance and written text.
In addition, you will learn how to study the history of theatre across a range of cultures and develop an understanding of how performance affects audiences and an ability to define and critique what falls under the broad term of “performance”. They may specialise in a particular area such as dramaturgy, devising, scenography, management, directing, writing, and digital skills.
Careers in Drama
Dame Judi Dench and Dawn French read drama and became successful actors. Matt Lucas and David Walliams also did and became successful comedians. While drama school allows students to hone their acting technique a drama degree takes a more theoretical approach and gives graduates a thorough grounding in the subject which widens their career options in a highly competitive field. TV presenting is another possibility, as shown by Katy Ashworth, presenter of CBeebies and I Can Cook, and Abi Griffiths, who hosts sports programmes for ESPN. Drama graduates can turn their hand to therapies linked to the performing arts, such as drama therapy, music therapy or dance music psychotherapy.
What are the entry requirements for Drama?
For international students wishing to study Drama at undergraduate level, an IELTS score of no less than 5.5 across all four categories - reading, writing, speaking and listening – with an overall 7.0 score generally required at most universities.
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Where can I study Drama in the UK?
Here are some of the best Drama universities in the UK according to the Guardian University Rankings 2020:
- University of Essex
- Guildhall School of Music and Drama
- University of Surrey
- Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
- Conservatoire of Dance and Drama
- Lancaster University
- Birmingham City University
- Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
- Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
- University of Birmingham
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