Are You Ready?Please note: from 2017/18, BA Drama and Applied Theatre will run as BA Acting (subject to validation).

Why study Drama and Applied Theatre?

Drama and Applied Theatre gives students the opportunity to see how theatre can make real changes in our everyday lives and the lives of others.

Applied Theatre looks beyond performance and interrogates how Drama can be used as a tool for social change. The outcomes can be exciting, challenging and inspiring.

Why St Mary's?

Drama St Mary's is a vocational actor training programme - 30 contact hours a week working on practical skills which prepare the Applied Theatre performer for a career in the industry. We have strong links with local, national and international communities which means we can see the impact of our work in the 'real world.'

The programme offers drama school style actor training to develop your skills as an actor and then looks to apply those to community groups, buildings, spaces and settings.

Through a series of practical projects, you will learn how to use theatrical solutions to address social need. In developing your practice you will be expected to reflect critically on your work, asking yourself two key questions: 'why are we doing this?' and 'who will benefit?'

This degree is designed for Applied Theatre performers, but also gives a solid training ground for drama teaching, workshop facilitation, Dramatherapy and much more.

Find out more about Drama St Mary's:

A Student View

Naomi Cassidy (Graduated in 2014)
"This degree was perfect for me as it enabled me the opportunity to bring performing arts to the community and work with all different age groups, helping them through the art of drama.

"As well as a fantastic course and amazing support from the lecturers, St Mary's also offers a great relationship between staff and students. You may struggle to find this at other universities."

Drama and Applied Theatre NSS results 2016

In the 2016 National Student Survey Drama and Applied Theatre scored 100% for overall student satisfaction.

The programme was also rated 100% for academic support, 98% for teaching satisfaction, 97% for access to learning resources and 91% for personal development.