Please note: from 2017/18, BA Drama and Theatre Arts will run as BA Acting (subject to validation).
Why study Drama and Theatre Arts?
By studying Drama and Theatre Arts you will have received professional training to prepare you for a career in theatre.
You will also be equipped with performance and creative skills as well as analytical, communication, team-working and organisational skills, useful in a range of professional careers.
Why St Mary's?
St Mary's offers a new type of degree that brings together the best of university and drama school training.
Drama and Theatre Arts is for students who want to work in mainstream Theatre, TV and Film. The foundation of the programme is actor-training, but as the course progresses it allows students, if they so wish, to pursue interests in directing and playwriting. The practical and production work here is text-based, but there are also modules in improvisation and devising.
The programme offers a public showcase event and prepares you to be an individual artist or form your own theatre company.
75% of the programme is practical (workshop-based) classes and production. There is one lecture/ seminar class a week of the core Drama programme shared with students from the other Drama pathways. Teaching contact time is, on average, 30 hours per week.
A Student View
Charlotte Maltby (Third year student)
"When I came to audition I realised I wanted to be studying at St Mary's, working with these professionals of the industry. As well as my acting I've been able to develop new and existing skills such as writing, directing and stage managing.
"I have been supported by my tutors every step of the way, I feel confident going out into the industry with the knowledge I have gained over the past three years."
In the latest HESA Destinations of Leavers survey 95% of St Mary's students were employed or undertaking further study within six months of graduating.
Drama and Theare Arts scored 89% for teaching satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey.