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At St Mary’s we believe that a degree in the Humanities, the arts or in Drama will not only offer you wonderful career prospectus but also help you to play a positive role in understanding, interpreting and ultimately actively shaping the society of the future.

We’re interested in hearing from intellectually curious, socially committed forward looking students, regardless of age, experience or background.

Many of our programmes regularly score 100% in the national student satisfaction survey which speaks to the supportive community ethos and excellent tutorial care that every student joining us can expect to access. We believe in the unique potential of every student and look to develop that through our teaching.

The unifying factor across the department is a study of the power of narrative. Whether you’re delving back into the past, acting in a production, working on a short story, creating a lighting sequence, analysing a film, finding the rhythm of a novel or putting together a web campaign we’ll help you understand how heart stopping poetry and persuasive narrative can be created and presented in order for it to have an impact on its intended audience.

From 2020 we’re launching our unique accelerated 2 year BA Liberal Arts degree. Students on this course have no fewer hours or classes than those studying on traditional residential three year programmes, but by committing to working on into the early summer, joining our International Summer School, they pick up their credits and ultimately their degree a year earlier. There is also a reduction in the fee cost for students who want to invest their time in this way.

The department is also home to DramaStMary’s – our University Drama School which offers intensive conservatoire style training across its three year BA Acting programme and it’s nationally acclaimed two year Technical Theatre course. Student son these programmes are offered 30 hours of contact a week over fifteen week semesters. We believe this additional commitment is vital in preparing students for the resilience needed to find employment in this highly competitive industry.

Our commitment to developing talent means that we don’t charge audition fees for students who apply to our BA Acting and our university status means that we’re able to keep training fees low in line with other degrees offered at St Mary’s.

All of our programmes have links to employers and are underpinned by our desire to see you find a career that will be sustained by the love for your discipline. We think this is the recipe for a happy and fulfilling future and, whichever degree attracts you, we’re committed to helping you discover your path.

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Mark Griffin
Head of Humanities and Creative Industries