Drama, Applied Theatre and Education BA (Hons)

Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London

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    6 (Drama, Dance & Cinematics)
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    / 100
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    BA (Hons)

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Course Summary

About the course

On the Drama, Applied Theatre and Education (DATE) course, you can:

  • Perform in, direct and devise theatre, explore performance that takes place outside traditional theatre environments
  • Make theatre to change lives and inspire change in communities
  • Build industry contacts worldwide through placements and outreach projects
  • Develop skills in areas such as facilitating, devising, directing, performing, playwriting and filmmaking.

Join an international world leader in Applied Theatre

Applied Theatre at Central is highly regarded internationally and the Drama, Applied Theatre and Education (DATE) is a world leading course that will train you as a highly adaptable theatre maker. You will focus on performance making in diverse settings such as community centres, parks, prisons, pupil referral units, refugee camps, hospitals, playgrounds, schools and nursing homes, in the UK and abroad. Such innovative work aims to bring about change in communities and participants from all walks of life.

An experience tailored to you

The course offers an unparalleled breadth of experience, tailored to your developing aspirations. Whilst lively debate and energetic discussion are a cornerstone of the course, you will have the opportunity to participate in professional quality, fully-realised directed productions, for example a commissioned site-specific show and touring ensemble works, a show for young audiences, or a theatre in education show in the north of England. Alongside performance work in the community, you will have the opportunity to make and show work at Central.

Work alongside industry professionals

As you progress, you develop your own creative performance making skills and show, in small groups, performance-based projects for specific communities and groups.

You will work alongside visiting professional practitioners, playwrights, filmmakers and applied theatre specialists from organisations which have, in the past, included Tamasha Theatre Company, Royal Court Theatre, Complicite, Talawa Theatre Company, London Bubble Theatre Company, Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre and Synergy Theatre Project.

Variation and exploration

You may have the opportunity to travel and explore the use of drama in diverse community settings. In recent years, students have undertaken projects in places such as New York, Johannesburg, Bulawayo, Hong Kong, Santiago de Chile and Mumbai. Most of this work is undertaken in partnership with international arts organisations, which work closely with course tutors and students to design, develop and deliver projects. Central has the only applied theatre courses on which students have access to funding from the Leverhulme Trust to support these distance projects.

As an Applied Theatre Graduate

Graduates from this course are uniquely placed for a broad range of different career paths, going on to pursue careers in performance, directing and drama facilitation, and educational roles in theatre companies, for example. DATE graduates are highly employable and lead the field in applied theatre internationally. They have high-level professional skills because Central works in collaboration with many professional organisations and practitioners. There is also financial support available for participation in placements and outreach work in many arts, community, health or education settings within London and beyond.

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£9,250 per year

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About this University

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is a world-renowned drama institution specialising in the teaching and research of all things theatre and performance. With a central London location, industry-active teaching staff and researchers, Central has all the tools needed to support students looking to train in performance, applied theatre, technical theatre and much more besides. Students benefit from a large number of visiting industry professionals, dedicated technical support and first class facilities that includes the new North Block building, completed in January 2019.


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