Student Guide to Drama Education

Welcome to the Student Guide to Drama Education – designed to offer comprehensive advice to anyone thinking of applying to study or train in any aspect of the performing arts.

Everything in this guide has been written straight ‘from the horse’s mouth’ – students and graduates of all the major disciplines share what it’s like to study their courses; teaching staff from world-class Higher Education institutions tell you what you need to know about applying; and working professionals offer career tips for those all-important early years in and out of training. The books section forms the basis for an essential reading-list for anyone with a desire to work in this exciting industry, and finally some of the top institutions in the UK give full break-downs of their offerings so that you can compare courses, fees, and application systems in one handy place.

As the industry begins slowly to emerge from a global pandemic, there is lots of precariousness about – as I write this, theatre productions are being forced to pause at a moment’s notice so that close contacts of positive Covid cases can isolate. Careers have been halted and even lost entirely in the turmoil caused by the spread of the virus. However, there is also much cause to be hopeful. Across the industry, creative solutions have been found to ensure that training, performance and the launching of fledgling careers could continue to take place despite extraordinary challenges.

Some of those creative solutions are here to stay. The Covid and post-Covid generations of arts graduates will be those more au-fait than any other workers in the industry with online auditions, video showcases and livestreamed theatre performance. Now that it has been found to be able to reach much wider audiences across the globe, this technology won’t be packed away just because we’re no longer in lockdown; and the actors, designers and technicians embarking on their training and careers this year will be better equipped than any to utilise it.

Whatever your year of applications for Higher Education may bring, I wish you the very best of luck.

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