Drama, Applied Theatre and Education, BA

Duration: 3 years full-time, October start

UCAS code: Institution code: C35, Course code: W490

Award: Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education

BA Drama, Applied Theatre and Education at Denshaw School.

 

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About the course

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

  • Perform in, direct and devise theatre, explore performance that takes place outside traditional theatre environments 
  • Learn how theatre making can change lives and inspire new possibilities 
  • 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 as a world leader with the largest number of specialist staff in the field. The BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education (BA DATE) course will train you as a highly adaptable theatre maker, with a particular focus on performance making within Central’s first-class facilities and beyond, 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.  

We believe that excellent professional applied drama theatre makers are skilled practically and intellectually and we work with you to help you develop your practice, as well as your theoretical abilities.  

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 under-fives, or a theatre in education show in the north of England. As you progress through the course you will undertake small group performance-based projects for specific communities and groups. 

Work alongside industry professionals

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. 

You will learn through a programme of performance making, formal lectures, essay writing, workshops, skills sessions, movement and voice classes, seminars, group and individual practice and placements. Being at Central means you benefit from the specialist expertise and resources available because of the course’s distinctive positioning within a drama school. 

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 Kosovo, Romania, Thailand, New York, South Africa, Zimbabwe 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 (see below).  

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. BA 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. 

Leverhulme Funding for Applied Theatre students

Find out more about how The Leverhulme Trust is providing major funding for the many exciting Applied Theatre student projects in 2017.

Interested in studying this course in 2018?

Unfortunately we are not running another Open Day before the January UCAS application deadline, however we can arrange an individual tour of the campus for you to see the facilities and tell you a bit more about the course and the unique training you will receive at Central. If you would like to organise a date to come in, please email us

Course Detail

YEAR 1: Exploration of practical and theoretical perspectives

  • Exploration of practical and theoretical perspectives: study practices, concepts and ideas relating to drama, applied theatre and performance.
  • You'll be involved in a full-scale production
  • You are introduced to drama in a range of community and educational contexts and undertake practical units exploring theatre making.

YEAR 2: Studio-based explorations of theatre texts

  • Studio-based explorations of theatre texts in Central’s studio theatres (e.g. Simon Stephens’ Pornography, Heiner Müller’s Explosion Of A Memory, Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis, Harold Pinter’s Mountain Language)
  • Or playwriting and filmmaking options using Central’s facilities
  • Further lecture programmes: based around playtexts and the role of drama as a force for change in contemporary society.
  • You will study applied theatre contexts through study units and a collaborative outreach project, working as a group creatively in London or beyond, including overseas.

YEAR 3: Focus on professional development

  • You will pursue your own specialist interests further 
  • Units include a dissertation, a final student-led practical project and a termlong placement 
  • The degree concludes with a specialist lecture series delivered by artists, academics and researchers, who are pioneering in the field of applied theatre.

Assessment

Assessment is carefully integrated into the experience of learning and you are encouraged to place your own experiences and practice at the heart of your studies. The assessment methods include presentations, practice, drama workshops, research projects, traditional essays, a dissertation and professional placement work, which is assessed by professionals working in the industry.

Download BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education Programme Specification, 2017-2018 (1.01 MB)

Entry Requirements and Admissions

Minimum Entry Requirements

3 A Levels at B (preferably including English, Drama and Theatre Studies, Performing Arts, Communications or Media Studies), or equivalent, 5 GCSEs at C or above (must include English).

Admissions

For details of admission with academic credit see Undergraduate Applications.

Application Details

We look for these qualities in applicants:

  • an interest in theatre and performance in different social and cultural settings (e.g. community theatre and theatre in prisons)
  • good academic abilities in reading, analysis and writing
  • an enquiring mind
  • a collaborative, supportive approach to practical work
  • practical drama skills (e.g. in performance)
  • the ability to reflect constructively
  • a commitment to equality of opportunity in society
  • leadership skills
  • creativity, flexibility, focus and professional conduct.

We particularly encourage applications from groups currently under-represented in higher education, such as students with disabilities and members of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups. Find out more information on Central’s commitment to equality and diversity.

Interviews

Find out more about the interview process for this course.

International Interviews

Each year Central hosts a number of interviews outside of the UK, with a team of tutors from Central traveling to meet applicants. The international interviews are designed to replicate the London-based interview experience in every aspect (other than a tour of our site!). See our Event Finder for listings of upcoming interview locations and dates.

International Students

Visit the International Students section to view details of English language requirements for Central's courses.

Industry Placements

BA DATE works closely with major organisations internationally and in the UK, and has excellent partnerships within the applied theatre industry: 

  • Your experiences with industry will vary from small-scale collaborative practice to peer-professional placements
  • Professional companies are also invited to create new practice with you, either on-site at Central, or at off-site theatre venues and performance spaces
  • You will have one major placement in Year Three and undertake experience in a professional context in Year Two.

In the UK, companies have previously included the Royal Court Theatre, National Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Graeae Theatre Company, Half Moon Youth Theatre, Clean Break, Shakespeare’s Globe, London Bubble Theatre Company and a number of smaller, innovative, community-focused theatre organisations, such as Little Fish Theatre Company.

Throughout the degree you will have the opportunity to work in collaboration with a wide range of industry professionals, from visiting lecturers and workshops by leading practitioners and academics in the field of applied theatre, to creating projects and performances with professional companies and artists.

The course nurtures relationships with local, national and international community and educational arts organisations, from Tender in London (involved in the prevention of domestic violence and sexual abuse) to Sibikwa Arts Centre in Benoni, South Africa, and from Camden Carers in London (involved in support and respite for family and unpaid carers) to SNEHA in Mumbai (an NGO supporting mothers and children across India), as well as a wide range of theatre, education and arts organisations nationally.

Students have also participated in staff-led research projects and workshops led by artists from companies such as Graeae Theatre Company, Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah, Ice and Fire Theatre Company, Punchdrunk Theatre Company, National Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre.

All students participating in placements will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. This is a mandatory government safeguarding scheme for all those seeking to work in any capacity with minors or vulnerable adults.

Recent Visiting Professionals

Alecky Blythe, Playwright (London Road); Oladipo Agboluaje, Playwright (The Hounding Of David Oluwale, The Christ Of Coldharbour Lane), Performance Artist; Ola Animashawun, Artistic Associate, Royal Court Theatre; Stella Duffy, Co-Director of Fun Palaces; Divya Bhatia, Stage Left, Mumbai; Professor James Thompson, author of Performance Affects; Professor Helen Nicholson, author of Applied Drama: The Gift Of Theatre; Amit Sharma, Graeae Theatre Company; Rob Watt, Youth Programme Manager, National Theatre; Evan Placey, Playwright; Terry O’Leary, Associate Artist, Cardboard Citizens; Bola Agbaje, Playwright (Gone Too Far!, Off The Endz); Vicky Ireland MBE, Director and Founder of Action for Children’s Arts; Karen Tomlin, Director; Vishni Velada-Billson, Director and Deputy Head of Education (Learning) at Clean Break Theatre Company.

What our students said

Shereen Jasmin Phillips
Shereen Jasmin Phillips, a graduate of Central's BA (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education

Graduated 2010, Playwright and Community Arts Producer, recently working with Tricycle Theatre Company.

I am currently under commission from the Tricycle Theatre to write a play for their Young Company. I am also Project Manager for the Dialogue Festival, managed by the Barbican Centre/ Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Throughout my degree I had amazing placement opportunities ranging from month-long school tours in New Zealand to a three-month placement at Theatre Royal Stratford East, which in turn propelled my career in theatre. Whilst at Central, I was introduced to industry professionals who have since become mentors and colleagues. The training I received successfully prepared me for a career within community arts by equipping me for the tools necessary to become an applied theatre practitioner. Since then I have gone on to work in the creative learning departments of the Lyric Hammersmith, Hampstead Theatre, Ovalhouse and Hackney Empire.

Graduate Employment

Graduate employment and career pathways include:

  • Director, Fabricate Theatre, Advocreate.
  • Drama Worker, Immediate Theatre.
  • Education and Drama Facilitator, Open Minds Theatre Company, Capita Education.
  • Education Associate, York Theatre Royal.
  • Project Support Officer, Greenwich Council.
  • Workshop Leader, Exeter Northcott Theatre.
  • Creative Arts Teacher, Kemnal College.
  • Drama Educator, Bigfoot Theatre Company.
  • Project Manager, Young People Programmes, Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • Education Events Officer, Shakespeare’s Globe.
  • Assistant Director, Royal Court Young Writers’ Programme.
  • Youth and Outreach Worker, Playwright and Youth Worker, Almeida Theatre.
  • Animateur, C&T Theatre Company, Harrow Arts Centre.
  • Assistant Director, Oxford Playhouse.
  • Creative Projects Facilitator, MakeBelieve Arts.
  • Trainee Director, Salisbury Playhouse.
  • Head of Theatre Studies, The Corwin- Russell School, Massachusetts, USA.
  • Head of Education, Hall for Cornwall.
  • Associate Director, Birmingham Rep.
  • Broadcast Production Assistant, BBC Extend Scheme.
  • Freelance Director, Ovalhouse, Tamasha Theatre Company.
  • Creative Projects Manager, Sheffield Theatres.
  • Executive Producer, dreamthinkspeak.
  • Co-Artistic Director, Little Fish Theatre Company.
  • Founder members of companies, Milk Presents, Full House.
  • Recent further study, teacher training courses, master’s degrees in Performance Practices, Development Studies, and Drama and Movement Therapy. PhDs at Central and other universities.

Notable Graduates

Notable Graduates

Chloe Marriott (2013) Education officer, London Fire Brigade.

Roxan Kamali (2006) Participation Officer, Polka Theatre.

Laura Woodward (2013) Programming and Participation Assistant, Arts Deport.

Emma Friend (2012) Assistant Producer, National Theatre Connections.

Becky Warnock (2010), Head of Arts, Only Connect.

Shereen Phillips (2010), Playwright ( Oval House, Talawa Theatre Company).

Chris Stafford (2002) is currently Chief Executive of Curve Theatre.

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