An introduction to studying Drama and Theatre at University. With Higher Horizons + and Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Including courses, careers and application tips.

18 August 2020 at 15:00

Event Summary

This webinar is hosted by Jon Cheek, the Founder and Director of UniTasterDays. Guidance is provided for students to help them make good choices when considering university. The guest speakers for this event are Jessica Newton, the Higher Horizons+ Uni Connect Programme Officer and Ashleigh Hope, the Access and Participation Officer at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Studying drama and theatre at university
Jessica provides a student perspective on studying drama and theatre at undergraduate level. She speaks about the topics she studied in each year of study such as introduction to theatre, history and performance genres in first year, theatre education in second year and autonomy over preference in third year.

She explains more about her second year modules where she was able to learn about theatre as a tool for change and education. At university, Jessica was able to train with an educational theatre company and tour in Romania. She talks about the skills you gain at university for the working world and the different careers you can pursue after. Finally, Jessica shares her tips for going to university and choosing the right type of course.

Studying at a small and specialist performing arts institution
Ashleigh speaks about the benefits of attending a small institution where you are able to have more one-to-one support and where you receive more creative opportunities to prepare you for the industry.

She explains that such institutions are highly competitive and offer vocational courses in acting, production arts, video design and music. There are a range of facilities available for students such as rehearsal rooms and performance venues and significant student support such as counselling and scholarships. Ashleigh goes into detail about acting and production arts at university, specifying how long they take, what you study and practical training you receive. Finally, she speaks about the application process, application costs and entry requirements.

Session summary from Rubaya Zaman, a final year English Literature student at the University of Birmingham.

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Important note:

The live event is for post 16-students. Those aged 15 or under will have access to the event recordings which will be provided on this page as well, after the event.

Of course teachers, careers colleagues and support staff are very welcome to attend as well - for their own CPD purposes.

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