St Mary’s University Drama

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St Mary’s University Drama

About Drama St Mary’s

Our undergraduate degrees combine the best of Drama School (conservatoire) training with the best of university education and our postgraduate courses are vocational programmes that aim to equip you with advanced industry skills, as well as provide the opportunity for artistic experiment and research.

We think it is particularly important that theatre should have social purpose and although we place the performer at the centre of our work there is a strong focus on the audience. We believe that theatre is about ‘us’ not about ‘me’.

Undergraduate drama degrees

These courses bring together a training in performance techniques and theatre-making together with an education in drama and theatre and creative and critical thinking. The purpose is to produce graduates who are not just equipped to find work in the creative industries but who can redefine those industries in the future.

Acting is Drama School training in a University context. Its aim is to prepare students for professional work in the theatre, television and film industries. By combining conservatoire-style training with university education it will not only develop your acting skills to a professional standard, but will also enhance your critical and creative thinking skills.

The Technical Theatre degree is a two year ‘fast track’ programme where students will live the full degree experience in six trimesters over two years. This rigorous training will give you opportunities to develop all the skills you would need in a career in Technical Theatre and Production Management.

Postgraduate drama degrees

One year MA degree courses at Drama St Mary’s are for those who wish to combine study at Master’s level with vocational training. Both courses are taught by established industry professionals.

The MA in Theatre Directing covers all aspects of director training but focuses particularly on the working relationship between the actor and the director. Most modules are concerned with rehearsal processes and are text-based, though there is one module in directing devised theatre. At the end of the course, each student is required to produce and direct a full-length play, using professional actors, at a London fringe venue.