Do you want to deepen your theoretical understanding and practical skills in drama, theatre and performance for a range of different educational and community settings? Do you want to consider what it means to be a practitioner of drama, theatre education or applied performance whilst connecting with a vibrant international community of teachers, practitioners and actor-teachers? This course connects you to an international network of teachers, practitioners and actor-teachers in the field of drama and theatre education and applied performance.
This MA programme offers students an in-depth insight into the ways drama and theatre education can enhance teaching and learning in primary, secondary and tertiary education as well as in applied and community settings. We introduce you to a range of hybrid pedagogic strategies that are underpinned by rigor and that aspire to make learning accessible, playful, creative and engaging. We celebrate drama and theatre as subjects in their own right whilst also recognising the substantive body of evidence-based research into the ways drama and theatre can be used as pedagogical tools across the curriculum and for community purposes. This MA is aimed at practitioners, or aspiring practitioners, working in schools and colleges, and community and educational theatre settings.
The course of study provides a planned and structured programme, which is sufficiently flexible to respond to the needs of a wide range of pedagogic and cultural contexts. Practical activities are at the heart of our course structure, so there will be a number of opportunities to work with your peers, collaborating, debating, and researching practical solutions. Your interdisciplinary skill set will be developed throughout the MA, enabling you to pursue a diverse array of career pathways.
This course provides practical experience of a wide range of drama and theatre practices. The weekly practical workshops are run by Module Leaders, invited guests, and students themselves. These workshops give you hands-on experience of drama as well as methods and ideas for using drama and theatre in your workplace. The core modules on this course are assessed through a combination of essays and performances. You’ll also complete a dissertation based on an individual research project, with support from a member of academic staff. You will have teaching core contact time in Autumn and Spring Term plus rehearsal time and regular trips to local schools and theatres and guest lectures and performances throughout the year.
Skills from this degree
- Pedagogic, management and artistic skills you need to be an effective teacher and practitioner in drama
- Complete a small scale research project into an aspect of professional work
- Understand the place of drama in the current National Curriculum Orders. Be able to devise policies and strategies for the implementation of drama
- Be able to draw on contemporary theory, practice and criticism in the field of theatre and evaluate its relevance to drama education
- Understand the theoretical and practical relationships between drama in education and other genres of theatre; particularly community theatre and Theatre in Education
Minimum requirements 2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject
English language requirements Band B
(IELTS score to 7 overall, two at 6.0/6.5 & rest 7.0+)
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home, EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage. Departmental Funding may also be available, check the scholarships that are available at here.
You may wish to undertake some research with children or young people that may require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check or a Certificate of Good Conduct for students from outside of the UK. A DBS check costs around £70 and a Certificate of Good Conduct can vary in price.
There may be some theatre trips or visits to schools that will incur a small cost but these are not compulsory.
Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including: Academy 360; Ark Schools; British Council; Department of Education; E-Act; Oxfordshire County Council; PricewaterhouseCoopers and Royal Academy of Engineering. They have pursued roles such as: actors, entertainers and presenters; business, research and administrative professionals; chief executives and senior officials; education advisers and school inspectors; further education teaching professionals and vocational and industrial trainers and instructors.
Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:
- Careers in Education
- Careers with Children and Young People
- Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with a member of Education Studies staff and explore our campus through a personalised tour. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page. If you are not in the UK then you are welcome to arrange a phone conversation with the course leader for the programme you are applying for. For this, and to ask any questions you have about your application or studying Education at Warwick, please email educationstudies at warwick dot ac dot uk