The Drama and Theatre Studies course is taught in excellent purpose-built facilities which include rehearsal rooms and a fully functional black box theatre. The course offers a professional theatre approach with preparation for students considering studying acting/drama at both university and major acting schools. It is also an excellent grounding for further study which can lead to careers in law, social work, psychology and teaching. This is a great route to building confidence.
The main focuses of the course are the development and interpretation of theatre and live performance. Students will have the benefit of working with industry-trained staff and practitioners within the department that have a wide range of skills. Currently, we have LAMDA, Shakespeare, and technical theatre practitioners.
The department staff also has many years of experience readying students for auditions. Visiting theatre groups, theatre trips, enrichment activities ranging from LAMDA to drama improvisation, and the college production, a joint venture between the Drama and Theatre Studies and the Musical theatre departments, ensure that any student studying at Long Road has the opportunity to develop their skills beyond the study timetable.
You will make a number of theatre visits and see varied productions during the two years. As well as participating in professional practical workshops by Theatre production companies. There are frequent opportunities to perform both within the College and in public, such as at the annual Christmas concert and the Summer Showcase.
You will be assessed by written exam at the end of the two years; final devised performance and working notebook to accompany the project and a Practical performance, accompanied by a reflective report analysing and evaluating your theatrical interpretation of all three set texts studied.
At least 7 GCSEs at grade 4 in a range of subjects including maths and English. A grade 5 or equivalent is required in English literature and in drama if taken at GCSE level.
You will be invited to a workshop audition where you will be required to demonstrate your practical and theoretical skills in drama and theatre.
Drama and Theatre Studies can lead to further studies at Drama School or university, or careers in theatre, law, social work, psychology and teaching.
Students who completed their courses recently are studying Drama at the University of East Anglia, Drama at Anglia Ruskin, Drama Studies at De Montfort, and Classical Studies and Philosophy at Exeter.