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Drama BA(Hons): After you graduate

Careers and progression

This degree will be of value to students seeking employment in the creative, cultural and media industries. Many of our graduates progress to careers in the performing arts, following pathways that include acting, directing, writing, producing, stage management, arts journalism and teaching. Drama also offers the chance to develop a wide range of transferable skills that are highly valued in other areas. We produce graduates with advanced skills not only in theatre-making, but also in creativity, analysis, events, communication, research, presentation and team working-skills that are highly valued by most graduate employers. Drama-related skills are sought after by employers as essential in areas ranging from training, to customer relations and PR, to high-level problem-solving and senior-management. This course also offers an ideal springboard for further training in the theatre arts or academic postgraduate study. 

Aspiring theatre-makers

Some of our students have achieved international success soon after graduating. Ben Barnes, who plays Prince Caspian in the Chronicles of Narnia is our most famous alumnus.

Our students also set up their own companies – such as Tin Horse and Urban Theory Films – often in collaboration with former classmates.

Graduates seeking to enter the competitive world of theatre, film and television often undertake further vocational training. Our graduates have been successful in securing places to develop their skills in subjects such as acting, directing, advanced theatre-making, playwriting, and theatre production at prestigious institutions such as the Drama Centre, Drama Studio, Guildford School of Acting, the Central School of Speech and Drama and the Royal Court Young Writers Programme.

Drama teachers and scholars

The popularity of drama as a subject creates a demand for educators at all levels from pre-school to university. The course's attention to theory and history, as well as the opportunities it provides for practice, means that it is perfect preparation for a masters degree or teacher-training, though some students have managed to find work as drama educators without further training.

This course is also great preparation for specialist training for careers in therapeutic and applied drama (for example drama therapy), especially if taken in combination with relevant subjects.

Other industries

Your degree will develop all the standard graduate skills of research, analysis, writing, reasoning and ICT. However, in addition to this, drama graduates develop a unique set of skills in team-building, communication and interpersonal skills, presentation skills, problem-solving, emotional intelligence and creativity.

This fact is increasingly recognised in industries such as the cultural and arts development, the communication industries, advertising, and customer and public relations. Several Kingston drama graduates are also currently working in major theatres such as the National Theatre, the Bush theatre, the Rose Theatre, Kingston, the Royal Court Theatre and Almeida.

Examples of recent graduate destinations

Types of jobs

  • Acting (stage and screen)
  • Artistic director's PA
  • Assistant director
  • Director
  • Drama teacher
  • Drama therapist
  • Events and festival management
  • Musical theatre
  • Playwriting
  • Producing
  • Stage management
  • Theatre companies
  • Theatre finance and administration
  • Theatre marketing

Employers

  • Almeida
  • Bush Theatre
  • National Theatre
  • Polka Theatre
  • Rose Theatre
  • The Royal Court Theatre
  • Karoa
  • The Hoxton Pony
  • Odeon
  • Chapter One
  • Disneyland Paris
  • Chaplins

In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate. 

As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:

  • placements;
  • working or studying abroad;
  • volunteering;
  • peer mentoring roles; and
  • internship opportunities within and outside the University.

In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.

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