The study of Drama at Cardiff Met forms part of the BA Humanities and Education Joint Honours programme within the Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy.
The Drama side of the degree introduces you to a range of theatre genres, playwrights and practitioners using both textual and practical exploration. You will be encouraged to consider the influences from which theatre is made, experiment with performance styles and analyse theatre practice. In addition, you have the opportunity to develop your own skills as a theatre maker, as both performer and director.
You will also explore how drama can be applied to a range of community and educational settings, which will complement your work-based placement in year two.
The subject combines theoretical analysis of media, such as film, TV and digital media with practical skills in digital media, media writing and journalism, with particular focus given to 'specialist journalism', such as film, music, fashion and sports journalism.
Taught by academic staff who are current practitioners and researchers, this distinctive degree subject also has a strong employability focus allowing students to combine theoretical perspectives with practical vocational skills. Students will graduate with strong communication and analytical skills that are highly valued in today’s employment market. These skills are reinforced by work placements.
As part of a Joint honours degree, the programme is well integrated and encourages students to make connections across the curriculum. As well as a rich and varied academic focus, the course also benefits from exciting extra-curricular opportunities, including visiting media professionals and cultural excursions. Students also have the opportunity to build a portfolio of work by contributing to and regularly publishing work in a number of University and external publications.
Learning & Teaching
Sessions will be a mix of practical workshops, supervised rehearsal, individual tutorials and lectures. There are also one-to-one and group sessions with the department technician. This will allow you to benefit from the use of our fully-equipped drama studios in independent rehearsal sessions as well as during timetabled workshops.
We utilise a range of teaching environments to best fit students’ learning needs. Delivery includes workshops, seminars, research seminars, lectures, virtual learning environments, away days, field trips and visits. Wherever possible, the emphasis is placed on small group work and individual learning needs. All students are also allocated a personal tutor.
Employability & Careers
On completion of the course, there are various options available to you. You may wish to continue your academic study or pursue a career.
Academic routes include:
- Apply for post-graduate study in acting, directing and community theatre
- Secondary PGCE Drama Course at Cardiff Met
- Primary PGCE Course a Cardiff Met
Career options include:
- Associate posts with established theatre/art companies (eg. Education officer, marketing and administration)
- Setting up of own community arts projects
- Graduate entry positions in a range of industries.
Media provides students with strong communication and analytical skills that are highly valued in today's employment market, skills which are reinforced by the opportunity for student work placements. Graduates from the course have pursued careers in a variety of industries, including: media, journalism, publishing, education, public relations, marketing and heritage. A proportion of students have also advanced to postgraduate study at either Master or PhD level.
Many of the skills obtained as part of the programme are also useful in industries beyond those listed above. The curriculum helps to develop individuals as graduates, demonstrating the following skills and attributes:
- Problem-solving & analytical abilities
- Inter-personal and networking skills
- Global citizen (with knowledge of diversity & sustainability)
- Flexibility & Adaptability (lifelong learning)
- Effective Communication skills
- Creative & Innovative
- Digital Literacy
- Reflective practice.