We are one of the top university drama departments for graduate employability in the UK, with 90% of our graduates in work or further study within six months of graduation.
Our drama graduates develop a very wide range of skills and qualities during their degree that are highly regarded by employers from many sectors. The performance element of the course particularly develops communication, team working and confidence, whilst other course modules develop organisational, critical and analytical skills.
Our graduates go on to use their skills in:
- Acting & Presenting- Theatre, Tv, Film & Radio
- Theatre & Television Production
- Teaching- both Primary and Secondary
- Independent Theatre Companies
- Public Relations, Marketing & Journalism
- Community, Outreach & Youth Work
We have great links with local arts organisations- including the BBC, Birmingham Rep and the RSC. Through our network of local companies and alumni we regularly feature opportunities for our current students and recent graduates to enhance their experience and boost their CVs through volunteering opportunities, work experience and internships. Students have recently gained experience with BBC Drama, Heartbreak Productions, The RSC, Birmingham Rep, Birmingham Opera Company, The Olympics Ceremonies and several other independent theatre and TV producers as a result of these links- numbering around 100 each year. This experience can vary from marketing assistance, through performance roles to production and backstage work. Our graduates have then embarked on careers with many of these organisations.
As a relatively small department we also have an excellent relationship with our students, advising students of opportunities that have arisen in their specific area of interest, and allowing tailored and targeted advice about career pathways. Our students are extremely successful in securing university-wide opportunities that are available via our award winning Careers Network such as internships in New York and bursaries for work experience.
Graduates have gone into an acting or directing career straight away but as this is so competitive the majority wishing to get into these areas need to extend their experience part-time, voluntarily or by undertaking a post-graduate course. Recent graduates have secured places at RADA, RCM, Mountview, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and ArtsEd amongst others, as well as on our own postgraduate courses.
The university also has seven very varied, active and popular drama societies to choose from. These allow you to get involved in everything from improvisation to full scale musicals. Involvement can be as a performer, a committee member, director, production support or any other usual role required for a show. Many of their shows are also taken to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and venues around Birmingham.