You will develop fantastic skills for your future career, such as presentation delivery, confidence, communication, teamwork, intellectual analysis, critical thinking and articulate expression. These are skills that last a lifetime and qualify you for many possible careers.
Our graduates have a higher than average rate of employability for the subject and we are ranked in the Top Ten universities nationally for graduate employability. Over 90% of our graduates go into work or study within six months of graduation, with 75% in a professional or managerial job. Our graduates start careers with employers, include:
- the BBC
- the RSC
- The National Theatre
- Headline Publishing Group
- Birmingham Hippodrome
- Mirror Group Newspapers
- The Royal Court Theatre
Roles include theatre choreographer, editorial assistant, marketing assistant, performing arts tutor, TV production assistant director and events co-ordinator.
The Department of Drama and Theatre Arts has a long-established relationship with the BBC and Heartbreak Productions which regularly leads to work experience placements for our students.
Famous University of Birmingham Drama alumni include:
- Tamsin Greig, BA Drama and Theatre Arts, 1998: Olivier-winning actor
- Matthew Goode, Drama and Theatre Arts, 1999: Actor in British and American film and TV including The Imitation Game, The Good Wife, Watchmen and Downton Abbey
- Phyllida Lloyd, BA English and Drama, 1979: Director of plays, opera and film including Mamma Mia! on stage and screen and the recent film The Iron Lady.
- Victoria Wood, BA Drama and Theatre Arts, 1974: comedian, actor, singer-songwriter, screenwriter and director.
- Ben Shephard, BA Drama and Theatre Arts, 1997: television presenter currently working for Sky Sports and ITV.
- Patsy Ferran,BA Drama and Theatre Arts, 2011: stage actor, including playing Jim in the 2014 National Theatre production of Treasure Island and Portia in the 2015 Royal Shakespeare production of the The Merchant of Venice
Developing your career
Employers target University of Birmingham students for their diverse skill-set and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of our wide range of opportunities you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.
- Careers events - we hold events covering careers in teaching, event management, marketing and working with charities to help you meet potential employers and learn more about these sectors.
- Global Challenge - you can apply to work overseas on an expenses-paid placement during your summer vacation through our Global Challenge initiative.
- Work experience bursary - we encourage you to apply your skills in the workplace by undertaking internships in the summer. Our work experience bursaries allow you to apply for funding to support you during unpaid internships.
- Cultural Internships - our innovative Cultural Internships offer graduates the opportunity for a six month paid internship at a leading cultural institution in the West Midlands. These internships will give you professional experience to set you apart in a competitive graduate market. Our current partners include Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, Birmingham REP, Birmingham Royal Ballet, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust, Library of Birmingham.
There are also internships available at our own cultural assets, such as Winterbourne House, the Lapworth Museum, and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.
To enhance your career prospects even further, you will need to think about engaging in some extra-curricular activities to broaden your skills and network of contacts.
- Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme - our College of Arts and Law undergraduate research scholarship scheme enables interested students to work on a current academic research project being run by one of our academic researchers. Undergraduate research scholars gain work experience over the summer after their first or second year and have the chance to develop skills in both collaborative and independent research.
- Personal Skills Award - our employer-endorsed award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.
- Guild of Students - there is a vast number of student groups and volunteering opportunities offered by the Guild of Students, which cover a wide variety of interests.