“We are relatively new in comparison to other drama degrees across the UK so for us, this is a real achievement and is a testimony to the work that both the staff and student bodies put in as we are only a small handful of courses who have achieved this Recognition status."
Robert Marsden, Award Leader in Drama
March 13, 2014: Staffordshire University has been successful in achieving Recognition status, a quality mark awarded by Drama UK - the organisation which champions quality drama training.
Recognised courses offer students and their future employers assurance that the course delivers what it promises and provides a real benefit to the creative industries.
Robert Marsden, Award Leader in Drama, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded Drama UK Recognition status for our Acting and Theatre Arts Degree. The status is given to University and other courses which can rigorously prove that it prepares students for work in the creative industries after graduation.
“We are relatively new in comparison to other drama degrees across the UK so for us, this is a real achievement and is a testimony to the work that both the staff and student bodies put in as we are only a small handful of courses who have achieved this Recognition status.
He added:“Our students have gone on to become Youth Theatre Directors, Arts Administrators, Actors, Directors, Drama and English teachers, drama therapists, theatre practitioners or set up their own small scale theatre companies.”
The industry panel from Drama UK spent two days at the University, observing rehearsals and workshops, interviewing staff and students. Historically, Drama UK’s industry endorsed quality assurance has only been available to vocational courses at conservatoire drama schools. The development of the Recognised quality mark in 2012 is part of Drama UK’s mission to broaden the reach of its quality assurance in the sector.
Ian Kellgren Chief Executive for Drama UK said. “The drama training landscape has changed significantly since quality assurance for drama training was originally set up by The National Council of Drama Training (NCDT) in the 1970s. We have acknowledged that there are now many more providers in this sector and there is a need to provide quality assurance for courses that are less vocational than conservatoire training but offer a very real benefit to the industry.”
Staffordshire University’s BA(Hons) Acting and Theatre Arts degree explores acting, directing, production, applied theatre as well as theatre and dramatic history with the study of plays, playwrights and practitioners. Staff mainly come from the theatre industry and are complemented by guest lecturers who are professionals working across the industry. The course also enjoys strong links with local and national arts organisations where students undertake placements and other work based opportunities.
The department’s next major public production is ‘The Winter’s Tale’ on May 16 and 17. This is the 3rd year end of Award production.
Drama UK provides a unique link between the theatre, media and broadcast industries and drama training providers in the UK.
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